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Keeping it Professional. Tips for Child Carers

Daily Diary or a Child Care Logbook
Daily Diary or a Child Care Logbook

Keep a Daily Diary or a Child Care Logbook

Whether you are a nanny or babysitter or a domestic worker who looks after children, all professional child carers should keep a daily logbook as a record of their activities. It sounds like a real pain, and it is. It also seems like a waste of time, but it isn't. It's the professional thing to do, and when parents notice that you keep a log, it will reflect positively on you.

It's a sad thing to say, but child abuse is found everywhere, in every culture and every country. The term "abuse" may be used for quite mild omissions, such as not changing nappies quickly enough, or leaving a child unattended for too long. To be accused of improper child care can be a real career killer, and you need to take every step which you can think of to make sure you are not a casualty.

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Do You Co-sleep with Your Baby?

mother and baby sleeping

mother and baby sleepingCo-sleeping is the practice of putting your baby to sleep in the same bed as the parents. Sometimes it will be the maid, or domestic foreign worker, or a nanny who does the co-sleeping. Some people recommend the practise, and others advise against it. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing so?

Anecdotal evidence suggests that both parents and babies get more sleep, and sleep of a better quality, when they practise co-sleeping. It is a lot easier for a parent to "half-wake" and comfort their baby, than to get out of bed and walk over to the baby cot, or to the nursery room. The other parent in the bed, the one who is not responsible for responding to the crying baby (that'd be the snoring father), also gets better sleep because the baby's cries are responded to quickly and the baby gets back to sleep in less time.

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Another Health Scare Over Formula Milk

Breast Milk Protects Against Eczema
Breast Milk Protects Against Eczema

Breast Milk Protects Against Eczema

I'm always a bit sceptical about labels on food. They are so easy to print, and so hard to check for accuracy. Add this attitude to my desire to avoid processed food if at all possible, and I turn out to be not a very good consumer, at least in the eyes of the supermarket chains.

But I was surprised to see yet another powdered milk scare in the newspapers recently. It actually turns out to be a bit of storm in a tea cup. Japanese powdered milk manufactured in Japan didn't meet the requirements for iodine levels in Hong Kong. The formula was made to Japanese specifications where, because of high levels of iodine in the general diet, less is required to be added to formula. Strange really - how is a baby fed on formula going to get any iodine when it is not likely to be exposed to the "general diet" for many months.

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