London Nanny Blog | Parenting support

Hello!

So glad you could stop by to check out my shiny brand new London Nanny Blog | Parenting support.

 

London nanny blog, parenting tips, baby sleep advice

Caroline nannying in the Swiss Alps in 2002

 

Gosh, this new blogging journey feels very exciting and I can’t wait to get started!
Let me introduce myself. I’m a British thirty-something girl who has lived and worked as a professionally trained nanny in all sorts of places from Riyadh to Russia. Now I’m happy to be well settled back into the wondrous London and all it has to offer. This, for me, is home.

 

So why do I love being a nanny?

 

I know people who seem to be in awe that I actually choose to deal with a small human’s dribble, snot and nappies on a regular basis. Of course, it’s the least nice part of caring for a young child, yet for me, it’s all outweighed by all the tickles, giggles and fun fun fun!
In the summer, I love being able to go for picnics, stop by the local parks and plan trips to the zoo. In winter it’s great to discover cosy kid-friendly cafes and local playgroups full of tots, toys, tea and joy! Seeing them achieve their milestones and gain their independence is lovely. Watching them discover new things about themselves and the world around them never fails to make me smile.
I’m buzzing with enthusiasm and have lots of topics to share and explore with you. What could possibly go wrong?!
Well, I’m by no means a skilled writer, a tech whiz or a wordsmith but I will do my best. I will always be honest. My real full name will be a secret – not because I’ve something to hide! Simply so I can share more freely and honestly about my reality of being a nanny while also protecting the identities of families. From weaning to walking, teething to tantrums and all the bits in between. This will hopefully be relevant to not only other nannies but all parents and child carers too!

 

 

London Nanny Blog | Parenting support | Sleepless nights

 

Since this isn’t exclusively a parenting blog, a subject I won’t go on about often is sleepless nights. Promise!
Lack of sleep is every parent’s nightmare. I know, I know, it’s ok for me, as a nanny, I go home at the end of the day to a peaceful household and get a good nights sleep. Zzzz. However, I’ll just mention that I do understand. I have seen parents first thing in a morning after said sleepless night. They don’t look their best. It’s hard. Really hard and often relentless.
Sometimes parents, for example, have asked if I could restrict the child’s nap time in the day so they might sleep better at night. Though I don’t believe this always helps, I am of course, respectful of parents wishes and I will always try to figure out what the problem was. It could be anything from not being able to settle themselves after a sleep cycle and the habit of wanting a rock/feed or cuddled back to sleep, too hot, too cold, needing a nappy change, feeling hungry, feeling unwell, being disturbed by something – there are MANY reasons babies and children don’t sleep properly. I seriously do question the thinking behind the phrase ‘sleeping like a baby’. Babies do need to (and can learn to!) resettle themselves so they can sleep better. They are certainly not born knowing nor have the physical and mental ability how to sleep through the night!
 

 

Sleep deprivation

 

This can affect us in all sorts of ways. I know a mother who once expressed her milk to refrigerate for the day ahead while she was at work. She was so delirious with exhaustion, she poured it into the cat’s bowl instead. Not sure if the cat enjoyed it.
I just love how you can be anywhere in the world, yet with a tot in tow, you are able to experience and relate similar situations, frustrations, joys and dramas that these amazing little people fill our lives with and it never seems to end.
That’s exactly what this blog is going to be about. All the challenges and triumphs parents and child carers go through in those marvellous early years! Having talked about the lack of sleep, you might like my post about top sleep tips for babies
Well, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed reading this inaugural shiny brand new London nanny blog post.
Until next time xx
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