Submitted by NannyKT
The Happy Nanny
I am a full time Nanny for a beautiful 5 month old baby girl. I absolutely love my job and couldn’t be happier with MB and DB. Both parents work outside of the home, and we have a great relationship. We have very similar teaching/parenting styles, and are very big on following a baby led schedule and hands on parenting approach to care giving. The day is spent following the babies cues, so this schedule is not very exact, but it is pretty close.
6:45 – Arrive at the house. Wash hands, and go greet mommy and baby. Usually at this time, they are finishing up the morning breast-feeding.
7:00 – Grab baby and go play in Nursery while Mom gets ready for work. Baby loves to lay on her tummy and ready books with me. We usually do this for 20-30 minutes.
7:30 – Change diaper, then we play some more. We do a lot of singing and storytelling. She is a big fan of Little Bunny FooFoo and This little piggy.
8:00 – Morning Nap (45 min-1 hour)
9:00 – Change diaper, eat breakfast. We home make all of babies food. It is stored in the freezer in ice cube trays, and then we thaw it with warm water. She’ll normally have a fruit and some rice cereal or oatmeal.
9:30 – Finish breakfast and get dressed for the day.
9:45 – Pack up the diaper bag and prepare the stroller for our morning walk to the library. Our local library has some sort of infant/toddler class every morning that is free, so we definitely take advantage of this almost every morning.
10:15 – Morning class starts. It’s a rotation of baby yoga, story time, baby sign, and music and movement. It is held in a grassy park right next to the library and is filled with other moms and nannies and their little ones.
11:00 – Class is over and we head home for a feeding and nap. She normally has about 4-6 ounces of breast milk before her nap.
11:15 – Put LO down in her crib, turn on music, and shut the blinds. She will probably sleep for an one to one and a half hours.
11:30 – Put load of LO’s laundry in the washing machine and wash dishes and bottles from the morning.
11:45 – Sit down to enjoy lunch while either reading or watching some TV.
12:00 – Go put load of laundry into the dryer.
12:15 – Greet a happy, cooing baby, and changer her diaper.
12:30 – Tummy time on the floor while playing with her favorite toys while she wakes up. She is usually pretty lethargic after waking up from naps.
1:00 – Eat lunch.
1:30 – Change diaper, and if we decide to do an afternoon outing, this is normally when we do it. There are so many local places that are baby friendly, and we do our best to take advantage of them. We love to meet up with some of our Nanny friends who have charges around the same age. Our babies love to play together.
2:30 – Return from afternoon outing and get ready for our afternoon nap. This nap is usually 45 minutes to an hour. I will spend this time catching up on some homework or if it is laundry day I will fold and put away LO’s clothes.
3:00-3:30 – Mommy returns from work and LO is usually still sleeping or is just waking up. We spend about 20-30 minutes going over daily logs, talking about days, and use this time to bring up any comments/questions/concerns.