Tag: Babysitting

Breastfeeding And How To Use A Pump

Being a mother is one of the most wonderful things in life. The bond between a mother and child is a magical thing, enhanced if you’ve chosen to breastfeed. Given, not every mother chooses to breastfeed their child (regardless if it’s a personal choice of if they physically can’t), those that are able to do it admit that it makes them feel closer to their child.

But breastfeeding is anything but easy. It does take work and commitment and the start of a mother’s breastfeeding journey doesn’t always go as planned. Some mothers choose to exclusively breastfeed their babies without introducing a bottle at all, while some choose to do both, opting to pump breast milk for their child, too.

Like breastfeeding, there is a learning curve to using a breast pump. But once you get the hang of things, pumping will become second nature! You just need to make sure that you have the right tools on hand in order to have successful breast pumping session. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your pumping journey:

  1. Manual Pump vs. Electric Pump

A manual pump is less expensive, but also tiring to use since you’ll have to squeeze a lever in order to create the suction. Squeezing for quite a while can really tire out your hand, but manual pumps are easier to use when you’re on the go and need to pump real quick. Many women opt for an electric version that plugs into an outlet and does the pumping for you. You simply use the suction cups over your breasts and let the pump do it’s magic!

 

  1. Pump Every Two To Three Hours

Breast milk is all about supply and demand. The more you empty, the more milk your body will make, so you want to make sure that you pump every few hours. If you’re away from your baby, pump every time your baby would have eaten from your breast. This way, you can keep a regular pumping schedule, which is helpful when you work.

 

  1. The Right Tools

If you’re going to transition your little one from breast to bottle, you’ll want to have the right tools! Opt for a bottle that purports in order to mimic breastfeeding. When feeding, make sure the tip of the bottle’s nipple reaches far back into the baby’s mouth, while their lips are at the base instead of having them suck on it like a straw.

Now that you’re pumping and giving your baby the bottle, you’ll be able to go out and do things without baby, so check on Sitycare for the perfect babysitter!


Tricky Parent/Caregiver Situations and How to Navigate Them

When it comes to building the relationship and bond with your caregiver be it your babysitter, tutor, house help, pet sitter or senior assistance. You have to approach every situation carefully especially when delegating duties as well as ensuring that boundaries are kept and respect maintained.

The key is always communication, listening, maintain a professional stance as well as remaining calm and in control. Caregivers are also people and sometimes they may react to your words in a different way than expected. So, always ensure that you are on the same page on everything before you hire them.

It is not always that easy.  Parents often find themselves in difficult situations with their caregivers. As much as communication is essential you must approach every situation individually.  Let’s take a look at some of the difficulties parent and caregiver often go through together and how you as a parent can solve it without compromising the bond and respect you have with each other.

  1. Your caregiver is not following your wishes

As much as caregivers have the experience and qualifications to work, they must also do what you as a parent want for your kids and home. Always state what you expect from them. Do not assume that every caregiver possesses the same skill sets and ideals. Some may prefer to incorporate their ideas and some want very direct instruction from you.  You need to know which style meets your needs.   Always be very clear about your expectations and provide frequent meaningful feedback. Keeping the lines of communication open will reduce frustrations for both parties.

  1. The issue of a raise

This is always a very sensitive topic as it can sound unprofessional on the caregiver’s part since you already had an agreement on the pay rate.  This should be handled in a professional manor and handled as it would be in any business.  Regular performance reviews will help you determine if the raise is valid and if the caregiver truly deserves it.  You can also rate them in terms of duties and expectations as well as the progress they have made with your kids and home in general. It is the easiest way to solve the situation amicably without ruining the working relationship you have or your name.

  1. Work schedule

Routines are a key factor in your families’ success and productivity.  Take some time to sit down with your care provider and lay out a detailed schedule.  This draws a very clear picture of your expectations and prevents things from getting missed. Consistency will make this transition much smoother and will ease everyone’s anxiety.

Working as a team with your care provider to make the daily schedules/routines allows for a fantastic communication opportunity.  Be open to hearing some ideas and thoughts about what is working well in the plan and what is a struggle and make the necessary adjustments.

Remember that a schedule also determines how your kids behave, grow up, perform at school and even relate to you. It can also give you time as a parent to engage with your kids no matter how busy you are with work.

  1. Setting boundaries

Building an open relationship with your provider is key to the success of the relationship.  With that you also need to be cautious to maintain the relationship as a professional one.  It is very easy to cross that line when someone is in your home every day.  You should have the expectation of privacy and professionalism from your care provider as you would your doctor.

Trust is important in any relationship and the foundation to building this trust is instillation of very clear boundaries.

Conclusion

At the need of it all, it is all about constant communication even with the guidelines in place. Do not assume that everything is going on well at home. You can also double check so that your role as a parent is not also delegated to the caregiver.

Are you ready to find the perfect c tutor, babysitter/nanny, housekeeper, senior assistance or a pet sitter. Then you have come to the right place. Sitycare cares for all your family needs and that includes gifting you with the best caregiving services.  Our listed staffs are competent and highly professional. So log in now and start hiring


Things to Consider When Determining What to Pay Your Babysitter

A babysitter often has loads of responsibilities especially if it involves taking care of one child. You can only imagine if other chores related to the house or child are added.

When it comes to hiring a babysitter, Sitycare is the ideal place to look for a list of potential babysitters in accordance to your search. The list often contains their skills, experience, age as well as their rates per hour. It is now up to you to determine what you can pay or the rate that you can work with.

Keep in mind  that you are trusting someone else with your child, so pay accordingly. You can always determine your rate according to their experience as well as extra responsibilities tasked to them.

Here are a few more things to consider when determining how much you can pay your babysitter.

1.     Experience of a Potential Babysitter

  With experience often comes quality. Always consider a person’s experience and skill set when making these kinds of decisions. You can also read on some of the reviews left by other parents to determine if the requested pay rate is justified.

2.  Additional Responsibilities of the Babysitter

You should expect to pay more when the babysitter will be tasked with more responsibilities outside of childcare. Some of the additional responsibilities can range from household chores or laundry and transportation of the kids. If you are expecting a babysitter and housekeeper in one so the rate of pay should reflect that. Sitycare also offers housekeeping services but we recommend you look at people with housekeeping and babysitting skills and experience to save time and a bit of cash.

3. The Number of Kids and their Age

You should consider the number of kids you want to be taken care of as well as their age group. The higher the demand level of the child/children the higher the level of compensation.  Kids with special behavioral demands also requires a specialized skill set and the rate of compensation should always match the level of experience and demand. Make sure you opt for a babysitter with the required skill set and experience to take care of the needs of your children.

4. Location

Urban areas tend to charge more for babysitting compared to rural areas. But you can always double check. And always try to choose a babysitter within your locality. This makes it easier to do a background check offline by asking your neighbors or anyone who has used them or Sitycare services.

5. Special Occasions

You should also try and pay your sitter more, no matter their usual rates on special holidays like valentines. It is just a sign of appreciation but it can go a long way into building your bond with her/him.

Conclusion

Always compensate appropriately for the service being offered and give tips and show appreciation every chance you get. Kids are no joke and babysitters often require a certain skill set to handle them no matter the age group.

Log in to Sitycare and start hiring some of our babysitters now, they are competent and trustworthy.