Happy December my friends! It’s officially here and boy did that come fast or what?!

Most of you woke up this morning in search of an elf and I sure hope your kids had a blast looking for him or her! If you are one to forget placing him, try to do it right after bathtime so that doesn’t happen! I remember going into homes sometimes and the elf “forgot” to move over night and no one wants that, BUT we are human we all forget sometimes but try to keep your routine! After all he’s only visiting for a couple weeks!

With that said, we will all be visiting places over the next few weeks with the holidays around the corner and I want to make sure you all have the information you need in order to take it all in! Experience it all with your children because its the time of year to do so! Let kids be kids and take them to see Santa, or drive around with hot chocolate in the car to see Christmas lights, have fun with it!

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Here are just a few places that stuck out to me that you might consider going to holiday season!

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train
Take the night ride through the historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The Christmas train will depart from the train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children can share their wishlist with Santa and have a photo taken with him. TICKETS SELL OUT FAST, PURCHASE NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

Pretend City With Santa
Santa is coming to Pretend City Children’s Museum! Get this great opportunity to meet and tell Santa your holiday wish. Santa will visit and have photo opportunities that provides families an experience with Christmas carols, lights, and Santa himself. This is a wonderful opportunity for adults to capture photos and give children the chance to share their Christmas wish lists with this Jolly Ole’ Fellow. Don’t forget to bring a camera and come early for parking!

Kaleidoscope’s Cheery & Bright Tree Lighting
The evening of family fun will include holiday crafts, face painting, a photo booth, visits with Santa, festive food sampling inside Union Market Mission Viejo and more! Children of all ages will enjoy Singers Company, be enchanted by A Storybook Nutcracker brought to life by students from the PAVE School of the Arts, and a high-energy holiday song and dance performance by students from Orange County School of the Arts OCSA’s (Orange County School of the Arts) MONTAGE! The dancers will be joined by Frosty, Rudolph and Santa himself for a countdown to light up the Christmas Tree!

Winter Fest
Winter Fest OC is coming to town for 18 days and nights, blowing tons of family fun into the OC Fair & Event Center. Winter Fest OC is a giant wonderland of fun, featuring ice tubing down an 8-lane, 150 foot real ice summit; massive snow play and slide area with fresh snow blown in daily; an all new SoCal Dickens Village, where you can take a trip down memory lane through the 1800’s with holidays past, present and future. Decorate Christmas cookies, listen to holiday storytelling, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Christmas Eve), enjoy a pony ride, and visit the new Victorian holiday shops. Make sure you don’t miss the magic of Santa and his Reindeer flying over the fairgrounds through Christmas Eve!

Christmas Boat Parade
Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Go early for parking and dress warm!

Personally the list goes on and on so check out these sites as well!

Winter Holiday Events in Orange County

Guide to Christmas in Orange County

Lastly, when your out and about don’t forget deals are still going on in the stores! If you are one that gets gifts early then you might want to start considering what you are getting your little ones this year, or what to get their friends/cousins. I went ahead and thought of some toys/gifts that might be on the children’s list this year that you might just want to scroll through (even to get some ideas going) so take a look! See what you like and if you think or more let me know I would love to add it to the list for other parents and guardians!

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In no specific order or gender.

PJ Masks Headquarters

Dinosaur Sound Book

Octonauts Play Set

Sofia The First Castle

Paw Patrol Play Mat

Paw Patrol Driver Set

Lego Sets

Kid Craft Doll House

Dream Works Toy Tree

Daniel Tigers All In One Playset

Doc McStuffins Bag

Sesame Street Desk Chair

The Incredibles Bike

Big Dig Ride On Crane

And the list goes on!

Don’t forget to enter in my giveaway! Winner will be chosen at random on December 4th! For guidelines see previous blog entry!

Goodluck!

I am back! I apologize for the delay in responses BUT

I have a good excuse!

I GOT MARRIED!

The planning is officially over and that means back to business! Or shall I say, back to blogging!

I may have skipped Thanksgiving posts BUT Christmas is just a few weeks away and you best believe I am ready to give you all my tips and tricks for surviving the holidays with your little ones and family members! (Because we all know how that is!)

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We always say we look forward to the holidays but with the shopping, cooking, hosting and stressing its a lot to take in! So take a breath because it will be alot on your plate BUT we will get through this together!

Just remember Starbucks holiday drinks are out and they help me stay sane! (Well, only the White Chocolate Mocha to be exact!) So remember to put your feet up sometimes and breathe! Its suppose to be happy times!

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First and for most, since it’s not QUITE December yet (but most stores put up Christmas decor weeks ago) start off with decorations! It’s never too early to start putting up your tree and getting into the holiday spirit! If you have an artificial tree go for it! Heck I myself am doing it this weekend with the family!

If you are waiting on purchasing your real tree then set up everything but! Make way to your garage, closet or attic and hang up those stockings and bring out that special China. It will save you time later to focus and decorate your tree!

But wait there’s more ! Don’t forget the outside of your home! A cute simple doormat with Frosty goes a long way and for your kids makes them feel all giddy that Santa is just weeks away! So even a touch will be enough! Your porch doesn’t need to look like Whoville BUT if that’s who you are I am all for it!

And most importantly (if your family does this tradition) find your elf on the shelf! All the elves will make way into homes December 1st and your kiddos won’t want to miss it! Make things exciting and brainstorm new ideas where and how you put your elf! Share your ideas with me and who knows you might be featured on my next post!

Here are some ideas for your first couple days/nights with your elf!

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This weekend I will work on the top things children are asking for from Santa this year (by age) PLUS all the activities in Orange County for Christmas time that you and your family won’t want to miss!

Until then… ITS GIVEAWAY TIME!
Follow the steps below to win!

FIRST GIVEAWAY : $25.00 Starbucks Gift Card!

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Here’s how you enter!

1) LIKE my most recent photo on Instagram (Nicolepatt)

2) Follow/Subscribe to my blog (Don’t worry it won’t cost you!)

3) Tag 2 friends in my most recent Instagram post to do the same! (Your friend must be following in order to win!)

Winner will be announced Tuesday December 4th at 10am at random!

GOODLUCK EVERYONE!

We are officially running out of time people!

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Haven’t made it to the pumpkin patch yet? Want to avoid those crowds considering it’s days until Halloween?!

I have a solution for you! (Well many in fact!)

Here are some events you probably didn’t know about and may interest you! (Don’t worry, I have added some adults only events too!)

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(In order of event date)

Pumpkin Factory : 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA, 92683
All month of October
Visit the Pumpkin Factory for all your pumpkin needs! Check out the huge selection of pumpkins if all shapes and sizes while the kids play the carnival games, rides, and visit the petting zoo!

Irvine Railroad Park : 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869
All month of October
Join the fun! Check out the pumpkin patch, train rides, hay rides, bounce houses, face painting, panning for gold, John Deere racing, cookie decorating and more! Only 5 dollars per ticket!

Discovery Cube Science Center : Discovery Cube, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92705
October 6-31, 2018
Throughout the month of October, Discovery Cube is inviting guests to visit The BeWitchery, where Ashes, our resident student witch, will use chemistry to teach you how to make potions, experiment with light and shadows at Bolton’s Shock Lab or help Vlad, their student vampire, discover his reflection in the infinity mirror.

http://www.santaanazoo.org/ : Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701
October 20, 21, 27, 28, 2018
5:30pm- 8pm
This family-friendly costumed extravaganza holds educational animal presentations, storytelling, and entertainment throughout the evening, with a grand finale costume parade! For the older kids, there’s also “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills. This ghoulish attraction has a separate entrance, but is included with the price of admission.

Pretend City : Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA
October 21-27, 2018
12pm – 2pm
Wear your costume to Pretend City this whole week and receive 25% off your second admission!

Treats in the Streets : Old Towne Orange Plaza Area, Chapman Ave. & Glassell, Orange, CA, 92866
October 25, 2018
4pm-7 pm
The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza are going to be closed off to traffic as Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge. Fun activities include games, trick or treating, a costume parade, and entertainment for participants of all ages. (Parents please leave masks and pets at home)

Ghosts & Legends Tour : O’Neill Museum / Historical Society, 31831 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675
October 26 & 27, 2018
Get in the spirit of Halloween by joining the Historical Society Walking Tour Guides on a spooky walking tour of Los Rios Street, the oldest residential neighborhood in California. Be prepared for creepy tales of big black dogs, strange monks who have lost their heads, ghostly tales about a lady in white who have all been seen in this area.

Anaheim Fall Festival & Parade : Downtown Anaheim, 195 W. Center Street, Anaheim, CA, 92805
October 27, 2018
11am-8pm
Anaheim Fall Festival marks a return to homespun goodness with hand crafted old-timey carnival games, local entertainment, pumpkin patches, the traditional Kiddie Costume Contest, the newly named Howl-o-Ween Pooch Parade, themed food offerings and a real Ferris Wheel right on Center Street Promenade. All activities are low-or-no cost to enhance the family friendly nature of this event…come early, stay late, grab a bite from one of the snack vendors on the street or enjoy a meal from the existing brick and mortar restaurants. (Parade starts at 6pm!)

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Halloween Zoo-Tacular! : Orange County Zoo, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869
October 27, 2018
10am-4pm
Halloween fun at the OC Zoo! Activities include trick-or-treating, kids crafts, a scavenger hunt (12 and under), and fun games! First 100 children in costume receive a free gift! Come see the zoo animals receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day. Activities are free with paid zoo admission ($2 per person, ages 2 & under free). Zoo coupons/free passes are not valid for this event. Side note – Parking: $5 per vehicle.

Spooky San Clemente : Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA, 92672
October 27, 2018
4pm-7 pm
Join in on some fright including a haunted maze, a mystical magic show, a costume contest and parade, a movie on the lawn (MONSTERS, INC at 6 pm), and ghostly games. Activity wristbands will be available for purchase for $5 at the event. This is a family-friendly Halloween celebration!

Hometown Halloween : Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691
October 27, 2018
4pm-7 pm
Celebrate the fall holiday with themed carnival games, crafts, music and much more from 4 pm to 6 pm. Then from 6 pm to 7 pm, it’s fun or fright as you travel through our glowing haunted maze.

Halloween Fest : Villa Park Towne Centre, 17855 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park, CA, 92861
October 27, 2018
Join the happy haunting grounds for young ghosts, goblins, a few pirates, some skeletons, and lots of princesses who have escaped from their local castles. Costumed children will have the opportunity to visit local merchants for treats throughout the Towne Centre. There will also be hayrides, a coloring contest, food, commemorative photos and pumpkin carving.

Casa Creepy – Haunted House : Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA, 92672
October 27, 28, 31, 2018
7pm-9 pm
Encounter ghosts, mummies, and creepy-crawly surprises around every corner during spooky tours of our historic 1927 home. Period films such as Nosferatu and vintage-themed special effects will ‘reel’ in the whole family, and candy and refreshments will be available. $12 general adult admission, $7 for ages 12 and under.

Pumpkin Splash : Ole Hanson Beach Club, 105 W. Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA, 92672
October 30, 2018
3pm-5 pm
Bring your bathing suit and towel and jump in the pool with the pumpkins! Free event for all ages – event includes a floating pumpkin patch, giant inflatables, and more! Each participant will be able take home an orange floating friend of their choosing! How cool is that?!

Pretend City : Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA
October 31st, 2018
10am-3pm
Go Trick-Or-Treating at Pretend City! On Halloween, they are having a special trick-or-treat extravaganza for all friends! Stop by the museum and take part in the Halloween Bug Bash as well as trick-or-treat at different stations through the city! Fee is included with museum admission.

Fall Fest : Hosted by Compass Bible Church, 150 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
October 31, 2018
6pm-9pm
For the past 13 years, Fall Fest has become a favorite event for families to enjoy on Halloween night. Costumes are welcomed…and encouraged but remember NO SCARY COSTUMES!
The event is free, along with rides, games and candy. There will be small charge for food, so please bring cash (credit cards will be accepted with a small add on charge). (I will be personally volunteering at this event!)

Halloween Extravaganza : Central Library Children’s Room, 1000 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach, CA, 92660
October 31, 2018
4pm-5:30 pm
Trick-or-treat at the Newport Beach Public Library! At the library, they’ll have not-so-scary stories, Halloween crafts and yummy treats. Finish the evening with trick-or-treating around the library. Don’t forget to wear your costume! Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Family Fall Festival : Central Park, 30842 La Miranda, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, 92688
October 31, 2018
2pm-5pm
Enjoy Spooktacular fun for the entire family at the Fall Family Festival. Trick-or-Treat in a fun and safe environment, enjoy multiple inflatables and bounce houses, partake in the costume contest and join the child and pet costume parade while you listen to music and play games. Entrance is complimentary for SAMLARC members only. Be sure to bring your trick-or-treat bags to fill at the booths around the park!

Halloween Howl : Columbus Tustin Activity Center, 17522 Beneta Way (Corner of Irvine Blvd & Prospect, Tustin, CA, 92780
October 31, 2018
3pm-5pm
Costume contests, family entertainment, carnival games, prizes and candy.

Cooks Corner Event – ADULTS ONLY :
October 31st
7pm
Enjoy live music from Sling Shot! No cover charge, drink & food specials, strictly adults! This will be a Rated-R night!

Looking for more/other events in the area? Check out these!

More Halloween Events in Orange County

It’s getting spookier! It’s getting closer!

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It’s time to start planning those Halloween meals, treats, party sides and favors!

Check out these ideas for your future gatherings!

Halloween breakfast ideas for kids

Halloween lunch ideas for kids

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You can always add in a simple “spooky” trail mix for school! Remember to avoid those peanuts if thats the case!

Dinner anyone? (changing the simple cup and drawing with some sharpie makes such a difference!)

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Remember : Just a few drops of food coloring for this holiday goes a long way!

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How about dessert?! Can’t pass that up!

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Check out your local donut shop Halloween week! I am sure they will have some themed ones you won’t want to pass up!

Halloween is around the corner! And if you haven’t gotten your children’s costume by now it’s crunch time!

Don’t forget they will need a trick or treat bag as well and if you are like me, you learn something everyday! If you haven’t read (or heard already) the Teal Pumpkin Project is making it’s way this year! It’s essentially raising awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick or treaters this year! FARE (food allergy research and education) is getting started with a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. It’s really simple! You place a teal pumpkin on your doorstep to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available (such as glow sticks, small toys or bubbles).

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Fill your teal pumpkin (or bag inside) with these items to make sure all children feel included this year!

Ideas for Non-Food Treats

I nanny for many children, and most of them with food allergies, so I think this is a great idea that I will be fully supporting this year as I believe you should too!

Great your teal pumpkin before it’s too late! Or paint one teal! (could even be a childs project!)

Getting your teal pumpkin

“Come along children.” – Mary Poppins

“Come along children.” – Mary Poppins

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Orange County! We have rain! Most of us are absolutely loving this weather meanwhile half of us is ripping our hair out because the pumpkin patch plans today were completely ruined! (AKA me!)

Well change the attitude because fear no more! I have activities for you and your children ALL indoor! These will get the wiggles out, if not definitely keep them entertained for you to still relax and enjoy your cup of coffee and the cuddle weather!

This weekend I found myself working an overnight with a family I absolutely adore (in my defense I completely love all my families with all my heart!) but overnights may seem a bit harder..(for those of you who haven’t done them before) you have to plan activities for EVERY moment of the day and trust me, the rain this morning completely changed the game plan for us.

I had an afternoon plan out and about! The plan was to go to the pumpkin patch of course (Pumpkin City ) spend some ridiculous amount of money for the kids to jump in the bounce house for 5 mins, and get those cheesy sibling pictures around all the pumpkins. Then come home for a homemade lunch, (pasta with red sauce, meatballs and sliced apples), take a solid nap, and after nap decorate a Trader Joes Haunted House. Later on, play outside in the driveway, have dinner (soup, grilled cheese with fruit) and then top off the night with a warm bath and stories.

Well..

That all changed.

All day I was singing to myself, “rain, rain, go away, come again another day I am not doing an overnight..”

So today went like this, our pumpkin patch plans were completly a no go, it was pouring so we decided to change it up and the boy decided on We Play Loud (an indoor childrens play faciity off El Toro Road) and I knew it was going to be busy. I mean, its a Saturday, the pumpkin patch a few street lights away and it was closed for the day. Little did I know the line was out the door to get into the facility. (Its not usually like that I promise, overall a great place to take kiddos!) I was so worried that the place would be a mad house and boy was I right! You may be asking yourself, why not just turn around and go somewhere else? But let me remind you it was pouring raining, I just packed two small children in a car and when the little boy saw the building there was no turning back. He wanted to go in, and I wasn’t going to be the one that stopped him.

We got in after waiting a few minutes, no problem there but BOY OH BOY! It honestly seemed that every parent and child in Orange County was there today. They had over 3 parties going on and that place was probably just as busy at Disneyland! Everywhere I looked children were running around loose, like the chocolate milk hit them all at once, being knocked out by other children or screaming because they couldn’t find their parents. That place was insane and I regretted all of it the second the children tried to go on the slide normally and other children were diving head first like they were in a pool.

I only lasted 50 mins. Exactly. I tried by hardest to make it to an hour but I thought I did well with 50 mins.

Once we left the riot playground, we headed to my favorite place for lunch! Chick Fil A! Once again that restaurant was right down the street. We went through the drive through got lunch, and headed home. I noticed the kids in the back were seconds away from falling asleep so I gave them a few pieces of fries to eat on the way home and that did it! They stayed awake the whole ride home! Which was a huge success for me personally! (For most parents – if your child falls asleep in the car, even for a second, nap is off the table completely! And this wasn’t going to happen under my watch!) We came home, finished the rest of our lunch and they crashed right away. It was glorious as I needed that quiet time, I had a massive headache from the playground earlier it was nice to just relax.

In the mist of nap time, I managed to get the activities going. (That way as soon as they wake up its go time!) The cupcakes were made and cooling off on the counter for them to decorate later and the Trader Joes Haunted House was frosted (so it would harden by the time they woke up to decorate it). It was all ready for them! The toppings were all in the cupcake liners and it was all neatly organizws. (The OCD always gets the best of me)

That hour went by quick, because as soon as they woke up they were on to the next phase! “When can we decorate!?” Well, the answer is now! I got this, while you napped I set up everything and even prepared your dinner so all I need to do is warm it up later! Ha! A good pat on my back forsure.

It didn’t take long for their interest in decorating to fade, but here is the aftermath of the haunted house!

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NAILED IT!

Art is subjective right?!

Once we finished decorating all the goodies, we played in the living room (played board games and put on some dress up costumes) and garage and next thing you know they are asking, “Whens dinner?” Grinning, I start warming up the food in the microwave. Boom! Done. There you go. Amazed, they ate it all and then we cleaned up the toys around the house and started to settle down.

SING on Netflix did the trick!

We watched a movie, made popcorn and relaxed. Once the movie was over I started bath and stories. And before you know it they are out like a light.

It’s important to take time for yourself when doing an overnight. Especially as a nanny (because you aren’t use to this; unless your doing it every weekend), parents on the other hand props to you because for some of you this is your full time job and complete bow to you! Remember to take time, even for a second, breathe and remain calm. Once the kids are napping or asleep for the night, try reading that book you promised yourself you’ll get to, or set that candle you bought months ago and totally forgot about.

Enjoy you..only because you enjoyed kids all day long.

Its your turn!

Rain or shine!

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Here are just some ideas for you to try out when you know a rainy day is coming your way next time!

Rainy Day Activities

(I did the baking today with the kids along with decorating cupcakes,played board games and playing dress up!)

More activities that I love to do with kids :

1. Let them play with washable paint in the bathtub (in a diaper or swimsuit) with some paint brushes and let them be! It’s washable so don’t worry about the mess!

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2. Have them “learn” to make their own dinner or contribute in making it for later, (rolling meatballs, washing veggies or even slicing food if they are old enough)

3. Make slime!

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4. Make moon sand!

How to make homemade moon sand

5. Whip out the shaving cream!

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6. Make some air dry clay!

Air dry clay recipe

Whatever you choose, just have fun with it!

Let kids be kids and put them in some rain boots and give them an umbrella, let them splash around in some puddles and call it a day if you want!

I promise I won’t keep disappearing! With my new work schedule (Adjusting to another family and attending another baby shower my week was all hectic!)

Over the past few days I have had many people reach out to me and ask me straight up, “how many families do you nanny for throughout the week?” and if you really want to know its five. May seem like alot in just 7 days but I believe after this past week, the schedule will be perfect for me. (I bet your thinking..why not just have one family throughout the week full time, and thats another story in itself.)

However, with attending the past baby shower, I got to thinking…When I am in that position will I have a plan? Will I have the support needed when the child arrives, and how will I go about my nanny career? These thoughts run through my mind when someone asks me “when will you start a family?”, and honestly I draw a blank. There is something that honestly terrifies me about having my own child, and its not the fact of having one, or raising one, to me will be the most joyful part of the experience but the labor and deciding on childcare is something I will have a really tough time with deciding.

But in the sense of helping you, (As I was asked for my thoughts and advice for new parents) I will give it to you straight. Be ready, because there will be no sugar coating it for this entry.

Of course, all choices are different but this one however is simple!

Plan it out!

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The best advice I can give to a new mommy is plan a good amount out before your little one arrives because when they do, you either won’t have the time to think about the future decisions to be made, or you will want to spend every second you can with your little one and make every excuse in the book not to plan something out (but who can blame you with that cute face from the ultrasound picture!)

From a professional stand point, I thoroughly believe that you need to first decide on childcare. As much as you think you have time to think this one out, trust me when I say children grow in a blink of an eye. (Hopefully you already have given it some thought and discussed this with your partner) – Whether it be one of you staying home for a certain time, having ones parents come and visit for a few weeks, having a live in or live out nanny, or even day care at a young age. I’ve seen it all throughout the years and there is no right or wrong answer. You shouldn’t have to stress much about it and if you do just breathe! Your little one will know that you are doing EVERYTHING in the world to be the best parent or guardian you can be. TRUST ME.

There is no wrong answer to childcare and there is absolutely no judging here on this blog as I support every parent out there. After all, we are all just trying to survive correct?

If you have decided to stay home with your little one, my best suggestion for a new mommy is make time for yourself. This doesn’t mean, take a vacation from your 8 week maternity leave, however make the time to rest. The first weeks to well, 18 years are going to be endless and exhausting at times but give some time to yourself. Don’t feel like you need to absolutely do that load of laundry that day and time, or feel like you need to cook that meal from scratch that day, but take some time for you! Make yourself that cup of tea you like while you breast feed, or get that comfortable pillow you saw at home goods to make laying with your child easier, do something for you. In the end, happy parents make happy children. Give your child the best version of you, endlessly.

If you decided on having your parents help out around the house, or in laws, friends, family members, more props for you! Before you start pulling out your hair after the fifth week, remember, its a blessing to have family around. Take my advice and find time to relax just for you. Little things such as facial masks count!!

Having a nanny? Take a step back and think. Are you going to be searching for a part time or full time nanny? A day time or night time nanny? Maybe part time while your home and transition into full time? Oh boy..it doesn’t stop there. Can we afford a nanny? (Think about it – an average newborn nanny will make between 18-25 an hour in Orange County – and depending on the age after will adjust from experience and etc.) Will day care be a cheaper option? (Do you want day care as an option). Personally, without any filter here, I would suggest a nanny. Not just because I fully support nannies out there but if you really think about what your getting from a nanny I can prove my point. (I have nothing against day cares, again no judgement here, this is just my opinion.) Having a nanny, whether it be part time or full time is someone in your home that will help raise and guide your child with you. Your nanny will ultimately (as I believe) be cross trained for a housekeeper as well. Think about this for a second. *Coming home after a nine, ten hour day to a well rested happy baby, a clean house, and a happy environment where you know your baby will be safe and protected and that moment when you open the fridge to find that dinner is already made for you – waiting for you*
That moment right there is why I get paid what I get paid.
That moment of ease and stress from everyday thoughts and pressure has disappeared and now you have all night to yourself and your little one.

But getting a nanny, yes, personally can add up but when you get that one on one attention for your child and all the perks that come with it, is it really that different from day care? I mean realistically this is the hopes that you have a babysitter for practically life too. I’ve been a full time nanny and adjusted to be a babysitter for so many families I can’t even count. And to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love to see these children grow, and its amazing to know that little Lena (whose name shall be anonymous) was only 4 months old when I started helping her family, to be a grown 3 year old who sells lemonade every Saturday morning in her neighborhood.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love day care. In fact, I worked at one for newborns for less than a year until I transitioned into my preschool position. However, after taking care of an infant full time, its something I personally would look into if I were you. But where do you start? How do you even begin your search? When and where should you start looking? These will be all answered once you start your personal plan.

You may even find yourself making a checklist to make things easier, limit an age group of nannies you want to interview, perhaps they will need to be required to speak another language or have reliable transportation to take your child out and about some days.

Once your checklist is complete, try your options of neighbors who might know nannies in the area, care.com, urban sitter, or contact me personally with your criteria. Before you meet your candidates make sure they fit within your standards. The last thing you will want to do is settle with who you think should be around your child. And truely realize that you will be seeking long term (as I assume you will not be wanting to do this process over again in six months). When meeting the nanny candidates ask the right questions, below is a link I have attached to get the ball rolling.

Nanny Interview Questions

Newborn Nanny Interview Questions

When you believe you have found your nanny make sure (as I personally would go out of my way to pay for this) that they are recently CPR certified for newborns and have taken an up to date course on caring for an infant. Your new nanny will need the patience of an angel and it’s something that is a gift to have, so make sure they know that this position will require a lot of patience as newborns aren’t put on a schedule right away, everything will require a lot of work, patience and attention.

CPR Training For An Infant

Other Suggested Training Courses

*I have had many of families over the years notify me that there are active cameras around the home to ensure the safety of the child, so don’t feel that it’s out of the ordinary. In fact its something that I personally would do if I was a parent.*

Pros & Cons Of Having A Newborn Nanny

Perhaps day care is your answer! Working an 8-5 job and looking for an easy drop off and pick up? This is your calling! There’s something about starting school early for a child that puts a parent as ease, and I don’t blame you! You are already building relationships at school with staff and trust for the future and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I mean, hell, it could even be more expensive than having a nanny for all I know, and your getting more benefits for you and your child? Then to me it’s a personal win. If you do decide on this route and choice for a day care, you must realize that most schools and daycare’s will require certain vaccines to be up to date with your child that you might not want to expose to them to so early and it’s something to consider. (Perhaps discuss the school policy on vaccines before making this decision.) But also realize that the school may bring more bacteria and germs to your little one if not careful. With this thought, I personally advise you to visit the facility a few times and examine the toys and room that your child might be in 8-9 hours of the day and make the executive decision, is it safe enough for your child?

Pros & Cons To Newborn Daycare

There is a lot to think about when it comes to your little one arriving and trust me it doesn’t stop there! But hopefully this points you in some direction.

Remember there is no right or wrong choice!

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