Monthly Archives: March 2013

#6. Top 10 things you don’t need for your baby

I am a big advocate of swaddling. In my experience young babies who are swaddled sleep much better than those who are not. Wrapping your baby is one the very first things I’d suggest if your baby has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.


However, I do not recommend you buy a swaddle suit. Not only are they an unnecessary expense but can actually do more harm than good, potentially causing damage to your baby’s hips. All you need to swaddle your baby are muslin cloths.

#6 Item you should avoid buying your baby: Swaddle Suits

Why Swaddle?

  • Swaddling basically means “wrapping your baby firmly.” The sensation of pressure on their bodies mimics the feeling of being in the womb and provides comfort (like a hug!). This comforting feeling allows them to feel safer and more relaxed when falling asleep. Continue reading


Filed under Baby Product Advice, Babycare Advice, General, Tips and tricks

Is your dog like your baby? Is your baby like your dog? ….

I see Freddy and Matty two days a week.

Now This Is Just Wrong!

When I arrive at the house Freddy is always excited to see me. He comes straight over to me as fast as his little legs can carry him, eager for a cuddle and a kiss. Matty usually seems pleased I’ve arrived as well, though he isn’t as demonstrable as Freddy.

When the mum of the house has to leave for work Freddy will sometime whine. Nothing to worry about, a few small complaints maybe, a longing look out the front window; he soon settles into the day happily. Matty can be more inclined to fret, scratching at the closed door and trying to reach under the gap. Continue reading


Filed under General, Just for Fun

What is the difference between a nanny and a babysitter?

I feel frustrated if someone says I work as a babysitter or au pair. I used to, when I was a teenager. But now I have 2 university degrees, over 15 years experience in my industry, and a focused and specific knowledge about the care, education and development of young children. Surely it’s obvious that a job a teenager can do is not the same thing an educated professional does?

A child and her nanny

But it’s not obvious to many, causing confusion amongst both parents and carers. In-home private childcare is still a largely emergent market in Australia. Though countries like England have had nannies as well as babysitters for long enough to develop a clear sense of the different care they provide, in Australia we are still learning about how to best utilise all the options available for private childcare.

As with any industry, not knowing exactly what you want from an employee can lead to dissatisfaction all round. Parents can end up feeling unsure about what they can ask of their carers or what their responsibilities as employees are, and carers may feel conflicted about their role and what is expected from them.

If you want to hire someone to care for your children or want to work in the private childcare industry, arming yourself with the knowledge to find the right fit between family and carer should be your first step.

Click here to read my article,

‘What’s in a name?’

for simple and clear definitions of a babysitter, an au pair, a mother’s help, and a nanny.


Check back at Babysitter Search for my monthly contributions to their blog, as well as other great articles and tips.




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Can a cat suck a baby’s breath?


For hundreds of years cats have been accused of killing babies. The reasons vary over time, but still today there are many people who fear having a cat in the same home as a baby. 

So can a cat steal your baby’s breath, and should you get rid of your moggy before becoming a parent?

The short answer is, No.

Why do we fear the cat?

Cats were once considered evil, even now there are superstitions about black cats bringing bad luck. During the 13th and 14th century it was believed a cat could suck the soul out of a baby. Their associations with witches and vampires reinforced a notion of a cat as mysterious beings with the potential to suck life force out of the most innocent and pure. Continue reading


Filed under General, Tips and tricks, Weird and Wonderful

Go The F*** to Sleep

Have you heard of this book? It’s been around a while now and was hugely successful when it was released in 2011. But, in case you’ve missed it I really think you should take a look and I think you’ll enjoy it.

Go the Fuck to Sleep

Go the Fuck to Sleep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After trying, unsuccessfully  to get his 2 year old to sleep for several hours, previously unpublished author Adam Mansbach facebooked that he would write a book called ‘Go the F*** to Sleep.’ At the encouragement of his friends he decided to actually write it; a picture book for adults that verbalises the internal frustration you can feel while helping a wakeful child to settle. Continue reading

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