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Just got my first Nanny gig! Any tips for a newbie?

I'm going to be Nannying for a young toddler, any tips or tricks for gaining the little ones trust? Activities for an 11 month year old?

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Iva in Berkeley, CA
Sept. 28, 2018

Try your best to be mom and dad's remote-controlled robot. As a babysitter or nanny, your job is to follow orders exactly as given by the child's parents. Do not overlook the intuition and desire of the child

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Alexia in Raleigh, NC
Sept. 6, 2018

Depending whether its a girl or boy, I would just try to relate to them as much as possible. I've always found great success in keeping up with whats trending for their age and in conversations.

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Pinterest!!! Such good crafts ideas for the littles! My favorite thing to offer each family I work for is a daily log and/or summary of the day. What we did, nap, activities, food, wet diapers, just depends how detailed you want to be.It can really help parents feel connected. :)

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Merlys in Miami, FL
Aug. 27, 2018

Do not stop looking for 1 minute, because that is the age that they are curious about everything and can be hurt.

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I think you should play things like hide and go seek, or play games that they enjoy doing.

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be caring and loving and sweet and clean and help the kids with anything they need help with watch them feed them

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Layna in Mchenry, IL
Aug. 26, 2018

Pay attention to them, give them some time to get used to you. Try sitting down in a room with toys and let the toddler come to you. Be friendly, smile a lot, and try reading books or singing to help them get used to your voice. Also, if it's been a couple days and they're still crying when you pick them up, don't put them down immediately. Some kids are stubborn and they need to know that you aren't going anywhere and they're just going to have to deal with it!

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take walks with the baby obviously in the stroller , go to librarys , read, sing, count any of things thing will enjoy by little ones

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Abby in Cleburne, TX
Aug. 25, 2018

With my niece she really loved music and for my to sing to her and that's how my bonded.

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User in Chino, CA
Aug. 25, 2018

books, lots and lots of books. I do a lot of walks and interactive toys.

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Toddlers has a sixth sense. Just be at his/her level. Do not be to pushy and set boundaries.

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Eda in Horsham, PA
Aug. 24, 2018

This age is getting up and you have to understand your child how to look and respond with love and catching him by hand and compayning until he is afraid and he starts he walk.If he is looking for something you try to tell all toys until hi found his toy.I mean you need intuition to understand the childs reflexes.

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Trust is earned, there is no easy way around that. The main advice I can give is: PICK YOUR BATTLES! Children can be trying, it is one way they learn their boundaries. Stick to your principals(or the principals that the parents want to instill) and the kid will follow suit. Communicating, playing and empathy will win over the baby.

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Dahrya in Tucker, GA
Aug. 23, 2018

just be the best that you can

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Find out what he likes. For the first few visits, see what he enjoys playing with and go along with what he's doing. If you play along with him, versus him playing along with you, he will become more comfortable with you.

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If the family is okay with you taking their little one out then I'd suggest finding the nearest Gymboree and participate in some fun classes! I've done that in the past and the kids loved it !

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gaining the trust of a toddler requires that you listen to his or her non verbal ques. speaking back to them the words they say to you when they ask you questions,using eye,contact,keeping your word to them and being reliable as well. activities for a 11 month old they develop so quickly at this age be sure to engage with them in lots of fun! do this with their meals. also you can get baby trampolines you can play with the baby with age appropriate safety toys etc! you can use your own voice and teach the baby how to sing and and improve their basic motor skills.

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Lorie in Corning, NY
Aug. 21, 2018

play with them, you tube should help you

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Alexis in Galena, OH
Aug. 20, 2018

Congratulations on getting one of the most enjoyable jobs out there!! Since every child is different, my advice would be to interact with the toddler and see what s/he likes to do! If available, go to the park or the zoo! Kids really enjoy reading time at the library as well. Best of luck!

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Follow the child -

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Ask the kids what they like to do and try to find activities that involve it

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Ann in Napa, CA
Aug. 20, 2018

Wear comfortable clothes and allow time to build the relationship. Also remember that the relationship with the parents is as important and will prove to be worthwhile when they text you for their next gig. Good luck.

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User in Raleigh, NC
Aug. 20, 2018

In order to gain trust from basically any baby, first you must feel confident with yourself because they can notice when people are nervous or scared and this can transmit insecurities to them. Also, being friendly is good, but for shy babies is always good to give them some space for them to get used to you being around before trying to become best friends with you. Try using toys as a way to distract them from the parents leaving and to establish a good bond with them. These are some tips to help the baby in building eye-hand coordination: 1. Provide support during walking. 2. Encourage the baby to search his favorite toy from a toy basket. 3. Give pull/ push toys for playing. 4. Toss or roll a ball back and forth. 5. Encourage the baby to pick his toy off from the floor in standing position without any support.

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Make sure to put your foot down right away! Don't be afraid to discipline (take things away, lose TV time, timeouts), because if you set your rules right away at the beginning the kids will adjust and it will be a much easier job in the long run!

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Avoid telling them what to do or not to do something... They are toddlers, they are excited about exploring and learning!!! Don't stop that excitement by not allowing them to touch things or look at things or whatever... Embrace it (enjoy and love every second of the 1/4 mile walk that takes 2 hours! Bring a magnify glass, lay on the ground and look at the grass, sidewalk, bugs, etc...) Paint paint paint! Especially during the winter time, the little ones and I live in a little blow up pool in the play room or kitchen floor that is used for sensory play with beans, rice, etc... as well as painting projects, which I generally use 2 colors at a time so we can work on learning those 2 colors. Plus the projects don't turn out brown/black. :-) The most important thing though is not to teach them what it looks like to yell or get upset. It's about communication; they want to communicate so badly, most of the time if you just sit down right next to them when they are upset about something and ask them why are you so upset? or what can I do to help? or something, they will try to explain it, but as long as you're listening and caring, they will notice and you two will begin creating a bond and understand eachother so much quicker and easier. ***Oh, and never let them give up! When they try something, whether it's falling, or not being able to put on their shoe, or something, be their support and let them know they can do it... All of the support and encouragement, and patience will be what has the child be excited for school/learning new things, or it will be what has the child become self-conscious/sensitive and negative about school. :-)

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Marian in Norman, OK
Aug. 19, 2018

The biggest mistake people make with toddlers is trying to get them to trust/like you immediately. Be kind and gentle, and be yourself. Start looking at a book or a toy that they might be interested in, and when they join you, make the activity the focus. The trust will come as they begin to enjoy your company. Household items make great activities--pots and pans, measuring cups, etc. Just be sure to wash them after play time!

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Shavon in Detroit, MI
Aug. 19, 2018

Anything related to paw patrol or a popular tv show now. Kids just love to be in your presence. Make sure you're giving them all the attention !

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This is a wonderful age; what I've learned from experience & taking child development courses is, that the experiences children have during their first five years have a incredible impact on the development of their brains, their health, and their future as adults. This is a wonderful age; you'll quickly notice she's ready to learn & absorb everything. She'll want to touch, smell, and taste to understand the world around her. A fun activity would be to try out learning different textures with her. Use a dark marker to trace letters of the alphabet and/or numbers onto paper; then have her decorate the letters with textured items such as sandpaper, beans, cotton balls, pastas, and pipe cleaners. Touching the letters will give her the opportunity to feel the way a letter is formed. Another activity you'll both enjoy is labeling items around the house. Pick just one or two items to label in the house, such as the refrigerator, windows, and chairs, and rotate the labeled objects every few months. Make labels the same size and use a basic font so baby Gig can identify them easily. Type, print, and cut out individual words; then glue the words to index cards and stick them on objects. Labeling allows her to know that everything has a set of common symbols to be written down and identified. These are fun & wonderful activities to help build a bond & help her learn. I hope my tips are helpful. Have lots of fun! :)

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Just have patience, love, treat them as your own. and just have fun with the family

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Developmentally, 11 month year olds are very curious and adventurous. Always make sure items are out of reach and doors and cabinets are locked because they will want to explore everything. They also often enjoy climbing and taking some tentative steps on their own. 11 Month year olds love figuring out how toys and other items work, so puzzles are a great activity. The down side to 11 month olds is that they have become aware that their emotions elicit responses in the adults around them and they WILL throw temper tantrums to get what they want. The child will most likely know the word no and will probably use it a lot. They also will enjoy engaging in conversation back and forth although their responses are not complete sentences or even whole words sometimes yet.

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Ashley in Tulsa, OK
Aug. 16, 2018

Congragulations on your first nanny job!Remember all your activities must be safe. Make sure you are playing with the child in a safe place, look for choking hazards, tripping hazards and sharp objects! When a child is 11 months they are learning rapidly, so try to play games that will enhance their understanding of the world around them! Like reading to them and playing with shapes and colors. My best tip is if they're fussy try giving them a little snack! They can't tell you that they're hungy quite yet!

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Hannah in Rowan, IA
Aug. 16, 2018

They love it when you make faces or you could watch a movie with them. You could also play with toys just make sure that the toys are something small that they could swallow. That would be bad. Just be cautious what you give them.

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Lisa in Newport, KY
Aug. 16, 2018

This age is all about puzzles, blocks, cars and crafts! A fun craft is setting poster board or paper out on the floor or table and put some cool whip and pudding on there and let them go at it! Super fun and tasty!

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Jesell in Reedley, CA
Aug. 16, 2018

11 month year old have full on energy and love to walk and run back and forth, playing ball with them would be great to begin with, it'll eventually drain out their energy.

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If you smile and act like you are having fun they'll enjoy any activity no matter how boring. And the best part is when they start having fun the happiness spreads and you realize you aren't faking your smile. You actually enjoy your time with them and that's how they trust you because kids can tell anytime you are lying even if it's just as simple as a fake smile. They pick up a lot more than most adults realize!

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Lana in Peoria, AZ
Aug. 16, 2018

sing songs play peekaboo, ring bells, hide toys and make funny sounds or animal noises together. Surprise toys like a jack-in-the-box are fun from around 10 months on. Playing together also helps your baby feel loved and secure. they love it when you're funny!

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be charismatic and playful

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These little ones love when we fall to their silliness. Show yourself impressed by their actions and they will be all sweetness.

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Well, the best activities to do with the toddler is to take them for a walk, maybe to the park, let him play on the playground that fits his age. But if you're planning to stay home play with his favorite toys, watching little kids shows, probably using Disney Junior, Nick Jr and maybe PBS kids. but if that doesn't work out find a movie for you to watch together, I recommend Cars 3 if he is a fan of Lightning McQueen.

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I would say just to keep them occupied in any way. At that age anything works for keeping their attention. Maybe watch a TV show or a movie and play games of catch or something like that.

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Get disposable baby changing mats, a blanket, art supplies (washable paint, plenty of paper, etc.), and a bubble machine (you can also buy little bubble makers at the dollar store). Go outside, paint together and blow bubbles so they can catch them. This gives you a simple opportunity to listen to the child attentively, creates room for them to express, openly in a chill environment, and helps build hand-eye coordination. You should preferably do this at a park on nice day to brighten the mood but this can also be done indoors.

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User in Astoria, NY
Aug. 15, 2018

During the last baby's first year, you should see an emerging sense of self, independence and exploration. *Read with your baby: you can encourage your baby's talking and imagination by reading books together, telling stories, singing songs and reciting nursery rhymes. *Play together: sing songs, play peekaboo, ring bells, hide toys and make funny sounds or animal noises together. Surprise toys like a jack-in-the-box are fun from around 10 months on. Playing together also helps your baby feel loved and secure. *Encourage moving: moving and exploring help your baby build muscle strength for more complex movements like pulling to stand and walking. If your baby is crawling, you could try getting down on the floor and crawling around with her, or playing a game of chasey.

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Always baby need love and care include activity, cognition...

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maintain eye contact, talk soothingly, smile, tell them what you're doing as you are doing it, walk slowly, no abruptness, offer cuddle time frequently

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Allison in Piqua, OH
Aug. 15, 2018

The best advice I have is just to talk to them, play with them and be silly. Comfort them if they get upset when mommy/daddy leaves and try to redirect them as much as possible. Also, if they have a favorite song sing to them. Baby dolls, toy food, stacking anything, instruments, and anything else like that without small pieces would be appropriate.

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User in San Diego, CA
Aug. 15, 2018

Just play with them to gain their trust, or read & usually they will see you can be trusted & of course go to the park :)

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bring toddler balloons that float, hard cover books, balls that light up you can buy from dollar tree and wrap each one up and give one to toddler ever other day for a week then hold toddler and rock to sleep for each of his naps after toddler falls asleep lay toddler in crime and stay in room for the first week to two. these all gain trust/bond and so you care about toddler. good luck

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