How to Handle Baby Formula

How to Handle Baby Formula

  • Check the expiration date on the can or carton of baby formula before using.
  • Wash hands and the top of the infant formula can with warm water and soap before opening.
  • Mix the baby formula exactly as directed. Read the directions carefully to ensure proper measurements.  Do not add water to the infant formula if the directions do not call for it.
  • Do not heat in the microwave. Instead place the bottle in bowl of hot water or run hot water over it.
  • Test the temperature of the formula by shaking a few drops on the inner wrist. It doesn’t need to be hot just body temperature.
  • Formula can be given to a child at room temperature or right out of the refrigerator.
  • If the formula has been warmed, it must be given to the child immediately to keep germs from growing in it.
  • If the child does not drink all of the prepared formula, throw the leftover amount out. Do not refrigerate to use again.
  • Prepared bottles can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours (but no longer).
  • If taking prepared bottles out of the house, carry them in an insulated container or plastic bag with a small ice pack. If the milk is not cold to the touch when taken out of the bag, don’t use it.

Do you have a baby that's currently drinking infant formula?  I've put together this Infant Food Guide table that might be useful to help you.

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How to Help Your Child with Chicken Pox

How to Help Your Child with Chicken Pox

As a mother of three, I've unfortunately dealt with my fair share of respiratory infections, ear infections, coughs, infections, rashes, itches, and bumps amongst my children.  I know that I wished I had a "quick gude" to help me through those tough times.  

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How to Help Your Child with Bronchitis

How to Help Your Child with Bronchitis

As a mother of three, I've unfortunately dealt with my fair share of respiratory infections, ear infections, coughs, infections, rashes, itches, and bumps amongst my children.  I know that I wished I had a "quick gude" to help me through those tough times.

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How to Help Your Child with an Ear Infection

How to Help Your Child with an Ear Infection

As a mother of three, I've unfortunately dealt with my fair share of ear infections, coughs, infections, rashes, itches, and bumps amongst my children.  I know that I wished I had a "quick gude" to help me through those tough times.

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How to Help Your Child with Croup

How to Help Your Child with Croup

As a mother of three, I've unfortunately dealt with my fair share of coughs, infections, rashes, itches, and bumps amongst my children.  I know that I wished I had a "quick gude" to help me through those tough times.

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Tags: croup, croup treatment, croup in kids, croup in toddlers, croup symptoms, croup in babies

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How to Help Your Child with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

How to Help Your Child with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

As a mother of three, I've unfortunately dealt with my fair share of infections, rashes, itches, and bumps amongst my children.  I know that I wished I had a "quick guide" to help me through those tough times.

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How to Help Your Child with Impetigo

How to Help Your Child with Impetigo

As a mother of three, I've unfortunately dealt with my fair share of rashes, itches, and bumps amongst my children.  I know that I wished I had a "quick guide" to help me through those tough times.

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How to Help Your Child with Scabies

How to Help Your Child with Scabies

As a mother of three, I've unfortunately dealt with my fair share of rashes, itches, and bumps amongst my children.  I know that I wished I had a "quick guide" to help me through those tough times.

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How to Help Your Child with Cocksackie

How to Help Your Child with Cocksackie

As a mother of three, I've unfortunately dealt with my fair share of rashes, itches, and bumps amongst my children.  I know that I wished I had a "quick gude" to help me through those tough times.

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How to Help Your Baby with Colic

How to Help Your Baby with Colic

As a mother of three, I've dealt with colic more times than I care to remember.  Sleepless nights, crazy headaches, and more than anything else...a feeling of helplessness as I sat and watched my "colicky" child cry.

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NYC Nanny and Childcare Options Lecture - This Saturday 4/1/17

NYC Nanny and Childcare Options Lecture - This Saturday 4/1/17

I've partnered with the team at Apple Seeds NYC to give two free lectures this Saturday 4/1.  The title is "New York City Nanny and Childcare 101 - A complete guide to choosing the ideal match for your family."

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Need Help Finding a Nanny in NYC? Use These 3 Tools

Need Help Finding a Nanny in NYC? Use These 3 Tools

My job is to help my nyc nanny agency clients find the perfect nanny.  Over the years of dealing with NYC nannies and helping these clients find their match, I’ve come to rely on three basic tools that, in every situation, help my families get exactly what they want – the ideal caregiver.  In fact, I rely on these tools so much that I created my own versions of them.  The Family Needs Assessment in particular, comes from my work as a therapist...think of it like a "history and intake form."  This is the way things get started and it really helps guide your search.

I've also included my own reference check questions...it's imperative that you choose the questions that are particular for YOUR job...don't just use generic ones!

And finally the trials.  I have tons of "trial set up tips" - feel free to reach out to me if you'd like a copy of those!

So here are the 3 tools that anyone setting out on the task of finding a nanny in nyc should use.

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: What is SIDS and How to Prevent It

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: What is SIDS and How to Prevent It


I've been getting a lot of questions in my nanny agency and parent coaching practice about sleep "problems" lately...so I've been posting some articles about variouos sleep training methods and even a baby sleep chart. In this post, I'll review some basic bullets about suddent infant death syndrome - I've even created a video with the folks at Howcast that describes what is SIDS and how to prevent SIDS.

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Finding a Nanny in NYC is Hard - Ask Yourself These 8 Questions

Finding a Nanny in NYC is Hard - Ask Yourself These 8 Questions

Finding a nanny in NYC is hard!  There seem to be so many nanny agencies, so many candidates, and so many options - my clients often feel like they have "decision fatigue."

To help people with this struggle, I put together a list of 8 questions to ask yourself.  You should try to complete this exercise before you start your journey of finding a nanny in NYC.  The more you answer these questions ahead of time, the less time you'll waste on the back-end.

The first thing to do is to think about your specific needs and the needs of each of your children (e.g., what are the days and hours that you REALLY need coverage [or want coverage], how much flexibility do you really need this caregiver to have [i.e., do you often have to stay late unexpectedly to meet a deadline at work?], how much individual attention does your child need, do you want someone to help teach your children a second language?, etc.).  Doing this first will narrow down your choices and help you make a decision about who to interview. Otherwise, you'll end up with a huge list of candidates and no ability to really narrow them down.  You can easily do this step yourself, but any of the NYC nanny agencies out there should also be able to walk you through this process.

So how do you go about narrowing down your list of nanny candidates?

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The 3 Top Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Nanny

The 3 Top Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Nanny

As I’ve said many times before, the nanny world is the “Wild West” where 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2.  And yet, my clients regularly ask me for a list of interview questions for a nanny.  Despite this repeated request, I always tell my nanny agency clients that interviews in the nanny world can mean absolutely nothing.  I’ve seen nannies who were amazing and polished during the interview be completely terrible during the trial, and I’ve seen nannies who struck the parents as being too boring or quiet during the interview come to life in the most wonderful way when interacting with children.  The truth is that many nannies are not great interviewers because they are not used to a setting that’s more typical of the professional world: They’re nervous, and there may be language issues (or even cultural or class-related issues) that make easy communication difficult or uncomfortable.

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Live-in Nanny vs. Live Out Nanny - Which Is Best for You?

Live-in Nanny vs. Live Out Nanny - Which Is Best for You?

This post is part of a multi multi-part blog series under the headline, “How to Find a Nanny, and why Simply Searching “Best Nanny Agencies NYC” Doesn’t Work."

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Should You Use a New York Nanny Agencies or Care.com?

Should You Use a New York Nanny Agencies or Care.com?

Clients often ask me the question, "I'm staring at a list of the best nanny agencies in New York and I have Care.com open in another browser window....I'm paralyzed in figuring out how I should find my nanny....HELP!"

Unsurprisingly, the answer I typically give them is, "it depends.  Do you even know what New York nanny agencies do and don't do for you?"

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Overcome Your Biases Before Hiring a Nanny Agency in Manhattan

Overcome Your Biases Before Hiring a Nanny Agency in Manhattan

I provide a lot of hand-holding to my nanny agency in Manhattan clients and I often find that I end up mixing in a lot of therapy as I walk them through their options as they choose the right caregiver for their family.  Today, I review the importance of really digging-deep and understanding any preconceived notions or biases that might affect how you view candidates when you start looking for a nanny.   

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Easy Guide For How to Find a Nanny in NYC

Easy Guide For How to Find a Nanny in NYC

As the founder of my own Nanny Agency in Manhattan, and a working mother of three, I am intimately familiar with the issues surrounding nannies and childcare because I have experienced them first-hand. While my company offers support and advice for parents on all aspects of raising children, my friends call me the “Nanny Whisperer” because I specialize in what I call Nanny-Family Matching—that is, the art (and science!) of finding amazing nannies and matching them with their perfect family.

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Sleep Training Methods: Quick Notes + Video Help + Baby Sleep Chart

Sleep Training Methods: Quick Notes + Video Help + Baby Sleep Chart


I don't know if it's just "that time of year," but I've been getting a LOT of requests lately from my nanny agency clients for my sleep training notes.  Maybe it's because I'm seeing a lot of first-time parents looking to find a nanny...but whatever the reason, I thought it might be wise to share some of the sleep training notes I give them.  I've also included two videos I did with the folks at Howcast that you might find useful, AND a baby sleep chart. How's that for a good day?

Ok...so here are the links to notes on all the different sleep training methods I've compiled.  

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