I started babysitting when I was 13. I watched various children from various families in my neighborhood until I was 16. With those families I mostly played with the children, fed them dinner, and with a few I bathed and put them to bed. I started my first nanny job when I was 16 in September of 2004. The family had three girls, a newborn, a two and a half year old, and a five year old. I was with them Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm for 3 years. My job with them was to play with them, keep the children actively entertained, prepared dinner, fed, changed and played with the infant, as well as tummy time, and helped the oldest with her homework. I started working as a full-time nanny in April of 2007. I stayed with that family until November 2009. They had one girl who was six weeks old when I started. With my most recent family I took care of all her baby needs, tummy time, walks to the park, as she got older I added developmental play to encourage her to roll over, crawl, pull to stand and walk. Together we learned baby sign language to help her communicate before she could speak, we took baby and me classes weekly (gymnastics, ballet, and swimming), we take weekly trips to the library, and different local parks, monthly trips to educational places such as the zoo, aquarium, and discovery science center. At the end of my time with the family I helped them with potty training.
My next full time nanny position was with a boy who was six months old when I started I watched him for a year. With him the couple parts that were differences in my daily activities between him and the previous children were he had a dog so we went on daily walks with the dog, and I helped him and his family through the task of getting rid of the pacifier.
I then worked in a childcare center as an infant/toddler for one year. It was an interesting change. The majority of my time at the center I was one of three teachers in a room with twelve infants. We had a daily routine we followed including eating, sleeping, outside play, floor time, and circle time. I mastered the ability to multitask and to care and entertain multiple infants ranging in age from six weeks to a one year old at the same time.
After the daycare center I returned to nannying. I then began watching a set of boy/girl twins. They were give months old when I began caring for them. I watched them till they were twenty-two months when their parents decided they wanted the twins to go to daycare for socialization purposes. Caring for twins wasn't a new challenge after working in the daycare center. While caring for the twins I synchronized their eating and sleeping schedules. They were both slightly delayed in their gross motor development because they were premature. I encouraged them to progress physically with the help of a physical therapist that we visited once a week. Both of them caught up physically by the time they were eighteen months. On a weekly basis I took the twins to story time at the library and to the local park.
While caring for the twins I gave birth to my baby boy. I returned to care of the twins when he was two weeks old. I wear him in a wrap and have been able to continue my care for the twins with the same high standards I always hold myself to when I care for children.