2012 February - Baby-sitting & Childcare

Six Steps To Starting A Child Care Business In Your Home

Posted in Child Care on 29th February 2012

Six Steps To Starting A Child Care Business In Your Home

Article by Lynn Powers

Starting up a child care business in your home involves quite a bit of planning. Here are some things to consider:

1. Licenses and Legalities – The first step you’ll want to take is learning everything you can about your individual state laws concerning home child care. Health codes, zoning laws, liability insurance, required certification, income taxes…just to name a few. Even if you are re-starting your business after taking some time off, you’ll want to brush up…the laws you remember may have been amended.

2. Research the Competition – Call around to various day care centers, as well as home child care providers and ask questions. Check on rates, guidelines, hours, how they handle payment, sick children, and behavior issues. The more you know about what other providers offer, the better you will know the parents’ expectations and will be able to prepare your business.

3. Educate Yourself – Take local classes. Subscribe to child care magazines or visit your library and read through several of the latest copies. Sign up for several e-zines and e-newsletters to receive information on day care tips and trends as well as general news about kids – their behavior, health, and the latest scientific research. Some information is timeless, but new developments in caring for children pop up every day. Be in the know and kept up-to-date on these changing issues.

4. Child-Proof Your Home – No matter the age of the children you’ll be caring for, you can’t child-proof your home too much. Invest in cabinet and drawer latches, secure gates for the top of stairs or rooms you want to block off. Put away any fragile items, and reserve your green thumb for outdoors or put potted plants on high shelves that aren’t reachable, even if an older child stands on a kitchen chair. Cover sharp corners on tables, furniture or fireplace hearths, and secure fireplace openings. Lock up all unsafe foods and beverages. Don’t light candles. Put away perfumes or sprays. Keep outlets plugged and cords inaccessible. Keep floors as free as you can of lint or other objects that babies will inevitably find and put in their mouths. These things may seem obvious but are often overlooked.

5. Policies and Procedures – If you can, get your hands on a couple of contracts from local day care centers and see how they are worded. Decide which of these policies you need to implement. Some important things to cover include the same things you’ve researched. Rates, payment options, how much you will charge for late pick-up, behavior matters, and your policy on sick children and last-minute cancellations. Be sure to require two or more emergency contacts, as well as full medical information, including any food allergies or concerns. Have a few trusted and experienced day care providers look over your contract before implementing, to make certain there are no loop holes and that everything is covered.

6. Advertise – Of

Mother’s Day Gift-Silk Scarf

Posted in Working Mothers on 28th February 2012

Mother’s Day Gift-Silk Scarf

Article by Kaite

Why Do Babies Get Diaper Rash

Posted in Babysitting on 27th February 2012

Why Do Babies Get Diaper Rash

Article by Dave J Smith

Let’s face it, wetness and babies don’t mix. Wetness is the major reason why babies get diaper rash. Why does this happen? Babies can’t change themselves. Babies urinate and have looser stool, which means moisture. Moisture coupled with the heat contained within the diaper is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which is the source of diaper rash in your baby. If you don’t change your baby’s diaper soon after a bowel movement, then the longer your baby sits and stews, the greater the chances for a run with diaper rash.

Older babies have problems with diaper rash when they get sick. Doctors prescribe antibiotics, which can cause a bout with diarrhea, which increases the risk of getting diaper rash. The domino effect, isn’t it. This means that, if you have an older baby who is on antibiotics, then you need to be prepared for more frequent diaper changes.

Response time plays a key role in whether or not your baby will either get diaper rash, or how long it lasts. While today’s parents have a busy lifestyle, it is no excuse for not looking to your baby’s diaper changing needs, preferrably within a couple of hours from the time of urination or bowel movement. The longer you put it off — or forget all about it — the worse things will be for your baby, and you.

Remember, too, that the soap you use in your baby’s clothes might cause an allergic reaction, so be wary of this when you wash their clothes. Also, certain powders or petroleum jelly can reactive unfavorably with your baby’s sensitive skin. Be alert to this if you use powders to dry the skin after changing.

So, change quickly, change often, watch for allergic reactions, especially with soaps, powders and solid foods, and you will lessen the suffering caused by a diaper rash infection.

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