Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. Watch newborn and other children while mom takes a shower/nap
Mother care - listening, feed her, remind her to care for herself, encourage her, help with siblings, watch for any issues that may occur, assure her of what is normal, care for recovery from birth, processing the birth experience
Newborn care demonstrations - diaper care, circumcision care, tips on calming a crying baby, burping, sponge bathing, latch and positioning for nursing, positions for holding, tips on dressing newborn, diaper chart
Breastfeeding counseling - prepare pump supplies and/or bottles. If complications will refer a lactation consultant or La Leche League breastfeeding consultant
Household tidy up (light housekeeping)- washing dishes, laundry for family, cleaning counters, Sweeping, errands i.e. grocery shopping
Organize baby equipments, baby clothes, and room/nursery
Organize home to be new mom friendly - ex. set up changing station or resting station on first floor
Information seeking - books, resources to review, questions to research
Childcare (Sibling support) - take older kids out for a walk, prepare an activity for them, prepare for bed, get ready for school, pick up and drop off
Meal preparations - daily meal preparations, meal planning advice
Mother massage - hand, foot, and/or back
Infant massage - hand, foot, and/or back
Referrals and resources - massage therapists, acupuncture, support groups, pediatric chiropractor, green baby products, etc
Non judgmental support for family
Teach and practice baby wearing
Sleep solutions and how to get enough sleep in a few weeks
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. The best advice I can give a customer looking for a child care provider is to do your research. We are a great service, but not everyone fits well with each other. TAG would encourage you to interview with a few other people so you know that you have made the best decision.