The do's and don'ts of giving instruction to caregivers

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The do's and don'ts of giving instruction to caregivers

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It is very important that you communicate with your caregiver, how you want your child to be taken care of. It is very important that you create a team with your caregiver, that your caregiver knows that she is very important to your team. The best way to communicate your needs to her is, perhaps, to have her follow you around. You are the model. You are the one letting him or her know how you want your child cared for. You do your daily routines with your baby and she can watch. She can be your shadow. When she starts doing things with your baby, you need to give her positive affirmations to let her know she is doing it well. You may consider sometimes, giving her indications like this, "My baby really likes it when I talk to her during her bath." Or "My baby really likes it when I follow a consistent routine." "My baby is really happy when I sing to her at bedtime." Whatever your needs are. It is a very nice way to communicate with her, what your needs are with your baby. You really want to establish a good team with this person. It is important that you have consistency and you do it in the same way.

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Elsa Chahin was born in Mexico City and grew up in both the United States and Mexico, feeling at home with both cultures. She is a RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Associate, and PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care) Trainer, working with professionals and parents of babies zero to three. She is a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator; as a Certified Interpreter-Translator, she collaborated in the translation into Spanish of Magda Gerber’s book Your Self Confident Baby and translated and narrated Magda Gerber’s videos “See How They Move“ and “Seeing Infant With New Eyes”, and the audio guide for caregivers.  Elsa is a Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language, passing her Proficiency in English exams at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.  She studied In Budapest, Hungary under the tutelage of Anna Tardos, Dr. Emmi Pikler’s daughter. She has authored several articles and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of caring for babies with respect.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikler/Loczy Fund USA. Before embarking in her career in infant development, she was a professional ballerina who continues to teach dance to little ones. Above of all, she is a joyous mom!

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