Child Care

    Childcare involves so much, from finding a caregiver to taking the little ones on vacation.

    But we’ve got the information you need to make it easier.

    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!


  • Tips for Conducting Child Care Research

    List Your Requirements Start a folder or notebook to keep records of your child care research. Think about your child care needs and write down your preferences: What type of care would you like for your child? Does your child have special needs? Do you need full-time or part-time care? What hours/days will your child need […]

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  • 3 Halloween Costume Hazards

    When we think of Halloween, costumes and candy usually pop into mind. However, with all the fun, it’s easy to forget about safety. Here are just a few tips from Jenna B., a child life specialist at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, to help keep your children safe during the Halloween festivities. Jenna writes: […]

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  • 20 Items for Your Emergency Entertainment Kit

    What do you do with the kids when: the power goes out? you’re stuck at the airport? you’re stranded in your car during a snowstorm? you’ve been evacuated to a temporary shelter due to a natural disaster? for whatever reason, your kids are without their usual toys and diversions? If you’re not prepared, children will […]

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  • 7 Tips for Cruising with Kids

    By Steven W., our family blogger Cruising can be an ideal way to travel with young children due to the many on-ship activities and programs for your children and the convenience of your cabin and the dining room when returning from a day-long excursion. We enjoyed a 15-day Hawaiian cruise aboard the Diamond Princess last […]

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  • 4 Recommended Adult-to-Child Child-Care Ratios

    Infants (up to 12 months): No more than eight babies per group; one adult for every four babies. Young Toddlers (12–24 months): No more than 12 children per group; one adult for every four children. Older Toddlers (24–30 months): No more than 12 children per group; one adult for every six children. Preschoolers (30 months to 5 […]

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  • 7 Sources for Affordable Child Care

    According to the Children’s Defense Fund, the average cost of childcare for a four-year-old is $4,000-6,000+ a year. Some urban area centers can charge over $10,000 a year. Finding affordable childcare isn’t easy. Here is a “starter” list of resources and tips to help you in your search. Programs and Resources – Local and State Contact the […]

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  • 16 Ways to Evaluate Your Child-Care Provider

    As part of the final choice in child care, have your child spend part of a day in the center or home for a “trial.” Be sure you can be easily contacted during this time. Discuss the experience with your child and the caregiver or center personnel. Once you’ve chosen a center, keep visiting whenever you […]

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  • 7 Steps to Choosing a Nanny

    We researched, spoke with nannies, nanny placement agencies and parents who use nannies to find the best advice to start you off on your search for your own Mary Poppins. WHN TIP – Know What Matters to You: Our Tips for Conducting Child Care Research provides a wealth of areas to consider. Finding Nanny Recommendations/Resources Expect […]

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  • 6 Steps to Choosing a Babysitter

    We researched the subject, interviewed babysitters, babysitting agencies, the American Red Cross and moms and dads about finding a good babysitter. Here are the top pieces of advice. Finding a Sitter Ask friends, family, coworkers and neighbors for recommendations or how they found their sitter. Place ads online (like craigslist) or at local places of […]

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  • 4 Things to Know About Buying A Child Car-Seat

    Does your child really need to be in a car seat? According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, “All states and territories require child safety seats for infants and children fitting specific criteria, but requirements vary based on age, weight and height.” (For rules by state, click here.) Why? According to SafeRide4Kids, in 2011, more than […]

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