How to Babysit a Friend's Daughter

A nanny for a day

Still waiting for a call from my manning agency for new contract and medical examinations, I was requested by my friend to babysit her daughter.

Princess Pauleen is a feisty but lovable two-year old kid who's hyper-activeness amazes me. Although, still grasping for words, she will grasp my face with two hands and let me face her as she talks about something...like playing the Lego or babysitting (yes!!!) her talking (err sounding) doll.

I always wanted her to sleep after a bout for those toys. I will check and prepare her:

  • milk - three scoops of baby powder milk with oxygenated water (good for the heart and the baby) then shake the milk bottle vigorously;
  • diaper - changes her diaper when she complains that the old one is already full; thank God, there's no poo-poo and
  • for bedtime - disturbances like television and the swirling of electric fan (no air conditioning) always lull her to sleep while cradling her favorite pillow.

I always request her through soft words when instructing her to sleep or even sing some old nursery rhymes.

I avoid uttering in loud voice because it will trigger her to cry or show tantrums and hit me on the face (it hurts!!!).

A child will always imitate the grown-up behavior. She is learning, even if she's persistent to try doing new things, like dancing or sitting at the toy's bin or singing fragments of some popular tunes as well.

It's good for the child to be corrected from time to time, but always in a subtle way.

Raw emotions are always shown. A child will always seek for a gentler nanny than the harsh one.

(With writings and opinion from travel_man1971...January 3, 2012)

Princess Pauleen's day with Nanny travel_man1971

Feeding time!!! (All photos by Travel Man)
Feeding time!!! (All photos by Travel Man)
Princess Pauleen sleeping
Princess Pauleen sleeping
The doll with sounds (???)
The doll with sounds (???)
Baby Pauleen bottle-feeding her doll
Baby Pauleen bottle-feeding her doll
Baby Pauleen posing with her doll
Baby Pauleen posing with her doll

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thesailor 4 years ago from Seven Seas

This is awesome, travel man! Thanks for taking care of Princess Pauleen. :D


Maria Helen 4 years ago

Thanks to you..sana dumami ang mga katulad mo


bing paradela briones 4 years ago

that's my ninong ino... alagaan u rin si pongpong ha...


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor: Thanks, sailor! It's nice to have children at home, where you can hear their cries and laughter and tantrums, too!

It de-stresses us, adults.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Maria Helen: Thanks, friend for appreciating this effort. :D


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@bing paradela briones: Thanks, ebing. :D He's also requesting from time to time, whenever I have free time. :D


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Hope you succeed in avoiding the hits on the face. I'm sure you did a good job. Beautiful hub on a real life event with beautiful pictures also. Thanks for sharing your creativity.


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

You seem like you really enjoyed being a 'nanny for a day'. Maybe you could write a booklet for those who are considering childcare as a career choice... let them know what they are in for and the tips would help them quite a bit.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@MsDora: Sure thing, I evaded some of the hits (LOL!)

Thanks for appreciating.

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