A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: God’s Dream

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Our next book’s author received the Nobel Peace Prize! Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a champion of justice, equality, and peace. His book, God’s Dream, is a spiritual reminder of celebrating our differences, including race and religion, and letting our common bonds be love and forgiveness. Read the rest of this entry »


A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: HOME

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     I bought this book for my kiddo as a St. Patrick’s Day treat; considering we were already in quarantine by then, my timing was (accidentally) perfect! With so much more time spent staying home because of COVID-19, Home, by Carson Ellis, is more relevant than ever! The dwellings range from rural to urban, intricate to imaginary, moving through time and space! The cast of characters are from all different places and all different races. Home illustrates the differences in people’s homes, while emphasizing the ways each one is special!

 

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A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: Dream Animals

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Our list continues with Dream Animals, by Emily Winfield Martin. Martin’s imaginative story and whimsical artwork include a diverse cast of characters, all spending their dozing hours with magical creatures in their dreams. Martin’s illustrations continue to be mindful, with visual representation of all races. This is important because when it comes to babies and toddlers, who they see is key! Read the rest of this entry »


A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: Rosa Parks

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Our third pick is from the Little People, Big Dreams series, Rosa Parks. My kiddo has many of the books in this collection. All are wonderful little biographies about visionaries of history. Read the rest of this entry »


A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: Forever Young

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Today’s recommended reading is an illustrated, by Paul Rogers, story of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” song. Dylan has long been an ally and champion of civil rights, singing out against wrongful incarceration of black people, espousing anti-racism, and expressing concern for our planet and ALL of its people. Read the rest of this entry »


A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: Strictly No Elephants

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It’s never too early to start reading and talking to your kiddo about anti-racism and inclusion. Black Lives Matter(!!!), and as a white person I want to be and raise allies. Anti-racism is the goal, and inclusion is a good starting place for babies & toddlers. I consider Strictly No Elephants, written by Lisa Mantchev & illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, to be a new classic, and an excellent example in dealing with topics such as ignorance, prejudice, inclusion, support, and forgiveness, and includes an ethnically diverse cast of characters. The story follows a little boy and his pet 🐘 who are not allowed at Pet Club Day because of an arbitrary “STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS” rule. Read the rest of this entry »


“Reframing” the Rain

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“R” is for “Reframing”!

      A shiny pearl of wisdom directly from The Danish Way of Parenting,reframing” is the order of the day. Whether you’re housebound by illness, shelter-in-place, or weather itself, changing the way we think and speak about our present situation can create a new, more pleasant one. Reframing, defined by Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Dissing Sandahl as, “using language to create a perception shift,”  is the practice, and eventual skill of shining positivity on seemingly negative spaces. Philosophical, surely, but practical too. Y’all don’t have to be Pollyanna to engage meaningfully in reframing! Simple tweaks to your approach to situations, and especially how you explain them to kiddos is what reframing is all about. In my nannying days, this was incredibly relevant, and I found that reframing came naturally to me, because I always wanted to set an optimistic atmosphere for my charges. Now, as a mama I want it to be a quality I pass on to my child. Read the rest of this entry »


Let’s Practice Hygge while we Hunker Down

Now that we are all practicing “Social Distancing”, a term that will become synonymous with paranoia, uncertainty, solidarity, and a slower pace of life, there seems no better time to become more familiar with the beloved practice of Hygge. The Danish people, world-renown for their statistically consistent happiness, follow this tradition, and in these unsettling and stressful times, I don’t know about y’all, but I am looking to the experts. I became fascinated with Denmark when I was 8 years old and saw a photo of the Little Mermaid statue (Den Lille Havfrue) by the shore in Copenhagen. As fate would have it, I met, and married, a sailor who works for a Danish company, its headquarters located a stone’s throw from her beatific gaze. After my husband traveled to Copenhagen for work, we spent several vacations there, charmed by the beauty and culture of the city, and even more so, by the attitudes and energy of its people. Read the rest of this entry »


Sleep Training Tips from a Nanny/Mama Who Knows!

Getting a good night’s sleep for anyone is incredibly important, but for new parents it can seem like a far off dream(she’s got puns!). After nannying professionally in Austin for 11 years(including much sleep training of children from infants to toddler age), and now being the mother of a fully sleep-trained baby, I am excited to share some of my tips for sleep training your child. My partner is offshore six months out of the year, 28 days gone, 28 days home, so I am a single parent, half of the time, and I highly suggest sleep training for single parents and couples alike!

 

The first few numbers are more of a checklist involvingwhether or not your family is ready. This seems like a no-brainer, who wouldn’t be ready to sleep through the night uninterrupted? But there are many moving parts to the snooze machine, and checking them all is important.

1. Is your baby ready? I generally suggest waiting to sleep train until your infant is at least 4 months. By this age he/she usually weighs enough, is no longer swaddled and can wear a sleep sack, which I highly suggest, and can take down a larger pre-bed feeding to keep him/her full overnight. As always, consult your pediatrician if you have doubts, questions.

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Get Some Rest, Y’all!

 

Phone Consultation + Custom Sleep Plan  1 hour $150

This includes a full, detailed, comprehensive discussion of your current nursery environment, routine, family’s needs, baby’s current feeding and sleeping schedule, so I can better determine a custom course of action. I will create your custom sleep plan and send via email.

Sleep Training On-Call  1 night unlimited texts and calls $150

I am just a text or phone call away, troubleshooting any issues that arise and giving support, encouragement, and advice on the spot, in real time.

Sleep Training On-Call  3 night package unlimited texts & calls $350

I am just a text or phone call away, troubleshooting any issues that arise and giving support, encouragement, and advice on the spot, in real time.

 

In-Home Sleep Training Consultation 1 Hour + Custom Sleep Plan $175 CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

This includes a full rundown of any changes to baby’s environment that will help us, including a recommended products list. It will let me get to know your family’s needs, routine, baby’s feeding and sleeping schedule, and determine how best to proceed with your custom sleep plan. I will then create your custom sleep plan and send via email.

In-Home Sleep Training 8-12 hours/1-3 nights $25 per hour CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

I will come to your home, stay overnight, and put sleep training plan into practice. From then on, the parents will be in charge of keeping up with routine I have set in place and maintain consistency.

Night Nanny In-Home Consultation 1 hour CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

I will come to your home, get to know your routine, location of necessary items, meet your baby, and discuss exactly what your needs are. Nursing on demand? I will bring your baby to your bedside. Bottles all the way? I will take over all feeding duties. We will discuss it all; I am here to help!

Night Nanny Services 8-12 hours/ 1-3 nights CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

While you sleep I will tend to your infant’s every need, feed, and all with my trademark care!

 

Email Cheryl Milan for availability & payment info:  misscheryl223@gmail.com

 

Testimonials:

“Cheryl fully understands the difficulties of a baby who isn’t sleeping enough. Her knowledge, love, and care is evident (even over the phone from another state) and effective. In just a few nights my daughter went from waking up 2-3 times per night to sleeping 11 hours straight!! Cheryl gave great ideas and continuous encouragement along the way.” – Jenny T. Orlando, Florida

“Cheryl’s sleep training worked like a charm! After a phone consultation, Cheryl, with her vast experience and understanding of babies and children, was able to give us a plan of attack. She maintained constant communication throughout the process, following up and even encouragement. After a short three days, our 4 month-old went from waking and eating two to three times a night to sleeping through the night…much to the delight of Mom and Dad!” -Leslie O. San Antonio, TX 

“After we welcomed our third child it became clear that our family’s schedule was going to drastically shift. With two older children in preschool and endless after school activities, etc. Mila, 3, was missing that predictable nap schedule and so was I! After speaking to Cheryl about my concerns she suggested some small changes I could make to reintroduce nap time. I have to say, I was reluctant, but after a few days my girl is back to taking an afternoon nap. She hasn’t done that since she was 1.5! I’m so grateful to Cheryl for a little bit of mommy time and a rested, happy girl!” -Sarah N. Austin, TX

“Mrs. Cheryl was our true Supernanny!  She was a valuable and integral part of our family for many years and helped us not only with sleep training, but many other child development issues, as well.  Her wealth of experience and knowledge in child development make her the perfect Supernanny/Sleep Trainer for any family.” -Crickett B. Austin, TX

“Cheryl came into our lives almost 7 years ago, when my first daughter was born. I was a nervous first-time mom, but Cheryl’s warm personality and extensive experience quickly eased any anxiety I had. She helped us in so many ways- our baby’s playtimes, mealtimes, and sleeping schedule. I can’t recommend Cheryl enough! She is truly a professional with kids of all ages, and our children love her as much as we do.” -Kendra & Jacob Y. Fairfield, TX

“Miss Cheryl’s expert guidance in sleep training has been life-changing for all of us. When I reached out to her for help (as in “help!!!”), my son at 8 months old, had gone from one short wake-up to feed to waking up every other hour and wailing if I put him back in his crib. I was emotionally and physically exhausted, hanging on by a fraying thread. As a person who tends to over-think things, having Miss Cheryl’s expert coaching by phone and text enabled me to get out of my own head and trust that I was doing exactly what my son needed to help him learn how to sleep through the night. Even though she coached me remotely, Miss Cheryl was very perceptive about what changes to our routine and messaging to our son would be most effective for him. And she was right! Even though we had to travel just days after starting sleep training, our son was sleeping through the night is less than a week. You are the best Miss Cheryl – thank you!“ -Jen W. Boulder, CO

“When our daughter was 4 months old, we enlisted Cheryl to help us with our daily routine. She observed our current schedule and made some gentle tweaks to help us prepare for the big sleep training moment. I’ve read the baby books and referenced blogs and articles, but honestly, nothing has compared to having an expert guide us through the sleep training process. Cheryl’s expertise in child development and her encouragement during tough nights was crucial in keeping us on track and committed to following her personalized plan. It really wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. Our baby sleeps through the night and our daily schedule is predictable. We cannot recommend Cheryl enough.” -Carly X-S Princeton, NJ

“OMG – Mrs. Cheryl is just the BEST!!! She knows more about babies and little kiddos than anyone else on the planet. She trained our seven-month-old daughter to sleep 12 hours through the night almost immediately, using her Custom Sleep Plan! My favorite thing about Mrs. Cheryl is her knack for knowing the best learning toys and books. Our daughter is absolutely obsessed with all the things she’s recommended for us. She is a wealth of knowledge – you are in the best hands with her!” -Mary Ann V. Houston, TX