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Annemarie Sansom


Hi, my name is Annemarie and I am the Client Services director for Night Nannies. I use this blog as a way to give you tips and idea's in all areas of childcare and development.

Posted 11 June 09

Sleep Guidance for 4 year old success story

Hi Annemarie,

I just wanted to thank you and Georgia for providing such a great service. Renee and I cant believe how successful your service has been.

After trying for almost 3 years to settle our 4 year old Son into a regular sleep pattern and having given up, you can understand that we were a little sceptical when your advise was to get him into 11 hours of sleep per night and have him asleep by 7pm! After 3 other children we thought we had enough experience to “work it out ourselves”, so we persisted until we thought there was no other option but to allow him to share our bed each night in order to get a full night sleep.

To our amazement after night 4 he was sleeping through as suggested from 7pm to around 6am the next morning with very little effort. After week 2, he now asks to go to bed at 7pm and with almost no effort he is consistently sleeping through all night.

You cant imagine the difference in the mood of the whole family as finally we are getting a full nights rest, not to mention the difference this has made to his behavior. His preschool teacher has even commented on the change!!

Our sincerest thank you for your help.

Kindest Regards, Terry Ibrahim Operations Manager

Posted 14 June 09

Babysitting website puts girls at risk

RELATED TO NON AGENCY SITES. Night Nannies is a fully accredited Nanny Agency and undertakes extensive screening and background checks on all of our Nannies. We also offer full protection for our Nannies and clients on the job.,28348,25630097-5014239,00.html

The Sunday Telegraph

June 14, 2009 07:23am

* Teens upload details for babystiing work * Contacted by men seeking nude models * Many now use false details, seperate phone

YOUNG girls looking for babysitting work on job websites are being preyed on by sleazy men seeking nude models or sexual favours.

Girls as young as 17 are posting their photos, names and contact details on classifieds site and being stalked by men looking for paid sex.

Northbridge writer Carla Johnson was looking for extra work, and said she received disturbing replies not long after posting her babysitting ad.

"What's wrong with these people? My ad was very clear," Ms Johnson said.

"I want to babysit, not offer my services to sad-and-lonelies.

"One more dirty email or phone call and I'm taking the ad down. Obviously the recession hasn't hit the perves of the world."

Lindsey Hewett, 21, a student from Wentworthville, armed with her own horror stories, put false details on her advertisement.

She even got a new SIM card especially for the phone calls, so if anything got out of hand she could just throw it away.

"I have known people who were looking for work and have been harassed," she said.

"I would never put up a photo of myself, I think that sends the wrong message and encourages perves and creeps," she said.

Posted 24 June 09

The 8 Principles of attachment Parenting

The Eight Principles: 1. Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting 2. Feed with Love and Respect 3. Respond with Sensitivity 4. Use Nurturing Touch 5. Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally 6. Provide Consistent and Loving Care 7. Practice Positive Discipline 8. Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life

I love these Principles but does that mean that you are a dedicated attachment parenting follower or a normal parent just trying to live your every day life or Mum, Wife, Employee, Chauffeur, Cook, Coach, Teacher etc?

I believe most Parents follow these principles and if you dont you should. To what degree you follow them is obviously up to you but they are definitely a good guideline to start with. These principles can help you create a happy, confident and loving child. The principles can also help you with your own family life.

Each Principle can mean different things to each Parent but can very in great degrees. For example point 5. Could be anything from rocking to sleep and cuddles and sleeping baby in their own room to co-sleeping in the same bed. The most important thing is doing what works best for both you and your child and feeling happy about your decision. It does'nt matter what other people such as Grandma tut tutting because you are co-sleeping. It only matters what works for you and what makes everyone in your family happy and safe.

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