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CozyKin Community: April Update 

Getting Social

Theme of the Month: Getting Social

We love the balance of individual attention and socialization that CozyKin Nanny Shares provide. Ensuring the little ones in our care have a BFF to interact with on a daily basis isn’t just for fun—it’s an important developmental tool. Interacting with others at a very young age builds social skills and confidence. Socialization not only helps your little one develop their sense of self, but helps them learn what others expect from them.

Every day, CozyKin Nannies get to witness this important—and adorable!—socialization so we wanted to share some examples that they’ve shared with us that make us smile and remember why we do what we do.

Nichole: “Neighborhood meet ups are great because they get more buddies. When there are two little ones who are always together, they get to know each other so well and can get wild with each other—they know how to play. It’s fun to see them interact with other kids and navigate new ways of playing.”

Jessica: “It’s adorable to see how much the two little girls care for each other. One is now walking and if the other girl is crying, she’ll run over and put the pacifier in her mouth and then pat her back to make her feel better.”

Enna: “Both babies just laugh and laugh and giggle at each other. They can’t stop staring at each other sometimes. It’s really cute.”

Hana: “My favorite moment is when they look at each other during tummy time. They just take each other in.”

Imari: “ The little ones in my share are definitely BFFs. The one-year-old will crawl to the other side of the room and the 6th-month-old will start crying until he gets near her again. And then she smiles and crawls away again. It’s a game.”

We want to hear from you! What’s your favorite socialization moment you’ve seen between your little one and their BFF? We have CozyKin beanies ready to send to anyone who shares with us.

Your CozyKin Team is Growing!

We have a lot of fresh faces at HQ! As the number of nannies and families in our community grows, it’s important that we have team members to support everyone. Which is why we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to the newests members of our Family Experience and Care Management teams!

Meet the newest additions to our Family Experience Team!

Katie Rettie is joining us from the higher education industry where she worked most recently at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is excited to bring her passion for working with students over to working with our families. She has a Master's Degree in Psychology.

Abby Cone is joining us from Big Brother Big Sister of Boston where she was an Enrollment and Matching Support Specialist. She has her Master's in Social Work and is excited to start building great relationships with our families and nannies.

Kelsey DeRaffele was most recently at Hello Alfred in New York City. She’s excited to start support families in both Boston and New York as we grow. Some of you may have met her while she was ramping up in our Boston office. She will now be working out of our new New York office, but will be sure to come visit us back in Boston from time to time.

Meet the newest additions to our Care Management Team!

Jonathan Snajder brings a wealth of infant and toddler knowledges and most recently served as the Infant Toddler Program Manager at Our Learning Center in Allston. He has a passion for curriculum development and has been running our CozyKin Academy, helping to develop and support our amazing nanny talent.

Sarah McMahon is joining us form a Montessori school where she taught toddlers and preschool. She loves early education and will also help develop our nannies’ talent, our curriculum and support our nannies.

Trust & Safety

SAFETY WARNING issued for Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue an immediate recall for the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, which has been tied to multiple sleep-related infant deaths.

We know this sleeper is quite popular and many of our families use it, which is why we have notified all of our CozyKin Families and Nannies.

If you have a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, we highly encourage you to read this article!

The World of Matching

We take great pride in our CozyKin Nanny Share model and know that one of the key elements to its success is built-in socialization for your little one. That’s why matching is an essential element of our process. So how does this mysterious world of matching work? How do we find families and connect them with each other?

  1. We start with your preferences on hosting, days of the week you need care, hours of care, location and commute.
  2. We look for families with similar schedules
  3. We analyze commuting patterns
  4. We evaluate how the families align on parenting style and nanny preferences
  5. We look for similar styles of and expectations around communication
  6. We don’t nix matches if there is an age difference in the children. Little ones naturally teach and are taught by their peers—some really fun and important development and understanding happens when there is an age gap.
  7. We don’t nix matches if families are not direct neighbors. We believe the right match is more important than a few city blocks.

Sometimes, in order to start care when needed, we have to start families with a private nanny while we continue to look for a match family (and their little one’s BFF). While this isn’t ideal, it’s helped families return to work knowing their little one is in great hands. While care starts, the matching process doesn’t. We continue to work hard to find the right match family. And if for any reason you become unmatched during your time at CozyKin, we start the matching process again.

Refer-a-Friend Program

Creating a supportive community is incredibly important to us here at CozyKin. For those who have referred a friend to us, we couldn’t thank you enough! Thank you for helping build our community. We can't wait to welcome your referrals into the fold!

If you haven’t yet referred a friend to CozyKin, but would like to, please direct them to our Refer-a-Friend page where they can learn more about CozyKin and schedule a call with our team. As a thank you, each of you will receive a referral credit!

Getting Social with Baby Sign Language

During our last training event for CozyKin Nannies, we taught a session on Baby Sign Language that was a hit. The nannies were so excited to take what they’ve learned into their shares and we’ve heard some great feedback both from them and you on how the little ones are taking to signing.

Baby Sign Language is a great way to start early communication with your little ones! They can start to understand signs from you and your nanny as early as 4 months old and can usually start to sign back around 7 to 9 months old. To help you get started, we’ve put together a one sheet with some of the signs we’ve found to be more helpful when starting out. Talk with your nanny about what signs they’re using during the day and try to reinforce them with your little one. It’s so fun when they really start communicating! Happy signing!

April & May Events

CozyKin Open House - “Nature Play at Allo”

Saturday, April 13, 10:30am-12pm
We’ll be enjoying Union Square Donuts, conversation and play at Charlestown’s lovely, new Montessori-inspired playspace on the harborside, Navy Yard, 197 8th St, Charlestown.

CozyKin Circle Series: Nurture & Nourish: A Prenatal Wellness Workshop

Thursday, May 2, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Mark your calendars for this interactive workshop for expecting moms with a delicious, healthy meal. Stay tuned for more details!

CozyKin Open House - Bagels in the Park

Saturday, May 11, 10:30am-12pm
We’ll cozy up for bagels & conversation in a Somerville park, where Somerville’s Porchfest will follow starting at noon!

CozyKin Circle Series: Family Leave Workshop

Tuesday, May 21, evening (exact timing to be announced soon!)
For expecting moms & dads centered around preparing yourself personally & professionally for taking time off with baby. Stay tuned for more details!

CozyKin Open House

Sunday, June 9, 10:30am-12pm
Join us at Minni at SoWa (71 Thayer Street, Boston) for nibbles, conversation and play, and then head over to the SoWa Market next door!

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