The Faye and Lou team comprises experienced mothers and expert nannies dedicated to making a mother’s life easier. We are trained nannies with 40 years’ experience between us. At the last count, we calculated we’ve had a hand in raising more than 200 children from newborns to teenagers.

We don’t claim to know everything, but we’ve got a good idea of what parents need, of what works and what doesn’t. We passionately believe in the preciousness of childhood. Every child we’ve cared for is special to us. We understand too the guilt and pressure that busy parents feel under to provide the best for their children.

Here are some of the tips and advice that have helped us over the years. Remember that every baby is unique and what may work for one will not always work with another, you have to try different things till you find something that works.


PRACTICAL To settle a fretful baby, try swaddling them, this can help them feel safe and secure. Babies like white noise, the sound of the hoover or a hair dryer can work wonders for a screaming baby ( being in the womb is very noisy and your baby is used to loud...

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SIDS Place your baby on the back to sleep, in a cot in a room with you Do not smoke in pregnancy or let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby Do not share a bed with your baby if you have been drinking alcohol, if you take drugs or if you are a smoker Never sleep...

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SLEEP Use a dummy to settle your baby at the beginning of his sleep, it can reduce the risk of cot death. If you are breastfeeding wait till you baby is about 2- 4 weeks and breastfeeding is well established. Always try to put your baby down to sleep awake, so they...

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BREASTFEEDING Skin to skin contact with your baby is important immediately after birth. Try to keep it up as much as possible for the first 2 weeks. Baby led feeding - Feed your baby as often as they want. If not at least every 3-4 hours for the first 2 weeks, even if...

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