Guidance for parents and caregivers

that respects the needs of babies

and the adults around them,

allowing secure attachment relationships

and the best possible start in life.


Caring for a baby is an extremely important job. All babies deserve to be cared for with respect, which is the hallmark of Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach. The RIE® Nurturing Nanny™ course is for in-home caregivers and offers knowledge and practical suggestions that can help make this work easier and more enjoyable, resulting in advantages for the infants and young children who receive professional care.

Designed to encourage nannies to work more effectively and pleasurably, topics of study include:

  • Diapering, dressing, and feeding with respect

  • Creating safe places for play and learning

  • The caregiver’s role during play

  • Setting appropriate limits

  • Establishing a healthy sleep routine

  • Supporting secure relationships

  • Enhancing employee-employer relations

The prenatal period is a special time when you have an opportunity to reflect and plan for your parenting journey. Before Baby™ is an introductory RIE® course for families expecting, waiting to adopt or thinking about becoming parents.  Before Baby™ is designed to start you on your family building journey with confidence in yourselves as parents and trust in your baby's unique ability to show you the way.​ 


Before Baby™ will help you establish healthy patterns from the beginning of life and includes:  

  • Diapering

  • Bathing

  • Feeding

  • Time Together

  • What crying means and how to respond

  • Sleep for baby and parents

  • Setting up the nursery


Christina Vlinder

My philosophy is inspired by the work of infant specialist Magda Gerber, who created the Educaring® Approach and founded Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®). I became a RIE® Associate in 2017 and have been studying with RIE® since 2010. I have been working with infants and older children as a nanny since 1999. I use my knowledge of the Educaring® Approach and years of experience working with children to serve families in the San Francisco Bay Area through nanny work and parent education.  


What is Educaring®?

Excerpts from Dear Parent by Magda Gerber


Respect is the basis of the Educaring® Approach.

We not only respect babies, we demonstrate our respect every time we interact with them. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, not as an object.

© 1998 by Magda Gerber

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Did you know there are now over 15 RIE® Associates, Interns, and Practicum students offering their services in the greater San Francisco Bay Area? 


Together we formed the Bay Area Infant Toddler Network and offer parent infant classes, consulting, and workshops. Check out the many offerings at the Bay Area Infant Toddler website!


Respectful Caregiving

Christina Vlinder

San Francisco Bay Area

Training for Nannies and Parents

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