Through exploring, infants learn about the people, places and things around them. To help encourage safe exploration, the infant’s environment must be safe. When infants are free to explore their environment it will lead to less frustration. When the environment is safe, the nanny will spend less time redirecting an infant in her care away from dangers.
When guiding infant behavior nannies can model, use diversion and use redirection. Removing a child from a situation, offering a substitute activity and providing a distraction are all effective strategies for guiding infant behavior. If an infant is hitting a playmate, the infant should be moved so that the playmate is out of reach and the infant should be offered a favorite toy or something to hold in his hands to serve as a distraction.