Monday, November 7, 2016

Finding a nanny – Where do I even start?

by Lindsay Heller, PsyD

It’s time to start thinking about what your childcare situation is going to look like. As a new parent you may be feeling very anxious about this process.  Where should you even start? Ask a friend? Look online? Call an agency?

You may also be feeling scared when you think about leaving your child in someone else’s care.  These are all normal fears, and they can be alleviated by becoming more informed about the process and your options.

Process. Let’s highlight that word for a moment. This is a process for both you and your baby. As you learn more information and takes steps towards choosing the best care situation for you and your family, you will become more comfortable and at ease with your child being in the care of someone other than yourself. The most important thing to remember is have patience with this process. Avoid rushing this process so that you make good, informed decisions for your baby.

Did you know?
  • While it is good to learn about the process of hiring a nanny, you don’t need to actually start your search until 3-5 weeks of your nannies start date.
  • No one regulates nanny agencies. The best way to find a great agency is to go by referral, reputation and The Association for Premier Nanny Agencies
  • Nannies are employees and legally should be paid as such. No 1099s here!
  • You can trial your candidate before deciding to hire. A typical trial is anywhere between 4 hours and 5 days.

Educate yourself!
  • Sign-up for The Nanny Class at The Pump Station & Nurtury® – this class will educate you on everything you need to know to find the right nanny for your family.
  • Look online at resources to begin to get an idea of cost and types of nannies out there.
  • Become acquainted with agencies in Los Angeles, look online, talk to friends.
  • Learn about and utilize multiple layers of safety screenings: Always obtain a background check, current DMV record, call references, trial your candidate.

Dr. Lindsay Heller, Psy.D. is  a licensed clinical psychologist, professional nanny consultant known as The Nanny Doctor, mother of 2, former nanny and now an employer of a nanny. She teaches The Nanny Class where you will learn  invaluable tips and information about how to go about hiring a nanny including background checks, interview questions, and cost. Sign up here The Nanny Class

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Time to "Fall Back": Tips for Helping Baby Adjust to Daylight Savings

Sleep Services at The Pump Station & Nurtury
To set up a Sleep Consultation with Dr. Jill Campbell please email or click here to learn more.
OR, you can check out a couple of our Hot Topic Lectures on Sleep led by Dr. Jill Campbell!
Sleep Newborn
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Sleep Your Growing Baby
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Looking for Sales Associates for our Santa Monica Store

Looking for Sales Associate with Bra Fitting Experience

The Pump Station & Nurtury® is a trusted resource center for expecting and new parents in the Los Angeles area. We are currently experiencing exciting and dynamic growth and are seeking team members to provide supportive and comprehensive service to our customers and clients. We currently need full and part-time associates who can work some nights and weekends.

Job Purpose:

As a Pump Station & Nurtury® Associate, you will contribute to the unsurpassed service/retail experience of our clients and customers through information, service, and sales.  The ideal candidate will bring an outgoing personality, problem solving/listening skills, and the desire to succeed into our warm and caring environment. 

Overview of Duties:
  • Experience Sizing Bras - Nursing wear is a plus!
  • Greet and guide the client/customer through our services, equipment rentals, products, and information in a timely and knowledgeable way
  • Support cash wrap activities accurately processing customers’ information and sales transactions in a friendly and timely fashion
  • Assist store managers, buyers and merchandisers with daily retail operations, including cleaning, stocking, merchandising, and organizing
  • Support classroom activities, including set-up, sign-in, and breakdown
  • Assist the lactation department with equipment rentals, setting appointments and providing information
  • Contribute to physical inventory when requested
  • Provide administrative support to department managers when necessary
Skills Summary:
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong PC skills 
  • Strong phone skills & etiquette
  • Ability to work with a team 

  • Sales experience and/or experience with moms and babies a plus
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Able to work weekends

Please email Cover Letter and Resume to  Only serious inquiries please. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Pump Station is looking for an Accounts Payable Clerk

Accounts Payable Clerk
Part-Time Position (@16 hours per week) reporting to CEO
Completes payments and controls expenses by processing, verifying, reconciling and vouchering invoices from vendors in a timely & accurate manner.

·     Responsible for timely management of all email communications with vendors and stores for
·     Must be able to effectively communicate with vendors regarding invoice discrepancies, on time payment schedules, credits etc.
·     Reconciles processed receivers with vendor invoices, then vouchers work by verifying entries and comparing system reports to balances
·     Charges expenses to appropriate accounts and cost centers by analyzing invoice/expense reports; recording entries
·     Pays vendors by monitoring discount and freight opportunities - making adjustments when necessary
·     Verifies vendor accounts by reconciling monthly statements and related transactions.
·     Regularly manages and maintains historical records by filing documents physically or electronically on server.
·     Protects organization's value by keeping information confidential.
·     Assists CEO and managers on special projects as needed

Accounts Payable Clerk Skills and Qualifications:
Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with at least 2 years of experience in the field or in a related area.  Attention to Detail, Thoroughness, Organization, Analytical Skills, Accounting, Vendor Relationships, PC Proficiency, Data Entry Skills, General Math Skills. Experience using  MicroSoft Office and Quickbooks  a must! Knowledge of NCR Counterpoint, and Tallie a plus!

Please email your cover letter and resume to

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

You shouldn't have to sacrifice comfort to nurse. 
Here are some tips and products Corky 
recommends for every mom's Nursing Nook. 
"I just worked with  a mom who at seven weeks post birth is still miserable nursing her little one-her back and neck are killing her (despite deep tissue massages) and her nipples are still a bit sore.

We worked a bit on deep latch and then

-I put her feet on the nursing stool
-changed to a more supportive nursing pillow 
-and gave her a back rest (our back pillow).  

She was thrilled and relaxed and bought all three items immediately. She also allowed me to take the pictures you see here. Nursing should be comfortable and relaxing!"
~Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC, Co-founder of The Pump Station & Nurtury®

Bosom Baby
Luna Lullaby
Bossom Baby
Nursing Pillow
Little Something Pillow
Luna Lullaby Lil
Something Pillow
Back Pillow
The Pump Station
Back Pillow
Nursing Stool
My Breast Friend
Nursing Stool
Lactation Support
Sometimes all we need is a little extra support. 
Intro to Breastfeeding