Before the Babysitter Cares for Your Child

17 Jul

Here are suggestions for what parents should do.
Before you choose a new babysitter or leave the sitter alone with your child for the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you take the following precautions:

  • Choose a sitter who has good references and has training in first aid and CPR.
  • Make sure the sitter is mature, knows what to do in an emergency and is at least 13 years old.
  • Give the sitter a tour of your home, and encourage the sitter to show up well before you need to leave.
  • Provide instructions in the event of a fire, including offering detailed escape plans.
  • Direct the sitter on how and when to feed, bathe and “tuck in” your child.
  • Be sure that your sitter knows about any health conditions affecting your child, including any allergies.
  • Inform your sitter of where you’re going and when you’ll be back.



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One response to “Before the Babysitter Cares for Your Child

  1. Candi Wingate

    July 21, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    You are preparing to hire a babysitter for the first time. What all do you need to do to be well prepared for successfully employing a babysitter?
    Determining what job tasks you want the babysitter to perform (just childcare? feeding? house cleaning? transporting? administering medications?)
    1. Determining what traits and skills you will seek in a babysitter (based on the job tasks above)
    2. Determining what you are willing to pay a babysitter (usually expressed in dollars per hour worked)
    3. Determining what you are willing to do for your babysitter (transporting her to/from your house, allowing her to snack on items in your fridge, etc.)
    4. Determining your preferred…


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