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Finding a qualified babysitter takes time and effort. But your reward is knowing that your child is in capable hands. You’ll want to find someone who is mature and friendly, has common sense, and is genuinely fond of children.
The recommendations of people you know and trust are your best bet for finding a reliable and capable babysitter. If you’re new to the area and don’t know how to find a sitter:
Interviewing sitters and checking their references will help you narrow down your choices. Prepare a list of questions to ask ahead of time.
It’s a good idea to invite sitters over for a test run while you’re at home. That way, they can get familiar with your household and you’ll see how they interact with your children.
Before you leave, prepare the sitter. Be sure to:
Teach kids how to use 911 to call for help, so that if something happens to your babysitter, they know what to do.
Let your babysitter know your expectations before you leave. If you’d prefer that the sitter not leave the house with your child, make that clear. If the babysitter drives, ask about their driving experience, and let them know the rules about driving your kids. If visitors are off-limits, discuss those restrictions.
Make sure the sitter knows these safety rules:
If you have kids under 4 years old, the babysitter should know these rules:
After you return, ask your kids if they enjoyed the sitter’s visit. When you find a reliable sitter they like, you’re sure to have a more relaxing and enjoyable time away from home.
It’s natural for parents toÂ be a bit anxious when first leaving kids without supervision. But you can feel prepared and confident with some planning and a couple of trial runs.
In an emergency, health care professionals will have many questions about a patient’s medical history. It’s easy to compile this information now, and it could save critical minutes later.
If you’re new to babysitting, check out our guide to learn how to be the best babysitter around. Been babysitting forever? Use the guide to check your skills.
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In an emergency, it’s hard to think clearly about your kids’ health information. Here’s what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing,” but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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