Babysitting Basics

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					Babysitting Basics
     Babysitting Basics
                     How do you think
                parents of the children
                    you care for define
                the word “babysitter?”

Safety is a large concern for parents.
             Safety for Infants
• Do not leave an infant in a chair or changing
  table unattended.

• Support the infant’s head.

• Keep small things that can be swallowed easily
  away from the infant.

• Do not leave an infant unattended in the bathtub.

• Make sure their face is free of covers, clothing, or
  anything that may interfere with their breathing.
 Safety for Toddlers
• Toddlers have no understanding of danger.
  They need to be watched constantly,
  unless they are in a secure area.
• Toddlers can pull things down on top of
  them easily. Make sure that all objects are
  far from the edge of tables or counters.
• Make sure cleaners are in cabinets that are
  locked or out of reach from children.
• Keep toddlers from walking up and down
  stairs unless you are with them.
• Make sure there are safety plugs in outlets
  or move furniture in from of the outlets.
 Safety for Preschoolers and Up
• Hold hands when crossing
• Establish rules so they
  know their limits.
• Supervise outside play
  and water play.
• Never permit play with
  sharp objects – darts,
  knives, pointed sticks, or
• Discuss Safety with the
            Safety Fact

Look through the home to see if there are
  any dangerous things that you should
   keep the child away from (fireplace,
              stairway, etc.)
        Babysitting Business
           Ahead of Time

• Agree on a rate of pay.
• Verify the rules of the house: television,
  mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, and special
• Pack toys or items suitable for the age of
  the children you will be watching.
• Agree on transportation.
• Visit the house and meet the children.
       Babysitting Business
         When You Arrive

• Be sure you know where the parents are
  going, when they will be back, and how
  you can reach them.
• Have an emergency list of phone numbers
  handy (also add a neighbor or close
  relative’s number to the list)
• Ask questions about bedtime, snacks, etc.
        Babysitting Business
            On the Job

• Play and care for the children.
• Lock the doors once parents leave.
• Do not open doors for strangers.
• Dress neatly and be clean.
• Tidy up around the house as children
  are done playing.
• Follow instructions set by parents.
 In case of illness or an accident
  call the parents, most parents
will call to “check in” and will want
     to know what is going on.
        Babysitting Business
        When Parents Return

• Tell parents about unusual behaviors,
  falls, cuts, bumps, or bruises. (Honesty is
  the best policy)
• Be sure that you are appropriately paid for
  the services.
• Express your interest in babysitting again
  if you would like to.
         Babysitting Business
           Never, Never Do
• Raid the refrigerator.
• Snoop around in drawers, closets, or medicine
• Yell at children for misbehaving.
• Talk on the phone all night with your best friend.
• Invite people to “stop in” while
  your babysitting.
• Spank a child.
     Babysitting Business
 Only with Parent’s Permission

• Answer the phone and take messages.
• Allow visitors over.
• Take the children anywhere – park,
  movies, etc.
      How do you handle this

• The parents have arrived home late and
  they’ve been drinking a great deal.
      How do you handle this

• While you are babysitting, you notice a
  shadow of a person outside the window.
      How do you handle this

• The child refuses to cooperate with you.
  You refused to give him a snack now and
  the child said that he would tell his parents
  and that they would never ask you back
      How do you handle this

• While you are changing the baby’s diaper,
  the older sister gets into a cleaning
  product that you think may be poisonous.
       How do you handle this

• While you are eating
  dinner, the little boy begins
  choking and cannot seem
  to catch his breath.
      How do you handle this

• You have to cancel babysitting because of
  a family emergency.
How can we safety-proof
     our homes?
• Gates at the top and   • Cabinet locks
  bottom of stairways    • Test any small
• Rubber coated            objects laying out in
  coverings for sharp      child’s reach with the
  corners                  “no-choke testing
• Plastic plugs for        tube” or a toilet paper
  electrical outlets       insert cardboard roll

                         (Discuss other options)
     Making Use of Items Laying
         Around The House
•   Balloons
•   Left over fabric
•   Magnets
•   Clothespins
•   Old magazines
•   Books
•   Milk and egg cartons
•   String

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