Baby-sitting Tips...

 

Responsibility!

Take your baby-sitting responsibility seriously. Part of that responsibility is protecting yourself as well as the children for whom you will be caring. Know your employer before you take the job. Check references if this will be the first time working for this person.

Graphic of a baby's feet.Before accepting the job, get specific instructions about the number and ages of the children, bed times, foods, medicines and other information about personal habits and what is expected of you. Parents typically feel confident with a baby-sitter who asks questions and who is concerned with the care of the children.

When you accept a job, arrive early to confirm all of this information. Get any additional instructions such as where the parents are going, when they will return and how they may be contacted. Determine which relative or neighbor can be called in an emergency in the event the parents cannot be reached.

Knowing first aid procedures before you take on baby-sitting jobs will help prepare you for emergencies and may save a life.

Do's and Don'ts


DO NOT allow strangers into the house unless your employer specifically informs you to let them in.

DO NOT tell a caller that you are the baby-sitter alone with the children. Take a message and tell them that the person will return the call momentarily.

DO NOT go outside to investigate suspicious noises or activities. Turn on outside lights and call the police. Be sure that all doors and windows are locked.

 

A Baby-sitter's Checklist

Home Safety Tips

When sitting at a home for the first time, the baby-sitter should obtain important fire and life safety information as well. Make sure the address is clearly posted outside. Write down the address and post it near the telephone. Make sure the phone has a 9-1-1 sticker. Walk through the home to familiarize yourself with the locations of all rooms. Determine which bedrooms children will be sleeping in and make sure there are two exits from each. Locate all exits from the home.

Each year, at least one pediatric drowning in Phoenix can be attributed to a baby-sitter who answered the telephone or spoke with friends while a toddler slipped into the family swimming pool, toilet, bathtub, dog bowl, etc. Injuries may occur to children when the baby-sitter's attention is elsewhere. A toddler may fall or pull a hot pot off the stove when the baby-sitter isn't watching. An unnoticed child may take the opportunity to play with matches when the parents have left.

Playing


Although children need you in case of an emergency like fire, injuries, or sickness, they need you for play, too. The good baby-sitter is a good player. Here are some things children play at and dangers to watch for.

Bring some things to play with like a notebook, magazines, colored paper, color markers, tape, and a flashlight. Surprises for the children will make the job easy for you and fun for them. Make a game of putting things back in their place.

 

Be Safe

 

Cook Safely

 

First Aid


For emergency help, call 9-1-1. Call the parents if you have questions about lesser emergencies. Notify the parents about small injuries when they return.

 

Fire Escape Planning