Archive for October, 2009

Taking Care of an Infant

October 22nd, 2009 by admin

Infant care doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as some make it out to be. As a babysitter, you just need to know a few basic things about taking care of an infant to insure that baby receives proper care.

First, the babysitter should know how old the baby is and how often the baby is fed. Feeding the baby is a pleasurable experience. Simply cradle the baby in your arms with one arm in a comfy chair, then with the other hand put the bottle to the baby’s mouth. Frequent burping is a must or the infant can get gas bubbles causing a tummy ache, often resulting in a lot of spit up spilling out over you, the babysitter, and the baby. So be sure to have a burp cloth handy. The babysitter should realize that a fed baby is usually a happy baby. However, there are a few other basics that will keep a normal infant happy in your care.

Frequent diaper changes for wet and dirty diapers are another way to be sure the infant in your care has his or her needs met. Make sure you know where the diaper changing area is so you have easy access to diapers, diaper wipes, and baby powder.

Third, as the babysitter you should know the infant’s sleeping habits. Does the infant fuss when tired or need a bottle before settling down to sleep? Does the infant have regular naptimes/bedtime? Be sure to ask if the baby likes to be rocked to sleep or walked to sleep, as this will save you from having to guess.

As the babysitter wanted, you could do a little research in regard to the baby’s age so that you know how to prepare yourself. Then add to that knowledge any particulars the infant’s parents offer to you.

When calming the baby, try singing or playing some relaxing music or even going to a different room, as babies can get bored of their surroundings.

Remember infants need lots of love and care.

 

Taking Care of a Young Child

October 22nd, 2009 by admin

You’ve received many replies to your "Babysitter Wanted" ads and pleas. You’ve had interviews, and watched the new babysitter with your kids.

It’s time to let her fly solo. With adequate preparation beforehand, this should be a relatively painless procedure.

While you want your children to like the babysitter, security issues are of the first order.

Doors should be locked once parents leave, and yourbabysitter needs to be aware of where the children are at all times. So, talking on the phone to friends, doing homework, and having guests over should all be discouraged. Of course, a good babysitter knows this.

Show the babysitter where to find emergency information, phone numbers where parents can be reached, phone numbers of relatives and neighbors, doctor’s name and phone number, and the phone number for Poison Control.

If any of the children are on any medication, the parents should leave dosage instructions in writing for the babysitter.

In the kitchen, the babysitter needs to be sure that pot handles are turned inward away from grasping fingers, and that knives are safely out of reach. In the bathroom, no small child should be left unattended, even for a second. A child can drown very quickly in a very small amount of water.

It’s a good idea to inform the babysitter of a pre-planned escape route in case of fire. Forethought can make the difference between safety and tragedy.

After children are asleep for the night, the babysitter should check in on them periodically throughout the night.

Agood babysitter will have a different plan in mind for a four year old child than for an older child of say, 12 years of age. Crayons and coloring books, and age-appropriate toys will keep a four year old happy for a long time. A twelve year old will be more independent, and not need constant one-on-one attention.

The presence of an experienced babysitter will create the safe, comfortable environment you want in your home.

Taking Care of a Toddler

October 22nd, 2009 by admin

There is more to looking after a child than just playing. There are several main areas to remember when caring for a toddler between the ages of 1 ½ and 4 years old.

Children need routine and structure in every aspect of their lives. Starting a schedule early on eliminates many frustrations and makes the day pass smoothly. Try to put the child down for daily naps and at bedtime at the same time every day. The same applies for meals and snacks. If you feed the child at approximately the same time and offer healthy and nutritious snacks throughout the day, your child is less likely to become excessively hungry throughout the day or to start eating large quantities of food or consuming unhealthy foods.

Children in this age range also need a lot of stimulation.As the babysitter, make sure they always have plenty of fun and interesting things to do. This can range from promoting intellectual activities like puzzles or word games. Daily walks are also a great source of adventure. Children can investigate the neighborhood and bring home things of interest to make crafts. This can also teach children to respect their environment and the property of others at the same time.

This is a very important age range where children learn to talk and emulate those around them. They learn words and actions very quickly.As the babysitter, teach them through songs and word games. Coloring and drawing can help children to develop their motor skills. Reading to them will also help their memory and will get them prepared for entering pre-school and eventually kindergarten.

This is a very inquisitive age as well. While you want to encourage children to learn and experience new things, it’s also important that thebabysitter keep a keen eye on these busy children. They need constant attention and supervision. Through trial and error and guidance, they will quickly pick up on what is safe to touch and what is not.

Taking Care of a Teen

October 22nd, 2009 by admin

All parents need time to themselves once in a while. It can be a little overwhelming when looking for someone you trust tolook after your children. Whether your child is a young baby or a teenager, you want to choose the right person for the job.

Teens are a unique age group forneeding babysitter supervision. They are older and more independent, so they require less supervision than a child who is 3 or 4 years old. This being said, teens often try to get away with more than a younger child does. 

Parents need to set strict rules and guidelines, and make sure that all directions are clear for whomever they choose as a babysitter. While limits are less restrictive, teens still need to follow rules. Babysitters need to make sure that they have complete instructions, such as homework being done by a certain time, any chores that need to be completed, and what the bedtime routine is.

As mentioned earlier, teens are more independent, so they will probably spend most of their time playing video games or chatting with friends on the phone. This is an age, however, where mental stimulation is still important. If a teen insists on watching television, try to steer him or her toward a program that is more educational and interesting.

Communication is also vital in the teen years. Any babysitter that a parent chooses to look after their children should develop a close bond with the teen. Sit them down with each other prior to the day the babysitting starts. This will ensure that both the teen and the babysitter are comfortable with each other. The last thing a parent wants is for their child and babysitter to have a personality conflict. This makes it stressful for the child, the babysitter, and the parents.

Finding someone who can interact well with your teenager will make it easier when parents need to leave their children to attend to other functions or duties. Not only will your children have a responsible babysitter, but they will also have a new friend. Everyone will benefit.

What a Babysitter Should Do in Case of Emergency

October 22nd, 2009 by admin

If you’re the babysitter, or plan to start babysitting, then there are certain things you should know how to do if an emergency arises. When parents hire a babysitter, they will be more apt to hire you if you know CPR. You should take an emergency care class and become certified in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).

As the babysitter, make sure you have easy access to important phone numbers and a stocked emergency kit. If the situation at hand is more serious, don’t panic. If your reaction is calm, then it will make for a quicker and clearer way of thinking. Time is of the essence in an emergency, and if you panic, it can take precious time away from the victim.

Make sure there you have contact numbers for the parents while they’re away from home. The first number you will need to dial will be 911. The parents should be the next party you call immediately, as you’ll need to be able to reach them directly should an emergency occur.

As the babysitter, you should have emergency instructions written down and kept in a place that will be easy to retrieve if needed. See if there is a way you can aid the child or infant. If it is a choking situation, then you should see if you can clear the obstructed airway. If it has been a fall and a bump to the head has occurred, then keeping the child awake will be best, especially if they’re becoming lethargic.

For lacerations, punctures, or serious cuts to the body, controlling the bleeding until help arrives is crucial. Use something safe that is close by to apply pressure to the wound. Do not take your hand off of it. If a child has received a puncture to the body and the object is still there, don’t remove it, or it can cause hemorrhaging. Leave the object where it is, it can help keep the bleeding down by acting as a plug where it entered. Emergency care classes can help babysitters with emergency situations.