Babysitting may be the perfect job for you. You can learn about having a job and managing money. You can also learn a lot about children, families, and safety. There are certain things that will be expected of you as a sitter, though. And there are also things that you should expect from parents. Before you begin watching children, be clear about safety.
As a babysitter, your job is to keep children safe. You need to:
To prevent accidents, keep children away from:
Stairs can be dangerous for children. Here are some tips to prevent accidents on the stairs:
Do not bathe the baby. In most cases, you can clean the baby’s skin with a clean facecloth in lukewarm water. Bathing a baby calls for extreme care and supervision. There is a risk of hot water burns and drowning. You may want to help the parents, but do not bathe the baby.
Infants and young children can choke on any small items they put in their mouths. To help prevent choking:
As children climb and play, loose, baggy clothing can be dangerous. It can get caught on furniture, cribs, or playpens. Clothing can also be a problem if it gets tightly wound around the baby. Be alert for hazards such as these. Adjust clothing so that it cannot become tangled.
If the child becomes ill or has an accident:
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Canada Safety Council
Baby safety tips. Safe Kids Worldwide website. Available at: https://www.safekids.org/baby. Accessed November 2, 2021.
Babysitting: the basics. Nemours Kids Health website. Available at: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/babysit.html?ref=search. Accessed November 2, 2021.
Caring for children 2: Babysitting basics. Virginia Tech website. Available at: https://resources.ext.vt.edu/contentdetail?contentid=1512. Accessed November 2, 2021.
Pediatric basic life support. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/management/pediatric-basic-life-support-bls. Accessed November 2, 2021.
Last reviewed November 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Last Updated: 11/2/2021