||Safety Tips - Babysitting Tips
Tips for Babysitters
- Having visitors is not a good policy when babysitting.
- Get written instructions for any medications that the child needs to be given.
- Check to see if the children have any known allergies (be sure to ask about food allergies!)
- If the home has a pool, be sure that you are familiar with pool rules and policies. See also our safety tips on water safety.
- Ask where flashlights are kept in the event the electricity goes out.
- Ask questions about the children's interests, habits, likes and dislikes.
- Lock the door after the parents or guardians leave. Turn on an outside light if during the evening.
- Check the children at regular intervals after they are put to bed.
- Keep the television or radio's volume low, so that if a child awakes you will hear them.
- Learn CPR and basic first aid.
- Have the address written down in case of emergency. Know important phone numbers so the children's family or neighbors can be contacted in case of an emergency.
- Be familiar with the house. When you arrive ask for a tour, be sure to note where phones & all exits are.
Tips for Parents
- The best source for child care recommendations are from family or friends.
- Be sure to check references.
- Ask your children if they feel comfortable or like the babysitter.
- Interview possible babysitters personally and watch how they interact with you children.
- If you are using a service or agency, determine if background check have been done on all employees.
- Create a checklist of information and contacts for the babysitter.