Leaving a child in the hands of babysitter is often hard on parents. One reason is the worry over safety. However, a good babysitter will be conscious and know when to take those extra precautions to keep children safe. In addition, these babysitter’s know the basics of life-saving medical care and the importance of making informed decisions quickly. After all, many accidents may be prevented just by good judgment and quick thinking.
Parents must inform their Texas babysitter’s of child safety. However, it cannot be learned overnight. For quick access to child safety care, keep this list handy.
Home Safety with Texas Babysitters
- Never give out identifying information over the Internet or phone. This should be a no-brainer, but ask that the sitter avoid order take-out – or anything where information is handed out.
- Turn the volume down. Ask that the sitter keep the volume low on anything that may make noise such as the computer, TV or radio. Also ask that the sitter does not wear earphones while watching the children. After all, you want the sitter to hear the children cry out if anything goes wrong.
- Kitchen safety. Ask the sitter to keep all sharp knives, forks or anything hot out of reach of children. In addition, ask the babysitter to only use burners on the back of the stove and to double check that everything is turned off before leaving the kitchen. This will help to prevent or eliminate kitchen accidents.
- Memorize location of emergency exits. It may sound silly, but ask your babysitter to go over fire drills with your family. If an emergency happens, the sitter must know how to exit the home safely with children in town.
- Use gates on stairways. For homes with multiple levels, provide the babysitter with a gate to cover all stairways. This can help prevent any accidents from going up or down the stairs. If your home has low windows, consider using gates there as well.
- Keep dangerous chemicals out of reach. While the kitchen is full of dangerous items, so is the rest of the house. Before you leave ensure that all dangerous medicines, cleaning items, plants and paints are out of reach. No one wants to make that frantic phone call to poison control, so put those dangerous chemicals away and out of reach.
Sitter Looking Out For You Child’s Safety
- Never leave sleeping children unattended. Regardless of age, a sleeping child must always be checked on. Ideally, the babysitter should check on children every 15 to 30 minutes. This way she can check to ensure the children are breathing, still in bed and aren’t hung up in the crib.
- Bathing. The sitter should never bathe the children, unless otherwise told. If you do tell your babysitter to bathe the children, give detailed instructions. Ask that she never leaves the children unattended and keep the water at a warm – but not not – temperature.
- Feeding. For toddlers, ask that the babysitter cut the food into bite-sized pieces. In addition, ask that she uses a booster seat to keep children sitting during feeding. Toddlers and young children can easily choke on food, so it’s better to be safe. Lastly, inform of any food allergies or aversions.
These are just a few tips for child safety. Both Texas babysitter’s and parents should be aware of potentially dangerous items and make a list. Compare lists and make note of any new changes in children or items. Remember, communication is the best way to ensure your family is healthy, happy and safe!