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It’s not always easy to find a babysitter. We love our children so much that it can be quite hard to trust someone else with our kids. Here are some safety tips that you can give to your babysitter to ensure the safety of your child/children while you are away:

-Post a list so that the babysitter knows the rules and can be reminded of all them.

-Ensure that your babysitter has participated in a CPR class and also knows the Heimlich maneuver.

-Be very careful and always use a rail when going up and down stairs..

-Don't allow children to play in or around swimming pools.

-Never let children play near or around the street.

-Don't permit children to skateboard, climb trees, or to perform in any dangerous activities, even if you let the children to do such activities when they are at home.

-Don’t play with matches, lighters, or fireworks while you are taking care of the children.

-Never watch more than 3 or 4 kids at a time, which includes neighbourhood children when playing outside. It’s an important responsibility and it’s really hard to pay attention to all of them. This is especially true if small children are present.

- Be always alert and cautious of your surroundings.

- Try to avoid injury, don't let children climb on countertops; don’t let them play with small objects, neither around sharp corners such as coffee tables.

-Never leave a child alone while he/she is eating.

-Closely watch children when they play with balloons, as they are a choking hazard.

-Be careful with strangers

-Always lock the doors and keep the curtains closed when you are inside.

-Be careful with dogs. Stay way from them while you are babysitting, especially with small children.

- Call the parent or an adult if the child/children aren't properly behaving, if you are panicked or scared. The parent won't have a lesser opinion of you, and chances are they will trust you even more. Better safe than sorry in these circumstances. This prooves that you are really concerned about the children.

- Know the emergency numbers and have them posted on the refrigerator. It includes 911, police, number, the doctors number or nurses hotline, poison control, and fire department. Of course have a number where the babysitter can reach you in case of an emergency and they address where you are going to be.

- Have a secondary emergency number, which the babysitter can call if you can not be reached. It could be a neighbour, friend, a relative, etc. It must be someone who can get there fast when you are far away.

-Make sure the babysitter will not invite friends or boyfriends, unless it is allowed by yourself.

-Consider having a hidden nanny cam or a tape recorder

-Never hire a babysitter who is not mature enough to take care of your child/children.

These are just a few tips and you must always use common sense when choosing a babysitter. Someone you trust and who has been recommended by other parents is usually a good choice.


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