Babysitting is a tough gig and we all should know and appreciate that. Whether you are babysitting infants, toddlers, 9 year olds or teenagers, you will face some issues and hardships that you will need to learn how to deal with. To help you with that, today I will be sharing with you some tips on babysitting infants and how to do it right. I will start by listing the most important things you will need and follow it up with some tips and need to know information to make the babysitting process smoother and less stressful for you, the baby and the parents.
What You Will Need:
Diapers, wet wipes and baby powder
Milk or formula
Toys & books
Place to warm bottles
Changes of clothing
Step-by-Step Breakdown on Babysitting Infants
Make sure you have all emergency contact information available at hand and make sure you know whom to call if the parents are unavailable.
Make sure that you know where everything you might need is located before the parents leave. You will need to have easy access to diapers, bottles, toys, medicines, etc.
Make it a point to ask the parents about the infant’s feeding schedule and their preferred way of bottle warming (if needed).
Ask the parents if the child has any allergies or health concerns you need to know about such as colic or asthma. Be sure to inquire about what needs to be done in case any health issues should arise.
Learn about the child’s routine and try to keep it running smoothly. A cranky child is never easy to handle, so is a hungry or a sleepy child.
Make sure that the baby is comfortable at all times, check diapers regularly (check out this guide on diaper changing) and be sure to help the baby burp after each feeding.
Babies love to play too so make time to play with the infant, read and sing to him. Always make sure no small objects are around at any time since babies love putting things in their mouths more often than not.
Keep the baby lying on his back in his crib but make sure you don’t leave him there unsupervised with a bottle as he may choke.
Finally, be vigilant, attentive and loving and try to enjoy those precious moments you share with the infant, as they are truly a blessing.