Experts in child psychology encourage separation from the child after the age of five months since this will help your little one to quickly conquer separation anxiety and the fear of meeting new people. Moreover, taking some time off for yourself when you have a sweet one at home is definitely good for you as it helps you recuperate and be more patient and relaxed when you’re at home.
So what should your babysitter know and what should you expect from her?
Today, we will be bringing you the basic guide for babysitter bliss to ensure that your babysitting experience goes smoothly for you and your child.
Things Your Babysitter Should Know:
Once you have chosen the babysitter, make sure to spend some time with her before the babysitting begins. Use this time to:
Make sure she has a list of numbers to call in case of emergencies.
Give her a tour around the house and let her know where everything is located (including toys, milk, first-aid kit, diapers, paper towels, etc.).
Give her a set of food rules for your child. This should cover what she can give your child for food and what is a “no, no” under any circumstances. It can also cover how to cut or dice your child’s food and other specifics as such.
Let her know your child’s daily routine such as when he eats and naps. It would be also helpful if you include your child’s favorite toys, books and songs.
Teach her how to soothe your child in case he gets irritated. Also, let her know what can negatively trigger him most (for example, loud noises).
Things You Should Expect From Your Babysitter:
Of course, the main reason you have hired a babysitter is babysitting your child. However, is that all she is expected to do?
Apart from having your child’s safety as a main priority, your babysitter is also expected to:
Keep the child entertained during his waking hours. A babysitter should not watch your child from the corner of her eye while reading a magazine or playing on her phone. She is expected to play with your child and entertain him/her.
Clean and tidy up after feeding or playing. Your babysitter is expected to prepare meals for your child (or at least heat them) and do some dish washing after feeding. She is also expected to keep the play area tidy and clean.
Your babysitter is also expected to change diapers, prepare bottles and provide both cuddles and discipline.
Finally, as a parent, you need to make sure to communicate with your babysitter and be direct regarding your needs and expectations to avoid any resentment or hard feelings.