Want to Be a Babysitter?

If you've got your eye on becoming a babysitter, make sure you know how to keep your charges safe.

The University of Michigan Health System offers this advice:

  • Kids First Aid Kits, Emergency & Child IDs Kids First Aid Kits, Emergency & Child IDs

    Take classes in babysitting, first aid and CPR. Understand the basics of sleep safety for babies, such as the need to have them sleep on the back.

  • Bring a list of questions and information you will need from the parents. Make sure you have everything you need before the parents leave.
  • Learn how to help prevent choking. But do not give children food or medication unless instructed to do so by the parents.
  • Check on children about every 15 minutes while they're sleeping.
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    Make sure all outside doors and windows are locked.

  • Do not allow anyone in the home, and call police if you suspect danger.
  • Never leave a child alone in the bathtub for even a moment.
  • Make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency, such as a fire.
-- Diana Kohnle

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