If you’re a babysitter, or babysitting for the first time, you’re probably going through a lot of different emotions. There will be excitement, nerves, and plenty more thoughts and questions running through your head. The good news is that you’ve come to the right place for all of the tips and tricks that you need to be the best babysitter that you can be.
Here are the top tips that every new babysitter needs:
1. Ask too many questions
The more information you get, the better. Parents are very protective, and when it comes to their kids, it’s better to play it safe instead of playing the guessing game. So, this is your license to ask as many questions as you can think of. Start by covering important things like allergies and medications. The last thing you want to do is to give the children in your care the wrong food accidentally. Some medications need to be taken at the same time, every day, so it’s important to keep this routine going.
The next thing you need to know is the administration things like bedtimes, certain things they are allowed to do and house rules. Understanding all those rules will help you to babysit in the way that the parents want you to.
2. Be consistent
The next thing to keep in mind is consistency. Routines are very important for children, and you will play a role in maintaining these routines. This could include things like a bedtime, homework hours, no sugar after a certain time, and no TV 30 mins before bed. Whatever it may be, be sure that you keep to these routines as best you can.
3. Set boundaries
Discipline is a reality in life with children. However, you aren’t a parent, so finding the discipline line can be tricky. Our advice is to set boundaries and ensure that the children understand they need to listen to you. Hopefully, the parents will take care of this for you. Don’t be afraid to say, but do so in a firm, but polite fashion.
4. Plan fun activities
Now that the formal things are out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff! Part of babysitting is to have fun. When you come over, bring plenty of fun activity ideas with you. You can have some free cartoons for babies lined up, teach them some card games, or play some classics like hide and seek. Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to have fun.
5. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
Lastly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. There is no such thing as a perfect babysitter, all you can do is your best. Aim for that goalpost, and you’ll rarely put a foot wrong.
Now that you’ve read our handy tips, you’re all set to be the best babysitter you can be. Good luck!