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Choosing Childcare and Babysitters
You are a busy and devoted mom, and love watching every
new thing your son or daughter does. It is important, however,
to set aside special time for you and your partner, or just
time for yourself.
Choosing and Using Child Care
Many moms today work and rely on child care for their children.
Relatives or family members sometimes take on child-care duties,
or children are enrolled in child-care programs. All parents
wish the best start for their children. Child care is more
than just a service that allows parents to work. It is a world
that will affect a childs development in many ways
physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Finding
quality child care that is affordable can be challenging.
Many parents need inexpensive or cost-free day care where
they know their children are safe and are being helped to
grow and develop. Parents can contact their local social service
agency (listed in the phone book) for information about government-sponsored
programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start and other
community programs. The National Womens Health Information
Center (NWHIC) recommends taking the following steps to choosing
quality child care.
Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care
- Look. Visit several child care homes or centers. Visit
the home or center more than once and stay as long as possible
so you can get a good feel for what the care will be like
for your child. Continue to visit even after you start using
the home or center.
- Listen. Make sure the place is cheerful and not too quiet,
which can mean not enough activity. Happy-sounding children
means they are involved and busy.
- Count. Count the number of children in the group and the
number of staff members caring for them. The fewer the number
of children for each staff member, the more attention your
child will get.
- Ask. Adults who care for children need knowledge and experience.
Ask about the background and experience of all staff that
will have contact with your child in the home or center.
- Be Informed. Find out more about efforts in your community
to improve the quality of child care. Ask if the home or
center is involved in these activities. Consider getting
Choosing and Using a Babysitter
Planning time away from your new baby means that you will
need to find a trusted babysitter to care for your baby like
you would. That may seem impossible, but knowing what qualities
you need in a babysitter will help you to find the best person
to take care of your child. The National Women's Health Information
Center (NWHIC) recommends taking the following steps to familiarize
a new babysitter with you, your baby, and your home. Also,
we have provided a babysitter
checklist to remind you of the information the babysitter
will need while caring for your child, such as numbers where
you can be reached in an emergency.
Tips for Familiarizing a New Babysitter with Child Safety
and Your Home
Ask if the babysitter knows infant/child CPR and Rescue Breathing.
Remind the babysitter that infants should not be placed on
an adult bed of any kind.
Remind the babysitter to place the baby on her/his back to
Be sure that the babysitter knows the signs of illness in
an infant including: changes in skin color, sweating, nausea
or vomiting, and diarrhea.
Show the babysitter where the fire extinguishers are kept,
and explain how they are used.
Be sure to show the babysitter where the first aid supplies
Remind the babysitter to keep all balloons or plastic items
away from the baby.
Instruct the babysitter that children should never be unsupervised
in the bathtub. He/she should take them with him/her if they
must answer the telephone or the door bell.
Remind the babysitter to keep the bathroom door closed, and
the toilet seat and lid down when not in use.
Before leaving, be sure to give the babysitter a tour of the
Familiarity with your House:
Ensure that all windows have been closed, and that the babysitter
knows to keep them closed.
Show the babysitter how to operate your child safety gates,
and indicate where they need to be kept.
Also show the babysitter where the flashlights are located.
Make sure that you have put away all sharp items including scissors,
knives, and any other objects that can cause injury.