All parents are a little nervous when
someone else cares for their baby. You may
have asked an aunt to baby-sit for a few hours. Or you may have your baby in a
state-licensed program. Anytime someone
else cares for your baby, help make it safe.
Here are some ways.
Give the caregiver a phone number where
you can be reached. Give the name of your
baby’s doctor. Write permission to get
medical help in an emergency.
Tell the caregiver about your baby’s likes and dislikes. For example, he
doesn’t like carrots. And he likes his “blankey” at naptime.
Share your baby’s routine. For example, he usually wakes up at 5:30 a.m.
That means he takes a nap about 9 a.m. He’s slow to wake up and needs a
few quiet minutes before wanting to be with people.
Maintain a business approach. If you pay for care—even if it’s your sister—
be clear about what you expect. For example, you expect the caregiver to
change wet diapers right away and then wash her hands. Don’t take
advantage of the arrangement. The caregiver expects you to pick up your
baby at the time you have agreed upon.
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