What To Look For In A Baby Sitter

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

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Being parents, we must keep a close eye on our children. Hiring babysitting services is helpful for all the parents whether they are working or not. A babysitter is helpful for mothers to perform their house jobs and tasks effectively knowing that there is someone who can take care of their kids. Babysitting is surely not a job but parents are paying handsome incomes to worthy babysitter and for this, many women these days are ready to baby sit for that additional cash. Here are some qualities that a good babysitter must possess;

Professionalism

On average, baby sitters range from age of 14 yrs- 24 yrs. However, the older the age of an individual doesn't mean they are more mature. The most of individuals willing to baby-sit on nights and weekends are girls and have a tendency to mature faster than boys. Therefore, a fifteen-year-old may be exactly who you are seeking even if her age sound young. If the candidate behaves in a professional manner just like a business meeting, then she is already capable.

Trustworthiness

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

As babysitter will stay with your kids, house, and valuables, she must be reliable and dependable. These necessary qualities in a babysitter can be hard to find out based on the external looks alone. Thus, it is worthwhile to check her references. Talk with people they have sat with before, and ask them about the behavior and personality of the sitter.

Experience

It is always a good idea to find someone with experience or some special skills to care for small kids. Also, search for babysitter who has completed any course or training for baby sitter. As much time you spend in research, you would be able to find someone with more experience and skills.

Dedication for Work

Though a babysitter has restricted duties and is hired for a short time, she is expected to be available on time and dedicated to her work. Talking with her references about punctuality will provide you with a good idea about her dedication and availability on time.

Behavior with Children

If a person conducts good behavior with adults doesn't mean that he/she will conduct the same with children. When a candidate comes for the interview, consider intruding her with kids. You can also leave her with kids in a room alone and keep an eye to judge that how she behaves with the kids. If you feel that she is showing little to no interest in them, this applicant is not the best choice.

Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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