If you’re babysitting, your job will be to keep the children within safe play areas, preferably within your sight. While in the house, you’ll have to keep them away from dangerous areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, workshop, and storage areas. Fast moving children will keep you busy.
Here are some tips on keeping play areas safe for infants and toddlers:
There are a few things to look out for here.
A baby in a high chair requires almost constant attention. Babies can slip out of a high chair quickly if not properly strapped in. An unstable high chair can also tip over.
Make sure that the crib is as safe as you can make it. Here are some tips:
There are a lot of things to look out for when baby-sitting. But the absolute most important thing you can do is to watch the children at all times. This will help you keep them safe from accidental injury.
Safe Kids Worldwide
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children
Babysitting: the basics. Nemours Kids Health Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/teen/babysitting_center/getting_started/babysit.html. Updated March 2013. Accessed May 4, 2016.
The super sitter. US Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/safety-education/safety-guides/kids-and-babies/consumer-product-safety-commission. Accessed May 4, 2016.
Last reviewed May 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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