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Babysitting tips for beginners

Updated on November 5, 2011

Babysitting Tips for Pre-Teens

On this website you will learn everything from tips to tricks for babysitting. As you begin to babysit at the pre-teen age it is important to know what you need to be doing to become the best babysitter on the block. Does this sound foreign to you? Don't worry you have come to the right place.

The Basics

To be a good babysitter and to get invited back you have to do a couple of things. Like come prepared. Come with some little toys depending on the age of the child. Also, I highly recommend getting certified in CPR and taking a babysitting class. Parents will feel much more comfortable leaving their child with someone who would know who to handle an emergency. When you arrive at the house make sure to ask questions about ANYTHING you aren't sure about. The parents would rather have you ask then instead of when they are out at a meeting or a movie!

Information and Instructions

Make sure before the parents leave you get some information such as their phone numbers. Make sure to ask if any of the kids have allergies or medicine they take before bed. Also, get some instructions from the parents such as are they allowd to go outside, eat snacks, play this game of that game. Make sure you ask any questions you are unsure about. The parents won't mind.

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What do you do at bedtime?

First things first, make sure that you confirm bedtimes for each child with the parent before they leave and stick to them. If your child is scared of the dark or thinks monster are in there closet there are some solutions!!! First, if the child is afraid of the dark then leave a night light on for them. Also, just make sure that it is not so bright that they will have trouble sleeping with it on! Make sure that you don't leave the big light on because it is damaging for the brain for a child to sleep with a bright light on. Monsters? No problem, if your child is scared of the "monsters" in the closet here is what to do. Find an old spray bottle (or bring one with you) empty it, and make a "monster go away" label and "spray" it under the bed or in the closet. This should comfort the child. Or you can try...... getting an old paper bag and put some "bait" inside (old rapper etc.) and put it under the bed and then throw the bag away! If the child is wanting its mommy or daddy then just be honest. If they aren't going to be that long then say that, and if not then tell the kids they will see them in the morning. Also, check on them every 15 minutes, but be sure not to awake them!!!!

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Eating Time!

Is your child getting hungary? Here is what you do. First you sit them in a kitchen seat. Always give the child something to do like coloring books and crayons. You don't want the child wandering through the house when you are cooking and can't keep an eye on them! Make sure that you only cook what the parents sugguested. Also, if you are feeding an infant then make sure to ask the parents for specific instructions and always check the formula tempeture on your wrist. If it feels hot then let it cool down. Chances are that is REALLY hot to the baby. If you are hungary you should help yourself to a little snack but don't go through containers and tinfoil. You don't want to end up eating tomorrow nights dinner!! Also, make sure to ask the parents about any food alergies before they leave! If they're are dirty dishes then make sure to either make a game out of cleaning with the child or neatly stack them in the sink. If you are watching an infant or a young toddler don't worry about cleaning up, the parents will understand. But even then don't leave rappers and dirty diapers laying around!

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Bye Bye Mommy!

Is the child attatched to their mom or dad. Do they break out in tears as soon as the door shuts. Are you stuck and don't know what to do? Well you don't have to be anymore!! If the child is crying because mommy and daddy are leaving then try to distract their minds from it. Offer to turn on a movie, ask them to show you their room, take out a toy and start a game. In no time they will smiling and playing right along with you. If the child just won't stop crying and you've tried all the previous sugguestions something else might be wrong. Check the diaper or pull-up, offer some food, ask them why they are crying! If they just won't stop crying make sure to call your parents or their parents for advice. If something is seriously wrong the parents will most definitely not mind you calling. Make sure before you call to try everything you think they could possibly be crying for.

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      anonymous 12 months ago

      I am about to start babysitting. For a 5 yr old and a three yr old. I have never babysat before, and my biggest fears are: they wont listen to me, one of them chokes, or something bad happens. If any of you could help, that would be great! I want to be able to discipline them (If needed) but I don't want to sound to harsh.

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      @anonymous 19 months ago

      Terrible spelling!!!!!!!!

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      Ann 2 years ago

      these really helped I really want to start babysitting but know one will let me babysit I've taken classes CPR and have lots of advice I need help no one wants me I've asked my parents friends too

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this really helped me out. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi im rebecca i babysit a 12,10, and 2 yr old these tips are great!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi i am 12 and i am babysitting a 7 yr old boy and idk what to do. Idk if i just let him play alone unless he is hurt or asks me to play do i just watch him or ask him what he wants to do. Please help me,

      Ellie

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      OMG Love this its so heplful

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank You for the advice i am just learning about babysitting and just a beginner. Hopefully i will be taking child care classes soon. You guys/girls gave great advice thtas gonna help a lot you should probably mention a paragraph about discipline and "what to do when a child is being naughty." Thank you for the info

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      amazing thank you so much!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      maybe you add some creative games for the beginners

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow this was so helpful i can't wait for my next job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow this really helped thanx!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i thought this website however was great. this is not my first time babysitting. and btw Amy (girl who didn't like this) it said for BEGINNERS! obviously you sound like your not a beginner. and fyi the first article name is THE BASICSA. so people usually know them! i however think its great for beginners. which the website said it was for!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: tht mean

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This i my first time babysitting and im scared any more advice.

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      lauren1234 lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am very sorry that you felt that way about my website. Do you have any sugguestions to make it better?

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      lauren1234 lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I will definatly get to that. Thank you for your comment. Glad you enjoyed the rest of it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very bad grammar, all things i already knew and I'm only 13. this is a sad set of guidelines and I do not recommend them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi that was great advice i have my first job in a few weeks so i am a little scared

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks! It's really helpful

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks! It's really helpful

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      these are great tips but I babysit quite a lot and i always have trouble with just one child he is 4 and when it is time for bed he always fights me on it and I was just wondering if you had any tips on that ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @iSophie: I want to babysit but not sure how someone HELP

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thnx

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this is great me nd my friend babysit for a 7yr old and 4month old baby x x

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      GREAT ADVICE

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      iSophie 6 years ago

      This is a really good website. It helped me when I started babysitting.