What are some fun things to do while babysitting?
What could you do with the kids?
What could you make for dinner?
Easy ways to get them to bed?
What to do when they are asleep?
What is a good rate per hour?
Here are a lis of games you can play with the kids according to age:
(ages 10monts- 1 year)
Games you can play: Toys that make noise, big blocks, pat-a-cake, and you can watch movies.
2-3 years old
Ride-on-toys, push-pull toys, water toys, picture books, simple puzzles, hide and go seek, rolling and catching ball, movies or watching t.v.
4-5 years old
Puppets, costumes, masks, play dishes, crayons and paper, arts and crafts, moves, dress-up, 1-spy, playing store, tricycles, wagons, skipping ropes, hula-hoops, roller skating, Barbie’s, toy trucks, and movies.
Games to play:
Magic sets, models, puzzles, craft kits, hobby kits, cards, board games, video or computer games, sporst and movies.
Now for the dinner part, only give foods that the parents recommend.
* Older babies usually eat solid foods as well as take a bottle.
* Ask the parents if the baby gets the bottle or the food first.
* Babies are messy eaters and need a bib.
* Buckle baby in high chair before feeding.
* Give the baby only the food the parents suggest and only as much as they suggest.
* Put a small amount of food on a spoon and place it well back on the baby’s tongue so he/she won’t spit it out.
Toddlers usually have 3 meals a day, with morning, afternoon, and bedtime snacks.
* At this age, kids will be trying new foods, but the foods may still have to be mashed or chopped.
* Give the child the meals and snacks the parents have left.
* Give the child small servings.
* Don’t rush the child who is eating and don’t force him/her to eat everything on his/her plate.
* Get the older pre-schooler to help you set the table or prepare the meal or snack.
* If you have to prepare the meal, choose at least one serving from the four food groups in Canada’s Food Guide.
To reduce choking
* Cut smooth or round foods into smaller pieces lengthwise so they won’t get caught in the childs windpipe. Change the round shape of foods such as sausages, wieners, and grapes by cutting in half.
* Have the toddler sit quietly when eating. Running, laughing, or walking can cause choking while eating.
IF parents have asked you to prepare a meal, cook safely
* Know how to turn the stove or appliance on and off.
* Keep pot handles turned toward the back of the stove.
* Don’t overheat or leave cooking fats unattended.
When putting the kids to bed, be patient.
Refuses to go to sleep
If the child doesn’t go to bed at her bedtime, leave her alone, she will eventually go to bed when she is ready, make sure you follow up her bedtime routine, read her and extra story, and give her a back rub.
If the child is having a nightmare, make sure that everything is ok, stay with her for a while, and leave the light on when you put her back to bed.
If the child wets the bed, help her clean it up, change her bed, and reassure to him that its ok.
** Don’t ever say or do anything to emarasse the child who wets the bed.
When the kids are sleeping, you can do the activity that you have brought from your house, read quietly, watch tv or movies.
1-2 kids ~ $5.00/hour
Each additional child ~ $1.25/hour
*When you are babysitting a baby under 10 months old, you should ask to be paid a bit more than your regular charge, since you must give more attention, change the baby, feed the baby, and put the baby to bed.
How can I get my husband to stop nagging me about playing video games?
I have a sweet PlayStation 3 and whenever I start playing he is always like, “hey can you help me with the baby? I just made dinner can you come to the table? It’s 3AM, why don’t you come to bed.” I’m so sick of it. How can I get him to understand that I NEED to play Call of Duty?
If he can’t work that out for himself you’ll simply have to replace him. Who has the time to retrain a monkey nowadays?
How can I get my 3 day old daughter to not cry when we r not holding her?
She refuses to lay down anywhere. We try to put her to sleep and she goes crazy. She is eating very well and she is very healthy but wants to be held all day and night. We dont want to sleep with her in the bed with us at night because of the fear of rolling on her, but that seems like the only solution for bed time. And daytime she wont even lay in her pack and play or swing. Any suggestions?
You absolutely cannot spoil a child under 6 months of age (over 6 months is a completely different story).
Make a sling so both your hands are free and keep your baby near you.
(watch the video)
just because her swing and bed are made for babies, doesn’t mean she knows that! She wants warmth, comfort and mommy!
Perhaps you can try setting her down for a few minutes many times a day? She’ll get used to it eventually and start to learn that mommy or daddy will always be right back to get her.
Under 4 months of age or so this is acceptable to do. Over this age you can start the “tough love” approach of letting her cry it out.
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