How To Choose A Good Babysitter?

Good Babysitter

Holding out for a cross between Mary Poppins and Mrs. Doubtfire may be aiming too high, but you don’t have to settle for a surly teen either. You will need Diligence and a “consent to treat” form.

#Step 1. Ask around. The best way to find a great babysitter is to ask friends and relatives for recommendations.

#Step 2. Consult your local library, hospital, Red Cross, or YMCA for names of certified babysitters who’ve graduated from their childcare classes. They’ll only recommend their best students and you’ll know the person is trained to handle emergencies.

#Step 3. Ask the babysitter tough questions about her background and what she would do in tough, hypothetical situations—like if a fire started or if your child was choking.

#Step 4. Ask for references and call them. Be suspicious of anyone who can’t provide any recent employers who can vouch for her. Keep the contact info of all your top candidates, even if you don’t wind up choosing them. That way you’ll have a list of screened back-ups if your regular babysitter is unavailable.

#Step 5. Make an excuse to leave the babysitters you are interviewing alone with your child for 20 minutes or so. When you re-enter the room, notice how your child is reacting to the potential sitter. Children are often more perceptive than adults. Many emergency crews won’t treat a minor in a parent’s absence without a “Consent to Treat” form. Get one from your local police or fire department, sign it, and let the babysitter know where it is.

#Step 6. The first time you use a new sitter, come home 30 minutes before you said you would. This will give you a true idea of how things are, rather than of what the babysitter wants you to see.

Pediatric Physical Therapy Strengthening For Babies

I want to show you another idea of how to work on head control. This time I will show the classic pull to sit. This is a classic test that doctors will check to look at head and neck control. I am here with Colton who is a typically developing child. I am hoping these ideas will be able to help people who have children with microcephaly. Colton still is young in his head control. We are going to a pull to sit test. We are going to start all the way against gravity. This is a difficult place to start. I am going to help at his shoulders. With an older child, I might start at his hand, wrist, or elbows. Colton needs me to start as his shoulders. I hold his shoulders. I hold his shoulders down, try to get his attention, and see if I can get him to pull his head up. See right there. That is so hard. He has lost his head control.

In that case, I bring up my knees a little bit, so he doesn’t have to work quite so hard against gravity. From here, it is easier to pull up to sitting. So I hold his shoulders, and pull his shoulders down a little bit, and see how he does. There you go! Nice job! You were super! What is great about your knees? You take them with you everywhere you go. You can make this exercise really easy or really hard, depending on how you position your knees. Colton did a great job. I am going to lay him down one more time. Nice job Colton. I’m going to pull you up one more time. You’ve got this. Come on! Colton! Down here! Hey! Great job! Super!


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