Every one of us has heard of babysitting have we not?
You may have been asked to babysit yourself!!!
Are you one? I don’t think its all that bad really… One day you might have a child of your own. This is your first shot at children, babies and the like…
Some people forget that we were all babies once. Its part of being a good samaritan to accept the duty of becoming anybody’s household nanny! Just for an evening or so… I know I would have to oblige anyone who came and asked me to babysit! You might just be thirteen as an example but you will learn quickly…
If you are a nanny then babysitting is as easy as pie! Do you remember ever having a babysitter???
Here I write on babysitting 101.
Oblige: : to do a favor for
//always ready to oblige a friend
Sending your child to nursery school is one way of putting your trust in others. Daycare is another name it often goes by. Kindergarten or Kindergarden with a ‘D’… Some of us know of this. For the others you will remember staying at home with mom or grandma until you were sent off, willingly or unwillingly, to primary school! Elementary school I could otherwise say… Grandma can be replaced for anyone responsible enough…
You might have heard of a governess! A posh family hires these! From a large, wealthy household? In that case they were the ones that might tutor you… Can you believe it? Such a being has existed and still exists… We therefore have nannies; the average babysitter; au pairs; or close family to raise our children and in fact good ol’ mom. An au pair sees to it that family can safely rely on her to share reponsibilities in the home. In some countries an au pair can only a female by law!
A nanny is someone that is employed to take care of another child. A nanny can easily become another branch of the family tree! In days gone by, our household nanny had to report to the lady of the house. For some households it was and still is a valuable addition. A key additon I could say! Another is a butler. Lets talk about this some other time, if at all, folks.
The au pair
You hate requiring a new babysitter each time you need to go out. The romantic version takes place on your wedding anniversary. The evening is filled with dinner, dessert and even music accompanies your evening meal.
You’re possibly well-off and can afford an expensive babysitter. One that is experienced and stays calm whilst you and your wife are nowhere to be seen!
We could as employers take advantage of someone else however. Someone new to the whole scenario and who might even turn down money as a payment for the evenings work! A simple thank you will do… A good old-fashioned babysitter… Someone you can trust and someone that likes you enough to help you out. If you cannot refuse a request you get to babysit then you are probably the inexperienced kind. You’re now at the mercy of your new employer/s.
They say you can help yourself to some biscuits; some tea; a bowl is in the fridge full of lasagne… Help yourself they repeat as they exit the house! Although this excites you, it can’t really replace the time and effort it takes to raise someone elses child for one whole evening… Your babysitting skills might help you grow up really quickly!
You don’t have enough time for biscuits and tea. On the other hand maybe you do. You tell yourself, man I’ll never do that again. An au pair thinks differently… Waking the children up mornings. Making their beds. Au pairs are involved in a much deeper way! Maintaining the role of an au pair is something you will first need to qualify for.
Mom has never had to babysit. She is expected simply to raise her child. That’s instinct. That’s expectable! A babysitter or au pair is a guest in her home…
If you’re struggling and out of your depth then you’re of course the newer style of babysitter! There are ways to deal with this situation though…
Babysitting in 101 steps
You will firstly have to give into the needs of the baby or child you are looking after… You’re the one as a babysitter that has to learn some maternal skills extremely quickly. I don’t know as a female if you can act like the baby’s mother but you should try! Try a little bit of everything…
- Changing diapers
- Putting them to sleep
- Giving them your undivided attention
These are some of the duties you’ll experience within just a few minutes and hours of starting your babysitting chore!
Care is needed
You can’t really negotiate with a baby. Your guilt can grow if you ever discipline someone elses toddler or child, so don’t. I mean you really have to hold back! You’re on Big Brother from now on and lasting forever…
Have you imagined ever trying to calm a baby that keeps crying? You’re stuck in a tug of war between a quiet loving little one or a loud desperate infant (two month old to one year old). You’re in a rush to get this baby of the mother you know, calm and happy again. You thought you were going to be successful but now you’re counting down, looking for the hour hand and awaiting baby’s mom to rescue you…
When a baby cries there are some notes you can memorise. Try it, its good for you!
So go ahead:
- Check the baby’s diaper
- Play with him or her
- Try feeding the baby (you may need to try a few times)
- Try and put baby to bed!
Give yourself a pat on the back or take a biscuit from the kitchen! If you’ve succeeded of course otherwise no you can’t! Come back next time you’re invited and do a better job!!!
Just a joke folks!
You do realise the greater success you achieve at this the more chance you have at being hired again! Good or bad? I don’t know…
You’re the judge…
A technique you can use
I hope the baby’s mom had taken some minutes to walk you through the basics! This dilemma I’ll you help you out on starts with the letter ‘A’. Not really… It is surely though one of the most important tasks ahead…
This is a trick your employer should train you in!
How to place baby to sleep… :
- Go into a dark room
- Hold him/her gently on either side or on their stomach
- Hold his/her head in your open hand
- Start rocking the baby from side to side
Just before or as soon as he or she starts sleeping you can place the baby in a crib or in a bed. Your next step is to take the night shift. You should stay awake and watch over the baby. To start with never let a baby sleep on it’s stomach but rather lay him/her down on their back.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,