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How to Babysit an Infant

Earning a little extra money babysitting infants can be more fun -- and a lot easier -- than schlepping food at your local diner.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Ask for contact information Ask the infant's parents for all important contact information, including the pediatrician's number. Determine who to call if the parents are unavailable.
  • Step 2: Locate supplies Locate all of the diaper supplies, bottles, milk, toys, clothing, and burp cloths.
  • Step 3: Ask about bottle warming Ask the parents about their methods for bottle warming and about any feeding schedules they want you to follow.
  • TIP: Having a bottle filled and ready for warming will save you time and tears with a hungry infant. Prepare a bottle while the baby is still happy and content.
  • Step 4: Ask about any special needs Ask the parents if the infant has any special needs or health concerns you should be aware of.
  • Step 5: Determine schedule Determine if the infant has a set schedule for naps, feeding times, play time, or medications that you need to follow.
  • Step 6: Ask about sleep habits Ask the parents if their baby has any special routine for sleep time, such as rocking, walking around, singing, or shushing.
  • TIP: When putting a baby to sleep, always be sure to lay the baby on his or her back to sleep, and without blankets or pillows surrounding them.
  • Step 7: Follow routine Follow any routine the infant is accustomed to: play with and hold them, change their diaper, talk to the baby, and enjoy spending time with such a precious little person.
  • FACT: A newborn baby can only see objects that are around 8 to 15 inches away.

You Will Need

  • Contact information
  • Diapering supplies
  • Bottles
  • Milk or formula
  • Pacifiers
  • Toys
  • Place to warm bottles
  • Changes of clothing
  • Burpcloths

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