Every parent has to leave his or her kids with a babysitter from time to time. The choice can be both liberating and nerve-wracking at the same time. Fortunately, guidelines from the National SAFE Kids Campaign will give you the peace of mind to enjoy your night of freedom.
Ask about previous experience and ask for references; ask if he or she has taken a babysitter training course; find out if he or she knows infant and child CPR; ask if he or she knows what to do in an emergency; and make sure he or she understands the importance of constant supervision.
Once you've found a sitter, be sure the sitter knows where all the phones and emergency numbers are. Also, give the sitter written instructions about dosages and medications your child may be taking.
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