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Ask a Sitter: Babysitting must-haves & Tips for New Sitters

Meet Valerie, a highly recommended babysitter who has garnered a whooping 37 positive reviews (and counting!) from parents. Valerie has become a trusted and well-loved Aunty Sitter in the local community. With her extensive experience and natural talent in caring for children, she has developed her own set of tricks and tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for both the kids and their parents. 

In this interview, we ask Valerie to share more about her must-have items for every sit!

Here are her babysitting essentials: 

1. Hand sanitiser

Children are curious and tend to touch everything, so it’s important to have a way to disinfect hands when necessary. 

2. Mini first aid kit

Her first aid kit contains mainly cartoon band-aids and string-free alcohol wipes. Kids can be prone to injuries, so having this on hand can be helpful. Plus, the cartoon band-aids can help cheer up the little ones!

3. Talking Cactus Toy

Valerie likes to bring this toy when meeting kids for the first time to get them to warm up with her! She finds it’s been popular with the younger children.

4. Tissues and Wet Wipes

Tissues and wet wipes are another essential item for Valerie, especially after messy or outdoor activities. They’re great for quick cleanups and to ensure that everyone stays clean and comfortable.

5. Books

Books are another item that she brings along, as they’re a great way to engage children and settle them down after a high-energy activity. A good story can help calm children and prepare them for nap or bedtime!

“I like to alternate between Just Teddy by Emily Lim, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Micheal Rosen or Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle depending on their age.” Valerie recommends.

6. An extra set of clothes

Valerie also suggests bringing an extra set of clothes, depending on the parents’ preferences. “Some parents are more comfortable when we bring an extra set of clothes. I always just ask if they are comfortable with me wearing outside clothes.” She says.

7. Phone and portable charger

She always brings her phone and portable charger, as they’re crucial for staying in contact with parents in case of an emergency. Having a fully charged phone ensures that she can reach parents quickly and easily if needed.

Do you have any advice for new sitters?

“I’d say it’s important for sitters to understand their own limitations and expectations before starting to babysit. This will help them determine if they’re a good fit for the family and if they can meet their needs.” 

With the right mindset, preparation, and a willingness to learn, you can make a positive impact on children’s lives while enjoying a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Remember, each sit is an opportunity to learn and grow as a caregiver. So go out there, have fun, and make some great memories!

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