When you’re looking for someone to take care of your baby, you want to know that the said person is the best candidate for the job. Most importantly you want to be sure that your child is safe under their watch. That said, what goes into choosing a reliable caregiver? Here are some pointers to get you started;
Ensure That the Person is Committed to the Job
Not everyone who wants to take care of your child is committed to the task. Some will want to make some money without caring so much about the baby. According to statistics, the rate of child abuse and molestation is rising, which further increases the need to know that your child is safe.
In 2007, for instance, a mind-boggling 794,000 kids in the United States were victims of caregiver’s abuse and neglect. Even more disturbing is the fact that 1,760 children succumb to injuries and trauma each year most of them being below the age of 4 years. It is for such reasons that you need to be sure that the person who’s about hire to take care of your baby is committed to the task and responsibilities that come with the job.
Ensure that the Person Does not Take Drugs
It almost goes without saying that a person who you want entrust with taking care of your baby should not be using drugs or alcohol. You need to be sure that the individual will make a sober judgment. The person should be alert all the time.
Ensure that the Person Has Some Sense of Self-Control
The last thing you want to do is leave your child with a person who is hot tempered or does not exercise self-control. As a caregiver, the individual will be exposed to all manner of pressure from baby cries to tantrums and should be able to handle it all without losing self-control. In fact, most cases of child neglect and abuse are caused by the caregiver’s inability deal with pressure and stress associated with the job.
Ensure that the Person has Adequate Experience
Taking care of a baby is a demanding job and as such is only suited for an individual with some degree of experience. Children are susceptible to minor ailments, and the caregiver should know what to do in case of an emergency. At the very least, the prospective candidate should be aware how to perform child CPR.
Make Sure that the Person Knows Safe Sleep Practices
Your baby should be safe even in their sleep. Thus, the caregiver should be aware how to put the child to sleep and what to do when the baby is asleep. Even when the little one is not sleeping, the individual should know how to prevent the child from escaping the crib. The caregiver should, for instance, know when to put blankets in the crib and when to remove them. Besides, the individual should ensure that the baby sleeps in the safest position.
Ensure that the Person Know How to Soothe the Baby
Babies need to be soothed now and then and the best candidate for a caregiver’s job should demonstrate adequate soothing techniques. The person should know how to communicate with the baby and can form a bond with time. Remember that the stronger the relationship between your child and the caregiver, the easier it will be to control the little one.
Does the Person Know about Shaken Baby Syndrome?
Shaking the baby might result in injuries, and the person should be aware of this. Most caregivers have this misplaced notion that shaking a crying baby will calm him or her down. However, this will only aggravate the child. It is important to know how a prospective caregiver intends to calm down your child when he or she cries. In most cases, the best way to quiet a crying baby is to bottle or cuddle him or her so you may want to know the caregiver has such kind of knowledge.
Inspect the Caregiver’s Home Before You Leave Your Baby
If your child is spending time at the caregiver’s home, you may want to check the house to ensure that it is safe and clean. Scrutinize the crib, play area, blanket, pillow, and toys. In short, make sure that the environment is safe before deciding to leave your baby at the caregiver’s home.
Other equally important consideration to make include;
- Ensuring that the caregiver doesn’t have other children under her watch. That way, you can be sure that she’s only watching your child.
- Make sure that the caregiver is an excellent communicator
Leaving your baby under someone else’s watch is a massive undertaking and it is essential to make sure you only hire the best candidate for the job. Take your time and vet all the prospective candidates before making your decision. After all, the person will be in charge of your little one in your absence, and you only want and an individual who’s up to the task.