Acclimating Your New Babysitter

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(HealthDayNews) -- Before you leave your child with a new babysitter, make sure the sitter knows the house safety rules, advises the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Here's a sample checklist:

  • Leave a telephone number where you can be reached. If it will be difficult to contact you, leave the number of a relative or neighbor.
  • Keep emergency numbers near the telephone.
  • Show the babysitter where to find the fire extinguisher and how to use it.
  • Show the sitter where to find your first aid kit and flashlight.

Your child's babysitter should also know:

  • What to do if your child is hurt or gets sick.
  • What time you'll be home.
  • Your rules about having friends over.
  • What, how much, and when to feed your child.

- - Felicity Stone

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