(HealthDay News) -- Before you choose a new babysitter or leave the sitter alone with your child for the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you take the following precautions:
- Choose a sitter who has good references and has training in first aid and CPR.
- Make sure the sitter is mature, knows what to do in an emergency and is at least 13 years old.
- Give the sitter a tour of your home, and encourage the sitter to show up well before you need to leave.
- Provide instructions in the event of a fire, including offering detailed escape plans.
- Direct the sitter on how and when to feed, bathe and "tuck in" your child.
- Be sure that your sitter knows about any health conditions affecting your child, including any allergies.
- Inform your sitter of where you're going and when you'll be back.