Child Care Checklist – 5 Things You Need To Do If You’re Babysitting During The Pandemic

Babysitting is a tough gig at the best of times. You're caring for the center of someone's universe, and if everything doesn't go according to plan, you can end up in a sticky situation faster than you can say peek-a-boo. Babysitting during a pandemic can be downright terrifying. But don't panic just yet. You wouldn't still be caring for your charges if their parents didn't trust and believe in you. So, if you follow these tips and the relevant government guidelines, everything should be just fine.

Hygiene Is Key

When it comes time to feed the baby, social distancing isn't exactly an option, so other safeguards need to be put in place. You should always wash your hands just before feeding time and cover yourself with a clean baby blanket to ensure the process is as hygienic as possible. It's also worth investing in a baby bottle sterilizer in case you find yourself in a situation where the parent's one is missing or broken.

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With all the panic buying that has been going on around the world, there's a good chance that your charge's parents have had to substitute at least something in baby's care routine. This might not be a problem for some, but for babies who have allergies, changing up their diapers or wipes could spell disaster. It's always a good idea to have some top quality nappy rash cream in your bag of tricks in the event that the little one’s skin reacts to something.

Better Too Much Than Not Enough

If you’re having the kids dropped off at your place so mum and dad can get some work done, you've probably run into a situation where there's not enough food to keep bub's tummy full for the duration of their visit. To protect against this, and save the little ones from going hungry, it's a good idea to keep some spare baby formula in the pantry. Obviously you'll need to check with their parents to make sure you have a kind that is suitable for their baby, and you may want to bump the bill up a bit if it becomes a regular occurrence, but you'd be surprised by just how useful it is to have some formula handy.

Wipe It Up

Even with normal use and proper cleaning, cloths and sponges can serve as breeding grounds for bacteria. Given the current circumstances, however, this risk is multiplied by all the extra use they'll be getting. To stay on the safe side, we recommend using eco-friendly, biodegradable antibacterial wipes rather than sprays and cloths to clean areas that you or the little ones will be coming into contact with.

Little Hands

While you would never use an item as harsh as hand sanitizer on your charges without their parents’ permission, it is recommended that everyone sanitize their hands when safe for them to do so. As such, we recommend asking the parents of your charge to send their preferred hand sanitizer with the child to help practice and maintain good hygiene.

The tips in this article are designed to ensure that you, the little ones, and your babysitting career are as safe as they can be. However, they should not be considered medical advice or as a substitute for following government guidelines. Things are scary at the moment, but we'll all get through it soon enough.

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Jennifer Shackelford
 

Hi, I’m Jennifer, the founder and editor of TheMamaNeeds.com. On The Mama Needs, I write about experience with pregnancy, raising kids, and nutrition for both kids and expectant moms.. I love that blogging brings parents together and lets our readers know they’re not the only ones going through these experiences. I love seeing comments on my posts that say “I thought it was just me! I’m so glad it’s not!” Being a parent is hard, but friends and blogs really help.

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