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Babysitting Tips

(Take Your Babysitting to the Next Level)

Babysitting can be a complicated business but at Kidsit, we're here to help you.

Browse our a library of useful articles written by parents, babysitters, and childcare professionals and follow our tips and advice to become the best babysitter you can be.

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Babysitting License (What is it and How do I Get One?)

We explain what a babysitting license is, what different kinds of certification are available, how to get a license, and whether you can babysit without one.

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29 Skills You Can Learn From Babysitting (And Why They're So Valuable)

See all the skills that babysitting can teach you and learn why most of them are fully transferable to other occupations.

Babysitters love flyers

12 Reasons Why Babysitting Flyers Work So Well

I'll tell you some of the top reasons why babysitting flyers work so well, then I'll let you know about some potential disadvantages to keep in mind too.

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Get Your Printable Babysitting Kit! (Download Free Forms, Checklists & Documents)

Download and print our free babysitting kit. It's packed full of useful resources to make childcare easy and fun.

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13 Qualities All Good Babysitters Share (Do You Have What It Takes?)

We look at some of the key qualities that parents look for, and you should have if you want to be a successful babysitter!

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First-Time Babysitting (16 Things You Should Know)

I'll cover all the things that first-time babysitting need to know so there shouldn't be many surprises the first time that you babysit.

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Babysitting References (What Are They & How To Get Them?)

Learn what babysitting references are, why they're important, who you should use as a reference, and some essential tips to put you ahead of the competition.

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How to Make Baby Formula (Illustrated Guide for Babysitters)

I'll teach you step-by-step how to correctly make baby formula, how to keep the bottles and utensils clean, how to store it properly, and more.

Babysitter resume

How to Add Babysitting to Your Resume (Sample Job Skills & Example Templates)

Impress future employers with a professional resume that highlights your babysitting experience. Follow our simple guide and get that job!

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How to Babysit a Preteen (Important Tips You Should Know)

I'll explain how to develop a healthy relationship with preteens that you've been asked to babysit.

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Can a Parent Sue Me as a Babysitter?

I'll explain why parents may sue you as a babysitter, what they have to prove to win their case, and more.

Child loves a good babysitter

How to Be a Good Babysitter (17 Tips From A Parent!)

See what traits make a good babysitter, and different things you can do to make a good impression on both parents and kids alike.

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Babysitting at the Library (An Educational Outing Kids Love!)

I'll teach you how to prepare kids for a trip to the library, and give you plenty of cool activities that you can do once you're there.

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Is Babysitting an Easy Job? (YES, if you Follow Our Tips…)

Learn some simple tricks to make babysitting easier and more fun for both you and the kids. Sitting doesn't have to be difficult.

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Can You Babysit Without Qualifications?

In most places, you don't need qualifications to babysit. However, parents prefer carers with a First Aid Certificate & other basic credentials. Find out what qualifications you need.

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What to Include on a Babysitting Flyer

I'll explain what items to include on your babysitting flyer and why they're important. Plus what NOT to include!

Happy baby in a diaper

How to Change a Diaper (An Illustrated Guide for Babysitters)

I'll walk you through the complete step-by-step process of changing a diaper including specific tricks for changing girl or boy babies.

Upset child who droped his ice cream

How to Calm an Upset Child (17 Strategies for Babysitters)

I'll give you strategies to help calm an upset child, help you to determine what triggered them, and how to prevent or de-escalate the situation.

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Babysitting Emergency Numbers (Plus Printable Contact Sheets)

I list the main emergency numbers that babysitters need by country. Plus, Download our Free Emergency Contact Sheets!

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Does Babysitting for Free Count as Community Service?

Learn why babysitting for free is definitely a form of community service and how it can help people in the community and you.

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Babysitter Profile Writing Tips (Bio Secrets that Work!)

Learn how to make a babysitter profile and description that makes you STAND OUT out as a great choice for parents!

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Meeting Children (How Babysitters Can Make a Great First Impression!)

See my secret tips for babysitters to make a great impression with children the first time that you meet them.

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Is Babysitting Right for You? (17 Questions to Ask Yourself)

We go over questions you should ask yourself to help you to decide if babysitting is a good fit for you

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Fun things to do when babysitting 200+ Kids Games, Activities & Entertainment Ideas

205 Kids Games, Activities & Ideas to keep even the fussiest kids entertained for hours.

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The Learning Dinosaur (an Educational DIY Game for kids)

This game is an excellent opportunity to teach kids shapes, counting, coordination, gross motor skills, and eye-hand coordination skills.

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Why Become a Babysitter? (11 Reasons Why it's a Fulfilling Job)

We explore the main benefits of being a babysitter to help you decide if it's the right job for you.

Start Babysitting with No Experience (7 Easy Steps to Follow)

Learn the steps needed to start babysitting with no experience. Once you have some experience under your belt, you’ll be really marketable as a babysitter.

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Is Babysitting a Real Job?

Babysitting is most definitely a real job. Sitters get paid in real money and have real work. You can also earn more while babysitting than a lot of other jobs.

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Can Men Babysit? Why Aren’t There Many Male Babysitters?

Men can definitely babysit, but there is a lot of stigmatism in child care. We go over the challenges male babysitters face, as well as how to overcome them.

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Babysitting Pay Rates (How Much Should You Charge?)

See out how much you're actually worth as a babysitter by reviewing your skills, experience, the job requirements, and where you live.

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How to Babysit Autistic Children (13 Tips, Appropriate Activities + Checklist)

Everything you need to know about babysitting kids with autism including how to prepare, effective care strategies, safety, and fun activities to enjoy together.

Sleeping child

Get Kids to Bed when Babysitting (Ssssssh… 8 Bedtime Secrets!)

Learn these 8 simple tricks to nail a successful bedtime every night! It's surprising how many of these sleeping tips are not commonly known.

Bubble bath

How to get Kids Into the Bath (10 Genius Tips + Common Bath Time Fears)

Use the tricks in this article to reliably get kids into the bath every time, with zero fuss and no complaining!

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How to Babysit a Difficult Child (4 Steps to Success)

Learn how to deal with difficult children, it will make work easier, and can also open up extra well-paying jobs that others aren’t willing to take.

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What Should Babysitters Ask Parents? (20 Important Questions)

Give yourself the best chance in a babysitting interview by asking parents the right questions that demonstrate your experience and interest in the job.

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What to Wear When Babysitting (How to be Professional and Practical)

Strike the best balance between professional and practical by following our handy clothing tips for your next babysitting job.

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What to Bring Babysitting? (18 Essentials to Pack + Checklist)

The best way to bring your A-game is to be prepared for everything. This article will help you pack the ultimate babysitting pack.

Is Babysitting Considered Self-Employment? (2 Ways Sitters Can Work)

Learn what constitutes an employee and a self-employed independent contractor and see how they relate to working as a babysitter.

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Babysitting Responsibilities (23 Common Duties on the Job)

Learn the most common responsibilities that parents expect of their babysitters and how your duties may change depending on the job requirements.

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Babysitting Age: When Can You Start? (Laws & Maturity Requirements)

Learn how to tell for yourself if you're old enough to start babysitting, and things you can do to make yourself more likely to get hired as a young babysitter.

Food safety

Food Safety for Babysitters (Allergies, Hygiene, & Choking)

Read our food safety information that all babysitters should know including specific tips for infants, toddlers, and older kids.

Parents at home

How to Babysit when the Parents are Home (3 Steps to Success)

Learn how to communicate well with the parents, set boundaries with the children, and establish who’s in charge so the job runs smoothly.

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Babysitting Business (How to Start the RIGHT Way!)

Learn why babysitting can be a rewarding and profitable business, who the business is right for, and how to setup a company structure.

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Is Babysitting Considered Work Experience?

Babysitting can definitely be considered work experience for your resume, job application, or college application. See how to list your experience...

Babysitting From Home (Pros, Cons, Laws & Requirements)

We look at the key differences between babysitting from home and running a daycare, special restrictions that might apply in your area, insurance, and costs.

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Kids are Asleep! (10 Things Babysitters Should Do Next)

Make the most of your downtime! Learn 10 things to do while babysitting after the kids are asleep, plus 7 things you should NEVER do!

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Should Babysitters Clean? (How to Set Parent Expectations)

Cleaning is a part of doing a good job. A good babysitter will tidy up any mess made while caring for the children. But how much cleaning is necessary?

Kite flying

Babysitting at the Park (25 Active Outdoor Games to Play)

We list the best outdoor games to can play at the park while babysitting, especially active games that can be played in areas where there's a lot of space!

Babysitting first aid kit

Best First Aid Kit for Babysitters (Lightweight, Compact, & Perfect for Sitting)

If you are serious about child safety, then you need access to a trusted first aid kit while babysitting. See our recommendation!

Sandcastle

Babysitting at the Beach (21 Seaside Activities + Checklist)

Learn what to pack for the beach, what kinds of fun seaside activities you can do, and some safety tips babysitters should keep in mind.

Online safety

How to Stay Safe Online as a Babysitter (11 Rules to Follow)

Learn how babysitters can communicate online safely, send and receive money with minimal risk, and protect yourself from viruses, hackers, and scammers

Rubber ducky bath toy

21 Bath Time Tips for Babysitters (Safety Guide + Checklist)

Learn how to keep kids safe during their bath, how to make bathtime fun, what items you need, and some general tips for hassle-free washing!

Child with separation anxiety

How To Deal With Separation Anxiety (15 Tips For Babysitters)

Learn what separation anxiety is, what it looks like, and how to help minimize the effects while you're babysitting with our 15 tips.

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Babysitting at the Pool (What to Bring, Games to Play & Water Safety Tips)

Learn some basic water safety tips for children, as well as what to bring to the pool and what types of games kids might want to play.

Babysitting interview expectations

Babysitting Interviews: What to Expect (Phone & In-Person)

I'll walk you through the major steps of a babysitting interview process so you'll know how to prepare and what to expect.

Babysitting for free

Babysitting For Free (6 Reasons Why its Good, Plus Coupons!)

Learn why babysitting for free is a great choice, particularly as a beginner when you need to gain childcare experience and references.

Fire safety

Fire Safety Tips For Babysitters (Emergency Measures & Prevention)

BE SAFE! Learn how to prepare yourself for a fire emergency and how you and the kids should handle the situation if it ever happens while babysitting.

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Kids Water Safety (25 Tips All Babysitters Should Know)

Learn to recognize dangerous water hazards and the basic safety tips needed to keep kids safe around water while you're babysitting.

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Babysitting Binder (20 Documents & Fun Items to Include!)

With a well stocked babysitting binder, you can focus on caregiving because you know you have everything you need.

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Babysitting Qualifications (Which Ones Do You Need?)

Learn the most popular babysitting qualifications, what they are, why you need them, and how they can put you ahead of the competition when applying for jobs.

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Negotiate a Higher Babysitting Rate (9 Secret Tips!)

Learn some essential tips and strategies to bring to the bargaining table to help get you the pay rate that you deserve.

Babysitter with a fed baby

How to Babysit a Baby: The Beginner’s Guide

Learn how to babysit a baby by following our simple beginners guide and you’ll know what to do in no time.

Babysitting at night

Babysitting at Night (Dinner, Baths & Bedtime Routine Tips)

Learn the different tasks and responsibilities that need doing if you're babysitting at night time including the finer art of bedtime routines.

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302 Clean Jokes For Kids (Plus Random Joke Button!)

We have the best jokes that kids love, including riddles, knock-knocks, puns, nonsense jokes, Doctor-Doctor, and even funny Dad jokes!

Babysitter who loves kids

How to Become a Babysitter (13 Easy Steps to Get Started)

Learn if babysitting is right for you and which simple steps you need to follow to become a successful and confident babysitter.

Sick babysitter

Should you Babysit when Sick? (How to Manage Parent Expectations)

How sick is too sick? Do I need to find a replacement? What are the risks of babysitting when sick? Read on for the answers.

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How to Babysit a Sick Child (10 Worry-Free Tips)

Caring for sick children doesn't have to be difficult. Follow my 10 worry-free tips to create a fun and rewarding experience that encourages a fast recovery, and don't get sick in the process!

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How to Babysit Preschoolers (Child Needs, Discipline & Common Mistakes)

Learn what preschoolers need, what's important to them, effective discipline strategies, and common mistakes all babysitters should avoid.

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How to Babysit a Toddler (28 Tips: Care, Activities & Discipline)

Learn the important things to keep in mind when you're babysitting a toddler, as well as 28 tips to make your job a bit easier.

Physical, Cognitive & Social Growth

Babysitting & Child Psychology (Physical, Cognitive & Social Growth)

Learn how to tailor your babysitting strategies and activities to the age and development stage of the children in your care.

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Are Babysitting Websites Safe? (5 Safety Checks to Know)

Learn what risks babysitting websites might pose, what safety checks they should have in place, and some warning signs and scams to look out for.

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What To Do If Parents Are Late Home? (4 Tips For Babysitters)

Learn how to deal with parents who come home late when you're babysitting, and more importantly, how to avoid running into this issue in the first place.

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Is A Babysitter A Legal Guardian? (Plus Medical Consent Form Examples)

Learn what a legal guardian is and the rights and responsibilities a legal guardian has, and how this is different to your obligations as a babysitter.

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Make Money Babysitting (9 Tips To Increase Your Pay)

See how much money you can make as a babysitter, how to start getting sitting jobs, and how to increase your pay once you're already working.

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Babysitting as a Career (8 Reasons Why it’s a Great Choice)

We cover the many reasons why babysitting might actually be the dream career you've always hoped for.

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How To Promote Your Babysitting Business (8 Free Techniques)

We cover the best free methods of promoting your babysitting business. Our techniques can help you find real jobs and earn good money!

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Babysitting Flyers: Free Online Maker! (3 Easy Steps to Create Customized Flyers!)

Create Your Own Beautiful Babysitting Flyers in 2 Minutes! Choose a Template. Customize Your Design. Download a Free Printable PDF!

Do Babysitters Provide Food? (What Parents May Expect From You)

Learn when babysitters need to provide food, what kind of food preparation you might be asked to do, and whether you need to bring snacks for yourself.

Can Babysitters Sleep On The Job? (6 Tips To Stay Awake)

Learn why sleeping while you're babysitting is generally frowned upon, times when it might be okay, and six tips to help keep yourself awake while you're working.

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Babysitting Night Shifts (How to Cope with no Sleep!)

Learn what to do before your overnight babysitting shift, tricks when eating and drinking during the night and what to do once you get home.

Babysitting Interviews: What to Wear Guide (First Impressions Count!)

65% of employers say that clothing could be a deciding factor between two otherwise equal candidates. Read our essential tips and beat the competition!

Babysitting Interview: What to Bring? (Bonus Checklist!)

Be confident in your babysitting job interviews by preparing well. Follow our interview checklist so you never forget anything important!

Overnight Babysitting Tips (What to Bring, Prepare, and Expect)

Learn what overnight babysitting involves, what items you should bring, how to prepare, and what questions to ask parents before they leave.

NYE Babysitting Guide (How Much to Charge, What to Expect)

Learn what to expect when babysitting on New Year's Eve, how much to charge, what to bring, and recommended nighttime babysitting activities to try.

Babysitting & Leadership Skills (How Sitting Can Make You A Leader)

Learn how babysitting shows leadership, how to effectively lead children, and how to develop important leadership skills through childcare work.

Do Babysitters Have To Pay Taxes? (Yes, and Here's How)

Learn if your babysitting situation requires you to pay taxes and what other exceptions may apply in your country.

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How Babysitters Can Nurture Children (8 Steps to Bring Out Their Best)

Learn how to build meaningful relationships with the children you babysit and set the right conditions to build success in their life.

Babysitter insurance

Do Babysitters & Nannies Need Insurance? (Guide for Caregivers)

Learn why a babysitter might get insurance, what insurance the parents should have, and what insurance requirements there are for a child care center.

Can You Write Off Babysitting Expenses? (Tax Guide For Babysitters)

Learn what babysitting expenses sitters are eligible for, and receive a tax credit or deduction. It could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars!

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Face Painting For Babysitters (Pure Joy & Excitement for Kids!)

Try face painting on your next babysitting job and discover the pure delight and wonder that children can experience. You can be the best babysitter ever!

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Babysitting FAQ for Caregivers (Everything Beginner-Babysitters Need to Know)

Read our detailed answers to the frequently asked questions by beginner babysitters.

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How to Stay Safe When Babysitting (Essential Tips You Should Know)

Learn all the steps for keeping safe from the interview, to on the job childcare. Our tips include preventative measures and best practices while babysitting kids.

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Be a Safe Babysitter! (Essential Safety Tips you Should Know)

Learn how to be a safe babysitter by following our essential safety tips and best practices while looking after children. Safety is so important!

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Best Kids Books for Babysitters (Plus Follow-on Activities that Kids Love)

Take your babysitting to the next level by reading these iconic children's books that naturally lead to fun and engaging activities that kids love

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Apps for Babysitters Be more productive, professional and fun!

We’ve assembled the best apps for babysitters to help track time, schedule clients, teach and entertain kids, and even turn your phone into a baby monitor.