Babysitting Help

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Take the stress out of babysitting with helpful tips and advice from babysitters, parents, and childcare professionals.

 Gina Maria Jansheski, MD, FAAP

Gina Maria Jansheski, MD, FAAP

Dr. Gina Jansheski is a board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years of experience treating infants and children of all ages in many different settings.

She attended medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. After her residency training in general pediatrics at the U of A Department of Pediatrics, she entered a one-year fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado. This was a program with a particular emphasis on genetic and autism spectrum disorders and child abuse.

She returned to Arizona to work as a pediatric hospitalist at Tucson Medical Center, where she eventually became the medical director of her group of hospitalists. She was personally responsible for year-round, 24/7 coverage of a busy inpatient pediatric unit, newborn nursery, consultations in the emergency department, resident training program, procedural sedation service, and pediatric hospice. She founded the child abuse review team and initiated a pediatric palliative care program, the first of its kind in her area.

She then moved on to another medical director position at The Painted Turtle, one of the Paul Newman Serious Fun camps for children with life-threatening medical conditions. This was another highly energized position with full responsibility for the round-the-clock staffing and medical care of children with kidney and liver transplants, hemophilia, spina bifida, immunodeficiencies, rheumatic conditions, skeletal dysplasia, cerebral palsy, and more, allowing them the chance to experience an authentic camp experience all year.

Dr Gina Jansheski performing medical checks on a child in India
Medical checks in the hill villages near Rishikesh, India.

In her last years of practice, Dr. J decided to work in a private office and provide temporary physician services in areas of need. She has sold her home and most of her possessions to pursue a more volunteer-based lifestyle over the past three years, serving periodically at an ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Dr Gina Jansheski with a rescued dog in India

She has also devoted her time to a charity that she founded, Helping Hands M.D., feeding street animals in Thailand and India. In order to maintain her flexibility to live abroad, participate in, and fund this charitable work, she has made the transition into medical editing and transcription through her new company, Helping Hands Transcription.

Dr. J raised her three sons while completing college, medical school, and residency. Her oldest is a pilot in the Air Force Reserves, the second was a U.S. Marine who served five deployments and now teaches for the military, and the third is currently in pilot training for the U.S. Marine Corps. Her fourth son had been placed for adoption as a newborn with close family friends. He has come back into their lives, and the families enjoy a very special relationship.

Recent Contributions by Gina

Babysitter for an adult

Babysitters For Adults (What they're Called & How to Be One)

We'll discuss some jobs that are similar to babysitting but intended to provide support for adults, and how you can get started.

Babysitter and child with separation anxiety

Babysitter Separation Anxiety (9 Tips to Prepare Your Child)

Solve separation anxiety issues by trying our 9 handy tips and you can be leaving your child with a babysitter sooner than you think!

Sleeping babysitter

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.

Cell phone calling emergency

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!

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.

Male babysitter playing football with a child

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

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

Baby formula equipment

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.

Preteen boy listening to music

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.

Rainbow heart

Transgender Babysitters (What you Need to Know!)

I'll explain what a transgender person is, then I'll go over information on whether you should have any concerns about hiring a transgender babysitter.

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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What to do about a Spanking Babysitter (Take Immediate Action)

I'll explain why spanking isn't okay and give advice on what you should do if you find out that your babysitter is spanking your child.

Sibling babysitter

What Age Can a Child Babysit Siblings? (Maturity Guide)

We cover what age a child can babysit their siblings and other factors to take into account, like their maturity level and how to prepare them for being alone.

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.

Bad babysitter

Warning Signs of a Bad Babysitter (19 Red Flags to Avoid!)

Learn the warning signs of a bad babysitter so you can take action as soon as possible and keep your family safe.

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At What Age Does Your Child Stop Needing a Babysitter? (Age & Maturity Guide)

Learn how old, mature and capable your kids need to be before you can be comfortable leaving them home without a babysitter.

Parent information, milk, and teddy left for babysitter

How To Prepare For Your First Babysitter (15 Essential Tips)

Learn how to prepare your home, your child, and yourself for your first babysitter so you can finally enjoy a dinner date or night out for the first time in months!

Autistic child with jigsaw puzzle

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.

Difficult child throwing a tantrum

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.

Babysitter with responsibility list

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.

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.

What is a babysitter?

What is a Babysitter? (And Why Parents Love Them)

Learn exactly what a babysitter is, what job duties they do, the hours they work, how much they charge, and how they can help your family.

Overnight babysitter

How Old Should An Overnight Babysitter Be? (Safety Guide)

Learn how to choose a mature and capable babysitter that can keep your kids safe on overnight sitting jobs.

Doctor examining a child

Can a Babysitter Take a Child to the Doctor? (How to Grant Permission)

Learn what paperwork is required to allow your babysitter to take your child to the doctor if you’re unavailable to do so.

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!

Male babysitter with child

Are Male Babysitters Safe? (Facts & Stats You Should Know)

A male babysitter can be just as safe, caring, and responsible as a female one. Compare their qualifications and recommendations just like other candidates.

Autistic child with babysitter and parent

How to Find a Babysitter for an Autistic Child (The Complete Guide)

This guide will answer all of your questions about finding, vetting, teaching, and working with the right babysitter for your autistic child.

Babysitter with newborn baby and parent

How Soon Can You Leave Your Baby With A Babysitter?

Learn how long parents typically wait before hiring a babysitter, what the social norms are, and how you can ease into it to minimize any issues.

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.

Unicorn pool float

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.

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.

Water safety buoy

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 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.

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.

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.

A babysitter caring for a sick child

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!

Preschooler reading a book

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.

Toddler playing doctors with his teddy

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.