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Safety is one of the most important responsibilities of a babysitter, both safety of the children under your supervision and safety for yourself while on the job and traveling to and from jobs. In this section, we cover various aspects of safety that all babysitters should know. We encourage you to read all of these helpful articles.
Kids Water Safety
(25 Tips All Babysitters Should Know)
How to Stay Safe Online as a Babysitter
(11 Rules to Follow)
Food Safety for Babysitters
(Allergies, Hygiene, & Choking)
Babysitting Emergency Numbers
(Plus Printable Contact Sheets)
How you plan for each babysitting job will largely depend on the ages of the children who will be under your care. In this section, we look at the specific babysitting requirements for individual age groups, the pros and cons of each age, potential pitfalls to look out for, and age-appropriate games and activities that we recommend.
How to Babysit a Baby: The Beginner’s Guide
How to Babysit a Toddler
(28 Tips: Care, Activities & Discipline)
How to Babysit Preschoolers
(Child Needs, Discipline & Common Mistakes)
How to Babysit Older Kids
(Secret Tips & Activity Ideas)
After child safety, engaging entertainment is probably the most important thing a good babysitter can provide for children. In these articles, we reveal hundreds of entertainment options for children of all ages.
209 Kids Activities
(Games & Fun Ideas for Babysitting or Home)
318 Clean Jokes For Kids
(Plus Random Joke Button!)
Easy Playdough Guide
(No-Cook Recipe & Fun Games!)
An essential part of winning new babysitting jobs is being able to present yourself to parents in the best possible light by showcasing your good qualities, skills, and qualifications. The following articles cover all aspects of babysitting interviews, what to bring, what to wear, what to expect, and questions you should ask parents.
Babysitting Interviews: What to Expect
(Phone & In-Person)
Babysitting Interview: What to Bring?
Babysitting Interviews: What to Wear Guide
(First Impressions Count!)
What Should Babysitters Ask Parents?
(20 Important Questions)
To become an effective and professional babysitter you will need to have completed some essential training (or have equivalent practical experience) the following articles cover the most common babysitting qualifications.
(Which Ones Do You Need?)
(What Are They & How To Get Them?)
How to Add Babysitting to Your Resume
(Sample Job Skills & Example Templates)
Babysitting Age: When Can You Start?
(Laws & Maturity Requirements)
Good babysitters always come prepared. The following articles cover the most important items to bring while babysitting.
Printable Babysitting Kit
(Download Free Forms, Checklists, Documents, & Kids Activity Sheets)
Best First Aid Kit For Babysitters
(Lightweight, Compact, & Perfect for Sitting)
(20 Documents & Fun Items to Include!)
What to Bring Babysitting?
(18 Essentials to Pack + Checklist)
There are many classic skills that you should know as a babysitter if you want to excel at your job. Read our guides to the most importnat skills below.
How to Change a Diaper
(An Illustrated Guide for Babysitters)
How to Make Baby Formula
(Illustrated Guide for Babysitters)
29 Skills You Can Learn From Babysitting
(And Why They're So Valuable)
How to get Kids Into the Bath
(10 Genius Tips + Common Bath Time Fears)
Get Kids to Bed when Babysitting
(Ssssssh… 8 Bedtime Secrets!)
How Much To Charge?
One of the most asked questions by babysitters is "how much should I charge?" and to be honest, there isn't a simple answer. Your babysitting rate will depend on where you live, your age, what skills and qualifications you have, how in-demand you are, and also, how effective you are a negotiating your pay rate.
Negotiate a Higher Babysitting Rate
(9 Secret Tips!)
Make Money Babysitting
(9 Tips To Increase Your Pay)
Babysitting Pay Rates
(How Much Should You Charge?)
Babysitting For Free
(6 Reasons Why its Good, Plus Coupons!)
There are a few dates each year when babysitters find themselves in high demand. On these special days, babysitters can easily charge 1.5 times their normal rate. These are also times when new babysitters can find greater success in securing new jobs. Read on to learn how you can make the most of these dates to advance your babysitting business.
NYE Babysitting Guide
(How Much to Charge, What to Expect)
Valentine's Day Babysitting
(9 Tips Sitters Need to Know)
Babysitting doesn't have to be boring, it can be an adventure! In these articles, we take a look at kid-friendly outings that you may want to try on your next babysitting job. The kids will love them!
Babysitting at the Library
(An Educational Outing Kids Love!)
Babysitting at the Park
(25 Active Outdoor Games to Play)
Babysitting at the Pool
(What to Bring, Games to Play & Water Safety Tips)
Babysitting at the Beach
(21 Seaside Activities + Checklist)
How To Promote Your Babysitting Service
Once your babysitting business is set up, it is essential that you have a cost-effective way to promote your service to new families. In these articles, we look at a variety of free and cheap advertising methods that we recommend to babysitters and how best to use them for your particular circumstances.
Babysitting Flyers: Free Online Maker!
(3 Easy Steps to Create Customized Flyers!)
Babysitting Business Cards
(Free Maker in 3 Easy Steps!)
How To Promote Your Babysitting Business
(8 Free Techniques)
All My Babysitting Secrets Revealed!
My book, Babysitting Business Secrets, is out now as an inexpensive ebook or full-color paperback. If you're serious about becoming the best babysitter you can be, or if you want to make as much money as possible, then this book is perfect for you. I reveal all my tricks and tips for first-time babysitters or experienced sitters who just want to up their game. Get your copy today!
- Matthew Taylor, Kidsit Founder