Daycare providers have a challenging job. Caring for lots of children and working with a variety of different parents. Each child has a unique personality and each parent has their own set of quirks. Trying to keep track of everything and make sure the kids are safe and healthy is the most important thing. I recently read a post from a babysitter with some interesting advice over at Goodfullness.
There is no doubt that parents have a lot on their plate and sometimes, they just need to take a break. That is why surveys reveal that over 70% of parents in the United States hire a babysitter at least once a month. Many of them choose the babysitter carefully and that is a good thing because parents should be concerned about letting someone else take care of their child. It is not only the parents who should worry, however, babysitters should also be on point as well. Sometimes it is the parents who are difficult to trust.
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That's a twist I wasn't expecting. The parents are the ones who are hiring the babysitter.
I worked daycare and was told to never accept babies sleeping in car seats or sleeping children at all. So if Mom or Dad brought a kid asleep, I immediately woke them up and pulled them out of their car seat. This made so many parents displeased with me but it's policy.
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I can see why a parent would be annoyed by this policy.
I used to think it was to help the kid be on a schedule, then one day a grandma brought a baby asleep and he was not waking up at all. Just would raise his head, whimper, and go back to sleep. Immediately, my boss called 911.
That's a pretty bold me to make with a groggy child.
Turns out Granny had a history of giving kids stuff to knock them out when she babysat, but this time she did it to a 6 month old and that's why he wouldn't wake up. I think they pumped the kid's stomach and he had a stay at the hospital.
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Now that's pretty amazing. Clearly, the caregiver had some experience with this type of thing. Some people do things, knowingly or unknowingly, that put children at risk. The policy makes complete sense to me now.
Check out the full post here.
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