Babysitting doesn’t seem difficult. All you have to do is show up at the right place at the right time and take charge. The parents will tell you where the snacks are, what is and isn’t okay as far as food and drinks, the kids, if they’re big enough, will tell you where their favorite toys are and if they’re too small, that’s one problem less. You’ll have a list of emergency numbers, the house will be childproof and you’ll just have to play, read or watch a movie until the kid falls asleep. The whole situation, however, changes when the babysitting subject gets dropped off at your house.
Most parents are luckily considerate enough not to make a surprise of it, so you’ll have some time to prepare yourself and your place for a little visitor. You’ll have to put away anything easily breakable like your favorite glass bowl or a pen tablet; you’ll have to hide small objects that can be swollen, like marbles or potpourri; and it’s best if you lock up your office, kitchen and cat unless you want to rush to a vet’s office, an emergency room, or computer repair Miami firm to save the child, your pet or the computer.
Preparing your house also means having an area ready for the playpen, additional pillows to secure the little one from falling off the bed, and a list of your local emergency numbers handy. The parents will definitely bring all kinds of toys, snacks and toiletries, but it won’t hurt to have some additional juice or fruit, just check your choices with the parents so you won’t get anything the kid is allergic to, for example.
Getting your house ready and stocking up on all you may need is one thing, but you also have to get ready for the babysitting adventure yourself. Take off the delicate necklace or long earrings, pull your hair back, clear out your calendar and lower the ring tone on all your phones, because you don’t want the telemarketer call and wake the baby up five minutes after you put them to sleep.