10 Summer Safety Tips to Share with Your Babysitter

Make sure your kids are safe this summer with these safety tips

Whether you need a full-time summer sitter to care for the kids while you work, or decide to hire a babysitter to take over a day of pool duty, run the kids to the park or just spend an afternoon playing with them in your own backyard, there are many summer safety factors to consider. 

First and foremost, make sure you have a responsible babysitter. UrbanSitter helps you to find sitters hired and reviewed by friends and parents from your school.

It’s easy to see if the sitter is First Aid and CPR-trained for added peace of mind, especially when choosing someone to care for your kids at a pool or beach.

Once you have found reliable help,follow these helpful guidelines to communicate summer safety with your babysitter:

  1. Share your emergency plan. If your child falls off the monkey bars at the park and the babysitter can’t reach you, whom should she call? Where’s the nearest ER? Leave her an emergency contact list that includes cell phone numbers, your home address and instructions on what to do in case of an emergency.
  1. Pack a ready-to-go tote bag of safety essentials for your babysitter. You’ll both feel good knowing she’s prepared. Include a first aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottles, snacks and your emergency contacts.
  2. Practice sun smarts. Even on cloudy days, children can get sunburned. Protect kids with hats, sunglasses and a sunscreen that shields against both UVA and UVB rays. Medical professionals advise that babies under six months cannot wear sunscreen, and should not be exposed to sun.
  1. Never leave kids unattended at the pool or beach regardless of age or swimming ability. Swim vests and arm floats are helpful, but should never, ever replace a watchful babysitter. Is your sitter certified for child/infant CPR? If not, consider paying for them to take a course.
  2. Keep kids hydrated. Children can’t sweat like adults, so they are more prone to dehydration. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids have something to drink every twenty minutes when they are active. Tell your sitter to have sippy cups and water bottles handy and replenish often. Watch for signs of dehydration – such as listlessness, redness in the face and irritability.
  1. Enforce helmet safety. When riding bikes or scooters or skating, mandate a helmet. The AAP advises parents that 85 percent of all bike-related injuries could have been prevented if a helmet was worn.
  2. Prevent bug bites and stings. Provide your babysitter with non-toxic repellents to apply after sunscreen. Be watchful of any allergic reaction to stinks or bites, and know what to do if a reaction occurs. Include single-dose Benadryl in your summer tote, if appropriate. (Also, according to Yahoo! Health, ticks are “early, abundant and urban this year.”  Ticks are responsible for a variety of serious illnesses, like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. If hiking, where protective clothing (long sleeves, long pants, tucking pants into socks), use tick/bug repellent, stay in the center of paths and keep away from overgrown areas. Experts say we should check ourselves and our kids thoroughly after spending time outdoors, especially if you were out among tall grasses and vegetation.)
  1. Impose safe pedestrian practices. Children should cross the street with the babysitter. Walking versus running is also an important rule to enforce. Avoid running out from between parked cars and use sidewalks whenever possible. When it doubt, hold hands!
  2. Make sure your home playground is safe. Falls cause 60 percent of playground injuries, so having a safe surface—such as woodchips or mulch—is critical. Concrete, asphalt or packed dirt surfaces are too hard and thereby dangerous.
  3. Never, ever leave a child in a car. Children should never be left alone inside of a car, even for just a minute or two. Heat is much more dangerous to kids than it is to adults. A young child’s core body temperature can increase three to five times faster than that of an adult when left in a hot vehicle.

Reviewing these summer safety tips with your babysitter will help you feel confident that he or she is prepared for the variables and will ensure that your kids are safe and happy.

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