How to Babysit an infant
Babysitting is the prime teenage job for young women to start learning responsibility and earning a wage, but it isn't all fun and games… you are dealing with an infant, which is far from fun, but it's money in your pocket. Earning a little extra money babysitting infants can be more fun — and a lot easier — than schlepping food at your local diner.
You Will Need
* Contact information
* Diapering supplies
* Milk or formula
* Place to warm bottles
* Changes of clothing
Step 1: Ask for contact information
Ask the infant's parents for all important contact information, including the pediatrician's number. Determine who to call if the parents are unavailable.
Step 2: Locate supplies
Locate all of the diaper supplies, bottles, milk, toys, clothing, and burp cloths.
Step 3: Ask about bottle warming
Ask the parents about their methods for bottle warming and about any feeding schedules they want you to follow.
Having a bottle filled and ready for warming will save you time and tears with a hungry infant. Prepare a bottle while the baby is still happy and content.
Step 4: Ask about any special needs
Ask the parents if the infant has any special needs or health concerns you should be aware of.
Step 5: Determine schedule
Determine if the infant has a set schedule for naps, feeding times, play time, or medications that you need to follow.
Step 6: Ask about sleep habits
Ask the parents if their baby has any special routine for sleep time, such as rocking, walking around, singing, or shushing.
When putting a baby to sleep, always be sure to lay the baby on his or her back to sleep, and without blankets or pillows surrounding them.
Step 7: Follow routine
Follow any routine the infant is accustomed to: play with and hold them, change their diaper, talk to the baby, and enjoy spending time with such a precious little person.
A newborn baby can only see objects that are around 8 to 15 inches away.