Choosing Babysitters and Childcare
You are a busy and devoted mom, and love watching every new thing your son or daughter does. It is important, however, to set aside special time for you and your partner, or just time for yourself. Planning time away from your new baby means that you will need to find a trusted babysitter to care for your baby like you would. That may seem impossible, but knowing what qualities you need in a babysitter will help you to find the best person to take care of your child. The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) recommends taking the following steps to familiarize a new babysitter with you, your baby, and your home.
Tips For Familiarizing A New Babysitter With Child Safety And Your Home
Familiarity with your House:
CHOOSING AND USING CHILDCARE
Many moms today work and rely on child care for their children. Relatives or family members sometimes take on child-care duties, or children are enrolled in child-care programs. All parents wish the best start for their children. Child care is more than just a service that allows parents to work. It is a world that will affect a child's development in many ways - physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Finding quality child care that is affordable can be challenging. Many parents need inexpensive or cost-free day care where they know their children are safe and are being helped to grow and develop. Parents can contact their local social service agency (listed in the phone book) for information about government-sponsored programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start and other community programs. The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) recommends taking the following steps to choosing quality child care.
Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care
The above information has been provided with the kind permission of The National Women's Health Information Center (http://www.4women.gov).
Last Editorial Review: 2/5/2003
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