April 2 -- (HealthDay News) - When choosing a babysitter, it's important to make sure the sitter is experienced and prepared to handle any situation that arises.
Here are guidelines to keep in mind when selecting a sitter, courtesy of the University of Michigan Health System:
- Try to find a trusted friend or family member, or select a sitter that is recommended by your friend.
- Do not choose a sitter younger than 12 years old.
- Meet your sitter first. Once you're comfortable with the person, see how the sitter interacts with your child and how the sitter reacts to emergencies or unusual situations.
- Check the sitter's references before the sitter watches your child.
- Make sure the sitter knows CPR and first aid.
- Encourage your sitter to take a babysitting class offered by the American Red Cross.