Safety Tips for Babysitters: Keeping Indoor Play Areas Safe
by Amy Scholten, MPH
A babysitter's job is to keep the children safe. While in the house, you will need to keep children away from dangerous areas. This includes the kitchen, bathroom, workshop, and storage areas. Closely watch children, especially the fast moving ones.
Here are some tips on keeping play areas safe for babies and toddlers:
Be sure to:
A baby in a high chair needs to be watched almost constantly. Babies can slip out of a high chair fast— if not properly strapped in. An unstable high chair can also tip over.
Here are some tips to keep the crib safe:
There are a lot of things to look out for when baby-sitting. The most important thing is to watch the children at all times. This will help you keep them safe from accidents.
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