Adventures in Babysitting
Do you know how to change a diaper?
Do you know who to call when a child has ingested poison?
Do you know how to figure out what’s making a baby cry – and to stop it?
Well a lot of young ladies do now in Estherville.
A babysitting clinic conducted by Sarah Chrestiansen of Iowa State University Extension – and assisted by Kristin Buum, who heads up the Clover Kids program this year, and Becca Lair, member of the Emmet County 4-H County Council – showed a couple dozen young ladies how to care for kids from babies up to adolescents.
And there are a lot of tricks of the trade – a lot of tricks.
As Buum said, when taking care of a baby, a babysitter has to figure out what’s wrong when the baby’s crying. After all, a baby can’t talk.
“You have to figure out everything for them,” Buum said, demonstrating how to hold a baby by always supporting its head.
While snacks are fine, too many snacks can be too much of a good thing. Buum suggested that a babysitter can give kids stickers as rewards instead.
For smaller children, particularly babies, choking hazards are something to look out for, said Chrestiansen.
Buum suggested that toys for, say, eight-year-olds be separated from babies and younger children.
The session included:
n Kids games.
n Child development.
n Making lunches.
n Changing diapers.
n First aid.
n Setting up babysitting kits.
n CPR and the Heimlich maneuver.
n A safety session presented by sheriff Mike Martens.