The what to Expect Baby-sitter's Handbook
When you put your baby in the hands of a sitter, you want to put your sitter in the hands of an expert. Certainly no hands are better qualified than those of Heidi Murkoff, co-author of What to Expect When You're Expecting and other bestselling childcare guides with over 22 million copies in print.
Marrying the reassuring authority and trust of all the What to Expect books with a lively, accessible voice, this guide contains everything a caregiver needs to know when minding a child, from newborn to preschooler. A mix of text, boxes, Q&As, and lists-plus plenty of blank space for parents to write in emergency numbers, specific instructions, and personal information about a child's likes and dislikes--it's the instruction manual that should be given to every caregiver, whether full-time nanny or weekend baby-sitter. It covers advice on feeding and diet, first aid, bathing an infant, potty-training, time-outs, rainy-day activities, sibling disputes, discipline problems, comforting a child, making play dates, even how to build a happy and healthy relationship with the child's family. Plus, it includes 61 of the most common questions sitters ask, from how to make mealtimes fun to what to do if you can't bond with the baby.
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This is a good book! I have read other babysitting books and I have to say that this isn't my favorite. I do like how it was very informative and covered a wide range of topics. I also think it was easy to read and I liked the layout of the pages. My only real issue with it was that it isn't really a book for beginning babysitters. I doubt that parents will ever want the girl next door to be dropping their children off at play dates and such. In my opinion it was more focused towards being a nanny(which it does say in the description that it was for both nannies and babysitters). On the other hand, this book covered topics that I haven't seen in other books that I've read such as bathing the baby and how to make fun things to play with. I actually ended up buying the book anyways because it was so enjoyable to read. So, yes, this book is good, and I would probably recommend it to someone else. I just think it was for more experienced babysitters and nannies than beginning ones.