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Baby sitting is a way of life and it’s the only way some parents can ever get out of the house without their children. The American Academy of Pediatrics Injury Prevention Program has printed a useful guide of reminders about baby sitting. Here are some of their suggestions which I completely agree with:

• Check the references and experience of the baby sitter ahead of time.

• Have the sitter spend time with you before the actual sitting to become better acquainted with your children and their routines.

• Show the sitter around the house and point out the fire escape routes.

• Discuss the feeding, bathing and sleeping arrangements of your kids.

• Leave a phone number where you can be reached and the phone numbers of your doctor and of a neighbor.

• And remind the sitter to never leave the children alone in the house, and never to open the door to anybody who has not been cleared ahead of time.

Dr. Alvin Eden is chairman of the department of pediatrics at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn and associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Eden has authored several books including “Positive Parenting” and “Healthy Kids”.


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