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How to Help Your Preschooler Adjust to A New Babysitter

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Tips for Preschoolers to Adjust to a New Babysitter

Helping Your Preschooler Adjust to A New Babysitter

Babysitters are trusted caregivers who build relationships with families and children. They are given the responsibility of caring for children and keeping them safe when parents are away. This type of trust is not easy to find and certainly not easy to replace. When the need comes to replace a babysitter, the parent is not the only person who has to make an adjustment. The child may be challenged as well.

Here are some helpful solutions to help your child adjust to a new babysitter:

  • Communicate. Tell your child that the previous babysitter will no longer be coming. If a challenging event occurs that requires a babysitter change, be honest with your child.  Feel free to say, “I was uncomfortable with what happened and have decided to get a new babysitter. Your safety is always my first concern.” If the reason is something better, then communicate the good news. For example, “We are so excited that the babysitter has graduated from high school and is going to college. We will miss her but we are very happy for her accomplishment.”
  • Practice. For the first visit, consider hiring your babysitter while you are home working on projects away from your child. Observe occasionally, and give your sitter and your child time to adjust.
  • Prepare. Tell your child what to expect. Let your child know what is allowable. There will be fewer conflicts if your child and the babysitter fully understand your expectations.
  • Inform. Let your child know where you will be and when you will return. If you have a preschooler, make sure you provide your contact information for your child to express any concerns.
  • Introduce. Tell your child about the new babysitter. Talk about where the sitter goes to school, sports activities, and friends or families who made the recommendation. If the new babysitter has anything in common with your child, talk about the activity and other common interests.

Although changing babysitters is very likely to happen in a household, it can still be a challenge for an infant, toddler, or preschooler. Children need time to adjust in order to feel safe and comfortable. Be patient as your child makes the adjustment. Also, offer any assistance needed to help your babysitter understand what your child needs and encourage your child as you both work through the adjustment.

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