Summers are for Safe Sitters


School’s almost out! With only a few weeks left in the school year, many parents are busy lining up baby-sitters for the summer. But how do you know if you’ve got a “Safe Sitter” or if your own young teen is ready to take on the responsibility? Our resident child safety expert and EMS educator Penny Lentz has some guidelines.

  1. Every sitter should take a Safe Sitter course. SwedishAmerican offers one every month that is often booked-up, but there are more options in our area. More information can be found here.
  2. Every sitter should know what to do if a child is choking and know how to perform CPR.
  3. New sitters should start with sitting during short periods of time and not with any infants younger than six months.
  4. More experienced sitters age 14-and-older are able to baby sit for longer periods of time (such as while parents are at work for a full day) and they’re able to watch infants of any age. Sitters should be responsible enough to fix easy meals, take children on walks or to the park and easily get children ready for bed.