Beautiful red roses and giant fluffy teddy bears are tell-tale signs of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. However, many parents of littles will tell you that the most heartfelt gift is simpler than sparkling diamonds or heart-shaped boxes of decadent chocolates (those are good, too, though). The most welcome present may sound like a knock on the door and look like the bright, shining face of reprieve. The babysitter has arrived. Can you say date night?
Whoever gets the chance to watch your little ones, however, should be given more than the dinner menu, activity schedule and bedtime routine. Give them a checklist outlining your expectations regarding in-home water safety. After all, water is everywhere, in every season—bathtubs, backyards, buckets, etc.—and bringing this to the attention of those tending to your tots is worth its weight in chocolate covered strawberries.
Download your printable Ultimate Water Safety Checklist for Babysitters here.
A few tips when speaking with babysitters (particularly teen/college aged caregivers) about water safety:
- Ask if your babysitter is CPR certified. If they are not, limit or prohibit their time in pools (backyard, community or friend’s).
- While parents have a sixth sense about their child’s whereabouts and safety around the water, remember that younger caregivers may not. Think through what water safety traits you would have been unaware of before having children and make those things clear to your babysitter. Better to be overly safe when it comes to the water.
- Explain the importance of having a phone close by during bath time and if swimming.
- Reiterate that devices are only for emergencies. No talking, texting or scrolling when water is present.
- Outline exactly which items on the in-home water safety checklist apply to your household.
At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we know that date nights may be few and far between for busy moms and dads. That’s why we want your time away to be relaxing and to help facilitate the peace of mind that comes with children who are safe in and around the water.