Most homes have at least a few board games. Let kids pick their favorite game and play with them. It should keep them busy for a few hours. Try some of our recommended kids games if you're stuck for ideas.
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Parents might be willing to supply you with craft supplies that you can use to keep their kids busy while you're babysitting. Or maybe you want to take the initiative and bring some crafting materials with you when you go babysitting. Parents might ask you to give kids a bath.
Especially if the kids are going to need to go to bed while you're still babysitting and before the parents get home. Most kids only need to take a bath once or twice a week, and parents may be uncomfortable with you helping their child with such an intimate task. Make sure that you get permission and consent from the parents first, otherwise, you could end up with a serious misunderstanding. If you do need to help kids with their bath, the extent of your involvement will mostly depend on the age of the children you're watching. The main thing to keep in mind is that kids under 5 should never be left alone in the bathtub.
For younger kids, you'll want to prepare the bathwater for them and make sure it isn't too hot or too cold. Be sure to give the kids you're babysitting whatever they're normally used to during a bath, including bubble bath and any of their favorite bathtime toys. Try one of our fun bathtime activities and be sure you read our kids water safety tips as a precaution.
When it's time for bed, have kids put their pajamas on and brush their teeth. Make sure they use the bathroom before bed too. If they're young you may need to help them get dressed. But just like bathing, be sure to check with parents first to make sure they're comfortable with you supervising and helping their children while they're undressed.
Parents will normally have a set bedtime routine that they'll want you to follow, possibly including things like reading their child a bedtime story. Bedtime is when you are most likely to experience resistance from kids, who may not want to sleep. Following their regular routine will help get them into bed more easily. Read our bedtime guide: How to get kids to bed when babysitting , for more sleeping tips for stubborn kids.
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Once the kids are in bed, you can quietly clean up the dishes from dinner as well as cleaning up any mess from crafts or other activities. Parents will appreciate this a lot, and it usually only takes 5 or 10 minutes. Once the kids are in bed and you've cleaned up a bit, you can pretty much do whatever you want to keep yourself busy until the parents get home. Read a book, catch up on some of your own homework, or relax. Just make sure it's relatively quiet so there's no risk of waking up the kids. If you're planning on walking, let a friend know exactly where you are at all times, talk to them on the phone on the way home and tell them about your day!
Read our safety guide: How to stay safe when babysitting for other essential tips. Sometimes parents will go out of town and you may need to sleep over while babysitting.
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In that case, bring everything you'd normally need to stay in a hotel or anywhere else. That includes things like your own toothbrush and toothpaste, toiletries, pajamas, a phone charger, and a spare set of clothes. If you're staying over then make sure you read our overnight babysitting guide for lots of helpful tips. You can help to avoid this by having kids do some kind of physical activity before bed to tire themselves out a bit.
Also, avoid giving kids you're babysitting candy or anything with lots of sugar for at least a few hours before bedtime. Kids usually already have an established bedtime routine, and sticking to it can help make bedtime a smoother transition. If you're still struggling to get kids to bed, try to make bedtime fun. The winner of two Kate Greenaway Awards, her skill and wit are second to none as she pushes the boundaries and wrings maximum fun and detail from every page.
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