Babysitting 101 | Tips and Guidelines for Beginners

Babysitting 101 | Tips and Guidelines for Beginners


[MUSIC PLAYING] -Hi, guys. -Hey, everyone. We’re Brooklyn and Bailey. And today we’ve decided to do
Babysitting 101 because we’ve been getting lots of babysitting
jobs during the summer. And it is very important
to do your best when you’re babysitting
because then the parents will be so happy, they’ll
want to hire you again, and then they’ll go tell
all of their friends. -It’s like free marketing. -Honestly, it is. -Free marketing for your
own little business. It’s so cool. -OK. So first off, you’ll want to go
to one of your local community centers or hospitals. And they have a class you can
take that shows you and teaches you how to do CPR, in
case one of the kids gets in an emergency
and they need it. And after you do
that class and you learn how to do all
of the medical things, you should have your parents
spread the word that you’re ready and want jobs
for babysitting. -So once your parents
have spread the word and you finally get
a babysitting job, it’s very important that you
ask the questions, like, what’s their schedule, what’s
their bedtime routine, what do they eat, are
there any allergies? -It makes you seem like
a responsible, interested babysitter. And it makes the parents
like you more because you’re on the ball and
you know what all of the kid’s needs
and wants are. So it’d be good. -Yeah. So it’s very important for you
to be the one asking questions. -So when the parents
leave, try to get to know the kids– like
their ages, their names– so they feel more
comfortable around you. And be their friend, be
cheerful, make them happy, do something funny,
so they feel like they can get to know you better. -But also make sure that they
know that you mean business. -So you’re not all fun
and games and no business. Be fun and games and
business, so that it’s like– -You’re in between. -It’s a double package. -Double for one. -So here are some
things you definitely do not want to do while
you’re babysitting. -Turn the TV on because
it distracts you from watching the kids,
and then the kids are not doing anything active– they’re
just sitting on the couch. -Yeah. Another thing is you do not
want to have guests over. No family, no friends, no
boyfriends or girlfriends. None of that. -Nothing that will distract
you from watching the kids. -Mhm. -And also, no long phone
calls or texting your friends while you’re babysitting
because that also distracts you from actually babysitting. -Mhm. -You also want to
stay home, preferably. If you have a car, preferably,
stay in the house or the house premises, like the backyard. -Yeah, because if you go out
on long walks to the park, that’s fun for the kids but
it also invites accidents, and it’s kind of hard to
keep all of the kids wrangled together when
you’re at the park. And another major
don’t is do not snoop. Do not snoop. Do not try on clothes. Do not ruffle through
their personal items. -Because you are an invited
guest in their house, and you should not
be the one looking through all of
their private stuff. -You have no rights to do that. Some things to do, while
you’re babysitting, are fun activities
with the kids. You want to interact
with them and give them some fun active things to do. -Yeah. So you can do crafts
or play games, or if you’re with little
girls, you can play dress up or princess. -Yeah. And you can download
apps on your phone, or you can make fun music
videos or just funny videos, in general. And you can usually
distract the kids for like an hour with those–
those fun apps and stuff. -Mhm. And some other things to do,
while you’re babysitting, is to certainly pay attention
and to also be kind to the kids so that they know that
they can trust you. -And you can periodically
text the parent updates, like, I just fed
the kids, now we’re going to go play a board
game because lots of parents usually worry about
what the kids are doing or how the babysitter is
doing while they’re gone and it’s really good for them
to know what you’re doing. -I would worry about my kid. -And last of all,
you want to clean. -Clean. -It’s really good
when you clean. Parents don’t usually
feel like they need to rehire you
when they come home to a dirty, messy house. -Yeah. I once had a
babysitting job, where the parents had just–
they said, oh, it’s okay. When the kids are in bed, you
can just sit around and relax. But I saw that the house needed
a little bit of cleaning. And so I went ahead
and vacuumed the floor and put the dishes
in the dishwasher. And when they got home,
they were so happy, they paid me extra. So cleaning is very important
when you’re babysitting. -Yeah. And I had an experience
like that, one time. And they actually
called my mom, the day after, and were raving
about how awesome it was to find you were a
babysitter that cleaned up their house without them
having to ask them to do it. And it’s just a really good
thing to get you rehired. And it makes the parents
like you a lot more. And then they go tell their
other friends about you. And it’s the free
marketing again. Yay. -So when bedtime rolls around,
if the parents give you a specific time to
put the kids to bed, you need to put them
to bed at that time. -Yeah. -And if you have a kid that’s
having a hard time going to bed, there are things you
can do, like read them a story. -Read them books. I mean, you can sing them songs. I sing them lots of
fun songs, sometimes. -And if the kid’s
having more trouble, after you’ve tried everything,
you can text the parents and ask them what they
do with their kids. -Mhm. And just try to keep them–
try to calm them down, so they feel like
they can go to sleep. OK. So when the parents
come home, give them an honest report about what
happened when they were gone. And be like, your kids are so
adorable, we had so much fun, we made this video–
here, watch it– so they know that you had
a good time with their kids and you interacted with them. And if you did have trouble
putting one of the kids to bed, just tell them that
you had trouble. And be like, what can I
do better next time, when you call them– or call me– so
that you can fix it, next time. And then the kid
will go to bed easy. -Yeah. Every parent wants to
see their babysitter and see that they’re as
involved as they would have been or that they care for their
kids as much as they do. So the big question that we
know you’ve been asking is, how much do we charge
for babysitting? And it honestly
depends on the family. Generally, you don’t want to
be the one to bring up money. You want the parents to
be the one to bring it up. And if they give you a price,
and you think it’s reasonable, then go ahead with it. But if they ask you
now, what do you usually get paid for babysitting,
our general idea is– -If they have three kids and
under, just say, $4 to $5 an hour. And if they have three
kids and above, say, it’s usually $1 an
hour and $1 per kid. So that’s our general
consensus for money, but not everyone has to do that. -Yeah. Honestly, just make sure that
you do the best that you can and have it be as
much fun for the kids and make sure that you
leave the house cleaner than when you came. Your goal is to have either them
texting your parents about what a great babysitting you
are or have their kids telling their parents,
wow, we had so much fun with this babysitter. Bring her again. We had so much fun. -I want her to come again. -That is like your
bottom line goal. You want that. OK. We’re going to LA this weekend. And we’re so excited to meet
all of you guys at VidCon. And while we’re
down there, we’re having a meet and
greet on Saturday. We’re actually having
two meet and greets. And you can get
the details below. -Mhm. -Be sure to check us out on
Twitter, @brookeandbailey. And we’ll see you next week. -Bye. [MUSIC PLAYING] (SINGING) Say it like
you know it’s true. Only you can decide
if you’ll see this through because you
can do anything. Yeah, you can do anything. -[INAUDIBLE]. [MUSIC PLAYING]