Monday, December 15, 2008

How much childcare experience do I need to be an au pair?

Even though au pairs are not professional childcare workers, some experience with children is mandatory to prevent future problems. This applies to babies and young children especially. I would recommend prior experience with babies if you are going to take care of them.

Holding and feeding the babies, changing diapers are all very delicate. If the caregiver doesn't know how to handle a baby, she can accidently hurt him or her. I also recomend some transition time where mother and the au pair take care of the baby together to get used to the routine. Babies can easily choke or fall off the changing table if proper attention is not given. They can feel uncomfortable after feeding and padding the back of the baby can help. Babies should never be left unattended on the changing table or sofa. As a matter of fact babies can not be left alone except when they are asleep in their crib. Even then, they should be checked regularly.

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