Staying at home to care for your child allows you to have full control over their care. You're also able to witness all stages of their development. But, you may miss working and your household income will be lessened.
Talk with your older child about their feelings and pay attention to what they say. Set aside time with just your older child, like a private cuddle or trip to the grocery store. Make sure they feel as important as they always have been.
If you didn't already have medical insurance, your state's Children Health Insurance Protection Program may be able to offer affordable health insurance for your baby.
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A well-cared-for baby seems clean and content, without any injuries. Your baby should seem excited to see the sitter and vice versa. A good sitter will tell you about anything that happens during the day and any concerns she may have about the baby.
On the babysitter's first day, ask them to come over half an hour early. Walk them through the baby's schedule and show them the fire escape routes and emergency numbers. Show your sitter how to mix the baby's food.
Online babysitting services and sites charge a fee. Always ask for references from a potential sitter and always call them. Schedule an interview to discuss their previous experience and emergency training skills.