What to Expect Baby-Sitter's Handbook

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When you put your baby in the hands of a sitter, you want to put your sitter in the hands of an expert. Certainly no hands are better qualified than those of Heidi Murkoff, co-author of What to Expect When You're Expecting and other bestselling childcare guides with over 22 million copies in print.

Marrying the reassuring authority and trust of all the What to Expect books with a lively, accessible voice, this guide contains everything a caregiver needs to know when minding a ...

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Overview

When you put your baby in the hands of a sitter, you want to put your sitter in the hands of an expert. Certainly no hands are better qualified than those of Heidi Murkoff, co-author of What to Expect When You're Expecting and other bestselling childcare guides with over 22 million copies in print.

Marrying the reassuring authority and trust of all the What to Expect books with a lively, accessible voice, this guide contains everything a caregiver needs to know when minding a child, from newborn to preschooler. A mix of text, boxes, Q&As, and lists-plus plenty of blank space for parents to write in emergency numbers, specific instructions, and personal information about a child's likes and dislikes—it's the instruction manual that should be given to every caregiver, whether full-time nanny or weekend baby-sitter. It covers advice on feeding and diet, first aid, bathing an infant, potty-training, time-outs, rainy-day activities, sibling disputes, discipline problems, comforting a child, making play dates, even how to build a happy and healthy relationship with the child's family. Plus, it includes 61 of the most common questions sitters ask, from how to make mealtimes fun to what to do if you can't bond with the baby.

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Just as What to Expect When Expecting has become the bible for women who are pregnant, this book is destined to be the bible for caregivers. Babysitters, nannies, and even seasoned grandparents can benefit by reading in from cover to cover and then by keeping it within reach as a quick reference guide when needed. It is neatly organized into subjects such as feeding and first aid. The information with each chapters is broken up into age-appropriate categories, from newborns to six year olds. Sidebars throughout add relevant information, such as useful tips on how to encourage a toddler to get dressed. Many common caregiver questions are asked and answered in a friendly, magazine-column style. As convenient as this book will be for parents, it is specifically geared to the sitter and should become the book to have on hand. Parents who use sitters may want a copy of their own as well to leave at home while they are out. A personalized section in the back of the book provides space where parents can fill in information about their child's specific needs, routines, and house rules, along with emergency contact information. Those familiar with the "What to Expect..." books will not be disappointed with this must-have—no caregiver of younger children should be without this resource. 2003, What to Expect, Ages 13 up.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761128458
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/29/2003
  • Series: What to Expect Series
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 358,238
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

It all started with a baby…and a book. Heidi Murkoff conceived the idea for What to Expect When You're Expecting during her first pregnancy, when she couldn’t find answers to her questions or reassurance for her worries in the books she’d turned to for much-needed advice. Determined to write a guide that would help other expectant parents sleep better at night, Heidi delivered the proposal for What to Expect When You’re Expecting just hours before delivering her daughter, Emma.

Dubbed the “pregnancy bible”, the iconic New York Times bestseller is now in its all-new fourth edition, with over 17 million copies in print, and according to USA Today, is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book. Other titles in the series include Eating Well When You’re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting (a complete preconception plan), and the newest member of the What to Expect family: What to Expect the Second Year, the must-have guide for parents of toddlers. The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the US alone, and are published in over 30 languages.

In 2005, Heidi expanded the What to Expect (WTE) brand online with WhatToExpect.com – the interactive, state-of-the-internet companion to the WTE books, and home to a vibrant, vast, yet close-knit community of 3 million parents. In 2009, WTE went mobile with the WTE Pregnancy Tracker (the most popular pregnancy app in the world), the WTE Fertility Tracker, the WTE Baby Name Finder, and the WTE First Year Tracker.
Heidi’s passionate commitment to moms and babies led to the creation of the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies. With a beautiful, culturally appropriate low-literac

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    This is the best book that a babysitter can have!

    I have gone to a babysittin class and this is the book that the teacher's gave me! They said that it was the best book that they could give me and it was! It has everything that you would need to know to watch a kid. My neighbor and I watched a little boy, and if it wasn't for this book, I don't know what would have happened! I really think that you should get it!

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