5 Things Babysitters Do Better Than Parents

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babysitterThere are some things moms and dads do that just can't be duplicated. A boo-boo kiss from grandpa isn't the same as a boo-boo kiss from daddy. And, sorry, but nobody gives cuddles like mama. But believe it or not, there are certain things that nannies or babysitters actually do better than parents. Crazy, I know, but it's true.

Here are 5 things babysitters do better than mamas and daddies.

1. Not freak out when something seems wrong. Thinking there's something wrong with your kid -- that they're sick or they got hurt -- is truly one of the worst feelings in the world. Babysitters and nannies seem to fare better in these circumstances. Maybe it's because it isn't their kid, or maybe they're just trying to be a calming force for you -- whatever the reason, they definitely remain calmer when the going gets rough.

2. Pay attention to the pet. Sometimes pets get a little overlooked when a baby comes around. Sad, but a reality. Nannies and babysitters are good at not forgetting about them -- they are "watching" them too after all.

3. Remember things. How many times do you tell yourself to buy X when you go out, but then come home and realize you forgot it? The nanny won't do that. If you ask her or him to remind you to get X when you go out, she or he usually will. (Or if you ask him or her to pick up X, she or he usually will.) It's partly because they're probably less frazzled than you, partly because it's part of their job. Think about it: If your boss asks you to do something, you usually don't forget, right?

4. Letting baby "fuss" a little. When you're a parent, it's hard to let your baby fuss. Personally, I have a hard time doing it for more than a few minutes -- even when I know the reason for the fussing is sheer exhaustion. It's easier for someone who isn't baby's mom or dad to stand their ground a little longer. I'm fairly positive my daughter naps better when I'm at work, because when I'm home? Ten minutes of fussing I'm in her room.

5. Cleaning up. Again, maybe it's because it's not their house, but the babysitter always seems to be better at putting stuff away than I am. Sometimes, an hour into playing with my daughter, I look around and realize, "Wow. This place really is a hole right now."

What things does your babysitter do that you love?


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the4m... the4mutts

1. I dont need a nanny/sitter

2. Nobody judges the cleanliness of my house like I do

3. I dont freak out when things are wrong, and I am incredible at deciding if something is worthy of a dr or not. No amount of blood, gore, broken bones, or boo-boos phase me.

There isnt anything involving our life, that any outsider could possibly do better. The things I dont do well, like play rough with kids, my s/o does. We're a team no nanny could ever top.

Aeris... AerisKate

Well said, the4mutts!

Mocha... MochaCocoaBean

#2 - our awesome baby sitter somehow manages to play with our son and entertain the dogs. They all adore her. It makes date night so much more enjoyable.

LoveM... LoveMyHunni

I wish I didn't need a nanny or sitter :(

laure... laurenemb

I think it's asenine not to use a nanny or babysitter every once in a while. Obviously your care is the best for your child, but my best childhood memories were a few hours every few weeks when my parents would go on a date and we'd get babysitters. I couldn't wait to start babysitting at 13, and did so till I was 21 and getting ready to graduate college.

I went to the wedding of one of my babysitters, and the kids I used to babysit are such little adults now and still love seeing me when I'm in town - I wouldn't trade those relationships for anything in the world. 

Maryah Tapia

The only babysitters we use  are family, but I can honestly say that my husband & I do all of these things better than sitters. 

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

When we get our sitter shes pretty awesome. She colors in coloring books better than we do and does it willingly :) i cant top that.

ToolA... ToolArmy066

What 4mutts said!!! Also too my little sister babysitts my son and she's freakin awesome!! She's the only person I trust with overnights!! Her being there for him is almost as good as me being there.

the4m... the4mutts

We use family members for 1-2 hrs maybe a few times a year. It is not "asenine" to not use a sitter. We have our whole lives to have dates, and all 4 kids of mine will be in school in 2014, so we'll have random days to do lunch alone, and in 2 years, my oldest will be old enough to babysit for an hr or 2.

No sitter required! And even if we ever did decide to use a sitter for a date or whatever, nobody knows our kids like we do. Sure, family or whoever does just fine, but theyre not mom & dad.

nonmember avatar Monica

We only use family for sitters, only because my son is the first grand child so grandparents love having him over for sleep overs. I, however have been a Nanny for many years myself. I wouldn't say that we do things better then parents, but I do think we help in certain aspects. I look at myself as part of the team in raising another ones child, though the parents make the first decision and I just help reinforce what they like taught. It's nice to be a part of raising kids. I have my own son now, but I still Nanny because seeing kids learn new things is the most rewarding feeling ever. :)

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