What to Wear When Babysitting



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How to Dress for a Babysitting Job

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Whether you've landed your first babysitting job or just have a job for a new family, you always want to make a good impression at work. Dressing appropriately is just one of the many steps for landing and keeping a babysitting job. For babysitting jobs, you'll want to be comfortable but also look appropriate.

Steps

Dressing Comfortably

  1. Wear clothing you can easily wash.Dress in something that you can move around in and you don't mind getting messy, such as a T-shirt and jeans. Kids are always finding new adventures, and it's likely you'll be cleaning up after many messes.
  2. Keep the weather in mind.Bring sunglasses and sun lotion for summer babysitting jobs in case you go outside. Carry a coat, hats and gloves with you in the colder seasons.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes.Choose a pair of shoes that are easy to slip on and off, and make sure the shoes are lightweight to avoid potential damage if a toddler decides to throw one of them. It's also a good idea to bring tennis shoes if you plan on going outside.
  4. Look polished.Wearing a modest T-shirt or blouse with casual jeans will allow you to move comfortably all while looking professionally casual. Darker colored clothing often looks professional and tends to hide stains well.
  5. Bring a change of clothes.Kids often enjoy messy activities such as arts and crafts, and they also tend to spill easily. It's likely that you might get paint, glue or dirt on your clothes, so having back-up clothing on hand to change into would be ideal.

Choosing Accessories

  1. Avoid wearing hanging jewelry.Leaving your dangling earrings, necklaces, and bracelets at home is safer for the kids, ensuring there is nothing for the child or baby to pull off and potentially choke on. Besides, you don't want your favorite beaded necklace broken or children pulling on your bracelet.
  2. Hide your tattoos and piercings.Take out any piercings before your babysitting job or hide them as best you can along with your tattoos. Kids may find you unapproachable if you have too many visible tattoos whereas babies love to grab things and might decide to yank on your piercing.
  3. Keep the makeup minimal.If you feel the need to wear makeup, keep it simple so you look like you're going to work and not out to a party. Don't overdo it by wearing tons of eye liner, lipstick or blush.
  4. Keep your hair out of your face.Choose a professional-looking hairstyle that won't get in your way while you work. With longer hairstyles, wearing your hair up in a ponytail looks professional and ensures you will be able to move around with minimal distraction from your hair.
    • If you have dyed hair in bright colors such as red, blue, green, etc., put it up in a ponytail for the first couple babysitting jobs so parents and kids can get used to it slowly.
    • Try pinning your hair back in a barrette if your hair is too short to tie up.

Avoiding Inappropriate Clothing

  1. Wear modest-looking clothing.This means nothing revealing such as booty shorts, belly shirts, low-cut shirts, skirts or low-rise pants. Avoid looking unprofessional and pass on the yoga pants and leggings.
  2. Keep your clothes profanity-free.Don't wear T-shirts with racial or sexual comments on them, or tasteless words or pictures such as clothing that advertises alcohol. You wouldn't want the children you babysit repeating any inappropriate words or phrases.
  3. Avoid wearing ripped clothing.Even though your favorite pair of jeans might have holes in the knees, it's important to remember that you're dressing for a job. Skip the ripped jeans and choose an outfit that doesn't look sloppy.
  4. Maintain good hygiene.Make sure that your clothes are clean, you have showered, have clean hands, trimmed fingernails and well-groomed hair. Be clean, but don't wear heavy fragrances that kids might be sensitive to.

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    What should I do if I have so many questions that I am afraid I am going to forget them?
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    You can write them down on a piece of paper and bring the paper with you. Explain to the parents that you want to be sure to remember all of your questions, because it is important in order to do your job well.
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  • Question
    What should I wear to a babysitting interview? The same thing I would wear on the job?
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    You'd probably be fine wearing whatever, but if you want to show a bit of professionalism, you could wear something a little dressy, like what you would wear to church or dinner at a restaurant. It doesn't have to be too fancy, a blouse and a skirt or slacks would be nice.
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  • Question
    How do you know if the kids like you or not as a babysitter?
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    It depends on the child. Some kids will express if they like you through their behavior while others are hard to read!
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  • Question
    What to do while babysitting?
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    Make sure the kids are safe. Make them food, drinks, and make sure they go to bed on time.
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  • Question
    I'm really shy. How should l act during an interview?
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    1.) Check out the place ahead of time. 2.) Imagine yourself succeeding. 3.) Make eye contact. 4.) Sit up straight. 5.) Don't play with your hands too much. 6.) Smile where appropriate and act excited and interested in the job.
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  • Question
    How old should I be?
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    You should be at least 12 years old, although it is recommended for teenagers.
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  • Question
    Is it a good idea to put the baby to sleep first if there is more than one other kid?
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    The parents will probably tell you when you should put the baby down. Most babies are on a schedule. If they don't tell you anything, it's probably fine to put the baby to bed, just make sure you check on him/her frequently.
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  • Question
    Can I wear a graphic tee?
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    Yes, as long as there is no profanity, sexual themes, or any other inappropriate words/images on the shirt.
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  • Question
    Can I wear a t-Shirt and shorts?
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    Sure! Just make sure the t-shirt doesn't have anything inappropriate on it (swear words, pictures or words promoting drugs, etc.). Also be sure that your shorts aren't too short. They should fall at or below your fingertips when you're standing with your hands at your sides.
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  • Question
    Do I not want to wear a necklace because the child will eat it?
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    Don't wear it if you don't want to risk breaking it or losing it. Dressing casually is normal.
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