This can be a big challenge for parents of kids with diabetes. One great way to find an experienced babysitter is to meet other families like yours.
Together you can brainstorm some babysitter options including:
- Taking turns watching each other’s kids.
- Training a babysitter together.
- Placing an ad in a local university’s newspaper for someone with diabetes-related experience, especially if the school has a nursing program.
- Recruiting a teen or young adult with diabetes, or an older sibling of a child
Provide foods you know your child will like. Involve your child in planning the meals and snacks to ensure he will be willing to eat what you prepare.
Give a schedule and menu to the babysitter for each meal and snack, and indicate how much insulin your child will need to cover each food.
If your child refuses to eat or wants something else, review substitute foods or ask the babysitter to call you with questions. Be sure to talk with your child about the importance of eating the meal or snack.