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We’re giving our regular advice columnist, Laurie Gelman, a chance to answer a question we also pose to our community. Got an opinion? Let us know.
What is your worst babysitter experience?
When my daughter was 3 weeks old someone convinced me I needed a nanny. So we hired a woman who came with lots of great references and a very sweet disposition. On her second day with us she suggested I take a nap and she would take the baby out for a walk. I was breastfeeding every 3 hours so I told her to please be back in 1 hour. By the time 3 hours had gone by I was hysterically crying and calling the police - convinced that she had kidnapped my baby. She came strolling in at the 3 1/2 hour mark and said she had run into a friend at the park and lost track of time. I thanked her for her service and asked her to leave.
Our our site community members have had some...interesting experiences too.
mascheke: "My in laws had just gotten new white carpet put in. Baby sitter decided it was a nice place to paint her toes green. Of course it spilt and she moved the couch over it. They didn't find it till the next day when mil noticed the couch was probably a half foot from the wall."
MomInOKinawa: "As a child, I had one that couldn't open a peanut butter jar, (at that time they were glass) She hit it against the counter and broke the top off. Then smeared it on bread and we were eating sandwiches filled with glass pieces. We had cut mouths when my parents got home."
Sophnmonksmom: "My kids locked themselves and the babysitter in a bedroom in a second floor apartment with no phone for 3 hours. That was embarrassing."
MrsZoomer: "My mom watched LO for a full 8 hour day (daycare was closed for a holiday) and she only changed her diaper twice! Both were massive blow outs...she said "boy she sure goes through those diapers!" Well no duh...a diaper isn't made to hold 8 hours of poo and pee! Grandma won't be babysitting anytime soon."
dessatuck: "My s-i-l watched my 1 year old daughter and took her to the park. She let her go down a hot slide and brought her home with a 2 inch burn on her stomach. Grrr."
MyHollandAngel: "I woke up the next morning after going out to find berry applesauce all over my living room! EVERYWHERE! When I asked my 4 year old what it was he said "oh that's my apple sauce mama, I was throwing it up in the air trying to hit the fan" so I asked where the sitter was and he said "oh she was downstairs on daddy's computer."
hage618: "My mother-in-law let my 9 month old play with a paperclip. I walked in the room as he stuck it his mouth. She wasn't watching."
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