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What should I do when I’m babysitting and the toddler starts crying for her Mom? Any ideas on how to distract her or get her to stop crying?

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Ensure her her mom will be home soon and then try to distract her with a toy, game, movie, or maybe cuddle and read to her. If she has a special lovey blanket or toy give her it too.

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"I'm your new mommy" :)

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Toys

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Ask what her favorite show is and put on Netflix

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Straight jacket and some duct tape should do the trick. If that doesn't work, maybe invest in some chloroform.

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Asking the mom what there kids like to do such as what kinds of toys they like, or what do they find fun. You could also bring some toys or games to play. You will get the best answer from the mom herself.

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Remain calm and try not to be nervous, babies can sense when something is wrong. Have confidence in your nurturing skills. After assuring her Mom will be home soon, offer a soft blanket and look through a book together. If determined to head for the door, carry her around a bit and talk about things in the home. If there is a family pet that helps too. Good luck! After she's settled, keep her engaged so she has less time to think about her mom's absence.

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Check to see if she has a temp, needs a diaper/panty change.
Find out if she's hungry, thirsty.
Is the temp in the house comfortable?
Tell her mom will be home in a little while.
Ask her to look out the window for a few minutes while mom is driving home.
Sometimes they will settle down and fall asleep waiting.
Hold her. Snuggle. Speak reassuringly.
Make sure that she is comfortable. They need warmth and love.
As do we all.

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