The Morning News — Leslie Mielke
Listening attentively is the crew who took the Super Sitter class at the Bingham County extension office Tuesday. From left are Hannah Mangum, Citlali Saldana, Abbey Crandall, Brinn Crandall, Paige Anderson, Emma Stohl, Shakayla Morgan and Mark Crandall.
BLACKFOOT — Learning how to take care of children was the object of the Super Sitter Seminar at the Bingham County extension office Tuesday.
"The main objective of babysitting is to keep the child or children safe and happy," said instructor Susan Barney. She is a registered nurse at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Barney teaches a variety of classes, including prepared childbirth classes, first aid and babysitting in schools and at the hospital.
When babysitting, students were advised to bring a bucket of supplies. These supplies might include paper, glue, crayons and/or an art project.
"Come prepared with songs to sing or games to play," Barney said.
Depending on the age of the child, suggestions included tic tac toe, hangman, patty cake and peek-a-boo. Songs to sing might be "Old McDonald," "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Mary had a Little Lamb," "Ring around the Rosey" and/or "Duck, Duck, Goose."
"I learned to ask questions, like what to feed the baby and the time the baby goes to sleep," said Citlali Saldana.
"Make sure you know when everything is to be done, like when they are to eat and go to bed and if the baby has allergies," said Brinn Crandall.
"I learned how to hold the baby," said Abbey Crandall. "If bathing the baby, use only a few inches of water."
"Chop up food so they don't choke," Abbey said.
Hannah Mangum said, "At bedtime, quiet the baby down before putting him or her to bed."
"If something scares you, call 911," said Shakayla Morgan.
In the afternoon, the students learned how to perform the Heimlich maneuver, Barney said.