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National Babysitters Day

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About National Babysitters Day

When is National Babysitters Day? This holiday is observed on the Saturday before Mother's Day

Today is National Babysitters Day. It is a time to give recognition and appreciation to those to whom you entrust your kids. Parents turn to babysitters to go on the occasional date night to dinner and a show when parents need a break, or when they have somewhere to go and can’t take the kids. Ask any parent what is the most important thing in their lives. They will tell you their children. They’d give anything to assure the health and welfare of their kids. So, choosing a reliable babysitter is nothing to be taken lightly. It is as important a decision as it gets.

The need for a sitter can be short notice. A list of potential babysitters should be constructed in advance with care. Babysitters are often grandma and grandpa, a brother or sister. They are usually the first “go-to” sitters. Neighbors and fellow parents are often good choices, too. Teenagers are also common choices. When it comes to selecting teenagers to watch your kids, you should look to find those who have taken childcare classes, and first aid training, including CPR.

Parents are understandably pretty picky when it comes to selecting a babysitter. Safety, security, and reliability are tops on the list when deciding who will watch your precious little ones. But, babysitters are often called upon to do more than just watch the kids. The babysitter’s tasks may also include changing diapers, being a tutor, helping with homework, organizing play time and activities, as well as providing snacks and meals.

Important Tip: Make sure to thoroughly check out any potential babysitter that is not your direct family.

How to Participate in and Celebrate National Babysitters Day

Here are a few ideas on how to participate in and celebrate this holiday:

  • Because babysitters are such important people in your and your children’s lives, take some time today to express your appreciation to those on your list of babysitters.
  • If you are a babysitter, we offer our thanks for being responsible individuals, and for taking great care of the kids you sit for.
  • Think about the key attributes you want in a babysitter.

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History and Origin of National Babysitters Day

National Babysitters  Day was created in 2003 by, a company that provides baby sitter training programs.

This day is called a “National” day. We did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations making this a true “National” day. It was created to promote appreciation and recognition of quality child care.

Definition of “National” Days – and why it so important to distinguish and identify true national days.

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