My own sister won't let me babysit!

Ariel - posted on 12/17/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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While talking with my sister on the phone tonight she brought up the fact that she and her fiance are going to her Christmas party this weekend. She knows I've been wanting and waiting for a chance to babysit (my niece is a little over 2 months old). She said "I don't think I feel comfortable with you babysitting..". I was shocked and a little offended that she wouldn't trust me to watch my own niece! I asked why and she said because I don't have any experience with kids or babies and she's not sure I would know what to do. Let me just say that my sister and I are full blood siblings and we are very close (we tell each other EVERYTHING). I don't smoke at all, drink occasionally on special occasions, I'm 25 years old, and I live with my long term boyfriend. I don't have any kids of my own yet but I'm responsible, independent, and I love my niece with all my heart. I may have been immature in the past but I am only 25 but still that's no reason to not trust your own sister. I would never let anything happen to my niece and I would live to babysit. What should I do?

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Rebecca - posted on 12/22/2013

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And how are they meant to get experience if no one lets them? Just a question. You had no experience with your first with your own baby to keep under your watch 24/7 and yet you may it work. They can be on call so anytime they need to be reached they can and vice versa. It's fine to want what's best for your child indicates them safe but she's hardly going to stick the baby in the dishwasher
I just think she should be given a chance and depending on how she goes they can take it from there. Like I said they can ride at list and she can follow it to the dot. She probably knows more about her friend then she does if she were to hire a babysitter. They can tell you anything to get the job She Knows her friend.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/18/2013

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Actually, I probably wouldn't have let you babysit my kids either.

You may be 25, but if you don't have any experience with kids other than changing a diaper when you were 8, and loving your niece, that's a potential problem.

I didn't let my middle brother babysit my kids, but did let my youngest, so it's not about being a sibling, it's about how much experience you have.

Rebecca - posted on 12/17/2013

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Yep I think you got the raw end of the stick from an over protective mother . We all want what's best for there child she didn't know what she was doing diaper wise , bathing feeding when she had bub every new mother questions themselves but to say you can't put in on a diaper once ( which I have a 2 and a half year old and in the very odd occasion I haven't put it on tight enough)so she would Be worried about her child's welfare is a little over the top. Your her sister and if your that close she should know that you would never put the baby in harms way especially at 25 years old your not a teen with no clue you would have most likely been around a few babies . I would bring it up with her and just tell her how it made you feel tell her that you would risk life and limb to keep her baby safe . Get her to write down what what her routine is so you can follow it ( what time to feed, Bath, put to bed ect tell her you will not let her down and she doesn't have to worry tell her you will keep her updated by text message if that's what it takes to make her feel at ease. But I'm with you she needs to trust you especially if you know each other well being that close. I hope she comes around good luck . Bec :-)

Ariel - posted on 12/17/2013

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Also, just thought I would mention that she has let her fiance's mom babysit multiple times. She brought up the fact that I didn't know how to put a diaper on my niece.. last time I changed a diaper I was about 8 years old and it was my little brother so Im a little rusty! My nieces little legs were kicking all over and I put her diaper on a little loose. NO BIG DEAL. It's not life threatening! 😒

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