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Thattwatoverthere Fri 24-Feb-17 20:28:12

I'm babysitting for my friends little ones tonight for the first time. I've done it before for other friends pretty regularly and all fine but for some reason tonight I'm terrified!

The youngest one has a cough and pukes if she coughs too much. I'll put aside the fact that I'm scared of sick but every time I hear a cough over the monitor I'm scared that she'll choke on her sick and I won't know. And it will be my fault.

Currently wondering about lying on the floor quietly next to her cot until the parents get home 'just in case'

user1477282676 Sat 25-Feb-17 06:46:05

How old is the little one with the cough? I'd be very tempted to have her wrapped up and beside me or on me on the sofa if she has a cough.

Of course her parents might not want that though!

Is there any way you could suggest they prop up the legs on her cot? The ones at the head of it? Advice is to put a book under each leg so that her upper body is elevated.

Applebite Sat 25-Feb-17 07:19:30

Do they have a video monitor? When DD had a cough recently I woke up obsessively apparently, thanks DP hmm regularly and checked on that to make sure she hadn't been sick or anything.

Otherwise agree - if you're worrying maybe she could cosy up on the sofa with you.

You sound like a fab friend. If you fancy babysitting for a manic one year old with a forbidden iPhone obsession, just let me know.... grin

Thattwatoverthere Sat 25-Feb-17 08:30:12

Thanks both, I'm home now so can't follow your advice but am hoping all went well as no peep from either of them for the last hour and a half before the parents got back. Apparently no noise is good despite me being desperate to check on them for signs of life. The youngest is a couple of months off 2 so still quite little so did kind of hope for a wake up and cuddle

How do you all do it?? I have no DC yet and can see myself as a panicker when I do, I suggested a monitor that showed breathing on my way out confused.

And thanks for the elevated cot idea, I'll see if it's been tried yet.

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