Babysitter, What’s That?

by Leighann on April 27, 2011

One area where we have struggled is finding a babysitter other than the kids’ grandmother to watch them. Date night is a rarity. If only I could find a responsible teenager or college student in our town with diabetes who would be willing to babysit.

Safesittings, was founded by then teenager Kim Ross who herself has Type 1 diabetes. Her free service seeks to connect families with babysitters. When I looked for one in our area, none came up. Drat! But perhaps there is one in your area.

SAFESITTINGS is a nationwide website that makes available teens with Type 1 diabetes as babysitters for children with diabetes. These teens have been managing their own care for many years. They understand the dangerous highs ands lows inherent in the disease and have the skills to test blood sugars, give insulin injections, adjust insulin pumps and treat hypoglycemia.

Here are some tips from Chicago Now: Tips to Make Diabetes Easier on Sitters

Have you found a babysitter for your T1 child?

Watch founder Kim Ross on dLife:

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stacey April 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

I know I’m a little sideways on most of the diabetes community on this one, but I don’t think you need a sitter with diabetes to understand what our kids need. I rely on sitters a lot – my husband and I both work and my job has me out and about at evening events quite a bit. You need a responsible young adult (for me it’s college aged or above) who’s willing to learn. I love the idea of Safesittings, but don’t let the lack of a type 1 sitter keep you home. Call another service and see if they have RN’s or maybe a nursing student on their roster. Good luck – go on that date!!


2 Jill February 25, 2013 at 1:05 am

I agree. I trained a couple of our regular babysitters to check blood and give insulin shots. We started slowly…modeling a lot…going on dates not far from home so we could come back to model a shot, then go back out on our date. It has taken awhile, but we feel pretty confident about going out now.


3 Angela (Toucan Scraps) April 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

we don’t even have grandma living close enough.


4 Lisa April 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

None in my area either 🙁 I wonder if there is a way to get this advertised more, maybe at some T1 camps in different states or even at different children’s hospitals. I’m guessing there aren’t a lot of sitters listed because not many people know about it…


5 Allison Blass April 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I’ve been babysitting for kids with diabetes for years, though obviously not as much these days. I thought it was great to stay involved and be a role model for kids, but I agree, you don’t *have* to have a type 1 as your babysitter. As long as they know the basics and can follow directions, a responsible mature babysitter can handle it. You don’t stop Q from going to school or over to a friend’s house right? It just takes some education. I survived two non-D babysitters and lived to tell about it. 😉


6 HealingWell April 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm

What an awesome idea! I hope they eventually spread everywhere. ~ Peter


7 Jer April 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I fully, 210% agree with Stacey and Allison. I’ve even let my 10 year old daughter *gasp* spend the night over at friend’s homes (even when she was 8 and newly diagnosed!). A willingness of a mature person to learn the basics and our willingness to have our cell phones with us has allowed our daughter to trust herself and others and gain confidence in herself. The first few times were difficult on me, but like leaving your baby with a sitter for the first few times, it needs to be done.

Expand your search beyond Type 1’s. Look at their siblings, friends and other responsible young adults.


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