(Closed) NWR: Would you hire a babysitter/nanny who smokes?

posted 8 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Would you hire a caretaker who smokes?

    Yes, as long as she doesn't smoke when caring for my kids

    Yes, and I wouldn't mind if she smokes around my kids

    No, I would worry about secondhand smoke/other ill effects

    Other (explain in comments)

  • Post # 3
    4144 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Nope. Second hand smoke lingers on skin and clothes. Not to mention what does she do with the kids while she goes out on smoke breaks? we are a non smoking family so I wouldn’t pay someone to babysit who did. 

    Post # 4
    2037 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    It wouldn’t bother me as long as she smoked outside, but I’m sure you will find that the majority of people out there will label her as a child-corrupting leper of evil intent. No, I don’t smoke.

    Post # 5
    6430 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Nope. Second hand smoke is not worth it. It’s a big SIDS risk and also increases the chance of ear infections. Not to mention it just smells horrible.

    Post # 6
    5995 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Well since I have let my children sleep over at the house of a friend who’s mother smokes outside… yes. If she smelt of smoke it might be different. DH also had a lovely aunt who smoked very discretely and minded his nieces sometimes, no problem. I would have loved to be able to use her as a babysitter but – sadly but predictably – she died of lung cancer.

    ETA: I wouldn’t tolerate a sitter smoking outside at my house though.

    Post # 7
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    No, I wouldn’t. As @MsJ2theZ:  said the smell of cigarettes linger on anything porous and that smell is easily transferrable to one’s home, furniture, baby clothes, baby items, rocking chair and anything else that is within close contact. I would also have concerns about cigarette breaks and the care of my child. Considering our home is a non-smoking home merely going out on our patio isn’t an acceptable option when the craving hits.

    My mother smokes and when she visited a few months ago I had to deep clean and Febreeze (constantly) my entire home as the smell just lingered like crazy. I also had to replace a few outdoor patio items that were burned thanks to falling ashes. Considering it was my mother I dealt with it all. However I would not willing open my home on a constant basis and allow the care of my child to someone that smoked.

    Post # 8
    12340 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    No way, aside from the health risks I absolutely hate the smell and would not even chance exposing myself or my kids to it.

    Post # 9
    4144 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Treejewel19:  aside from the smell a baby held against you can actually inhale second hand smoke from your shirt. gak!!!

    Post # 10
    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    A friend of mine works at a daycare and babysits a lot and she smokes, but only an e-cigarette. The parents don’t mind because she doesn’t smell like terrible and there’s no secondhand smoke risk.

    Post # 11
    848 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Nope. I hate the smell of it and wouldn’t have my baby cuddling up with someone who stinks, it’s just gross.

    Post # 12
    3457 posts
    Sugar bee

    No way. The carcinogens from smoke is retained on the clothing of the person smoking, and I would not want that in my house, much less on a baby. Plus, the smell makes me ill.

    Post # 13
    3997 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Nope, never. For health reasons (second hand smoke) and I wouldn’t want my kids to be around someone who smells like smoke. Also, I wouldn’t want to regularly expose my kids to a habit that I disagree with. I think that I would also have a difficult time knowing that my money would be supporting that habit (especially if they were someone of extreme financial need).

    Post # 15
    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    No, I would not hire someone who smokes to look after my (future) child. Especially if she was coming to my house – we don’t allow people to smoke inside or outside of this house. Smoking is just gross.

    My mom runs a private home daycare, just herself, and a big selling point for her is that she doesn’t smoke and neither does anyone else living in the house. It’s a 100% smoke free property and people like that.

    Post # 16
    582 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @MsJ2theZ:  1+ SO and i HATE smoke so no way in hell we would hire someone who smokes. our baby and things would smell like smoke after. no way

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