9 babysitters share the hilariously strange rules parents have asked them to follow.

There’s no denying that being a nanny or a babysitter is no easy feat.

Regardless of how fun it can be to babysit, it still takes a lot of energy to constantly watch and look after children that aren’t yours.

And while some children can be difficult to handle, often the parents are even more difficult to deal with.

After all, the hardest part of babysitting is enforcing the parents rules.

From bed times to snack restrictions, many parents set a number of standard guidelines for their babysitter or nanny.

But while many of these guidelines are pretty comm0n, every once in a while an unfortunate babysitter is met with some seriously strange guidelines and rules to follow.

Babysitters and nannies shared the weirdest rules parents have asked them to follow in a hilarious Reddit thread. Here’s what they had to say:

No sugar

“I was told that the only thing she specifically wasn’t allowed to do was eat a bowl of sugar.”

Nappy change

“I had to change the kids cloth diaper every two hours on the dot. He was six years old. I assumed it was for some sort of disability or something, but no. His parents just didn’t want to potty train him, and the kid was content with being babied.”

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Nap time

“They asked me to drive their three-year-old twins around in my personal vehicle for two-and-a-half hours because ‘that’s the only way they can nap’. I simply put the kids in their bed, closed the door, and they were asleep in 15 minutes.”

No rules

“It was a hippy family. The two-year-old had no bedtime and no rules. ‘She can eat what she wants, no bedtime, and if she falls asleep, leave her wherever she crashed.’ The parents came home at 2:30am to a toddler eating chocolate cake on the couch with her preferred American Pickers on TV. That’s fine apparently.”

Baby bottle

“I was told to give him warm milk in a baby bottle right after every dinner. He was a fully functional 10-year-old boy.”


No cuddles

“I babysat for a family that had three boys, one was a newborn. I was never to feed the baby by holding it next to me, but I was to put it on my legs and make eye contact with him at all times. I wasn’t allowed to cuddle him either. I was never to let the older boys lose any game we were playing. I quit after a month.”

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Fleetwood Mac, please

“Their three-year-old daughter HAD to watch this VHS tape of a live Fleetwood Mac concert every night before bed. She didn’t love it. She always wanted to watch Land Before Time instead. But it was always on the note left for me.”


“One family was perfectly normal until bedtime. Then I had to give the five-year-old girl a bottle, put her in a diaper, then cuddle with her until she fell asleep. Like I said everything else about her and the family was normal. But at bedtime I basically had to treat her like an infant.”

No microwave

“I wasn’t allowed to serve her kid food that was heated in the microwave. Also she NEVER told me this until after I babysat her and berated me for it. How was I supposed to know? Guess I ruined that child. That same lady would give me a list of chores to complete too. How am I supposed to watch your kid AND vacuum your house?”

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