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Describe a time when you had to take care of a baby.

Posted: September 27, 2019 at 10:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Describe a time when you had to take care of a baby.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • who the baby was
  • what you did

and explain how you felt about taking care of this baby.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

I love babies; I like to hug them, play with them, carry them as well as spoil them. But, when it comes to taking care of a baby, I never thought that I could ever pull it off. But, that’s exactly what I did about a year ago when my aunt left her “bundle of joy” (my baby “cousin”) for me to take care of because she needed to go out for a few hours.

Anyway, I knew that I needed to be “extra” careful in making sure that he wasn’t crying. And, to do so, I was holding and carrying him very gently. Of course, this is what my aunt instructed me in order to make him fall asleep. But the problem was I wasn’t succeeding. So, I took him in front of a TV and make him watch some cartoons even though I wasn’t too sure that he was “old” enough to enjoy cartoons! Anyway, this far, he was behaving like a “good” boy. But, then came the real challenge when he started to cry, but all I could do at that time was to try to “talk” to him with some “funny” faces in order to distract him. But, unfortunately, I wasn’t making much of an impression on my baby cousin so that he could actually stop crying. Then I suddenly remembered that he was probably hungry, and he needed his baby “feeder”, and as soon as I gave him his “feeder”, he got busy in “nourishing” himself from it until he fell asleep. Fortunately, he slept until my aunt returned.

Anyway, initially, I was a bit nervous about taking care of my “baby cousin”, but as time progressed, I actually started to enjoy the “responsibility”. In fact, it was really interesting to see how that little “wonder baby” tried to “communicate” with me with some “funny sounds” from time to time except, of course, the problem was that this “poor” cousin could not understand what I told him! Besides, I also felt good that I could actually help my aunt when nobody was around to help her.


Model Answer 2:

I am one of those persons who love babies and yet do not know how to take care of a baby. This cue card topic reminds me of a time when taking care of my nephew came on my shoulder. I would like to thank you for this opportunity to let me talk about my experience of looking after this baby.
It would be around six months ago when I had to stay home the whole day with my nephew, Ethan, who was merely 3 years old. Usually, my nephew is very adorable and gentle in nature but when he cries out loud, I find it hard to do anything to console him and bring him back to his normal jolly state. When Ethan’s parents are around and he begins to cry, I keep my distance as my previous experience has taught me that anything I do makes thing worse!
Ethan’s parents had to go out for the whole day and there was none except me to look after the baby. Ethan was a good boy most of the day and he caused me no trouble about which I was afraid of. I fed him twice the meal his mom prepared beforehand, changed his diaper and dresses, caressed him, tried to make him happy by acting and making different sounds and was very cautious to make sure he was comfortable. He slept for a couple of hours and during that time I sat beside him and read a book.
At first, I was intimidated because I did not want to take full responsibility for the baby while his parents were away. However, as time passed, I started feeling confident that he would be okay with me and at a time, I started feeling happy to be with him. That day I realised that looking after a baby is not as frightening as I thought it would be but it takes a great deal of effort to make sure the baby is okay.
I actually enjoyed being with Ethan and the way he played, laughed and hugged me was something totally new to me.
very gently – बहुत कोमलता से

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