Whether you’re dreading leaving your little one alone or you’re running out the door to get a short break, remember to take a few minutes to write down any important information for your babysitter. Though most likely everything will turn out just fine, knowing what your babysitter needs in an emergency will not only be beneficial to them but it will give you peace of mind while you’re out on the town. Though you can add whatever information you feel fit, this handy guide will help you feel less like you’re leaving something out while walking out the door.
Your contact information:
This may be an obvious one, but just be sure that you have at least two ways for your sitter to get in touch with you when you leave. You are the best source of information for them and could probably figure out a solution as to why your child is crying uncontrollably faster than someone else could.
An emergency contact:
This could be a partner, a grandparent or a friend that your babysitter could dial up in the event that you don’t answer their call and they need someone reliable who can help answer any questions they may have.
You may leave the sitter full reign of the kitchen and the decision as to what your kids eat for dinner or dessert. But, letting them know what your child is allergic or sensitive to could be the difference between feeding a kid a quick PB&J, to a trip to the emergency room because of a peanut allergy.
Continuing the example from the previous item, leaving out items such as an EpiPen, inhaler or any medicine that your child may need to take while you’re gone is a good idea. Not only so they’re close at hand but also so the babysitter doesn’t need to search through your cabinets to find a medication in an emergency.
Basic safety items:
A flashlight for if the power goes out, a first-aid kit for any minor injuries, a spare key to the house just in case they get locked out, a note as to where the fire extinguisher is if baking cookies goes awry. All of these are important things for babysitters to have around. Just in case.
Don’t forget about your furry friends! If you’re going to be gone for a while and need the baby sitter to walk your dog or feed them, leave them anything they’ll need to do so.