The weekend is finally here and you've called your babysitter and
are looking forwards to a night out without the kids. Sure you have
your cellphone with you in case
the sitter needs to get in touch with you and you've written down some
other information, but did you leave enough info for the person you
have entrusted to care for your babies? Some things may be obvious to
you but depending on the age of your sitter, these things may not be so
obvious to them. And since most likely the person watching your
children is on the younger side, the more information you give and have
written down the better. Also, if there is any sort of emergency, you
want to make sure your babysitter is fully equipped to answer any
questions that may come her way because no matter how old you are, it's
easy to forget information during a crisis. As you prepare for your
sitter to arrive, here are some things to keep in mind...
Things to have written down in a place that is easy to find:
Your address. Don't assume they know it. Even though your babysitter
knows how to get to your house, and may know the name of the street,
she may not remember the number of your house. Also, if there was an
emergency, it's very easy to forget information like that.
current phone numbers: fire, police, doctor,family or friend's to call
if you can't be reached or are far away, your cell phone numbers and
home phone number.
information. Make sure your children's birthdays and ages are written
down, as well as any known allergies they have. If there was a medical
emergency with your child, one of the questions asked would be the age
of the child.
*The number of where you will
be. Just because you have a cellphone doesn't mean that your babysitter
will be able to contact you. There are still many places with poor or
no cell service. Leave the name and number of where you'll be so that
the babysitter will be able to get through no matter what.
the babysitter you are not expecting anyone and ask them not to open
the door for anyone, even if it's the ConEd or UPS guy. Let them know
it's ok to call you if there is a question about someone who has shown
up at the house.
Things you should leave out (for day and/or night):
bottles and enough of them. Or make sure to leave formula, empty
bottles with tops and clear instructions out on the counter if it needs
to be mixed.
-Snacks for the kids and sippy cups (if they are of that age).
-Diapers out or in an easily accessible place.
for each child, out on their beds so the babysitter knows whose is
whose. If you are leaving your kids during the day, leave out at least
1 extra change of clothes, so the sitter doesn't have to bother with
-Some food for the babysitter. And have some
designated food in the fridge/freezer that she can have as well. Be
sure to explain what is ok to eat.
-Movies that your children like to watch and that they have permission to watch that day/night
list of t.v. channels your kids watch along with programs names. If
possible, put the times of those programs too. If you have shows on the
DVR, leave that list then.
babysitter arrives, if it's their first time, show them around the
house, how to use the remotes and where everything they need is. If
it's not the first time, you should still remind the sitter of some
things, like to lock up after you leave and to call if there is any
Don't be afraid to ask the sitter to clean
up after herself... and your child. Remind her to change your babies
diaper before s/he sleeps...even if it is only a little bit dirty. It's
helpful for younger babysitters to understand that you change a diaper
Once you leave, make sure you have
fun and enjoy being out. Don't call every second. There is nothing
wrong with calling once to see how things are going, but it is
unnecessary to call over and over to 'check in'. Your babysitter knows
to call if there is a problem, and you wouldn't have left such a
precious package in their hands if you didn't think they could handle
it, so go and enjoy yourself.