When was the last time you hired a babysitter? We do a lot at home (even some of our date nights) and we have family close by. For us having an actual babysitter is something that doesn’t happen very often.
Of course that means that when we do need a sitter, I go into panic mode. There is so much to think about!
Planner that I am, I wanted to make sure I covered everything. I talked to other parents, searched around the web and compiled a list of babysitter prep ideas that make me feel so much more prepared and organized.
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Ultimate Babysitter Prep Guide
Once you’ve found a trustworthy babysitter this list will help you prepare for leaving the kids.
Emergency Stuff – Of course there is the standard stuff: your phone number, the name and number of where you will be, emergency contact information, information on medicines being taken and any allergies your kids have. But it’s easy to go one step further…
Include your address (in case she needs to call 911), a medical consent form (found on Bloomwell.com) for each of your kids and a basic first aid kit in an easy to spot to reach.
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Meals & Snacks – What meal times will be happening while you’re gone? Make sure the sitter will have everything she needs to make meal time easy.
Talk to her ahead of time about whether or not she will be eating with the kids. You can give her a couple of choices and then have the majority of the work done ahead of time.
Pull a couple of snacks to one shelf. This will be an easy way for her to know what’s free game without digging through your cupboards.
Prep the House – Walk around and put away things that are off limits. If you don’t want the kids building with their tools while the babysitter is there, have them put up out of sight.
Are there any rooms the kids shouldn’t be in? Tape a sign to the door to let the babysitter know.
Do a quick pick up so that the babysitter is starting fresh. That will make it easier for her to return the area back to the way she found it. (With the kids help, of course.)
House Rules – Make sure to let the kids and the babysitter know that she is in charge. In front of the kids tell her some of the really important rules: how much screen time, how you put the kids to bed, what the outside rules are, etc.
Then privately tell her which rules are more flexible. This will give her an idea which things you find most important and which things she can have some freedom with.
Schedule – Write out the kids’ schedule. What are some things that will happen while the babysitter is there? Put a star next to the things that need to happen at a certain time.
Also include the time you plan to be home.
Communication – Should the babysitter text or call if she needs something?
What are good reasons to call? The level of communication you are comfortable with might depend on what you are doing. Let her know if it’s better to only contact you in an emergency or if simple questions are fine.
It’s also a good idea to let her know when you will be contacting her. She’ll want to know if you will be texting when you’re heading home or calling to say good night to the kids.
Extras – Leave a house key in case they decide to go for a walk and don’t forget directions for how to use the remotes.
What would you add to the list? Leave tips for babysitter prep in the comments.
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