If you are anything like me, deciding to leave your child with a babysitter for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience.
It’s the night of; you did your prep work. You interviewed you babysitter, asked for recommendations, maybe you even preformed a background check.
You’ve talked to your child(ren) about the babysitter that is coming over. You asked them to listen to the caregiver and behave as they would if you were home.
It’s an hour before your big night out and it is time to take a few more steps to ensure you have a fun night out and spend as little time worrying as possible. You’ve covered your bases ensuring your babysitter is qualified and your kids are prepared for the evening, but have you made preparations in case something happens while you are gone? Does your babysitter know where everything in your house is? Do they know what medicine your child(ren) takes?
Do you have a babysitter kit?
Most parents think of putting together a list of phone numbers your babysitter may need in an emergency, but why not take it one step further and put together an emergency kit for your babysitter.
What is an emergency kit? It is a bag that contains everything your babysitter could need in case of an emergency. That way if anything happens from a scratch or something more serious, all the babysitter needs to do is go to the bag or grab the bag and go. Be sure to keep the kit, including medicines and creams, out of reach of children.
Your kit should include the following:
- A list of important numbers. These should include doctors, dentists, family, cell phones, and neighbor’s numbers.
- A list of any medication your child takes. This should have directions on how to administer medication, the dosage, and when/if they need to take them.
- A first aid kit. This can be basic like band aids, gauze, antiseptic, scissors, bite cream, burn cream, and towels.
- Water bottles and a couple snacks in case they need to leave the house.
- A list of things your child loves or makes them happy.
- A schedule for the babysitter to follow.
- Directions on how to use your security system. Ours has the option of having a remote control system. We would leave this with a sitter so they didn’t have to enter any codes.
- Don’t worry, your babies are going to have a blast staying up late and breaking all the rules while you are gone. Taking the time to put together this bag will give you the peace of mind to know that your kids are safe, and you covered all your bases.
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