Leaving your baby with a sitter can be stressful, no matter how old your “baby” is. Making sure that the babysitter has a list of information close at hand is key to your child’s safety as well as your own peace of mind. It is vital that you make the list complete and be sure it is in an easy-to-find location, such as posted on your refrigerator door.
Emergency numbers are the most important item for your babysitter to know. While she most likely knows to call 911, next to that number you need to list your full name, address and home and cell phone numbers as well as the child’s name and date of birth. Also write down the nearest cross streets to your home.
Jot down any items the sitter may need to know about your child’s health such as allergies, asthma symptoms or recurring problems such as ear infections and the signs to look for. While chances are nothing will happen while you’re away, you will feel better knowing the information is at hand.
List miscellaneous tips for the babysitter such as your child’s bedtime routine, favorite books and any snacks that she is allowed. Include your preferred method of discipline such as “10 minutes in the blue chair if she doesn’t mind you.” This will alleviate any problems he might have if your child sasses him or disputes his authority.
Leave clear directions as to what can or cannot be eaten, especially if your babysitter is a teenager. This will ensure that your child eats properly while you’re away and also will let the sitter know if something is out of bounds.
Make it very clear what your rules are as far as socializing. Your sitter is there to watch your child, not to visit with his friends or spend hours on the phone. This can be vital to the safety of your child, so make sure it is clear from the start.