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Babysitter Checklist and Tips

Everything Your Babysitter Needs While You're Away

When taking care of children—knowledge is power! What and when should they eat? When is bedtime? How much screen time is appropriate and who should be called in an emergency? You know how long it took you to learn what works and what doesn’t so pass this information on to your caretakers! And plan ahead so you aren’t trying to think of everything as you run out the door. Your babysitter should know the typical schedule in your household, when your kids get hungry, naptimes, and any tricks you may have to calm them down or keep them entertained. The more preparation, the better you and your sitter will feel while you are away.

Planning ahead can alleviate some stress associated with getting a babysitter for you, your children, and the new person in charge. You may need to stock up on emergency supplies, household items, food, or other snacks. A comprehensive and helpful checklist will give you something to go through with the babysitter when he or she arrives. Whether you are leaving your kids for an evening or a long weekend, you can use this checklist to make sure everything is set in place while you are away:

Babysitter Checklist

Here's a shopping list for everything that your babysitter needs.

  • Bedtime routine
  • Mealtime schedule and menus
  • Home address and local hospital
  • Parent contact information
  • Emergency numbers
  • Special needs or allergies
  • TV/screen time rules
  • First aid kit
  • Diapers/changing table necessities
  • Medication reminders
  • Snacks and food for babysitter
  • Entertainment options
  • Cash on-hand for emergency