The Complete Babysitter Checklist

It does not matter if you have babysat a million times before or if this is your first ever time babysitting, having a babysitting checklist is going to help you reduce stress, is going to help you in case of emergency, and ensures that you are already prepared. When you look over this babysitter checklist, remember that depending how old the child is that you are babysitting, not all of these are going to be applicable every time. By following these steps, you are going to have all of the essentials for a good babysitter checklist that you can use with every single family that you work with.

Contact information for parent(s)

Especially today, when everyone has a cellphone, it is almost unheard of that you are not going to be able to get a hold of someone. However, in the event that something does happen, any good babysitting checklist will always include cellphone numbers, work numbers, and preferably have the number of both parents if applicable. It is also a good idea to ask for the phone number of the place that the parents are going to be, just in case you cannot get a hold of them through the cellphone (friend’s house, restaurant, hotel, whatever).

Emergency contact information

Contrary to what some babysitters think, having emergency contact information on your babysitter checklist is NOT limited to the phone number for both parents. It also includes any relevant medical information. This may include the family’s personal physician, local emergency room number, but also include local contacts and/or friends and relatives. Some parents will happily provide you with the family health insurance information, which is always better to have and not need than to need and not have.

Escape route plus other information

If you are babysitting in a single-story home, chances are that an escape route is not going to be too important. However, it is good to include all possible exits from the house on a babysitting checklist. Make sure that you know where to find a flashlight, the water shutoff, the circuit breaker, the first-aid kit, and the fire extinguisher.

Medical information about the child(ren)

You cannot have a babysitter checklist without knowing whether the child has any allergies or other medical conditions. This may also include additional health problems such as a tendency to spit up food or a bad case of diaper rash for babies. As previously mentioned, it is also a good idea to have the parents leave behind a healthcare authorization form so it is possible to get medical attention for the child if the parents are not available right away.

Allowed food and drink list

It is important that you include this on a good babysitting checklist. The children you are watching might be allergic to certain foods or some food may prove to be a choking hazard. The absolute best way to make sure that you avoid any complications or negative side effects is by checking beforehand and getting the information in writing. That way, you can comfortably give the kids whatever is allowed and available.

Activity schedule

 

If there is anything that is going to guarantee that your babysitting experience is going to be a complete success, it is adhering to the usual routine. You want the ‘usual’ routine to be on your babysitter checklist, this means that you know when it is time for bed, when it is time for a story, when it is time for whatever – that way you can follow entire bedtime routine.

By having a good babysitter checklist, you are going to be able to switch quickly between different families without needing to remember everything yourself. Do yourself and the family whose children you are watching a favor, make a babysitting checklist to help you keep organized.

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