I’m on the hunt for a new babysitter. I love our current one, but I just need another one on hand for random days that my original can’t sit. Naturally, I get a little anxious with the thought of someone else watching my babies. I don’t consider myself to be a worrier or a parent that reads into everything, but I am a parent that makes a babysitter checklist; activities my kids like, snack they can/can’t have, emergency numbers, bed time routine etc. My kids are definitely creatures of habit (aren’t we all?) so I want their routine to stay as normal as possible. If a sitter decides to sneak ice cream and let my kids stay up a little later, I’m totally fine with it! It just gives me piece of mind knowing that everything my babysitter needs is at her fingertips. I figure if I keep a babysitter information sheet handy, all of this can be achieved.
I babysat A LOT as a kid. When I was 10 I lived in a neighborhood where literally every single house for 2 blocks had young kids or babies. I started out as a mom’s helper and enjoyed every minute of it. I remember how cool I felt when I landed my first real babysitting job. And I made bank. Seriously, between $10-15 an hour. That’s probably why I was smart when I said I wanted to be a babysitter when I grew up…and look at me now! A stay-at-home-mom. Eh heh.
I babysat from about 10 up through college. The only thing I ever remember parents leaving me were their cellphone number and location. Nothing else. Even then my OCD personality would come out because I’d look for that babysitter information sheet. Looking back I can’t help but wonder what I would’ve done if something bad had happened and I couldn’t get a hold of the parents. I’m a fairly smart human being, but would I have remained calm and collected? Or would I have panicked? At any rate it definitely got my wheels spinning when I first started the babysitter hunt. I knew I wanted everything from bedtime routine to emergency contacts to be easily accessible. With that I made a babysitter information sheet. I always, always, always remind my babysitter that I have the sheet sitting out in case she needs anything. Call me paranoid, but I’d rather err on the side of caution. I know this is a lot of information that may even overwhelm some, but when you’ve covered it all, you can leave the house and relax knowing that your babysitter has all the critical information that she may need. I hope this will help ease your mind the next time you have a date night or a girls night out! Also, make sure you either laminate this or put into a report sleeve. Then you can use it over and over with a dry erase marker.