EMERGENCIES AND BASIC INFO
- If your babysitter is unable to reach you in an emergency, which names and numbers do you want them to call next?
- Leave the babysitter your address and phone number, your child’s full name, and your own full name.
- Discuss any medical conditions your child has
- Where is your first aid kit located if you have one in your home? Where are the band-aids? Washcloths to cover ice packs if needed?
- Where can the babysitter find paper towel and other supplies needed if a spill occurs? If the child has an accident how do you want it cleaned up?
- How often should diapers be changed and what products are to be used such as diaper cream?
- What does the babysitter need to know about the child’s ability to use the potty/toilet? Does the child need assistance wiping themselves and should the babysitter offer assitance?
- Does the child receive any sticker or other reward for using the potty?
- What should the babysitter do when they need to use the washroom? Are children allowed to accomany the sitter in the washroom? Are the children allowed to be left unattended while the babysitter is in the washroom? If so what area of the house is an acceptable place for the child to wait?
- Where can the babysitter find extra diapers, wipes, toilet paper, and clothing for the child if needed?
- What time are meals and snacks and what are some suggested foods that your babysitter should give to the child? What dishes and cups are the children allowed to use? Does the child have any allergies or food intolerances? Are there any foods or drinks in the house that the child is not allowed to eat?
- What are your rules about food amounts? Is the child allowed to have seconds and thirds? Limited amounts of certain foods? Is milk or juice allowed at meals or in between meals? If the child is allowed to eat a dessert or a treat what are the rules around this if any?
- If the child takes a bottle leave specific instructions for how to prepare, feed, and clean the bottle.
- What cup or bottle does the child drink water from and is water allowed close to and after bedtime?
- Do you drink tap water or where can the babysitter find the water that you like your child to drink?
- Is your babysitter welcome to eat your snacks and foods?
- Is the child allowed to eat something that the babysitter brings from their own home or from a coffee shop or other place that they might stop by? Let them know if this is not allowed.
- What time is bedtime?
- What is the complete bedtime routine?
- What does the child wear to bed?
- What comfort toys are allowed in the bed with the child?
- Does the child get a nightlight or sound machine?
- Should the babysitter return to the child if the child is crying to comfort them or do you want to request that the babysitter allow the child to cry for a certain length of time? You should make sure that your babysitter is comfortable participating in any routine that involves controlled crying. Not every babysitter will have personal comfort or experience with this.
- Does the door stay open or closed during sleep time?
- What songs or stories does the child enjoy at bedtime?
- Can they request snacks or water after bedtime?
- What do you expect the babysitter to do when the children are in bed?
- Show your babysitter how to use any baby monitor equipment.
- What should the babysitter do if they are unable to get the child to sleep within a certain timeframe?
- If you are going to be late, are you comfortable if the babysitter falls asleep on your couch or would you like the babysitter to stay awake until you get home?
- Does the child require any medications? Give details carefully to the babysitter on when and how to administer.
- Where are medications located and are babysitters allowed to give them? For example, do you want your babysitter to know where the Tylenol is in case your child is teething or develops a fever? Or do you prefer a phone call so you can come home if this is needed?
- Is the child allowed to use screen devices in your home such as TV, computer, tablets? If so, how much is permitted and any specific programs not allowed? During certain times? Are screens permitted during eating times?
- Is your babysitter allowed to take pictures of your child? Are they allowed to take phone calls or video calls while they are babysitting? Are they allowed to post anything about your child on social media? In today’s times it is worth going over this with a new babysitter.
- When do you expect your babysitter and child to wash their hands?
- Is the babysitter going to be doing the bath routine? Explain in detail how full you want the bath, where towels and toiletries are located, should a blow dryer be used on your child’s hair after, what lotion if any should be applied, what time bath occurs at
- Is your child needing their teeth brushed while the babysitter is there? What time? Where is their toothbrush? Is toothpaste used- which one is for the child and how much is used? Does the child require adult assistance in brushing?
- If your child requires a nail to be clipped is the babysitter allowed to do that? Where are the nail clippers?
- Does the babysitter need any instructions on how to use your humidifier or nasal aspirator if your child needs?
- Are there rooms in the house where the babysitter and children are not allowed?
- Are there things in the house that are off limits to your child?
- How are the safety gates and drawer locks opened and closed and when do you expect them to be used?
- What chores if any do you expect the babysitter to do? Make sure the babysitter is in agreement first before you ask them to do household tasks. Show them how to use the washing machine or dishwasher or oven before you ask them to use it.
- What pet care is required by the sitter? Make sure they are comfortable with pet care first.
- Is the babysitter allowed to take the child on outings? Where is allowed? What do they need to bring with them? How should the child be dressed- sunscreen, hat, snowsuit, etc?
- What items does the babysitter need to have in the diaper bag or stroller or on the go? (example: water bottle, change of clothes, diapers etc.)
- How does the stroller fold or unfold? Show them. How does the baby carrier work?
- Do you do time outs when your child needs guidance? Whatever your methods are for dealing with these times, communicate them clearly to the babysitter so that they can implement them. What kinds of discipline methods do you want to see your babysitter use or not use while they are with your child? Be specific.
- Does your child have a behaviour chart or reward system that the babysitter should know about?
SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS…
- How do you comfort your child when they are upset? What are their favourite toys and songs? How do you want the babysitter to react when your child cries?
- What is your child’s favourite activity? Food? Drink? Book?