10 of the Most Essential Things to Tell The Babysitter

For parents leaving their child for the first time with a babysitter, it can feel a bit nervewracking. Having been on the other end myself also as a sitter for many families, there are a few key things that babysitters need to know before you leave them for the evening. Here are 10 of the Most Essential Things to Tell The Babysitter:

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#1. Contact Numbers

You need peace of mind that they will know how to contact you, they need peace of mind that they will know how to contact you. So contact numbers are a number 1 essential.
Write down all key contact numbers for them.

#2. Any House Rules

If there are any specific house rules like screen time limits or no cookies before bedtime, make sure they know about them.

#3. Any Bedtime Specifics

Let them know what the routine is at bedtime, e.g. if they are expected to read a story to your child, if your child usually needs the hall light on, etc.

#4. Any Special Cuddly Toys

teddy-bear-567952_640Make sure the sitter knows the bedtime routine e.g. if your child likes to be read a story, or if the hall light should be left on, their bedroom door open, glass of water beside etc.

Ensure they know where the favourite bedtime cuddly toys (or blankies) are located before you head out and that the sitter knows which child likes to cuddle which cuddly toy.

#5. Safety Stuff

Tell them

  • where the smoke alarms are,
  • where your fire extinguisher or blanket is located,
  • where to find the first aid box,
  • if you have a good exit door or route mapped out that they should know about.
  • Leave house directions on a sheet for them just in case they have to call emergency services.
  • You might also like to tell them the name and number of a neighbour that they can get in touch with.
  • If you have an alarm system, make sure your babysitter knows how to use it and how to disarm it.

#6. Any Allergy or Medical Information

If your child has any specific allergy or medical issues or needs any medication before bedtime, leave clear instructions for the babysitter. You may have a folder that you can leave out for them.

#7. Any Food Rules

BreakfastDon’t assume your babysitter knows what foods your child is or isn’t allowed before bedtime.

And it’s a good idea to save them hunting time, by showing them where any essentials are for pre-bedtime eats for your child.

#8. Where They Can Find Drinks and Snacks

Show them where they can find drinks and something to eat for themselves once kids are tucked up.

#9. Technology/Entertainment

Show them how to access the wifi if you’re happy for them to do so. And how to operate the remote controls.

#10. What Time You Will Be Back (and stick to that!)

There’s nothing worse as a babysitter waiting and waiting especially when it’s late and you’re tired too. Stick to the time and don’t be late or the sitter won’t want to come back again!

10 of the Most Essential Things to Tell The Babysitter

Over to you now. Do you have any tips for parents for things to tell the babysitter? Share them with us in the comments below.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls