With #mombrain, it’s easy to forget things! Which is why a Babysitting Checklist comes into great use! I have created one for you broken down into sections:
️ Contact Information
️ Important Information
️ Sheet for Babysitter to Fill Out for Mom and Dad while you are gone
This will help give you peace of mind for when you leave your little one. Being prepared ahead of time will help leaving them go smoother. Cut and paste the below Babysitting Checklist into Word Document to fill out and print your own copy for your family!
Mom’s Full Name:
Dad’s Full Name:
If you can’t reach Mom or Dad, please call:
Child’s Full Name:
Phone Number (including after hours number):
*If you will be going on an overnight trip, make sure pediatrician has a note/permission for whoever is caring for baby to bring them into the pediatrician’s office if needed.
In case of an emergency, call 911.
Our Home Address:
By signing this form, I authorize Caregiver to call 911 on behalf of my child in case of an emergency:
This form expires on:
*Always go over safe sleep practices with the caregiver.*
Safe Sleep: Always put baby on their back to sleep, nothing else in the crib. No loveys, no stuffed animals, no blankets, no toys, no mobiles. Never fall asleep while holding baby.
Tips, Tricks and Other Things You Should Know:
Sheet for Babysitter to Fill Out
Please write below the times you fed the baby and how much they ate in the bottle:
How bedtime went:
Anything else I should know:
I am covering some tips to prepare your child to thrive in your absence because it is important to practice being apart, so you can enjoy a date night with Dad, dinner with your girlfriends, or even a trip to the grocery store alone while Dad watches the kids. Below are some tips that will make it more enjoyable for everyone:
· Always say good-bye. Avoid the urge to sneak away. Let them know when you are leaving, so that they know that when you leave, you always come back. Which reminds of the @danieltigertv song, “Grownups come back.” Love their parenting app for toddlers!
· Stay positive and confident when the babysitter gets there and when you say good-bye. Our children can read our emotions better than we think. We don’t want to get overly emotional because if we are upset then they will get upset. A confident face is such a powerful tool with babies and toddlers! Our confidence will be contagious!
· Create a good-bye routine. Keep it short and sweet. Give them hugs and kisses and say, “Mommy loves you and I will always come back.” Start speaking the truth into your child’s heart now. They can understand more than we think.
· Parent out of truth and love, not fear. The truth is our little one can thrive in our absence! Our children are capable, adaptable and strong (and so are we)! You’ve got this!
· Practice being apart. In order for children to learn anything new, they have to become familiar with it. And in order to do so, they need practice being apart from mommy. Give your child a chance to experience and thrive in your absence! You will appreciate your time together even more!
Having a consistent plan in place and being prepared will help ease our mommy hearts and makes it easier on our children as well. Don’t forget to save the Babysitting Checklist in Word and fill it out for your family for next time Grandma or a babysitter come over. I always make sure to go over it with them, so they are prepared as well.