What information should I have prepared for my babysitter?

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Two toddlers in Tandem tee shirts putting a puzzle together.

Hiring a reliable babysitter is hard. You may work tirelessly to find the right person and once you do, you want to make sure they’re informed. Tandem has put together a printable babysitter checklist to make one step of this process a little easier for you.

Whether you are a parent of an infant, toddler, or school-aged child, and hiring a babysitter for the first time or a pro, a checklist is always good to have on hand. So what types of things are important to include in a babysitter checklist? We are going to go over a few ideas to help you fill in a babysitter checklist.


Medical Details:

  • Pediatrician’s office and on-call emergency number.
  • Allergies that your baby or other children may have including food allergies.
  • Medications required while you are out
  • If your child has severe food allergies or allergies that can be life-threatening and could require the potential use of an EpiPen, make sure you instruct the babysitter on how to administer emergency medications.
  • First Aid kit location.

Where To Find:

  • Spare key to the home.
  • Location of light switches and lights in the home.
  • Location of a Fire extinguisher in the home.

Where you will be:

  • Locations of where you will be while you are out.
  • Let the babysitter know if you will not be accessible by phone while you’re out.

When You Should Be Contacted:

  • If your baby or child develops an illness such as a fever or vomiting.
  • If anyone is injured and more than a Band-Aid is needed.
  • If your baby or child is inconsolable and the babysitter is unsuccessful in calming and soothing the situation.
  • Questions about medication doses, information about your baby or child that is needed, etc.

House Rules:

  • Bedtimes.
  • Screen time limits.
  • Rooms off-limits.
  • Foods not allowed.

Download Tandem’s free, printable babysitter checklist and keep it handy for child care providers.

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