BABYSITTER BOX

BABYSITTER BOX

Today I’ve been creating a ‘Babysitter Box’. All parents need a date night every now and then (check out my ‘A Year of Dates‘) or even some much needed time out to yourself. But most of all, if there is an emergency, would someone else be prepared to take your child or children? Here’s why you should make one too!

The last time someone looked after our daughter, we were running late for our reservation. There was barely anytime to explain what Evie’s routine is, how the TV works, where the nappies are and all the information they might need in case of an emergency.

Having a babysitter box means that anyone who looks after Evie, no matter how short notice, will have all of the information they could possibly need! Here is the list of what is in our box:

PRINTABLES: EMERGENCY INFORMATION, EVIE’S ROUTINE
BABY ESSENTIALS: NAPPIES, WIPES, MEDICINE ETC
FOOD AND DRINK: FOR THE BABYSITTER
A GUIDE TO OUR HOUSE:
HOW TO WORK THE TV ETC

PRINTABLES
I haven’t included our real information, but this is the ‘printable’ I created for emergency information. I printed off several of these and left them out so that Jamie and I can fill them in at a moments notice and add them to the box.

I felt that it was important to include Evie’s information incase she falls ill. She’s been poorly recently and we’ve had to contact the ‘Out Of Hours’ Doctor. They need information like the address you are at, your child’s date of birth and which surgery they are registered with. Your babysitter might not know this information off the top of their head and sometimes in unexpected situations it is helpful to have things written and to hand.

I also created a routine printable. It gives me peace of mind that Evie is settled as well as being a really helpful guide for the babysitter. It’ll include things like food times and favourite toys. Evie has two toys that immediately soothe her. This will really benfit the babysitter if she’s upset.

BABY ESSENTIALS
The box will also have nappies, wipes, nappy sacks, calpol, a bib and muslin square in it. It’ll save the babysitter having to frantically search for anything.

FOOD & DRINK
The last time my parents looked after Evie, one of them popped out for snacks. We’d completely forgotten to tell them where our snacks are and that they could help themselves! I also know from my own baby-sitting experience how awkward it is when somebody tells you to help yourself to food. You feel really strange rummaging through their cupboards. So I’ve included snacks in the box. We’ll also print this out and put it on top of the snacks so that they know that they’re all for them!

A GUIDE TO OUR HOUSE
I don’t know about you, but our TV is complicated. It’s connected to our Computer and a separate soundbar. To save explaining it to the babysitter, I included a ‘print out’ guide to our TV. If somebody is coming over for longer than just the evening, we’ll probably have to leave more information how other appliances work.

Jamie thinks this box is ridiculous! I’m sure he won’t be saying that if we both get caught at work one day and somebody needs to quickly take Evie! But I genuinely think that this box will be helpful. If you like this, be sure to check out our ‘Emergency Car Breakdown Kit‘.

What do you think of our babysitter box?

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57 Comments

  1. Samantha Kablean
    April 1, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! if only we went out on more date nights though. Great post

    • Chloe
      April 1, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much! I must admit, it's even great for emergencies! My partner recently had a car crash & I had to rush out. I literally just gave the box to my mum & ran out the door. I didn't need to explain Evie's routine or any information about her or our house. It is so so so handy. I couldn't recommend making one enough! Even if it's just stored in a cupboard somewhere getting dusty. At least you know that your LO will be ok if you need to leave. 🙂 x

  2. Becky Bunting
    April 16, 2015 / 8:44 am

    This is a fantastic idea!!! Definitely the kind of thing I would do….in fact I think you've inspired me to go sort one out right now!!

    X Becca

  3. Mrs R
    April 16, 2015 / 8:48 am

    This is such a great idea & a great timesaver. I will be making one of my own for sure x

    • Chloe
      April 18, 2015 / 7:47 am

      They're so great for emergencies as well! It really helps you stop worrying about if you've given enough information. x

  4. Ellie Robinson PATR
    April 23, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Your blog is amazing, I LOVE this idea! I think it would be really handy especially adding a new baby to the mix soon. It gives you a little bit more control over how they are handled as well as I know that my in laws don't always stick to the routine/food we ask them to.
    You are totally amazing for doing this! Definitely making one up next time we go out x

    • Chloe
      April 26, 2015 / 7:58 am

      Thank you so much! It really does give you that bit more control & such peace of mind when you're out 🙂 x

  5. babyfoote.com
    May 10, 2015 / 6:56 am

    What a good idea! I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be a good idea in our house because I know that chocolate would call to Rob all the time, and I'd be replacing it more than we'd need a babysitter!

    • Chloe
      May 10, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      haha I normally have to get the biscuits the day we're going on our date because Jamie is the same. 😀 too tempting! xx

  6. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    May 10, 2015 / 8:46 am

    Fantastic idea. Even if we have time to explain, it's often too much information to absorb so quickly. I especially like the snacks for the babysitter. I have spend many a hungry evening in the past, desperate for snacks but too shy to grab something.

    #sundaystars

    • Chloe
      May 10, 2015 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you so much! That's partly why I made it, we explained our tv once to Jamie's mum & when we came back she was sat reading a book because she'd not absorbed what we'd said. I felt so awful. We usually just use or parents or siblings to babysit but I know that a few of them wouldn't want to rummage through our cupboards (even if we say they should), but would feel so much more comfortable eating stuff left especially for them. 😀 xx

  7. Random Musings
    May 10, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    What a brilliant idea. It means you can relax on your day/night out knowing your babysitter has everything they need. I often mind friends' children and I would love them to have something like this. Sometimes there's so much information the parents need to pass on, it can be worrying for the sitter in case anything gets forgotten! #SundayStars
    Debbie
    http://www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

    • Chloe
      May 11, 2015 / 7:22 am

      Thank you so much! It really does give you complete peace of mind. The first time we left Evie we didn't have this & kept ringing my mum saying 'oh I forgot to tell you this' 'oh and this…' She found it so funny because she has had 3 children before & knows how to look after a baby. But at least we know, even if the sitter doesn't read the information, that they are armed with everything about our little one. 😀 xx

  8. Heledd in Lavender
    May 11, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    I love this idea, in fact I love it so much I may have to copy it!! Thank you so much for linking up to Sunday Stars xxx

    • Chloe
      May 12, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you so much! 😀 Good luck making yours! It definitely gives you peace of mind when you're out that you haven't forgotten to tell them everything xx

  9. Raising the Rings
    May 13, 2015 / 6:15 am

    What a fantastic idea..and definitely something I'm going to look into doing, especially with another one due shortly! Oh… when can I babysit at your house? I love fruit shortcake biscuits! #sundaystars x

    • Chloe
      May 13, 2015 / 7:43 am

      Thank you! 😀 haha. It really is worth doing. It gives you such peace of mind in case of emergencies or so you know you haven't forgotten to tell your sitter anything. 😀 We get the snacks on the day though, if they're left around Jamie just eats them all. x

  10. Lianne Thebrunettesays
    May 15, 2015 / 8:07 am

    I love love love this!! I need one in my life. I might arrange a date night JUST so I can make one of these 😉

    • Chloe
      May 16, 2015 / 6:05 am

      Thank you! 😀 Haha you really should! x

  11. May 24, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Such a fantastic idea. We usually leave things like nappies, wipes and a guide to our TV but I've never thought about health information as it's usually family that babysit. They probably wouldn't know that type of information.
    #sundaystars

    • Chloe
      May 24, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      It's the same with us, it's normally family that babysit. But my daughter was a little bit croupy once before & we needed a babysitter for a separate emergency. I left her health information incase her croup got worse & we couldn't get back in time. I also think, if any accidents do happen, it's so easy to panic & forget things, even if you already know the information. Having it written down means you won't ever forget. 🙂 x

  12. Laura Powell-Corbett
    May 24, 2015 / 11:49 am

    You are so right about the helping yourself to snacks, I always felt so much better when snacks were left out for me 🙂 #sundaystars

    • Chloe
      May 24, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      Me too. It's a bit daunting rummaging through someone elses cupboards. Even if they are family xx

  13. May 29, 2015 / 6:11 am

    What a great idea. Not sad at all. I have some of this done but not all. I think pulling it together all in one place saves a lot of stress. #binkylinky

    • May 29, 2015 / 8:13 am

      Thank you so much. It gives me peace of mind to have this somewhere in the house too. We had an emergency before Christmas where my partner had a car accident. I had to dash out really quickly & my mum had to come around to sit with Evie. i didn’t even need to do anything, because the box was ready. It meant that I could just run. 🙂 I was so grateful that day I’d made this box x

  14. May 29, 2015 / 7:58 am

    Such a great idea! #binkylinky

  15. May 29, 2015 / 8:57 am

    This is a great idea!!! #BinkyLinky

  16. Ashley Beolens (When the Dust Settles)
    May 29, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    What a great idea, I’d never thought of doing something so simple yet priceless 🙂 What it must be like to be organised

    • May 31, 2015 / 11:00 am

      haha thank you so much! I am so organised, it drives my family crazy! But at the same time they secretly appreciate it. 🙂 xx

  17. May 29, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    I’ve never seen one of these before! What a brilliant idea! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • May 31, 2015 / 10:58 am

      Thank you for hosting! It definitely comes in handy! 🙂 And always goes down really well. x

  18. May 31, 2015 / 7:44 am

    Great idea so organised think we should do something like this for our babysitter thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

    • May 31, 2015 / 10:50 am

      Thank you! It really does come in handy. Thanks for hosting such a great linky 🙂 x

  19. June 17, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    This is brilliant! I’m having a babysitter on Friday and will put together a similar box. It also saves time having to go over basic stuff (where are the nappies, how the remote works) when the babysitter arrives. I love the idea of leaving behind some snacks, I’ve also wondered too if the babysitter feels awkward going through our pantry and doesn’t have something to eat.

    • June 21, 2015 / 4:25 pm

      It really does save so much time & it gives you complete peace of mind when you’re out.
      I used to babysit when I was a teenager & felt so weird rooting through other peoples cupboards even when they told me to help myself. It might seem a bit over the top to leave snacks but it’s always gone down so well with our babysitters. 😀 x

  20. June 25, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Love this – If we ever went out together we have use for it lol #brilliantblogposts

    • June 29, 2015 / 12:51 pm

      haha it is unbelievably difficult to get couple time post-baby isn’t it! x

  21. June 25, 2015 / 10:56 am

    What a great idea. Very rarely someone will come over to babysit but this is a fab idea.
    x

  22. June 25, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    This is such a FANTASTIC idea! I have just found a babysitter as the husband and I are now in desperate need of a night out, and this post has inspired me to pull one of these boxes together for her. I will also feel much happier leaving knowing all the important info she needs in case of an emergency is to hand. Great idea and great post x

    • June 29, 2015 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much. Honestly, it gives you such peace of mind. I hope you enjoy your date night and come back feeling refreshed! 😀 x

  23. June 25, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Such a great idea! Love it 🙂

  24. June 25, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    I think it’s an absolutely fantastic idea!!

  25. June 28, 2015 / 8:36 am

    Great idea! I admire your organisation!
    We have 4 different remote controls for our telly so it’s always an ordeal having to explain to babysitter’s what to do.
    Will definitely give this a go!
    #brilliantblogposts

    • June 30, 2015 / 7:29 am

      Thank you! 😀 Oh wow, 4 remotes! That must get so confusing. Your babysitter would definitely love the box then. 😀 x

  26. July 1, 2015 / 11:30 am

    This is such a great idea! Wish I’d thought of it when mine were younger! #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • July 2, 2015 / 7:47 am

      thank you! It definitely gives you peace of mind x

  27. July 2, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Awesome idea. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogpots x

  28. Alison at Home
    July 13, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Ah cool, what a great idea! Will help the babysitter to feel more relaxed too.

    Alison At Home!

    • July 14, 2015 / 6:01 pm

      So much more relaxed and gives us peace of mind too. x

  29. August 4, 2015 / 11:20 am

    As the parent of an ASD kid I say things more like, ‘Is the sea too loud? It’s okay if the sunsuit gets wet; that’s what it’s for. You don’t like the feel of the sand/rocks? Is the sun too bright?’ The rest is accurate, though!

    • August 4, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      I’m thinking this comment might be meant for a different post? (How to spot a parent on the beach??!) But thank you so much. My partner is on the spectrum so he can fully relate to this comment. x

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