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
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.
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?