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When you hire a new sitter, or just want to keep your current sitter in the know, it’s good to have a checklist handy. The categories below (with examples) will help you put together your own checklist.

1) Contact Information

  • Cell phone number
  • Alternate cell phone number
  • Neighbors’ phone numbers
  • Poison control (1-800-222-1222)
  • 911 for fire, police or medical emergencies

2) Infant Considerations

  • Detailed schedule (feeding, sleeping, bathing)
  • Any special feeding instructions
  • Your child’s preferred bedtime routine
  • Any special needs/tips

3) Toddlers and Older

  • Suggested food/snacks
  • Favorite activities
  • Restrictions (if any)
  • Bathroom instructions
  • Bathing instructions
  • Bedtime expectations
  • Any special needs/ tips

4) Health Concerns

  • Allergy information
  • Allergic reaction instructions
  • Instructions in case of illness
  • Location of medicines
  • Dosage instructions
  • Location of first aid kit

5) Item Locations

  • Clean clothes
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Keys and instructions
  • Location of fire extinguisher

You can also download and fill out our interactive Sitter Cheat Sheet to make sure your babysitter is equipped with answers to all her on-the-job questions.