It’s crucial for your comfort to find the right babysitter and make sure the sitter can be entrusted with your child.
When you're looking for a babysitter, give yourself enough time to be selective. You should:
- Look for a sitter within your circle of friends, church, or community.
- Look for someone who already works with children.
- Always check references.
Here are 8 ways to make sure your babysitter is ready for anything:
- Recommend babysitter training to make sure they’re ready for any situation, including what to do if a child begins to choke. McKay-Dee Hospital and Logan Regional Hospital offer these classes.
- Contact the sitter’s parents to understand how they’ll handle the responsibility.
- Make "house rules" around TV watching, visitors, telephone use, and taking your child outside.
- Share list of food and other allergies your kids may have.
- Take time to give a tour of your home and indicate how everything works.
- Ensure your home has first aid supplies and kid-safe cupboards, doors, etc.
- Provide an emergency checklist:
- Family name:
- Phone number:
- Children's names and ages:
- Phone number where parent or guardian will be:
- Cellular phone numbers:
- Neighbor's name and phone number:
- Local emergency phone number:
- Doctor's name:
- Doctor's phone number:
- Poison control center:
- Fire department:
- What time you will be home:
- Take time to let go and have fun. Parent time is very important – have fun and maybe only check-in once.
Taking the time to find the right sitter will allow you to enjoy your out-of-home activity with minimal worries about your child.