The following list of information should always be left with a babysitter:
- Parents phone numbers
- Neighbors phone numbers
- Poison center
- Home phone
- Home address
Tips for Parents
- Meet the sitter and check references and training in advance.
- Be certain the sitter has had first aid training and knows CPR.
- Be sure the babysitter is at least 13 years old and mature enough to handle common emergencies.
- Have the sitter spend time with you before babysitting to meet the children and learn their routines.
- Show the sitter around the house.
- Point out fire escape routes and potential problem areas. Instruct the sitter to leave the house right away in case of fire and to call the fire department from a neighbor's house.
- Discuss feeding, bathing, and sleeping arrangements for your children.
- Tell your sitter of any allergies or specific needs your children have.
- Have emergency supplies available including a flashlight, first aid chart, and first aid supplies.
- Tell the sitter where you will be and when you will return.
- Occasionally, drop in un-announced.
- Be sure any guns are stored unloaded in locked cabinet.
- Be prepared for an emergency.
- Always phone for help if there are any problems or questions.
- Never open the door to strangers.
- Never leave the children alone in the house - even for a minute.
- Never give the children any medicine or food unless instructed to do so by the parents.
- Remember that their job is to care for the children.
- Tender loving care usually quiets an unhappy child.
Source: TIPP - the Injury Prevention Program (Copyright © 1994 American Academy of Pediatrics, Updated 9/2005)