Dropping the kids off at the babysitter’s might seem like a no-brainer. Drop them off with someone trustworthy, and go about your business. It might seem simple in theory, but how many times have you reached the babysitter’s front door and realized that you forgot Mr. Bumble Bottom, your child’s most favorite item on the entire planet? Don’t worry, it has happened to all of us. We’ve all had that moment where we suddenly remember the thing that we should have provided the sitter with. In order to minimize the chances of that happening in the future, here are 5 must have items for babysitter drop off!
While the sitter might have your phone number, does she have the phone number of another emergency contact to reach out to, in case you are unable to be reached? How about the place that you are going to? Does she have that phone number?
Be sure to provide your sitter with the necessary contact information in case of an emergency. Consider drafting up a little notecard with all of the information she will need in case something happens. Phone numbers to include could be:
- Your phone number
- The phone number of the place where you are going (spa, restaurant, work, etc.).
- An emergency contact, such as your spouse, a family member, or other friend that can be relied upon to take action if necessary.
- Primary care physician
- The poison control hotline (hey, you never know).
Consider making a few copies, and having them laminated. It never hurts to have an extra one to pass off to teachers, reliable neighbors, or close friends.
Medicine & Medical Information
Does your little one take medicine? Be sure to bring it along for the babysitter. Also, if your child suffers from any sort of illness or malady, be sure to front load your babysitter about this BEFORE you drop your kids off with them. The sitter might not be comfortable being responsible for what might happen while the kiddos are in her care, so be sure to discuss this with her ahead of time. Also, be sure to provide her with any allergies (gluten, peanut, pets, etc.) that your little one suffers from.
Mr. Bumble Bottom
As discussed before, your child probably has that one toy that they NEVER leave home without. It’s name is probably something just as obnoxious as Mr. Bumble Bottom, or Terry Toots-A-Lot, Susie Sings-Too-Loud ,or something else horrible that was designed to make adults roll their eyes. But, Terry Toots-A-Lot brings joy to your child, so you put up with it. For the love of God, do not leave that thing at home. Especially if the sitter you are dropping your kids off with is relatively unfamiliar to them. They will want something that helps them to feel comfortable, and for the time being, that is Terry Toots-A-Lot. Don’t forget him!
Who forgets a diaper bag? Seriously? Yes. In the tizzy of trying to get everyone out of the door at a reasonable time, you will probably at some point forget the diaper bag. This is something you don’t want to leave your babysitter without. And don’t forget to replenish said diaper bag with wipes, diapers, pull-ups, formula, breast milk, bottles, snacks, juice boxes or water bottles, a few toys, and a book or two.
One of the most important things you can give to your babysitter is gratitude. Be sure to thank her for everything that she does. After all, she is taking the kids off of your hands for a bit so you can do whatever it is that you need to do. That is something to be extremely grateful for. Thank her profusely for taking the kids for a few hours, and let her know that she is greatly appreciated.
What items do you bring when you drop the kids off at the babysitters? Let us know in the comments below!