As a new parent, I was tremendously nervous about leaving my baby with a babysitter for the first time. I made sure to do my research in finding a well qualified babysitter.
When I found a one, and wanted my first experience as a mom hiring a babysitter to go well. This babysitter box is a great way to keep your sitter prepared and organized!
When I was younger, I babysat for multiple families in my neighborhood. I remember feeling the most awkward when:
a. The parents left me with a lack of information about their house rules and about their children. ( Like bed time or television rules.)
b. They told me that I could eat anything, but then I would have to root through their cabinets to find something. It always made me feel a little weird.
These days, finding a great babysitter can be challenging. In fact, most of my friends with young friends never have a date night because they don’t have a sitter!
If you don’t live near friends and family this can be a real problem.
One you find a great babysitter you want to make their life as easy as possible. (Because I know my kids aren’t going to make their life any easier!)
More importantly, making sure your babysitter has all the information they need to take care of your children at their fingertips is a top priority.
How to Create a Babysitter Box
Before our first babysitter arrived, I came up with a Babysitter Box. The box includes all the information our babysitter could possibly want to know about our child, information about our home, and some assorted snacks that she can treat herself to while she is at our house.
- An old gift box/shoebox
- Paper to decorate the box
- Print outs of information
- Snacks for the babysitter
1. Start by wrapping a gift box with neutral wrapping paper.
2. Create a series of print outs on your computer to include in the information box. I created my own, because I had specific instructions for my 4 month old. I could not find a print out online that gave me room to write everything I wanted.
3. Print out extra of each document. Instructions on how to care for my four month old change every day, and so does the food inventory in our home.
A page with basic instructions for my sons care.
A page to help guide our babysitter to snacks we have around our house.
Instructions on how to work the remote control, Wifi password and any other information regarding technology.
I also left a page with all the important phone numbers that the babysitter might need.
I went to the store and purchased some snacks for the babysitter because we don’t keep many snacks around our house. Once you have a regular babysitter you can ask them what they like to snack on and keep it in a separate bin in the pantry.
After gathering all the supplies, arrange all the information, along with the snacks in the box, and leave it out for your babysitter.
Note: If your children are older, include your “Mom I’m Bored Cards” in the box. This will help your sitter keep your kids entertained and not glued to their electronics for the entire evening.
Save for next time
After the babysitter leaves, put the extra information sheets in the box and store for next time.
I think that my babysitter box was a success. I found such a great babysitter, and I want her to feel at home when she is here taking care of my baby. Also, I want her to know I appreciate her giving up her Friday nights, and would like to keep her coming back!
Create your own babysitter box! Every family is different, so create your babysitter box based on your house rules, and children’s needs.