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Staying Safe with a Babysitter (page 2)

Staying Safe with a Babysitter

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Updated on Jul 28, 2008

Child Safety Information

You might include on this list specific things your child gravitates toward that are dangerous (trying to sneak out the front door, for instance). Also include potential hazards for children at this age (falling in the toilet, falling down stairs, etc.). It’s also a good idea to include a WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF EMERGENCY list of step-by-step instructions. You never know how babysitters will react in an emergency situation, and explicit instruction could prove to be helpful.

General Information About Your Child

This might include your child’s age, weight, and height; food or medicine allergies; clear instructions for medication to be given and dosage; your child’s eating/sleeping/playing habits; and activities and games your child enjoys.

General Rules for the Home

It’s a good idea to include on this list your rules about personal phone calls, guests visiting the home, clean-up responsibilities, sleeping, and in what situations you would like to be called. You might consider including rules regarding your personal computer, as well (whether it is on of off limits). Many babysitters are also accustomed to text-messaging. If you would rather be called than text-messaged, you might include this type of information.

Welcome!

This can include instructions on how to use the television and DVD player, and snacks and drinks that the babysitter should feel free to eat and drink.

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