#1: Tour of the Home
Give your babysitter a detailed tour of your entire home. Show them where light switches are, how to operate appliances/remotes they will be using, and so on. If there are specific rooms or areas you do not want your babysitter to enter or use, let them know during the tour.
#2: Review Your Expectations
It is important to review your expectations so your babysitter clearly understands what is expected. For example, you may expect your babysitter to feed your children snacks after school, stick to a planned routine, or make sure they do their homework.
#3: Establish What Is Not Allowed
There may be specific things you do not want your babysitter to do while they are caring for your children. Be clear about what things are not allowed, like having friends over, posting pictures of your children on social media, and so on.
#4: Review Any Health Issues or Concerns
Go over any health issues or concerns regarding your children. Let your babysitter know if they have any food allergies, medications they need to take, and other vital information. Provide your babysitter with your children’s full name, date of birth, medication allergies, and other details they need to know.
#5: Provide Emergency Contact Information
Your babysitter should be supplied with emergency contact information like the name and phone number of your pediatrician and how to reach you in case of an emergency.
#6: Review Home Security Information
If your home has a security system, show your babysitter how to use it. Call your security monitoring company and tell them you have hired a babysitter. They can help you set up a secret word your babysitter can use if the alarm goes off and create a pin code they can use to arm and disarm the system.
#7: Discuss Activities Your Child(ren) Like To Do
Oftentimes, children can feel shy or uncomfortable at first with a new person. Showing your babysitter some of your children's favorite activities is a great way to make it a smooth transition and a positive experience.
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