Oh, the quest for the perfect babysitter. Does it ever end? Even when you find one you love, chances are you’ll need a backup or maybe a list of backups because, let’s face it, high schoolers are busy.
Searching for a trusted, reliable, kind, warm, available babysitter is not for the faint of heart. It can takes years off your life.
Then you finally find her. You spend a few blissful years going out on date nights and other adult outings, and then…she leaves for college!
Cue the crying and rending of garments.
Finding a new babysitter means explaining again and again all the kids’ intricate bedtime rituals and special blankies and who eats carrots vs. who gags at the mere site of carrots.
Well, I finally got tired of trying to remember all these little details over and over and decided to make an easy-to-use printable for our new babysitters.
Printable Babysitter Checklist
I’ve noticed having this checklist also serves as a reminder of things I need to tell the babysitter, but often forget. Those things I’ve done so many times that I don’t think about them anymore.
Now I don’t leave the house and wonder 30 minutes later if I remembered to tell the sitter that the baby needs his medicine before bed, or the oldest needs to get his backpack ready, etc.
I can even leave this list for a grandparent or friend who doesn’t want to ask for specific instructions, but might feel more comfortable with a list of our child’s routines and quirks, just in case.
My printable Babysitter Checklist has some common pre-filled checkboxes – just choose the ones that apply to your kids. Or add your own instructions to the fill-in spots. I’ve also included a Notes section for more specific details – or the sitter could use this area to leave notes for you.
Alternatively, you can print the blank version and make all your own custom entries.
This printable is made for 3 children, but if you have more than that (God bless you, friend!), just print out as many checklists as you need.
Click below to download your Free Babysitter Checklist. Enjoy and happy hunting!