Ringing in the New Year often comes with added pressure and last-minute, frantic planning. If you’re lucky enough to snag a sitter, you may be tempted to run out the door the second they arrive, shoes-in-hand with a purse only big enough to hold lipstick and identification. Before you do, take 10 minutes to complete this simple NYE checklist from American Red Cross.
- Contact info – this may seem like a no brainer, but there’s more to it than just giving your contact information. Be sure to save the caregiver’s contact info in your phone, and write the number down on a slip of paper for safekeeping in your purse or pocket in case you phone battery dies or goes missing.
- Emergency Contact Sheet – Your sitter may not be familiar with your area like you are. In the event you can’t be contacted, be sure to leave an Emergency Contact Sheet. You can make your own, or use a template like this one from BabyCenter.com.
- CPR – Anyone watching your child should be CPR & AED certified. In addition, always leave a healthcare authorization form that allows your babysitter or childcare provider to get medical attention for your child.
- Activity Schedule – The New Year brings excitement for both the young and the young at heart. Be sure to leave plenty of indoor activity ideas for the kiddos and you’re guaranteed an uninterrupted night of friends, laughter and dancing!
PS: Want to be sure you're leaving the kiddos in the safest hands possible? Get a babysitter who is Red Cross trained!
Happy New Year!