I remember leaving our 10-week-old daughter with a nanny for the first time. My husband and I were finally going for our first adult evening since becoming parents. To say I was anxious would be a massive understatement. I think I texted our nanny at least three times before we even got to dinner!
When we arrived home, our little Zoe was snuggled up and sleeping soundly. I don’t think she even knew we were gone.
A few months later, I went back to work as an Emergency Room Nurse, two days a week. I know that may not seem like much, but my shifts at the hospital are about 13 hours a day. And that is a long time for a mom to be away from her baby!
So, in the spirit of being overly prepared, I made this comprehensive list of important information to leave with the nanny or sitter, including emergency contact information in case something unexpected happens. It’s displayed right on our refrigerator so you can’t miss it. I wanted to make sure our nanny has easy access to any vital information that she could need in case of an emergency.
Thankfully she has never needed it. But you never really know when a disaster or other emergency can strike so it is always best to prepare in advance.
Important emergency contact information to leave with your nanny or sitter
- Names of all family members (include pets in the house)
- Names of neighbors, and their children
- Your address
- A list of your child’s allergies
Specific contact information:
- Your cell phone number
- Information about where you will be while you are out
- The name and phone number of someone else to contact in case of emergency (if you can’t be reached)
- Local phone numbers for police, fire, poison control, and emergency services
- Note – make sure your caregiver knows that it is OK for them to call 911 if they are concerned in any way for your child’s safety. Always better safe than sorry!
- A photocopy of your child’s health insurance card
- The name, address, and phone numbers for your child’s pediatrician
- The name, address, and phone number of a nearby hospital
- Information about any medication your child takes (including dosage)
- A list of the house rules (what kids can or can’t eat, bedtimes, anything that is not allowed, etc.)
- Homework information, if necessary, to help school-age children
- Show them where to find the first aid kit, flashlights, fire extinguisher, and any other emergency preparedness items
Do you have your child’s important information ready for your nanny or sitter? Now would be a great time to gather this information and put in in a handy spot in case of an emergency.
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