Free Download: The Babysitter Guide

We are so excited to introduce our newest downloadable resource: The Babysitter Guide. Putting your kids in the care of someone else can feel scary if you’re not able to clearly communicate your values and expectations. We created this resource as a starting point for communicating the most important information to caregivers — whether that’s food allergies, approved tech devices or how the babysitter can get in touch with you.

Download your free copy here. Need some inspiration on how you might fill out certain sections of the guide? Check out the examples below.

Tech Options Section

This portion of the Babysitter Guide gives you a chance to list out approved apps, video games, TV shows and movies. We encourage you to be specific here, while also providing plenty of options. This part of the Babysitter Guide is especially important to complete with your kids or at the very least communicate with your kids. If they know what to expect in terms of approved shows, movies, video games, etc., it can help avoid a meltdowns or difficult conversations between your child and the caregiver.

Babysitter Guidelines Section

This is the section we are most excited about because it includes topics that are often awkward to broach with caregivers. Why is that? Because the ways we interact with technology are very personal. Communicating boundaries can sometimes feel like we’re passing judgement. Our hope is this guide relieves you of those feelings and gives you the confidence to clearly (and warmly) communicate your expectations.

Here are some examples for this section:

+ WHEN KIDS ARE AWAKE, PLEASE TRY TO LIMIT YOUR PHONE USE TO:

  • Only calls or text messages. Please avoid social media scrolling.
  • Urgent calls or text messages. Our kids are little and need constant attention. Please try and keep your phone down to give them your full attention.
  • Calls, texts, emails and kid-appropriate music.

+ WHEN KIDS ARE ASLEEP:

  • You’re welcome to relax and recharge as you please!
  • We ask that you avoid any TV shows or movies that have inappropriate or mature content in case one of the kids wakes up and needs you.
  • Feel free to be on your phone or watch TV; just make sure you can still hear the kids in case they wake up. (No headphones, please.)

+ IF MY CHILD ASKS TO PLAY ON YOUR PHONE, HERE IS HOW YOU CAN RESPOND:

  • “No, your parents would rather we play something together. Is there a game you’d like to play?”
  • “No, this phone is for my personal use only.”
  • “No, there are so many other things we could do. Do you want to ________ or _________?”

+ PREFERRED COMMUNICATION WHILE WE ARE AWAY:

  • I’ll call around noon for a quick update, please keep your volume on for that phone call. Thanks!
  • I’d love an update every couple hours on how things are going! Just a short text or picture would be great.
  • Please have the kids Facetime me before they go to bed! And if you have any questions, you’re welcome to shoot me a text.
  • I will be sure to text or call if we are out later than 10 p.m. Please keep your phone nearby!

If you put this guide to use, let us know! We’d love to hear your feedback.