While You’re Away: 3 Tips for Keeping Caretakers in the Loop

07 January, 2016

Whether you’re a working parent with a full-time job or you’re just going away for the weekend, you may have to hire a caretaker (a "babysitter" to many) to look after your most precious possessions—your children.

Like any parent, you want to make sure that your little ones are receiving the best possible care. When you get a new babysitter, small rules may get broken. TV time may run a little longer than usual and bath time may be overlooked, but there are certain rules and information that simply cannot go unnoticed. Here are three tips for keeping your caretaker in the loop.
1. Communication is key. If your babysitter is someone you know, this may not be an issue. But if you’re hiring someone new, make sure to exchange contact information and keep in touch. Text them if you’re running late and call them when your plans change—no exchange is too small or insignificant when it comes to your kids.
2. Be clear about your expectations. While children love when their babysitter comes because it means an extra scoop of ice cream after dinner or staying up 15 extra minutes, make sure you let him or her know which rules and expectations cannot be broken. If you’re a stickler for a bath before bed, getting homework done or no friends over when you’re not home, make sure your caretaker knows.
3. Utilize tools from Lulalu! Having all of your rules and expectations in one place can be a life saver for babysitters. Use the Lulalu “You’re in Charge” babysitting note pad or the Lulalu Chore Chart pad to list your top rules and important phone numbers so child and caretaker can find them at a moment’s notice! Each babysitter note pad sheet has space for necessary details like contacts, meals, allergies, television/electronics restrictions and sleep rules, while the chore chart list pad empowers your tike to complete their responsibilities even while you’re away.

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