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Babysitter And Pet Sitter Tips

When you give your most precious possessions to someone else for safe-keeping — be they your kids or your pets — you want to know that they are well cared-for. This checklist will make sure that your sitter has every bit of information he or she needs to keep your babies safe and happy.

Ask Your Sitter…

Checkmark-Iconwhy have you chosen this job?

Xmark-Iconhow long have you been sitting?

Checkmark-Iconare you sitting for anyone else? will that get in the way of you sitting for us?

Xmark-Iconhave you had an emergency come up while sitting? how did you handle it?

Checkmark-Iconwhat medical or emergency training do you have?

Xmark-Icondo you have any children or pets of your own?

Checkmark-Iconwhen are you available to sit? evenings? weekends? holidays?

Babysitter Basics

Xmark-Iconwhen bedtime is and what bedtime routine to follow

Checkmark-Iconrules about watching TV, playing video games, getting on computer, etc.

Xmark-Iconinstructions for completing homework or chores

Checkmark-Iconrules about having friends over or going out to see friends

Xmark-Iconinstructions about making dinner or serving snacks

Checkmark-Iconany other responsibilities — walking pets, cleaning up, etc.

Xmark-Iconinformation about school hours and day care (if applicable)

Caring For Pets While You Are Gone

Checkmark-Iconwalk schedule for dogs

Xmark-Iconinstructions about mealtimes and favorite treats

Checkmark-Iconlocation of leash, cat carrier, kitty litter, and other supplies

Xmark-Iconlist of stores that carry your brand of pet supplies if run out

Checkmark-Iconany other responsibilities — clean cat pan, bathe, etc.

Xmark-Iconthe kind of play, attention your pets like

In Case Of Emergency

Checkmark-Iconfirst aid tips and when sitter should call the doctor

Xmark-Iconmake sure your sitter knows the family fire plan

Checkmark-Iconshow your sitter where the emergency exits are

Xmark-Iconshow your sitter where the fire extinguisher is

Checkmark-Iconshow your sitter where the first aid kit is

Xmark-Iconleave a list of emergency contact numbers

Checkmark-Iconfire, police, neighbors, to reach you, doctor or vet, and hospital

Xmark-Iconmake sure your sitter knows how to use the door and window locks

Checkmark-Icongive your sitter an extra set of house keys

Xmark-Iconshow your sitter which outside light(s) to leave on

Special Instructions

Checkmark-Iconif child or pet require any medications — dose and when to give

Xmark-Iconif child or pet have any illnesses, allergies, or special needs

Checkmark-Iconlet the sitter know if anyone is coming over to fix or deliver anything

Xmark-Iconclarify what the sitter can or can’t do — have friends over, eat, use phone

Checkmark-Iconclarify if you want sitter to answer phone and take messages

Xmark-Iconprovide instructions and keys if letting sitter use your car

Checkmark-Iconprovide sitter with cash — ordering take-out, paying repair people, etc.

Xmark-Iconlet sitter know where you will be and what time you’ll be back

Checkmark-Iconprovide details about your flight, hotel, itinerary, etc. if traveling

Xmark-Icongive the sitter a courtesy call if you will be late

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and

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