All you need is this Babysitter Travel Checklist and you can travel stress-free knowing that you have left all the important information that your babysitter will need to take care of your little one.
Home sweet sweet sweet home.
We are back from our first ever long trip without our little tiny tot! The hubs and I had an absolutely phenomenal time just being a couple and exploring Europe together but we are happy to be home with our third musketeer.
One thing that made leaving much easier for us, was knowing Poppy was in good hands and that her babysitter (in this case grandma) was armed with all the necessary information necessary. Just like you probably create an itinerary with all your trip info, it is so helpful and important to leave an info sheet for that person taking care of your kid(s).
The checklist I created is based on leaving 1 toddler for 2 weeks, but the great news is that it is totally customizable. Whether you have multiple children or you are going on a short trip, the checklist still applies. Simply add or adjust information if you have multiple kids and BOOM, you are ready to go (literally go go go).
In the end, having a Babysitter Travel Checklist has been a lifesaver! It was one less thing to stress about before we left and really allowed me to have fun knowing both baby and babysitter were well prepared.
Next time you take a baby-free vacation (you know you need one), use this checklist to document everything needed to make sure you, the sitter and your kid(s) have a great time!
This is everything the sitter needs to know about your travel plans. Where you are going, hotels, flights, dates gone and times. It’s important for your sitter and kids to know where you will be and how they can get ahold of you.
Such a no-brainer but often times I forget to leave extra emergency contacts other than myself. Here you want to include all of you contact info (phone and email) as well as contact info for other nearby family members, family friends, neighbors or trusted contacts that should be contacted in case of questions or an emergency.
Create a medical treatment release form for your kid(s). Either ask your pediatrician for a form or you can write out a letter of permission stating who is allowed to authorize medical treatment in case your child is sick or injured. Make sure you and the authorize person sign the letter.
Have any medications refilled and available with instructions on how to use them. Also be specific about over-the-counter meds like Tylenol for example and when it is OK for it to be administered. I like reviewing this with the babysitter before leaving and leaving instructions written just in case they forget.
For older kids, this is probably not as important, but for little ones it is. Leave notes about what your child eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks. What they are not allowed to eat or are allergic to. Also for little ones, how much milk (or how many bottles) a day.
For our toddler, we left some pre-cooked food like applesauce, soups and a few dinners like pasta and lean meats. But I also left some examples of sample well-balanced meals for our sitter. Luckily grandma is a great cook so I am not concerned. But for caretakers in general, it is really nice leaving them with notes and ideas of what to feed your kid. It makes their life easier too ☺️
Young or old, most kids have a daily routine. Our toddler may not go to school but she has routine each day between meals, playtime, outdoor time and nap time. It is helpful to leave an example of the daily routine for the babysitter so they can create a little structure for your child. Sure they will do things differently and that is part of the fun, but having a rough routine mapped out for them will make these days without you much easier for your kid.
Especially if you are leaving your kid(s) for more than 1 day, it is nice to plan out some activities or places for the sitter and your kid(s) to enjoy. In our case, it is things like library story times, play dates and fall neighborhood events. Also I included a list of local parks, kid events and at home/outdoor activities.
When detailing activities don’t forget to mention screen time and any limits or guidelines for the sitter to be aware of.
Another helpful tip, especially for those with little ones, is to make sure the babysitter understands and feels conformable using any baby products. Strollers, car seat, monitors, pack-and-plays, baby swings, monitor, or products in general can be confusion, so make sure you explain or leave instructions. Don’t forget most products do have online tutorials nowadays, so you can leave tutorial links too!
This is where all the extra important information goes. House tasks and reminders such as trash/recycling day, mail, thermostat settings, security systems, house maintenance, etc. Be sure to leave details regarding Wi-Fi information, TV remote settings, laundry and any other electronic devices that may be used during your absence. Additionally detail out any information or tasks regarding pet care or plant care.
And lastly as a fun courtesy, I like leaving a note about my favorite nearby stores or locations to make the sitter’s life easier. This includes gas stations, grocery stores, nearby parks, coffee shops, school and hospital. Although this is probably not necessary for a local person, it is always nice to help the babysitter become comfortable with your neighborhood.
I know this seems like a lot, but trust me, once you start writing it all out, it doesn’t really take that long. And at the end of the day, it gives you the peace of mind knowing your child is taken care of and your baby sitter has everything he/she needs.
Happy travels! Don’t miss your little pumpkin(s) too much and make sure to take photos!