When you hire a new babysitter, you’ll want to make sure you give them all the information they need to care for your children. The more prepared you are, the more comfortable your children will be, and the more at ease you’ll feel about going out.
You and the babysitter might feel more comfortable and confident if they arrive 30 mins or even an hour before you leave so they can settle in. This will give you some time to get ready and feel less stressed about your night (or day) out. You might want to consider hiring the babysitter for an hour or two one day while you are home to get familiar with your child and house (and give you a chance to get some chores done or indulge in some me’ time!)
There is a comprehensive checklist below. Go over other relevant information with the sitter, answering any questions that might arise. Most of the information a babysitter will need is likely to be the same each time you go out, so it’s a good idea to have a “permanent” checklist or information sheet that you keep in a safe place or post in an accessible spot. Don’t forget to change the info each time to provide details on where you are, and updated contact info!