Nanny Bag: 11 Things to Bring on Every Job
Every nanny can have a little Mary Poppins in her with this list of fun and helpful ideas to bring to your next job.
When hired to be a nanny, you want to be prepared. Sure you've got lots of creative games in your head and crafts in your bag, but nannies also need essential emergency procedures, contacts and yes, snacks. Here is a list of what to prepare, even if you are just going around the corner!
1) Emergency Contact List
During an emergency situation, it is best to call the parents or 911, but perhaps you aren't able to connect with them. Have the parents supply you with a list of at least two alternative phone numbers (such as their work numbers and a neighbor's cell) in case they can't be reached. Also request numbers for the doctor and dentist, and get a suggested plan of action if there is a minor emergency versus a major one.
Learn more about what you need in Checklist for a Child Care Medical Emergency.
2) List of Medications and Allergies
As the nanny, you need to know if the kids have any allergies or take any medication. Keep this info in your nanny notebook, and if there are food allergies, place reminders in the kitchen. One of the first questions you are asked in a doctor's office and emergency room is "Is the child taking any medication?" and "Is the child allergic to anything?" Having the crucial information can help the child receive the best medicine with the least amount of side effects.
3) A First-Aid Kit
First-aid kits can be found almost anywhere. Be sure to pack yours with extra band-aids, Benadryl, an EpiPen if there's a known allergy, Neosporin and, of course, hand sanitizer. And if you haven't done it yet, learn How to Get First Aid and CPR Training.
4) Tissues and Wet Wipes
Children and messes tend to go hand-in-hand. Keep pocket tissue packets on you, as well as wet-wipes, so that you are equipped to clean-up any mess.
5) Small Notebook
Whether on your phone or using a pen and paper, keep something on hand to help you jot down any information (that isn't time sensitive) that you need to discuss with the parent.
Keep $5 in cash and $2 in change in your wallet or car. Small trips may include parking at a nearby meter, so keeping a roll of quarters in your bag will allow you to park without worrying where to get change or where to find to the nearest ATM. A dollar or two for a convenience store trip is helpful as well.
Even on a cloudy day, apply sunscreen on the children to protect them while they are outdoors. Most manufacturers have smaller, travel-sized bottles as well. Having lip balm for the children can protect their lips from the sun as well.
8) Diapers, Wipes and Mat
If needed. But if kids are potty trained, you may still want to keep a spare pair of underwear and pants in your bag as well.
9) Healthy Snacks
Make up small bags of pretzels, Cheerios, or apple slices before you head out for the day. These are great, healthy snack for the kids that will boost their energy when they get tired.
10) Bottle of Water
Smaller bottles are now being made and can fit in your bag without taking up too much room or weighing it down. Keep refilling these or use sippy cups to provide lots of water breaks throughout the day.
11) Educational Games and Favorite Toys or Books
Keeping fun trivia-type games, flash cards, books or scavenger hunt lists for the children is a great way for them to have fun -- especially if there's traffic or a long wait. And, as any parent knows, just the sight of seeing their favorite toy can help a child be more comfortable in any situation.
As a nanny, you don't need to pack everything every time you leave the home. Knowing the essentials to bring can help you feel prepared for any situation!