What Should I Keep In My Babysitter Supply Bag?
- A First-Aid kit. First-aid kits can be found almost anywhere or you can make your own. Be sure to pack yours with extra Band-Aids, tissues, hand sanitizer, and sunscreen.
- Cash and coins. It sounds silly, but almost no one carries cash with them anymore. Have $5.00 in cash with you at all times and $2.00 in quarters in case you need to pick up some extra diapers or milk or park your car at a metered spot.
- Healthy snacks. Kids need healthy snacks to fuel their busy bodies. Apple slices, crackers, Cheerios-make sure you never leave the house empty-handed.
- List of medications and allergies. Ask the parents to write down all allergies and medications each child takes and keep that information in your bag. Should an emergency situation arise, you will have that information available.
- Emergency contact list. Keep phone numbers of both parents (cell phones, work phones, and home phone) as well as doctors' phone numbers and emergency lines (like the Poison Control Helpline) logged into your phone and written down on the same notecard as allergies and medications.
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Tiffany Smith is the senior associate editor here at Care.com. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter @tiffanyiswrite.