Are you going out of town without your kids? Do you plan to do so in the future? Then you must leave this guide with your children’s caregiver/babysitter/nanny!
Zack and I left for our very first trip without the kids this past March. Hallelujah 🙌. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary and we knew we had to make an effort to do something special. Not to mention, I had never been away from the kids since our first was born 3.5 years ago. So, off to Martinique we went. But not before I created this comprehensive guide so that my mother wouldn’t die while watching our 3 and 2 year old.
They can be an absolute handful even for the youngest of people but grandparents have been out of the game for awhile and have forgotten the art of never having a moment to yourself 😏
This miniature manual was born in an attempt to make the transition as smooth as possible for all parties involved. It includes all the little nuances that will help meltdowns to be avoided among all the obvious pertinent information like emergency numbers, wifi password, etc.
Here’s a peek at what our Caregiver Guide looks like minus all the important information lest some internet person stalks me and makes a horror film my real life because you know some people are legit crazy like that…
Any time you leave your kids, your notes to the caregiver should include the following:
- Your Address – if ever there was a legit emergency you don’t want the caregiver scurrying about trying to tell EMS where they are located.
- Contact Information for you and your hotels. Also, leave your caregiver’s information with the hotel in case something happens to you on your trip.
- Flight and Daily touring itineraries.
- Emergency Contacts – include some trusted neighbors on this list along with their addresses and phone numbers. If you have a kid who’s prone to stuffing things into the toilet you may want to consider adding your plumber’s number to this list too, just sayin’…
- Location of all your important documents – social security cards, birth certificates, titles, health insurance info, etc. (I even have to leave a note for my husband on the whereabouts of these things when I leave because obviously he has no idea 😜).
- Contact Information for your child’s pediatrician, any speciality doctor’s they see, dentist, school, extracurricular activities (swim, dance, basketball, etc).
- Medication – location, dosages, each child’s current weight and age. Include any tips you have on how to get your child to take the medicine should you have any kids that are overly suspicious of anything new you give them…
- Caregiver’s information must be added to your child’s list of authorized guardians who can provide medical consent on your behalf. Call their pediatrician for this!
- Detailed nap and bedtime routines – include all the tiny details that will help your caregiver easily get your kids to sleep. For example, our 3 year old, August, will only wear a Doc McStuffin’s pull up, with the door cracked really wide, and only after she has been rocked in the rocking chair, had her back and feet tickled, and her hand held. In that order. Every single night 🤦🏼♀️. Mess it up and you have to start over. OCD much…
- Daily Schedule – I like to map out each day with any regular appointments we may have, including nap and bed times. We don’t have an overly busy schedule with extra curricular activities since my children are still small but I imagine this to be hugely beneficial if you have multiple children and are always chauffeuring them to several activities every day.
- Meals – details concerning where the food is in your house (so they don’t have to dig around for particular ingredients), snack and meal times, recipes, and what the children can and cannot have to eat.
- Fun Things – fun places you and your children like to frequent. Also, fun things you like to do in the house. Let them know where all their outdoor toys and arts and crafts are located.
- Pets – details on how to keep them alive while you’re away.
- House How To’s – notes on wifi password, how to operate your tv, how to attach bike trailer, carseat instructions, stroller and outdoor toys location, how to run dishwasher, and any other small thing that may help your caregiver navigate their way around your home.
- Any suggestions for how to best handle each child’s unsavory behavior should it arise while you are away. Each child responds differently to various methods of discipline and you know your children best. Let your caregiver know how to communicate most effectively with your little ones.
CAREGIVER GUIDE PRINTABLE
It’s a lot, I know. But you’re going on a fun vacation sans the minions, remember?! Lucky for you, I’ve made a downloadable and editable guide so that nothing will be forgotten when you leave for your next adventure 😉 It’s also perfect to leave in the house for your everyday babysitter.
I’d love to hear what you think of the guide. Leave a comment or share on social media. Tag me @kindredvoyagers so I can see it. Bon voyage parents!