My Babysitter Wish List


Some girlfriends and I were talking the other night about our babysitters and how we wish they knew certain things that put our minds at ease when we go out for the evening!  Below is a “Babysitter Wish List” from the perspective of a couple of Moms with littles at home. 

  • If you’re going to be late, send a text so we can plan ahead.  If you are running on time, send a quick text to let us know you are on your way! 
  • Ask questions (if it is your first time to babysit especially). Examples: What are the bedtime routines? Do the kids need a bath? Is there anything that is against the rules? 
  • Engage with the kids! When you come in greet them and let them know you are excited to spend time with them. It always makes me feel encouraged to see babysitters that really make an effort with my kids. 
  • If the children are crying when we leave, let us know you’ve got it under control and encourage us to leave and have a good time.  
  • Make sure you have our cell phone numbers and the address to the house is written down somewhere in case of emergency… or a pizza delivery! 
  • CPR/safety certification is a BONUS. 
  • A quick text or picture saying the kids are asleep or in bed always helps me fully relax while I am out.  
  • Before you sit down and watch Netflix, make sure you tidy up.  Don’t leave the house like you found it. If you do more than is expected of you, I can assure you that we will ask you back!  Examples: Do the dishes in the sink, pick up the playroom, empty the trash.  Even if it’s not done the “right” way, the effort will NOT go unnoticed.  When I was growing up and babysitting my Mom always stressed this!
  • When we get back home let us know you’d like to come back. This lets us know that you had a good time with our kids! 

What else makes you feel comfortable with babysitters? I’d love to know you suggestions! 

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Abby is a wife to Logan and Mom to Stella (January 2013) and Chloé (March 2015). She was raised in Lake Highlands and moved back after college to pursue her Corporate Marketing career with two major retailers here in Dallas. All her goals and plans changed after a whirlwind weekend in California where she experienced love at first sight with a Frenchman. A year later they were married and moved overseas to embark on a 2 year fairytale living and working in France at a B&B in the French Countryside. After her daughter was born, they made the bittersweet decision to come back to Texas to plant roots. Now she spends her days juggling 2 little girls and running a couple of businesses part-time from home. She enjoys drinking French wine, spends way too much time picking the perfect Emojis for her text messages, refinishing furniture, and is a complete Netflix snob. You can follow her blog Bonjour, Y'all or find her on IG overgramming pics of her darling girls at @mrsfrenchy.


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