1. First-Aid Kit
A first-aid kit should include items such as bandages, gauze, alcohol wipes and antiseptic ointments. It should also include any medications that the child may need. This can include things like asthma inhalers or epipens for severe allergies. The babysitter should be familiar with how to administer the medications and should have the parents’ permission before doing so.
It is a good idea for a babysitter to bring an extra set of diapers or wipes in case of any accidents during the job. The number of diapers/wipes will depend on how long the babysitting job is and what age the child is.
3. Change of Clothes
Having a change of clothes handy can come in handy if there are any spills or messes that need to be cleaned up right away. Make sure to bring clothes that are appropriate for whatever activity you plan on doing with the child, such as play clothes if you will be going outside.
4. Toys and Books
Bringing a few toys or books can help to keep the child occupied while they are in your care. This could include things like coloring books, storybooks, puzzles, or even stuffed animals. Make sure that any toys you bring meet safety standards and do not contain small parts that could be a choking hazard.
5. Snacks and Drinks
Having snacks and drinks available is important for keeping children happy during the job. Make sure to bring enough food so that the child won’t get hungry throughout the duration of the job. Be sure to check with parents first about any allergies or dietary restrictions before bringing snacks or drinks for their child.
6. Blanket/Pillow for Nap Time
If the job requires that you watch the child during nap time, it is a good idea to bring along a blanket or pillow in case they need one. This could help make nap time more comfortable and encourage the child to stay asleep longer.
7. Plastic Bags (for dirty clothes)
It may be necessary to bring extra plastic bags if there are any unexpected messes or accidents during your babysitting job. That way, any soiled clothing can be quickly disposed of without having to worry about carrying it home with you.