I highly recommend that you keep a record of pertinent information for caregivers and stop procrastinating! There is no comfort better than being prepared and organized for routine childcare or for emergencies. The more information available to a caregiver, the better they can care for your children. By the Book was easy to use, clearly outlined and organized into sections to make it easy to quickly reference or scan through.
I liked that there is a section where I could keep notes on babysitters for future reference and even rate them (so make sure you don’t leave this section inside the binder for them to read). The medical section is perfect, because they can bring the binder with them to the medical facility in an emergency. The daily routine sections help the babysitter or nanny keep as close to your child’s schedule as possible. Children thrive on routine and honoring their routine will help reduce their anxiety while you’re away (not to mention your anxiety and the babysitter’s anxiety too).
Want a hardbound copy of your own? By the Book is offering TCDR readers a 25% off coupon code to help you get organized today. Enter “BTBK7757” at checkout.
By the Book is available in PDF and hardbound versions depending on your preference and budget. I recommend their tabs so that you (and more importantly a sitter) can quickly find the right information. Choose between to different cover designs.