This Dad Left His Babysitter an Amazing Outline

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ByAnisa Arsenault
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Published
Jun 2016
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Babies don’t come with an instruction manual. Most of the time. But one dad provided his babysitter with an outline so comprehensive that he should probably think about getting a patent.

Yesterday, Reddit user Fordiman shared an email he sent to his son’s first babysitter a few years ago. Like any new parent reluctant to leave their baby for the first time, he was thorough in his instructions. Indicating how long to heat up a bottle? Seems reasonable. But explaining what a pacifier is? That might be unnecessary.

Buckle up; below is everything you need to know about basic infant care.

Got all that? The comments that follow reveal that Fordiman is a software engineer, explaining the orderly, flow chart-like documentation.

If you don’t have the time or organizational skills to create this type of guide for your sitter, don’t sweat it. Like we’ve said before, while you’ll want to tell your sitter everything, you should focus on the need-to-knows: how to contact you, emergency contact numbers, feeding instructions and bedtime routines. When it comes to payment, sites like Care.com can tell you what the going rate is in your area. On average, babysitters today take home $13.50 per hour for one child.

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