A comprehensive list of topics to cover with a babysitter before leaving your child with one.
Not Even For A Minute
Left alone in a vehicle, even for a short time, a child is in danger of dehydration, injury or abduction
- The interior of cars, even with the windows rolled down, can heat up to dangerous temperatures.
- It takes only 20 minutes for the interior of a car to reach 120 degrees on a 70-degree day.
- Left in this situation, infants and children become dehydrated, overheated and can pass out or worse, die.
- Infants and toddlers are most at risk.
- We lead hectic lives, but children must be protected.
- Never leave an infant or child alone in a car.
- Always take them inside with you when doing errands or visiting friends.
- Share this knowledge and rule with others who transport your children – your spouse or partner, babysitter, daycare provider, and other family members.
Here are some tips on how to get your tasks done while keeping your child safe:
- Bring a friend. Ask an adult you trust to come along for a ride to the store, gas station or while running errands.
- Nap-time first. Run errands when your child is less likely to fall asleep in the car.
- Use drive-thru banking. Keep deposit slips and envelopes in your car glove box. Use drive thru tellers and ATM when running around with kids.
- Flex your time at work. If possible, work a half day and use the additional time to get your monthly tasks done.
- Set-up a regular babysitting swap with another parent. Take turns babysitting another parent’s children while they run errands. Take the kids to the park, for a walk, or hang out in your backyard. Next time it will be your turn to check off your to-do list without distractions.