Leaving your baby with a babysitter can be stressful. One thing that eases the stress some is to provide your...
Leaving your baby with a babysitter can be stressful. One thing that eases the stress some is to provide your babysitter with a handy baby health book. A baby health book will give your babysitter all the facts she or he needs to know about that little bundle of yours. Bonus - a health book does double duty, allowing you to track important baby info. Best baby health book: Either buy a pre-made health data book, like the The Essential Baby Organizer: Birth to One Year... shown above, or make one. It can be really simply - a basic folder divided with tabbed dividers works fine. What goes in a baby health book:
- Baby's name, social security number, and birth date.
- Facts about your baby's birth - anything significant that might be needed in case of an emergency. Birth weight, if he was on time, early, or late, Apgar score, and so on.
- Emergency contacts.
- Contact info for all his health care providers. The local hospital, his pediatrician, dentist, etc.
- Insurance information.
- Details about your baby's health and development month by month for the first year or two, then switch to a bi-yearly health record format.
- Lists of the following; any medications WITH directions for giving them, any allergies, any significant illnesses or medical procedures he's had.
- Any important health issues that run in the family - i.e. problems with blood clotting or asthma.