Lara Shriftman: Hi, new mommies! You're probably tired and can't think of anything rational right now. Trust me: A good contact sheet can help set your mind at rest.
With a new baby, you should always have a contact sheet available for when you're not around. If an emergency arises, you want to make sure that the person taking care of your child -- whether they be a nanny, a friend or a family member -- has the proper contact numbers for all occasions.
Be sure to include all of the necessities, such as your home address, all of your own contact information (including an office number or an assistant's number, if you have one), your doctor's information, the address and phone number of the nearest hospital and a taxi company's number in case the person caring for your child doesn't drive.
Making a contact sheet will also help keep you organized for the future. As your kids get older, you can always add new information as it applies, such as school location or details about extracurricular activities.
Include your cell phone number, home phone number, residential address with zip code and e-mail address.
Include the address and phone number(s) you can be reached at while at work.
Include the address and phone number of your baby's pediatrician.
Include the address and phone number of the closest hospital(s).
Include any pertinent information about your house, such as the code and instructions for operating your alarm system (i.e., "The alarm must always be turned on. Enter the code plus 'stay' when you go to bed at night, and code plus 'leave' whenever you go out"). Make a note that caretakers should make sure that all doors are locked.
Make a contact sheet that caters to you. The list below is like the one I made; you may need to include different information and/or care instructions (such as details pertaining to any health conditions your child may have):Safety for the Baby
- Do not leave the baby unattended, especially when on the changing table or in the high chair, bouncer, etc.
- If you leave the baby when he is sleeping, bring the monitor with you.
- Take the baby on walks around the neighborhood. Make sure you only take the baby to areas you know are comfortable with and that are safe.
- While walking, always bring a phone with you.
Keep a daily journal of the baby's schedule. Here is an example:
Changing His Diaper and Dressing Him
- Pull the skin back first.
- Change his diaper every two to three hours. When changing, clean the baby with wet wipes and apply Aquaphor after cleaning.
- The baby journal must be updated daily. In it, record every feeding, pee, poo and nap.
- Every morning when he wakes up, the blinds should be opened; at the end of the night, they should be closed.
- File the baby's nails every two to three days while he is sleeping.
- Sign a confidentiality agreement.
- Do not answer the home phone.
- Place cell phones and BlackBerrys on vibrate.
- Do not let people in if you don't know them.
- Do not entertain vendors.
- Do not give information to anyone regarding Lara or the baby's father.
- Always keep the doors locked.