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What are some tips a teenager can use to assemble a babysitting bag?

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Begin the process of assembling a great babysitting bag by writing down a list of items to include. Care.com advises starting with the most important things, such as a first aid kit that includes bandages and other emergency medical items. Include an emergency contact list that has the parents' contact information, alternative contacts and doctors' phone numbers.

It is very important to bring along a list of medications that children are taking with brief instructions on dosage. Also, write down special instructions. A medication list ensures that there is no need to guess what medication to give and how to give it. For example, if an EpiPen needs to be used to aid a child having a severe allergic reaction, the babysitter needs to be thoroughly prepared to administer proper treatment. Remember to include a notebook and pen to write down parents' instructions. Bring along snacks recommended by parents.

If taking care of infants, bring a few diapers. Baby wipes are essential for cleanliness. A bottle of water quenches thirst for the child and the babysitter. Tuck away small packs of tissues for sneezes and other uses. Sunscreen protects children from sunburn. Keep $5 to $10 on hand to pay for miscellaneous expenses. Finally, always bring along some children's books, games and puzzles for entertainment.


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