Always be prepared.

So. Some things have caught me off guard lately. These are things I either ran out of time to plan for before baby was born – or that I didn’t even know to prepare for.

You are going to need an emergency contact for your baby/child. I have to admit I didn’t really think about this at all. But any time you fill out a form at the doctor’s office, leave your child with a babysitter/nannyshare/daycare you will have to put someone down. Easy, right? Maybe. If you are lucky, the decision is a no-brainer. If not, it can be tough to find the right person. But once you put someone down you are done right? Nope. You need to prepare that person you have put down as an emergency contact to be equipped to go get your child, get them safely home or to the doctor and care for them until you can. Think about: a car-seat, medical information and contacts, keys to your home, current instructions on feeding, back-up emergency contacts and possibly even a copy of your will. Here is a good template I found online for preparing your caregiver for emergencies. It isn’t exactly a cheat-sheet for your emergency contact but it’s getting there and will get you thinking about what information to put down.

Speaking of your will – I’ve mentioned this before. There are really good templates available online at “Get Your Shit Together.” I imagine the biggest decision for anyone is who to leave their child to in the event of something awful happening. Again, this might be a no-brainer for you. If not, try to set some time aside to think about it and also to have conversations about it with possible candidates. It’s a serious conversation, but the right person will feel honored you would ask.

Ok, that was serious enough. Let’s go check out how Kim at “Zero Fox Given” is staying prepared in life!

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6 thoughts on “Always be prepared.

  1. Oh good grief. Let’s see if the day planning actually pans out first, shall we? 🙂 (Thanks for the link, hon!)

    Good call on this post. Thank you for posting those links for information. That’s handy! I love the idea of the “babysitter” info sheets. (What I wouldn’t have give to have had access to those way back in The Day when I was minding little folks.)

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  2. Thanks so much for this post! The templates you suggested at ‘Get Your Shit Together’ are extremely helpful. Hopefully these will help me to remember more and even get more done!

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    • I’m glad you found it helpful. It’s so important but often forgotten!

      I’m so glad you found me so that I could find your blog! There aren’t too many single mom blogs out there. Looking forward to reading more!

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