One thing that moms don’t often think about is preparing the home before the babysitter comes. Most people don’t even realize that there is a way to prepare before a babysitter comes. Here are a few ways to prepare for the babysitter to keep your home, yourself, your children, and the babysitter safe.

Clean
Cleaning your home before the babysitter arrives is a common courtesy. No babysitter is going to want to return to a home that they don’t feel comfortable sitting on the couch or getting in the floor with the kids. This tip is a given and one of the very first things you should do. When you are cleaning make sure you put away anything that could be a hazard. A babysitter or child hurt on the job is a recipe for disaster. Also when you are cleaning think about the areas of the house the babysitter and the children will be spending the most time, these are the areas you want to give the most attention when cleaning.

Know your kids
While you are preparing for the babysitter keep your children in mind. If there is something that you know your kids are drawn to that they are not supposed to play with, go ahead and put it away so the babysitter does not have to mess with it. If there is a toy or object that your kids often fight over do the babysitter a favor and put it away so that the problem will never surface. If you have a two story home and want the children and the babysitter to stay down stairs go ahead and put a baby gate on the stairs so the babysitter is not constantly chasing the kids upstairs. These are great things to think about when preparing.

Put away anything personal
This is something I hope you never really have to worry about but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. When going around your home preparing for the babysitter make sure to put away anything personal or valuable. You don’t want your babysitter getting nosey and going through things on a counter or desk. Make sure to put away all mail or documents that have person information on them. If you have any jewelry or other valuable items make sure to put them away in a secure place. This is not an issue that you ever want to face so being prepared is the best way to go.

Security System
When I choose Smith Monitoring, a Missouri City home security company as my home security provider I felt much more at ease when leaving my children at home alone with the a babysitter. For one I could set the alarm before I left so that if anyone entered the home unexpectedly the babysitter and I could be alerted immediately. My favorite feature that Smith Monitoring offers is they will install security cameras inside your home. Now when I leave my kids at home with the babysitter I can check up on them via video from my smart phone, iPad, or desktop. This way I am not afraid that anything suspicious is happening and when I miss my kids I can see what they are doing.

Author Bio: Ally is a writer, wife, youth mentor, and health nut. Follow her blogs for all the current trends on home, health, and family.