We left the baby overnight for the very first time last weekend, driving about six hours away for a wedding. I should write a post on how to overcome the anxiety that comes with that, but I don’t have anything to offer. But just so you know, we DID survive and managed to have a great time, complete with adult conversation.
Anyway, she stayed with grandma, who is a registered nurse and suggested that we leave a medical consent form behind allowing her to seek treatment for the baby in the case of emergency. Something I did not think of or knew I needed! Our baby isn’t in daycare or school yet, and our nanny didn’t request one. So, I created a form and thought I would share it here, along with some of the other documents for which I have scoured the internet over the past year to have handy on my refrigerator.
Handy Baby Documents to Have on Your Fridge
- Medical Consent Form. I created this in Word format so you can type in your information if you have terrible handwriting, like I do. I proactively printed a few out for the various people who tend to take care of the baby for us, such as the nanny and grandmothers. Get it here.
- Infant CPR, Choking and First Aid Worksheets. We were required to become CPR certified as part of the adoption process, but I am so worried I will freeze up and not remember. I think they should give you a little card with prompts to remind you of the key steps. I wanted something brief and easily accessible. There is no shortage of information about this online, however, I did have a hard time finding something that was free and all on one page with simple instructions. Head over to education.com and register for free, then search “infant CPR,” etc. to gain access to some awesome emergency worksheets, in addition to a ton of other educational worksheets for which our baby is currently too young (but maybe yours is not).
- Guide to Urgent Care vs. Emergency. Great infographic from Texas Children’s Hospital to help you decide where to go for treatment for your little one. Get it here.
- Developmental Checklist. Again, no shortage of information about this online, but I like this handy checklist from Early Childhood Intervention Services (which, by the way, offers free services for adoptive families). Get it here.
What’s on your fridge, moms? I’d love to get more ideas in the comments section.