Mamanista! » Babysitting, Home and Decorating » Home Safety Tip: Don’t Give the Babysitter a Key to Your House

Home Safety Tip: Don’t Give the Babysitter a Key to Your House

lock.jpg  As my maternity leave drew to a close, I started feeling anxious about leaving baby home with a babysitter. You can do thorough background checks and verify lots of references, but that won’t stop the nagging worries. 

What if the baby misses me while I’m gone? Will he take his nap on time? Will she know the proper way to soothe him when he cries? What if the babysitter got locked out of the house after taking baby for a walk? And do I even feel comfortable giving out a spare key to my house? If the babysitter lost the key or if things didn’t work out with her, I’d have to change all the locks in my house and incur a considerable expense.

While I will never find a solution to my worry that baby misses me when I leave him with a babysitter, at least I was able to find a solution to my home safety concern. My husband and I recently installed a Schlage Electronic Keypad Lock on our front door. This lock supports up to to 19 different four-digit access codes, so we can give the babysitter her own unique code and activate/deactivate it as needed. My husband is fairly handy, so it took him less than 30 minutes to install the lock using the easy-to-read instructions. I’m not handy, but I found it easy to add/delete/change the access codes myself. The lock is powered by an included 9-volt battery, which (according to the manufacturer) has an average three-year battery life. You can use the included key as a backup or re-key the lock to match your existing locks.

You can find Schlage Locks online or in-store at www.homedepot.com and www.lowes.com. I have the Plymouth Keypad Front Entry Set in Bright Brass, which sells for $209 at Lowes. That price may strike you as steep, but changing all of your locks when a babysitter leaves or misplaces your spare key is much more expensive as well as time-consuming.

Filed under: Babysitting, Home and Decorating

7 Responses to "Home Safety Tip: Don’t Give the Babysitter a Key to Your House"

  1. Laura says:

    That makes a lot of sense. My husband also installed an electronic code garage opener, for when we go running and dont want to take a key, or emergencies when someone lost a key, etc. Very handy, and it also took him less than an hour to install. Can be bought at home depot, etc. I definitely recommend it as an alternate but similar idea. Thanks for the post!!

  2. Sites we Like……

    […] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose […]……

  3. night vision says:

    Great website…

    […]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]……

  4. I came below to learn about an item entirely numerous than what I might. I enjoy in order to digest as much brand-new info because attainable, this is the greatest aspect concerning daily life. We include a web site additionally, click on the connection to come on by as well as find what people are getting into.

  5. When deciding what kind of network internet marketing to carry out, pick a organization with products that happen to be of rate of interest to you. Your individual private like or dislike for a item will show to prospective customers, and have an impact on your selling ability.

  6. Lucas says:

    Really helpful piece on Home Safety Tip: Don?t Give the Babysitter a Key to Your House | Mamanista!
    | Mamanista!…
    Keep on publishing..

    Stay tuned and visit my url page at web design Cape Town (Lucas) for a lot more
    specifics.

  7. If some one desires to be updated with most up-to-date technologies then he must be visit this web page and be
    up to date every day.

Leave a Reply

*