During our conversation, my friend asked when I first left my child with a babysitter. My husband and I, like my friend, are fortunate enough to have relatives close by with whom we feel completely comfortable leaving our daughter. We haven’t yet had to hire a babysitter that’s not a relative.
As our polish was applied, my friend and I further discussed the matter. How do you find a reliable, in-home babysitter?
I decided to do a bit of research, as I am thinking about hiring a neighborhood girl to come over and play with my daughter this summer while I’m at home tending to our newborn. What expectations should I have? What sort of qualifications do babysitters need to realistically have, especially when they are usually teenagers that live down the block?
Real Simple’s Jenny Rosenstrach offers invaluable tips in her article, “How To Prepare for a Babysitter.” It even includes a link to a babysitter-hiring checklist.
Moms on Mamapdedia.com also have great advice:
- have a get-to-know you session with the prospective sitter and your child so that you can make sure they “click”
- make it clear they are not to be on the cell phone while on the job
- provide firm instructions on what to do if they can’t get your child to eat his meal or take a nap
- ask for references and actually call them!
- and don’t be afraid to take your time making a decision.
Do you have any tips? Please share them with me! I’ve got just a few months left to find someone reliable, affordable and fun!