Choosing a babysitter for your child can be a difficult task. You need to find someone who’s going to be responsible, but also someone your child will like and have a good time with while you’re away.
Perhaps money and availability are an issue as well. There are so many things you need to take into consideration when choosing a babysitter. Here are some ways to help make that choice a little easier.
Six Steps to Choosing a Babysitter
1. Ask around. Go to the people you know and trust and ask them who they use for a babysitter and what it is they and their children like about her (or him).
You can even ask your child’s teacher if she knows someone who babysits that would be good for watching your child.
2. Interview, interview, interview. Okay, this might seem like a no-brainer – of course you’ll interview the sitter. But don’t do it just once.
Have a phone interview and then one in your home. You probably had multiple interviews to get YOUR job. If it’s that important to your employer that he talks to you multiple times before making a commitment, then this is something you want to do when it comes to picking a person who will care for your child.
3. Check out references. This is a great way to see what they have worked with in the past. Find out if they have watched children the same age as yours, how long they were a sitter for the family, and maybe even why they are no longer babysitting for that family anymore.
4. Try a person out as a Mother’s Helper first. This way you can see how your child interacts with the possible sitter.
You might really like a person, but your child is the one who will be spending a large amount of time with them. There needs to be a connection between the sitter and your child so a good way to check this out is while you’re still there. In this way you can see first-hand if it’s going to work out.
5. Use the element of surprise. Once you have gone through the whole process of finding someone, having multiple interviews, checking references, and seeing first-hand how she interacts with your child and you have made the choice to use this person as a sitter, check up on her.
Show up earlier than the sitter expected, have a friend or neighbor drop in to check on things for you, set up a nanny cam, or if your child is old enough, then just straight out ask your child what happened while you were away.
6. Trust yourself. Your mother’s instincts aren’t good for just telling you when your child is tired, hungry, or injured. Listen to them when choosing someone to care for your child as well.
If something doesn’t feel right, then there’s probably a reason and there’s no need to try it out just for the sake of having a babysitter. So listen to those instincts and continue your search if you must.
Finding the right babysitter is a very important part of parenting. You can’t enjoy yourself away from your child if you’re constantly worried about who is caring for your child.
Do whatever it takes to find the right one; you won’t be disappointed with all of the extra effort you put into finding the right sitter.