Tips for Choosing the Right Babysitter

babysitterMore than likely at some point in time you are going to need to find a good baby sitter. Maybe you need someone to watch the kids while you go to a doctors appointment or perhaps you just want some time with your spouse away from the kids for the bit. While in some cases you may be able to get a bit of help from family, there may be times when family can't help and you actually need to choose a baby sitter for the children. Of course, this isn't a decision you can take lightly. You have to find someone that you can trust with your children, and that's not always easy. Here is a look at some of the things you need to look for when it comes to finding the right babysitter for your children.

Ask Around

When you're looking for a good babysitter for your kids, one of the best ways to find one is to simply ask around. Ask good friends or your family members if they know of anyone that they would recommend. Another option is to check at your church or at a local school or community center that you are familiar with. When a babysitter comes recommended by someone you know, it's often easier for you to feel comfortable with them staying with your children.

Always Ask for References

Another thing you need to do is to ask for references when you are considering a specific babysitter. Call their references to see how they have acted with other children and to find out if other people trust these babysitters. Make sure they are able to handle the amount of children that you need taken care of.

Ask About Rates

Of course, money is going to come into play at some point. You'll want to know what specific babysitters are going to charge you. The rates can definitely vary, depending on where you live, the training they may have, and the number of children that you may have to be taken care of. Expect to pay more if you have more children, and if you have a well trained sitter that knows first aid and CPR, rates will be a bit higher, but definitely worth the peace of mind that can give you.

Take Time to Do Interviews

It's worth it to take your time and do some interviews of several different sitters before making you final decision. Have them come over so you can meet them and you'll want to expose them to your children as well. See how they are with your kids and find out if your children get along with them. The way your children react to a babysitter can definitely tell you a lot about that person's character. Take some time and ask questions as well. Find out what they will do if there is an emergency, find out what services they are willing to do, and ensure that you are comfortable with them too.

As you are doing the interviews, there are several things that you should look for. Make sure they seem to be mature and responsible as you speak with them. Good judgment is also something to look for. You'll want to ensure they are friendly and personable with you and your children. Organization, training, and trust are also very important things for you to look for.

What You Need to Do

Of course, once you choose your babysitter, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you take care of before you leave the babysitter alone with your children. First of all, make sure that they know your name, address, as well as your home phone. If an emergency occurs, they may need to know this information. The babysitter should also be left with emergency numbers, such as the police department, the fire department, the doctor's number, and a number to reach you at if there is a problem. Familiarizing your babysitter with your home and where important items may be is also a good idea before you leave them in the home with the children. Having a good babysitter can definitely give you a bit of freedom so you can enjoy going out, whether for pleasure or business. This allows you to go away knowing that someone trustworthy is taking care of your children. Keep these tips in mind and always make sure you choose a quality babysitter that you can rely on.

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January 7, 2010

Candi @ 4:39 pm #

Do your homework when it comes to finding a nanny/babysitter. Start with interviewing nannies over the phone. If things go well; then move to doing a personal interview. Meet at a local coffee shop and if you would like to move to the next step with this nanny, then introduce your children. Check References. The more childcare references, the better. Know the questions to ask.
1. Ask what experience your nanny/babysitter has had and whether she/he has any experience with a child in the same age group as yours.
2. Ask for references that include past nanny/babysitting jobs that an applicant has had.
3. Find out your nanny/babysitter’s schedule and availability, making sure it coincides with your needs.
4. Find out if your nanny/babysitter has had any CPR training and is familiar with what to do in case of an emergency involving your child.
5. Ask what type of philosophy your nanny/babysitter has in taking care of children.

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