How to Find the Perfect Babysitter

March 30, 2014

How to Find the Perfect BabysitterIn today’s world, leaving children with a sitter can be a difficult decision. Finding the perfect sitter means in depth interviews, checking references and lastly, finding the one person who fulfill all of the requirements as well as hold a family’s trust. Most people tend to rely on word of mouth when it comes to finding someone to watch their kids. If their friends use a particular sitter, they know the person can be trusted. The drawback is being able to hire them when they are in demand.

Ask Friends

The first resource when looking for a good babysitter is a person’s friends and family members. Even if they don’t know any names, their kids probably do, especially if they are in high school. Teenagers who are willing to babysit will often put the word out among friends and will also encourage their parents to tell others as well. Once a person’s name gets out, they will be much easier to find. This is especially true if they have a good track record and reputation for being responsible.

Look at Online Babysitting Services

Online websites are available that include a person’s name, their contact information, the hours they are willing to work and how much they charge. Most online babysitting services require a background check to be performed before the person can be listed as being available for work. Many of the babysitters will have testimonials on their page from satisfied families who have used their services and would recommend them to others.

Using an online service can be beneficial if you are looking for a sitter that has specific qualifications. For example, if a special needs child is involved, the parent needs to find a sitter who is capable of handling a wide variety of behaviors, medical conditions or other health concerns. Children with specific medical challenges need to be supervised by a sitter who has the training to care for them properly.

Ask for Credentials and References

Before hiring anyone, it’s wise to research each applicant thoroughly. Set up a meeting and ask for credentials and references. A highly qualified, well respected sitter will be able to provide both with little hesitation. Make sure the child or children are available to meet with the new sitter. Allowing them to interact for a few minutes will give parents an idea as to how they will be when left alone together. Smaller children are usually not shy about how they feel when someone new comes into the home. Always watch for subtle clues that could signal possible problems or signs of incompatibility.

For a sitter to be considered “perfect”, they must be able to work when they are needed. For some families this can be the main sticking point, especially if the parents work odd hours or split shifts. In that case, having a small team of 2 or 3 babysitters may work out better than hiring only one. Whether one or four are hired, it is important to find those that can be trusted and relied on to do exactly what is asked of them.

Kaitlin Gardner

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Kaitlin Gardner

Kaitlin Gardner currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking , hand with her family and friend and enjoy nature.

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