Hiring a babysitter, especially for an infant can be difficult. You want someone who can provide your baby protection, comfort and security. Someone who can teach older kids safety tips and guide them in making good choices when you aren’t there. One of the most important tips for choosing the right babysitter is to have clear expectations and open communication.
Know Your Needs.
When looking for a new babysitter, consider what kind of childcare you need. If you are seeking care for an infant, you’ll have different requirements than for an older child. Baby safety tips when seeking infant childcare: Look for someone who is certified in infant CPR and has prior experience caring for infants. Make a list of attributes you’d like the sitter to have and questions to ask during interviews.
Ask the people you know and trust for their recommendations. Check with other parents from your neighborhood, playgroups or church. If you have a child in daycare or school, ask their teachers if they have any recommendations. The more applicants you interview, the more likely you are to find the right candidate.
Call the References.
Verify the duration of employment, general duties and whether they’d consider hiring this person again. If the applicant claims to have taken a CPR or babysitter course, verify that with the certifying organization.
Test the Fit.
Once you’ve narrowed it down to 2 or 3 candidates, introduce them to your children, and observe how they interact. Do they suggest an activity? Do they hold the baby correctly? Do the kids like them?
After the Hire.
Once you’ve found the perfect sitter for your kids, it’s time to leave them alone together. Before you walk out the door, make sure the sitter has all the information they’ll need.
Your contact information and a second contact person’s number
Important medical information like food allergies
Locations of fire extinguishers, spare keys, first-aid kits and exits
The child’s routines, including homework, mealtimes and bedtimes
The household rules, like TV limits and snack options
Your expectations of them- meal preparation, housekeeping responsibilities
Meet with your sitter regularly to discuss how things are going. Encourage open communication to make sure everyone’s expectations are being met and to ensure that the sitter you chose remains the right babysitter for your family.