Hiring a babysitter can be a difficult task. These days finding someone you trust that can handle a child or group of children with varying needs can be a challenge. When you find yourself looking for a babysitter here are some basic tips to help you hire a good one.
- Use a service like Care.com to help find a vetted baby sister. With background checks, resumes, and plenty of competition making it worth it to potential sitters to have more qualifications it is easy to find a good trustworthy sitter from a place like this but still be mindful when you interview.
- Check at your local college for a college student in need of extra work. While you are helping them get an education you often can find a great deal on a babysitter that comes with extra skills like experience with your child’s math homework. Teaching students make great babysitters that get valuable experience putting the techniques they are learning to work.
- Call your potential sitters references. For teens, their boss, pastor, teachers, or people they have previously babysat for all make great options for references. Parents, friends, and family members are more likely to give a reference that is less than truthful.
- Look for a babysitter with training from the local Red Cross. They offer great programs like Babysitting certification and first-aid and CPR. A babysitter with CPR and first aid certification is more likely to have the confidence to keep a cool head and handle an emergency situation when one arises. While you hope your babysitter will never need this skill it the situation arises you will be glad they have it.
When you interview potential babysitters introduce them to your child. Watch how your child interacts with the potential babysitter. If a child and babysitter do not hit it off quickly the new babysitter will often have more struggles with your child acting out.