Easy Steps to Find and Keep a Great Babysitter

New parents are often worried about leaving their child with "strangers" and this makes it even more daunting. These are the steps that will help both new and experienced parents find the right babysitter for their families.

Ask a friend.

Asking a friend is often enough to find a great babysitter. Ask your friends, family, and coworkers about their babysitters. Some may not be willing to share their babysitter but others might recommend someone. Ask them to give you their number before making a commitment. What is the age of your babysitter? How much do you pay your babysitter Are you CPR-certified? These questions will help you save time when searching for babysitters.

Babysitter Services. Ask your computer if you haven't had luck with friends, family, or coworkers. There are many organized online babysitting apps. The internet is a powerful tool. These online services are just as useful as referrals. These services allow you to virtually search for the perfect babysitter. You can view profiles and photos of babysitters and get more information about them before you actually talk to them.

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Book an interview.

Interviews can be conducted either over the phone or in-person before you hire a babysitter. Interview all potential babysitters, even if you have multiple candidates. It's possible that your first choice babysitter will be unavailable at any time, so it is a good idea for you to interview all of them. Before the interview, be prepared with a list, expectations, and all pertinent information. 

Review.

When your new babysitter comes over for the first time, it is important to do a quick and simple review. Depending on whether you had a phone interview, you may want to introduce them to your child(ren) and show them the layout of your home. More importantly, you'll want to review emergency contact information. Post emergency contact information and pertinent information about your whereabouts on the fridge. It is a good idea to quickly review this information with your babysitter, and ask them if they have any questions. When you return, be sure to review again. Ask him or her how things went.