Every decision you make as a parent is important, from what your child should eat to what time they should go to bed. It’s difficult to find similarities because everyone has their own unique parenting style. However, there is one thing that most parents can agree that they have in common: concerns about choosing the right babysitter.
When it comes to selecting a babysitter for your little one, you can never be too cautious. On that note, you also have to keep in mind that no babysitter is going to be a carbon copy of you. To ease the stress of choosing the right babysitter, take a look at some tips below:
The interview process is the time to ask direct questions in order to find out as much as possible about the person you’re interviewing. Then ask yourself questions like: Does this person have a personality that will mesh well with my kids? Are their discipline strategies similar to mine? Does my child seem comfortable around them?
If you have a positive feeling about all those questions, the interview is also the time to give them information and instructions about your child and home. This way, they can leave the interview with this information and have time to better prepare themselves to care for your child in the event they are hired. Lastly, if you feel at ease enough, it is important introduce the potential babysitter to your child. Watch closely to see the interaction between your child and the potential new sitter. If you feel that they get along well and it doesn’t feel forced, then you may want to pursue him/her further.
It is also crucial to check references. Ask your candidate to provide you with the names and number of at least two references so you can follow up about the potential sitters work ethic. To really put your mind at ease, it would also be wise to conduct a background check.
Once you feel comfortable enough to hire a sitter and to put your mind at ease, prepare a list with your vital information to help the sitter in the event of an emergency. This should include:
- The phone numbers of your doctor, police department, fire department and poison control
- The name, address and phone number of where you can be reached
- The name and number of nearby neighbors
- The time of your usual return
When the sitter finally arrives, stick around for a half hour and do a run through of your family rules and policies to help them care for your child the way you like it. This is also the time to walk them through the house and show them emergency exits and other important features. Finally, if you are out around dinner time, you should inform the sitter of what meals and snacks to feed your little one so you don’t have to worry if they are eating junk food.
We hope these tips were helpful, if you have any other tips you would like to share please let us know in the comments!