The time has come to start looking for the perfect babysitter, but how in the world will you find one? Most moms have this same challenge when children are small. You want to find someone you can trust, who will be responsible, and who will be able to form bonds with your kids. Finding that perfect babysitter can be a real headache, and interviewing for one a chore. Below is a guide to help you navigate the process of finding that perfect sitter.
Your babysitter should be somewhat energetic. They don’t have to be a gymnast, but you will want someone who can keep up with your active child. You also don’t want your child to spend most of that time sitting around and doing nothing. Make sure to mention on your applications that the sitter should be able to lift the child if necessary, and won’t be averse to some light activity with the kids.
They don’t have to be a paramedic, but they do need to know basic first aid. If they aren’t already certified in basic first aid, offer to attend a class with them. That way you will both be prepared for the accidents that may occur.
References can be an extremely valuable tool when selecting a babysitter. Learning from other clients the babysitter has worked for gives you insight into how well the babysitter works with children and what issues they commonly had. You can even learn how much to charge from talking to knowledgeable references.
Trust Your Gut
Watch how your child reacts to the babysitter. Let them sit together on the floor and read a book or play with a toy. Your kids might be a little shy at first, but not act afraid.
If the references you talk to cause you to have any questions about anything you learn about your prospective babysitter, have a background check run on them. You can even get free background check options online. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry.
Trust Your Child
If your child runs to you crying uncontrollably every time you come home or pick them up, it’s a clear indication that something isn’t right. It may not be serious, but you don’t want your child going through something that could cause problems later in life if it can be stopped now.
Now you are ready to start your search for the perfect babysitter. Don’t give up and settle for anyone you don’t feel absolutely comfortable with. Take your time and take notes so you can look back as you narrow down your selection.