Tips on how to choose a babysitter you can trust with your children
Friday, May 17, 2013 03:53 pm
You might have an appointment you can’t take your kids to, or are determined to enjoy a date night with your spouse.
But what if you haven’t cultivated a list of babysitters? It’s time to find a few great sitters you can trust to keep your kids safe and happy when you can’t be home.
Asking friends and family for recommendations can be less stressful for many parents than meeting a total stranger.
When Danielle Dodge was looking for a babysitter for daughter Everest, 2, she started by asking friends if they had any recommendations for her.
“I was hoping to find someone that was responsible, had previous experience, wasn’t overly expensive and actually enjoyed looking after kids,” said Dodge.
“We moved here from Ontario and have very limited family in the area, so finding a sitter through someone I knew and trusted was a must. I ended up finding my sitter through my friend Virginia, who also has two sons. She gave me her name and also a great recommendation, as she herself had found it hard to trust someone with her kids.”
Stephanie Thompson turned to the Internet to find her sitter, using a popular Facebook group that connects sitters with interested parents.
“I found an amazing sitter through the Airdrie Babysitters Facebook group,” said Thompson.
“She came over for a meet and greet and I knew she was the one. She had all her First Aid CPR a Level 1 plus more, and her mom also ran a dayhome for many years.
“I have interviewed many babysitters and she has been the far most amazing one.”
When interviewing a sitter, ask them questions about how they would respond in specific scenarios, and be sure to question them on situations or scenarios they’re likely to experience with your children.
If your kids have quirks or temper tantrum triggers, it’s helpful for a sitter to be aware of them in advance, and know how you would like these issues handled.
Regardless of how you find your sitter, be sure to check their recommendations and ask to see their babysitting or first aid certificates.
Consider a trial run evening where you watch the sitter interact with your children and see how she handles any problems that might arise.
Finally, leave plenty of individual instructions for each child’s routine and give the sitter ways of contacting you.
Don’t forget to write your street address in a prominent place next to each phone in case of emergency.