When searching for a babysitter, it can be hard to know who you’ll feel comfortable with caring for your child, especially if you have a newborn or infant. Here’s our guide to finding your perfect babysitter:
Basic Questions to Ask Potential Sitters:
- Have you had experience babysitting an infant before?
- How old are the children you have worked with before?
- If you are a breastfeeding mom, ask your sitter if they have experience in preparing breastmilk. If you feed by formula, make sure they know how to prepare/heat the formula.
- Are you familiar with how to put an infant to bed?
- Do you know First Aid? Are you CPR certified?
- What types of activities do you do with children?
- How do you help a fussy baby?
Trust Your Gut
When you meet someone for the first time, get a read on them. Do they seem interested in your child? Do they answer your questions with enthusiasm and confidence? Parental instinct is very strong and your own instincts are almost always correct.
We are SHOCKED at the number of times people don’t check references. Ask for at least two references unrelated to the caregiver that you can contact by phone; a references’ tone of voice can be as telling as the actual answers. Don’t feel uncomfortable asking questions; you are your child’s advocate and protector.
You’ve Hired the Sitter- Now What?
- Once you hire the sitter, make sure that you have all of your emergency info in an easily accessible place. Print out our Emergency Info Sheet here if you need one!
- If you have a landline, show the sitter where it is.
- If you don’t use a landline, make sure you have a both iPhone and Android chargers in the house. The babysitter’s phone should be charged at all times.
- It's perfectly fine to use a nanny cam while you're out and it's your legal right to have a camera anywhere except the bathroom or other places where there is an expectation of privacy (a large closet is a good example). Please be considerate to your babysitter and let her know if she's being recorded--- she may need to quickly change her clothes if baby has an accident or spits up!
- Have fun and try not to worry!