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How Parents Can be Smart When Choosing a Babysitter

There are many things to consider when choosing someone to babysit or watch your child. You want the kids to have a friend and a responsible adult figure around. You also want them to be able to handle any situation. This article may help you to make smart choices when it comes to connecting with a caregiver. This way you’ll feel comfortable and your children enjoy their babysitters!


Background Check

Always begin with a background check on potential babysitters. Even if you know the person you are considering, it is better to be safe than sorry! If they have nothing to hide, they will not object. You can run your own background check, which can be expensive. You can find anyone with and other similar sites. Online background check and arrest records will also appear on these and you can be sure who you’re hiring are who they say they are.


Education and Experience

It is a good idea for your babysitter to have education, experience, or preferably both in this field. If you are hiring someone you do not know well, look for degrees in things like child development and psychology, or a resume full of experience working with children. Verify the information by asking to see transcripts and calling references. The more experience and knowledge the babysitter has about your child’s developmental stage and any special needs your child has, the better! It is even more beneficial when you can arrange for the babysitter to spend some time with you getting to know the children before leaving them alone.


CPR and First Aid Certified

All potential babysitters should be certified in both CPR and First Aid. Check to see that they can physically present a valid certification. A food handlers permit can also be helpful if you know they’ll be preparing more than just chicken nuggets for the kids.


Ask for Example Activities

Ask the potential babysitter how they plan to spend the time with your children. If he or she is prepared to respond with a list of engaging and healthy activities for your children, this is a great fit! It is especially helpful if the babysitter is familiar with, or willing to become familiar with your child’s unique interests.


Willing to Sign a Contract

Before sealing the deal, ask your babysitter to sign a contract agreeing to any terms of employment you feel are important for you and your children. You can include anything about your children, your home, the car, and the babysitter’s behavior. Make sure you have expectations for yourself as well to show potential hires you plan to be home on time and pay on time.


The process of choosing a babysitter runs most efficiently if you outline these requirements in your initial request. If the babysitter you are interested in fits all the above qualifications, you can rest assured you made a smart choice for you and your children!


Eileen O'Shanassy

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.