Ever wondered how to find a babysitter that you can trust so you can finally have your OWN play time again? Well, fret no more because I’ve got some very practical and helpful tips on how to do just that.
Access Your Inner Circle
If you’ve got a baby, chances are that you’ve already networked with other moms with babies, and chances are good they’ve already found some great babysitters that you can nab for your night out. After all, those babysitters aren’t nannies, so they depend on referrals in the first place. It’s a win-win.
Leverage the Internet
How to find a babysitter online? Let your fingers do the walking to check general classifieds sites like CraigsList.org or ClassifiedAds.com and also sites specifically geared to finding babysitters, like Nannies4Hire.com, Care.com, PhoneABabysitter.com and SitterCity.com. There are many, so be creative with your Google searches.
Do Your Homework
Take your time to list out your expectations so you can be very clear in communicating them upfront, and make a list of questions you absolutely want answered well before ever contacting any of your babysitter prospects. For example, ask if they are okay being videotaped in your home while you are away. Ask for references and make sure to check them. Your baby is too precious to be left in incapable hands.
Consider a Background Check
Some would-be babysitters have criminal records for all sorts of offenses that you’d never know about unless you actually run a background check. There are services online that offer scans of one’s past criminal records, though usually for a fee. But how much is your baby’s well-being worth to you?
So there you have it. Many people wonder how to best find a babysitter, but even with modern technology to help grease the groove, it still mostly comes down to using some good old-fashioned elbow grease.