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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Where to Look For a Babysitter

If your schedule is no longer allowing you to have quality time with your newborn, you may want to consider looking for a babysitter. Locating a babysitter is actually not that difficult especially that there is internet available. But before you go surfing online to search for a babysitter, one of the first things that you should never fail to consider is of course your relatives. Rather than hire a complete stranger, you may want to ask your sister or your mom to look after your kid.

On the other hand, if in case there is no one available to tackle the job due to various reasons then perhaps that is the best time to look for a babysitter. In fact, you can also ask your friends and relatives if they know someone who could do the job properly and someone whom you can entrust your baby to. You could actually ask your relatives teenage children, especially the girls since they usually have free time.
School is also another place where you could try looking for a babysitter. You can simply check the school’s bulletin board and newsletters. You could also post a job posting on the board if you wish. Even the local community church may have individuals who would be happy to take your little angel. If all else fails then perhaps going online would solve your problem. Sites like sittercity.com and care.com often have postings of prospective babysitters.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Qualities to Look For In A Baby Sitter

Taking care of your newborn is a rewarding experience. At the same time, it can be difficult especially if you are just in the stage of being familiar with your new role. However, there would be those times wherein you would not have the ample time to look after your kid especially if you have social obligations or extended work hours to accomplish. In this kind of moments, it might be a good idea to consider looking for a babysitter.


But before you start calling your neighbor or some random stranger advertising his or her babysitting prowess online, you should first know the characteristics of a reliable babysitter. You should realize that hiring a babysitter, a stranger, can pose a risk to your child and you do not want that. When you are looking for a babysitter whom you can trust, it is advisable that you get a babysitter who is willing to get interviewed. He or she should also be willing enough to provide quality reference whom you can get in touch with for further background checks.

Another important characteristic of a babysitter is that the person should be experienced when it comes to the job. You will know this if the prospective babysitter is able to confidently and comfortably answer all your questions in good faith. Having a special training as a background is also a plus and you may want to ask in detail about the training that he or she underwent.

The babysitter should also be straightforward when it comes to his or her service fee and availability. It is important that you have an idea how the person’s schedule would coincide with yours. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that your baby should positively interact with the babysitter thus scheduling a one-time babysitting rehearsal would be helpful. This will let you know if your baby is comfortable being with the babysitter. At the same time, you can take this opportunity to see if the babysitter is comfortable at what he or she is doing.

You should also trust your instincts and feel comfortable about the person. If at anytime you find yourself doubting the credibility of the person or you are not comfortable in the way he or she handles your baby, you may want to take this as a cue and look for another babysitter. During times like this, it is nice to know that you can always go online to check for prospective babysitters. Trusted sitters should at least be listed in sites like sittercity.com, care.com and the like.

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