There is nothing more unnerving than leaving your little one for the first time. No matter how nice your nanny, or how super your sitter, OR how much you and your significant other need that one-on-one time to reconnect, leaving your Boston Baby is not easy. You are trusting someone with the most important thing in your life–your child.
Picking the right person for the job can feel overwhelming, and rightly so, as your babysitter should not only be qualified to watch a child, but needs to have the time, energy, patience and love to watch your child.
Your babysitter should be a “fit” for the whole family. When you walk out your door, you should feel comfortable and confident that your little one is in good hands, so you can fully enjoy your well deserved and needed night out.
Previous childcare experience is incredibly important. Beyond the number of years a candidate has been babysitting or nannying, it’s important to ask if he/she has experience with children your child’s age. If you have an infant, you’ll need a sitter that is comfortable changing diapers. If you have a toddler, you’ll be on the lookout for active sitters who like to take the kids to the park. If you have multiples, it’s important the sitter has cared for more than one child at once.
Ask your sitter questions to dig deeper into their qualifications—questions you might not think to ask like, “Do you speak another language,” “Do you know how to cook,” “Are you willing to help with errands and household chores?” Also, remember to ask if they have their current child and infant CPR certification and first aid training certification. If you find a great sitter who isn’t CPR trained, you could always offer to pay for a class – or better yet, take one with her. It’d be a great excuse for you to brush up on your CPR too.
Be sure to ask the sitter if they will be available on the days and times you’ll need her/him. Some sitters are only looking for occasional work on the weekends, while others may be up for consistent part time work. Set expectations up front, so neither you, nor the sitter is disappointed when a job is declined.
Let’s face it, most babysitters are young adults who are still learning to be responsible. Look for a sitter who responds quickly to your emails or phone calls. It’s a good indication that they will show up to your babysitting job on time. Also, be sure to confirm the sitter’s transportation situation — will you need to pick them up, or do they have a reliable way to get to your home?
- Personal Recommendations
Beyond your interview with the sitter, you’ll want to ask for personal references to hear first hand from families they have worked for previously. There’s nothing more comforting to hear than another parent’s personal recommendation. Better yet, ask your friends and parents you know from your child’s school if they can recommend any sitters. By doing your due diligence upfront, you’ll find someone you feel you can really trust.
What’s great about UrbanSitter is that it takes the process of finding personally recommended babysitters online, so you can quickly and efficiently find sitters through your personal networks. Once you sign up, you can instantly see sitters your Facebook friends have used and reviewed—and also sitters that parents from your child’s school, swim team, or local mommy group have used and recommended.
In addition to reviews from parents, each sitter’s profile page includes information about their childcare experience, qualifications, on-time ratings, and even a calendar they keep up to date with their availability, so you can book them for an interview or job at the click of a button!
Speed Sitting Babysitter Meet & Greet with UrbanSitter
Looking for a babysitter? Join UrbanSitter for an innovative “speed sitting” event, where you’ll have the chance to interview a dozen babysitters in casual, 3-minute interviews—speed-dating style! Refreshments will be provided and kids are welcome!
Date: Thursday, June 6th
Location: Inner Space, Annex Studio
17 Station Street, Brookline
RSVP to UrbanSitter Parent Advocate Kelly at: kpaszamant@gmailcom