I have a 2 year old & a 7 month old. How do I find a good babysitter?

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I have never been able to leave my kids with anyone. I don't have any family and the friends I do have, I'm not comfortable leaving my boys with them.

I just don't know how to go about finding someone to watch my kids for a couple of hours.

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Kristin - posted on 03/07/2010

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Do you know other mom's you could trade sitting with? They could probably really use a little time themselves. You could also ask them who they use or would recommend. Maybe ask your pdiatrician and his nurses if they could recommend someone. I know in some larger cities, there are services. Neighbors might have suggestions, or kids old enough. Mom's Clubs and churches usually know people as well.



I have had someone watch my kids a couple of times, but they were people I had gotten to know. A couple were grad students my husband worked with, another was the daughter of a friend of my aunt, my neighbor whose got a son between mine in age, and the last was a college student who taught PreK art classes at our local rec center (my oldest took several from her). My boys really liked her and her mom teaches preschool, so felt pretty good about her. I have a tough time doing it too, so good luck.

Erika - posted on 03/06/2010

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Hi Samantha,
I've also heard of http://www.Sittercity.com. I would also suggest checking with people from your church, or neighbors you trust. You can also join a Moms Club in your area and see if you make new friends that you can gain trust on as well. I have a 2 1/2 year old and 1 year old, they 19 months apart. I know how busy you must be, and could use a break every once in a while.

Best Wishes!

Erika
http://www.4MyFamilyandMe.com

Jenifer - posted on 03/06/2010

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I've never had to have a sitter, luckily. My husband and I had alternaing work schedules, so we didn't need it, and now I'm a SAHM. But when you do find someone you might want to watch your kids, interview them at your house with your kids present. See how your kids take to them. You could even have a "dry run", if they pass the first part. You go outside, or over to a neighbors after explaining to your children to behave and listen to the sitter, that way you can be there if anything happens, and see if both the sitter and the kids are behaved! Maybe have a baby monitor in the main room. (Just an idea) Good Luck and God Bless!

Theresa - posted on 03/06/2010

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Talk to other parents and see if they have someone they like that they wold refer you to. See if there is a teen in the neighborhood that does babysitting. See if coworkers have a teen thet enjoys babysitting. Put a note on a bulletin board at a local college in the early education department. Those are a couple suggestions I have for you.

Stephanie - posted on 03/06/2010

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Hi!

New to the SAHM boards! We found a sitter through a site called Sitter City. They have a list of sitters, tutors, petsitting etc. on there. We pay $10 a month. Certain sitters have background checks on them and references. I have a child with Autism and found the perfect one. It is a great site and I seen it on the today show and a few other tv programs. Good luck!

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if you go to church see if you can find a teenager who is willing to babysit and is certified. Thats what I did.

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