How do I find a good babysitter?

Jesica - posted on 11/21/2008 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I really don't want to stick my baby in day care, not that I haven't anything against it or against any mom who does, I just don't feel like it's for me or him, so I need to find a good babysitter/nanny to watch him for me everyday, any tips on what to look for?

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Finding a babysitter who has any long-term experience at a daycare can be really helpful -- most licensed daycares have pretty high standards, and after taking care of multiple children, taking care of just one can seem like a breeze! Just make sure any baysitters you use make an effort to take your baby out to meet people and go places on a regular basis, regardles of your baby's age. Socialization is one essential developmental component your son could miss out on unless a serious effort is made to expose him to the larger world. And *make sure* they are certified in first aid and CPR for babies - if not, you could even offer to pay for a course. Hope this helps!

Shari - posted on 11/21/2008

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I really liked using sittercity.com. It has lot of nannies/babysitters, tips on how to interview and what to look for, etc. It's like match.com for nannies! Hope this helps!

Susie - posted on 11/21/2008

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Although my thought was the opposite of yours, I think my process for looking for care could be helpful... my county website was helpful in finding providers that were licensed and having availability. I set up time to visit a few different centers and talk to a couple of in home providers. I found that until I talked with people and checked out all of my options what I thought I'd like was a little different than what I decided was best for us. I made a list of questions to ask and always asked for references. Hope that helps a little! Good luck!

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