Finding a good baby sitter is a daunting task for many parents who have little options. There are a few good resources out there and there a some wise approaches to take when choosing a baby sitter for your family. There are also signs that you may have made the wrong choice.
This biggest step is finding someone to care for your child or children. Many parent dread leaving their children with anyone at all, even professional daycare providers. Leaving your little ones in another person’s care is a difficulty task but it is a good step to take to ensure that your child develops a healthy attachment to you.
If your child is in daycare, you may want to inquire about “parents’ night out”. Some daycare providers offer this service so finding a baby sitter is not actually necessary. My niece goes to daycare three times each week. I am her baby sitter the other two days. Her daycare has one Saturday each month in which the daycare workers will watch the children for a small fee. This useful service is a great resource for parents.
Not all daycare providers will offer a baby sitter service. You also may need a baby sitter on a night other than the one selected by the company. Your children may not have grandparents who are physically able to tend to their needs. You could live far away from friends and family or you just may not feel comfortable bothering anyone who does not baby sit professionally. What does a parent do?
It is crucial to create a network. Ask friends and neighbors who have children the same age as yours who they use. You can make inquires at work and at church. Both of these resources can be a great way to find the perfect baby sitter in your area.
Once you have found your baby sitter you may find yourself questioning your decision. Is the person too inexperienced? Is my child getting the right kind of care? Does this person really care about my child’s well-being? These are all valid questions. There are a few signs that your baby sitter is not top choice.
Watch your child’s behavior. Does your child cry or get unreasonably upset when the baby sitter arrives? Is your child way too eager for your return? We all know that most children are excited to see you but if your child is staring out of the window or standing by the door after you have been away for over an hour, it is time to consider finding a new baby sitter.