Babysitter

Babysitter & Childcare Safety

January 4, 2018 Off By support@thebestforkid.com

Leaving the kids with someone else, even if it is a parent, a sitter, or a lifelong friend, is one of the hardest parts of becoming a parent. For many, however, it is a reality as life after baby returns to normal and the tasks necessary to lead a productive life to rectify their way back into your mind. Jobs, business meetings, and more can require the need for a babysitter or childcare.

Don’t beat yourself up for needing to leave your child. Studies show that children who are able to attend daycare or stay with a babysitter have better socialization skills as well as a higher vocabulary. While it is nerve-wracking, know that your bundle of joy is still thriving while you are away! Additionally, you can take extra precautions to protect your baby or child at any age, even when that means they’re in the care of sometimes someone you don’t really know.

How to Find the Best Childcare or Sitter for your Child

No one will ever love your child like you; accept the fact and get on with life! This statement doesn’t imply that you can’t find someone that is going to care for your child just as you would and treat them with the love they need. But we all know that the love a parent has for their child is one so very unique and isn’t something that you can feel until the blood is your own.

Finding an outstanding babysitter that will take the best care of your child can be done when you take the time to find that person! This person is out there and it is your job to find them. Start the process of choosing a sitter or daycare for your child as early as possible. It sometimes takes a bit of time to find someone that is good enough to care for your child and this isn’t a process that you want to rush to get done.

It is recommended that you spend at least a couple of months comparing the different sitters, performing background checks, and getting to know the person/facility on a more in-depth level.

When selecting a babysitter, the following information is important to evaluate before choosing.

    • Conduct interviews with different sitters; after you decide whether you won’t care to take place in your home or at another location. Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask potential sitters. Create a list for each prospective sitter that you interview so you can keep up with the information they provide.
    • Ask for references and don’t be afraid to check them! Any good sitter can provide three to four references. Call them and ask their opinion of the sitter.
    • Searching for a babysitter within your community is much easier. Ask friends and family members who they trust to care for their child. Oftentimes you’ll get great information here that may help you find someone easily. Check with the church that you attend for a sitter recommendation and be sure to inquire with co-workers.
    • Experience is important when hiring a babysitter. Obviously, you want someone to care for your child who understands that sometimes caring for a child is a tiring task! You need a sitter that has shown they can handle even the most difficult of times with patience and the experience they offer certainly matters.
    • No matter how much experience the babysitter has or how many excellent references on the resume, at the end of the day what really matters is the way that your child responds to the sitter and your personal thoughts and opinions. Your gut instinct is usually right, so this is the time to go with it. If your child doesn’t like the sitter (especially if he is typically friendly with other people) or you get bad vibes, there is probably a reason and the search for the perfect sitter should continue.
    • Childcare costs vary from city and state and from provider to provider. A private sitter is usually the most affordable of the options and daycare the most expensive. The costs of the sitter are always important to consider when making your sitter selection.
    • What is a typical day like with the sitter? A structured environment is one in which most children thrive. You want them to be in an environment with other kids where they learn and have the chance to play and interact and have fun with people that provide them with positivity, encouragement and lots of smiles. Be sure that the sitter provides you with a weekly agenda so you know exactly what your child is doing while you are away. Be sure to also ask for a weekly menu so you can rest assured that your child is eating healthy.
    • How do you feel about the sitter? It is not easy to leave your child and worry and wonder all day. How does the sitter handle your worries and help them subside? Sending photos and daily reports is one way that a good sitter will help you feel assured of the care they’re providing to your little one.
    • Is the sitter willing to follow any specific rules or expectations that you have for your child? Obviously, a sitter that isn’t willing to meet your needs and requests isn’t one that you want to work with.
    • How does the sitter interact with your child? A positive relationship is so very important for your child to have with the sitter. While some parents say it makes them a bit jealous, seeing that your child feels safe and secure is something that should make you proud!