How to Find a Great Babysitter or Nanny

How to Find a Great Babysitter or Nanny

How to Find a Great Babysitter or Nanny

Who said going out with your sweetie on a date night would never happen after having a baby? Well, I believe going out on a date night is a must to keep your relationship strong and friends are bound to invite you out to a special event. So, it’s definitely in your best interest to find a good babysitter if you don’t have mom or sis to help out. 

If you’re a new parent how do you find the best babysitter to take care of your child?  Itsabelly Baby Planners has helped many new families find babysitters and nannies. Here are some of our key tips to finding someone you’re comfortable with and trust with your child.

The American Red Cross does not provide certified babysitter referrals however parents have several options to locate a babysitter in their area:

  1. One option is to locate the nearest Park and Recreation center and ask if parents can post a notice looking for sitter.
  2. A second option is to take out a personal ad in the high school newspaper at the school located nearest you.  Check with the career counselor as parents can often place a notice on their job board.  Sometimes, this same option works well at the middle school level.
  3. A third option is Sitter City or eNannySource.com. Parents can look at the number of sitters registered in their zip code area for free; but it will cost the parent to access the sitter information.
  • Ask Around – Ask neighbors, friends, other moms if they know of a good babysitter or nanny
  • Check Ads – Babysitters post ads on community boards in churches, libraries and sites like Craig’s List
  • Post an Ad – Use sources like Craig’s List, Sittercity.com or go to your local college/university and post on their job opening board
  • Prepare for the Interview – prep your list of questions.  Run a background check if the sitter has professional experience as a nanny.  Do reference checks.
  • Arrange a meeting or practice babysitting session with the sitter and your children

 

 

Melissa Moog

Article written by

A true pioneer in an emerging industry, Melissa Moog is one of America’s original baby planners as founder of Itsabelly, a national baby planning service guiding new and expectant parents through the process of parenthood. Melissa is also the leading authority and voice for baby planning with an eco-twist, and THE first baby planning business to secure Green America’s seal of approval.

 

Note: This Perspectives Blog post is written by a Guest Blogger of DrGreene.com and is provided in order to offer a variety of thoughtful points of view. The opinions expressed on this Perspectives Blog post do not reflect the opinions of Dr. Greene or DrGreene.com. As such, Dr. Greene and DrGreene.com are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied. This post is used under Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0

Comments