How to Find a Great Babysitter or Nanny

 Going out on a date night is a great way to keep your relationship strong after kids come along.  It's definitely in your best interest to find a good babysitter or nanny 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? Here are some tips to help you find someone you’re comfortable with and trust with your child.

Find a Babysitter or Nanny in Your Area

  1. Locate the nearest Park and Recreation center and ask if parents can post a notice looking for sitter.
  2. 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. TrySitter 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.
  4. Ask neighbors, friends, other moms if they know of a good babysitter or nanny
  5. Check Ads – Babysitters post ads on community boards in churches, libraries and sites like Craig’s List
  6. 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

Before You Hire

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

 

 

Published on: April 01, 2010
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My wife and I are moving to a new city later this year. We have an amazing baby sitter that we would love to take with us, but we are going to have to find a new one. I like your ideas to finding a great sitter and I appreciate the resources that you have posted here. What kinds of questions would you ask before hiring a sitter? Thanks for the info!