Looking for a Babysitter?

When you move away from family, friends, and your scheduled twice a month babysitter, it can be hard to find someone you trust to watch your children. As a parent you must do your homework and find a reliable, honest, and caring babysitter. At the same time, you want to run out of the house before the four walls trap you inside with the children for all eternity. Here are a few tips for finding the perfect babysitter.

Babysitting Service
I worked with a friend whose daughter worked for care.com. She was a part-time nanny, and she loved it. Services like Care.com and SitterCity.com provide you with a list of babysitters or nannies that are within your price range. My friend's daughter had to complete a background check. Don't be afraid to conduct an interview with a couple of candidates.

Babysitting Facility
There are times when you need a sitter and no one is available. You can use a babysitting facility such as Adventure Kids. It is like a daycare with flexible drop off and pick up times. They also have the same germs as a daycare. I would use these facilities as little as possible, but they are good for emergencies.

Church
Ask the Children's worker for babysitter referrals. You may find a children's worker at the church that is also looking for babysitter work on the side. Many churches do background checks on their volunteers and employees. You may find a new church and babysitter at the same time.

Neighbors/Teachers
Your new neighbors or child's teacher could be a great resource for locating a babysitter. Ask who they use, and if they are willing to share their information.

Find Your Village
When you move to a new place, it can seem like a daunting task to make new friends. Sometimes we have to start from scratch, but it's totally worth it. When you establish your village, you can take turns watching each other's children.

Once you find the perfect babysitter, you never want to lose her phone number. She is a valuable part of the team, and helps keep mommy sane. What tips do you have for locating a fabulous babysitter?

Amanda

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