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Finding A Baby Sitter

By Edited Dec 3, 2015 1 1

Finding the perfect baby sitter for your children can be a daunting task. In today's society, it's hard to trust anyone with anything, especially your kids! We've heard horror stories countless times about negligent baby sitters, thieving baby sitters, and violent baby sitters. It almost seems impossible that there is any possible way to completely trust anyone to watch your kids. With everything in life, there are chances we have to take, and sometimes having a baby sitter is completely necessary. Here are a few tips you can use in finding a baby sitter, that may help you worry just a little less about leaving your beloved children at home.

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Try To Find Someone You Know: If you need to leave the kids at home for something, try to eliminate all stress by finding someone you already know. Try phoning a close friend, family member, co-worker, church member, etc. Rack every angle of your brain to find someone you're already comfortable with. This will relieve any worry that something might go wrong. It's much better to leave your children in the hands of someone you know than a complete stranger.

Take Recommendations From People: The best thing you can do for a baby sitter (besides getting someone you already know) is to take a suggestion from someone you know. Ask different friends and relatives who have children what they often do for a baby sitter, and chances are, they will direct you in the right direction. This eliminates the mystery factor from the process, and the recommendation will allow you to breathe a little easier, knowing that someone you trust had this person into their home and everything worked out wonderfully.

Prepare Yourself For The Stranger Baby Sitter: As a precautionary adjustment, just in case the problem ever arises, you should have a selected baby sitter lined up. If you are answering an ad from online or in the classifieds, phone the potential babysitter and have a face to face interview before leaving your kids with a stranger. Use your own instinct and ask several questions. If the baby sitter is legit, she will completely understand why you're asking so many questions, and shouldn't mind answering them. Only select a stranger baby sitter if there are no other options available, and you are forced to leave your children at home. When the time comes for the baby sitter to watch your kids, be sure to go over every procedure in safety. Explain to the baby sitter what allergies your children may have, where the fire extinguisher may be, and give a list of emergency phone numbers so that she will be able to contact you.


The last thing any of us would want to do is to place our kids in danger. You should check every single angle to make sure that they are safe. A baby sitter is a necessary fact of life, because we can't be everywhere that we'd like to be at the same time. Use your knowledge and instinct to make sure that your children are in good, safe hands at all times.



Aug 11, 2011 12:11pm
Great tips on finding a good babysitter. A good babysitter is of paramount importance for keeping children safe.

It is equally important to teach children to take a proactive role in staying safe from abduction and exploitation.

A book entitled, What Would You Do? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers by Melissa Harker Ridenour, is a good resource for keeping children safe. The book empowers children to take a proactive role in staying safe from abduction or predator harm. It explains the concept of "stranger" to children in a very reassuring way.

The book also includes a chapter for parents, teachers and other child caregivers. It is available through the publisher, Headline Kids, and through

Check out my book website, Melissa Harker Ridenour Books, at www.AuthorMelissaHarkerRidenour.com.

Also consider commenting and subscribing to my Child Safety Blog at http://childsafety-melissa.blogspot.com
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