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Hiring a Babysitter

Parenting Tips


Updated December 13, 2004

Babysitting isn't for everyone. Babysitters keep your children safe and happy while you are away for a short time. Use the guidelines below. They will keep your baby safe and help your babysitter do a good job.

  • Ask for names and phone numbers of people who have hired the babysitter before. Call these people and ask what they liked and didn't like about this sitter.
  • Interview the babysitter. Look for someone who is trustworthy, capable and comfortable with babies.
  • Have a trial run. Have the sitter care for your baby while you are at home. You can watch the sitter with your baby.
  • Describe your routines. Give the sitter information on your baby's habits and preferences for eating, diapering, playing and sleeping.
  • Give clear instructions. Make sure the sitter knows how to deal with emergencies.
  • Tell the sitter how you can be reached. Give the sitter the name and phone number of a friend or relative to call if you can't be reached.
  • Write down the phone number of the baby's doctor.
  • Give a tour of your house. Let the sitter know about anything unusual.
  • Let the sitter know when you'll be home. Call if you will be late.
  • Make sure the babysitter understands all your safety rules for your baby.
These tips were reproduced from the U.S. Department of Education.

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