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Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 06-11-2007

Hiring a baby-sitter

Baby-sitting isn’t for everyone. Baby-sitters 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 baby-sitter do a good job.

  • Ask for names and phone numbers of
    people who have hired the baby-sitter
    before. Call these people and ask what they liked and didn’t like about this
    sitter.
  • Interview the baby-sitter. 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 baby-sitter understands all your safety rules for your baby.

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