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
- 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
- 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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