Bundle of joy is fast growing into a spirited entity that has recently got mobile too!!! Yes, we are talking about your hyperactive kid that demands a chunk of your time and energy too.
There are professional demands, work to do and obligations to fulfill outside the home too. It is only normal that you are going to need a helping hand to take care of your child.
Sooner or later, you are sure to need help to look after your kid. Hiring a babysitter is the most normal thing that you would do for this.
But of course it is easier said than done!
Leaving your child with a babysitter involves several safety factors that you must consider before hiring one.
Now, these are some important factors to keep in mind when selecting the right babysitter:
1.References are deciding factors
i. If you have listed an ad to hire a baby sitter, you are sure to hear from experienced or new-found people.
Never shy away from asking for references or calling people they whose details they have given you as references. It is not a matter of hurting any one’s sentiments but a matter of your child’s safety!
ii. The other way to go about the process is to talk to a babysitter that someone has referred you. This way you will know that you are talking to a person who has already babysat with someone that you know.
2. Schedule a time for a one-on-one talk
Make sure you set up a meeting with the candidate when you do not have to run around after your child. Also, meet the person at a time when your mind is fresh and alert. This will ensure that you do not miss the small details in conversation or the person’s body language.
3. Ask plenty of questions
Prepare a questionnaire beforehand and rehearse them so that you are nor fumbling for words when talking to your potential babysitter.
i. Ask if the person has children of her own, had younger siblings whose care were entrusted to her. Experience of kids is extremely important.
ii. It is important to get her philosophy on children and childcare. What age children is the person most comfortable with? Children of different ages have varying interests and the person should understand them well.
iii. Make sure to understand how the babysitter’s priorities when she is with your child. Ask questions like the child has just choked on a piece of food or fallen down the stairs and the bell rings with the deliveryman shouting out. How will she react?
iv. The potential babysitter should have basic first-aid knowledge and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is one of them. In case the person has no idea of such emergencies, ask if she is willing to learn.
4. Ask for a kid test
A reliable babysitter will surely agree to spend some test time with your kid during any of her spare times. Make sure you are around, but of course without a conspicuous presence to see how the two get along.
A lot is sure to come in the open in this test time which of course should not be less than thirty to forty minutes.
5. Trust Your Gut
The biggest asset you have as a mom is your gut feeling. When interviewing a potential babysitter, let your gut feeling give you the clear indications.
Despite all odds or everything going smooth, there is that one feeling that is nagging at the back of your mind – your gut feeling. Never ignore it!!!
The irreplaceable bonding between you and your child is sure to let out special wavelengths that will allow you to make the correct final decision.
6. Find the current rates
Make a fact finding on the current rates of babysitters in your area. Even within a city, the rates are likely to differ depending on the experience of the person as well as the place where they are working.
Call your friends, ask your neighbors or look up the websites of agencies providing them to get the right idea. Of course, you have the choice of offering something more in case the person turns out to be exceptionally good for your child.
7. Opt for a Trial Run
Make arrangements of a day, a couple of days or a week if necessary with the babysitter before going in for long-term commitments. It will give you enough time to see any adverse or positive reactions coming from your child.
If things work out fine, you can naturally continue with her. Else, just thank her after paying and say that the arrangement is not working for you.
Enjoy your motherhood and time with your baby to bring smile back on your lips reminiscing them after decades!!!