Nurturing and looking after a baby is one job that is closest to a parent’s, especially a mother’s, heart. However, unavoidable circumstances, both personal as well as professional, leave them with no other options, but to get professional help. A good and experienced babysitter can make life a lot easier for the parents. However, selecting a good babysitter can be quite a task. When it comes to your child, you have to be extra careful.
The following parameters should be taken into consideration while hiring a babysitter.
1. Proper research
It is always a good option to get the hiring done from a reputed and recognised organisation. You cannot leave your baby with anyone. On your part, it is important as well as advised to get a thorough research done. Find out about the babysitter’s past clients, and if possible, try and get feedbacks from as many as of these clients as possible. Get their identification and other necessary documents verified. Going for babysitters who have worked for people known to you (relatives, friends or colleagues) make the entire process smooth and hassle-free.
2. Bonding with the baby
Your baby will be with the babysitter for most of the time. Without proper bonding, it won’t be a good or fun experience for both babysitter and baby. Thus, before hiring any babysitter, request for demo classes or a trial run. Make sure you monitor your baby’s interaction with her carefully. A good babysitter will know how to get along really well with your baby and should show genuine affection. Go with a babysitter who will keep your bundle of joy happy and cheerful in your absence.
3. Regular and punctual
If you are hiring a babysitter on a daily basis, then regularity is an important criterion. She cannot come for two-three days a week and take a leave for the remaining days. Unfortunately, many parents have to deal with this nightmare. For working parents, the situation gets even worse, with one of them having to make the sacrifice. Emergencies can be there, which is understood. The problem arises when irregularly becomes an everyday affair. Make this point clear before the hiring to avoid unnecessary chaos at a later period. In fact, it is a good idea to hire a babysitter who stays close to your place.
A babysitter can be instrumental in shaping your child’s personality to a certain extent. It is a good thing if the person has lived up to your expectations. However, trusting the person blindly, that too in the initial days, may not be a very wise idea. They need to earn that trust. Give it time and see your baby’s development. The best would be to install a CCTV camera at home. Many parents have adopted this, keeping the safety of their kids in mind.
Tip: A babysitter who is very money-minded may not be suitable for your child.