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How to Choose the Right Babysitter


When it comes to choosing the right babysitter for your little pride and joy, it can become quite difficult. Every parent wants to have a babysitter that fits as closely to the parent’s personality and beliefs as possible, yet it isn’t easy to find a young babysitter that fits that mold. Today we will help guide you towards the selection process in how to choose the right babysitter.


The first thing to think about is an age range in which you would feel comfortable leaving your child with, if you are having someone watch an older child you may not want a teenager to babysit them. Things can go a bit crazy when you have a child watching a child of adolescence so you may be more comfortable hiring an elder to watch the older children. When it comes to choosing the right babysitter for a younger child, these tips should help rest your mind and make the process smoother:

Create Interview Questions – think of everything that you would like to know about this potential babysitter. Write down a list of interview questions that you will ask and jot down answers to for every applicant.


Check all References – be sure to require a few references on the potential babysitter, this is because one reference could be horrible while another is perfect. Take into consideration what each reference says about this applicant as well as their answers to your interview questions.

Determine the Proper Age Group – depending upon how often and what time of day you require a babysitter for, the age may matter. If this is just an occasional weekend night out, then a teen may fit the bill. Think about the age group you would be comfortable hiring.

Don’t Discriminate – when choosing the right babysitter for your pride and joy remember that you still have to uphold to discrimination laws. While age may be discriminatory, it’s relevant when it comes to babysitting due to age restrictions in some states.


Test the Sitter with Your Kids – you should always interview the babysitter alone first and then setup a time for them to meet the kids. Stand aside and supervise this visit as a means to get a feel for how your child takes to this potential babysitter.

Always go with Your Gut – never will your gut instinct fail you, it’s just a matter of actually listening to it. Feel out the babysitter’s strengths, weaknesses and personality; get a fee for who they are to their core and how your child responds.

Choosing the right babysitter for your family may take some failures before you are set on the right person. Keep an open mind, remember that the babysitter won’t handle every scenario exactly like you, but make sure they are respectful enough to follow any specific rules you are dead set on having them implement. Be certain to select a babysitter who can continue to watch the children long-term as it’s best to have the kids form a bond with their sitter. There’s no right or wrong way when it comes to choosing a babysitter for your children watching needs, it’s simply a matter of implementing these tips and working through any gut instincts you have regarding the potential candidate until you find someone who is a good fit overall.

Annmarie John
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  1. Thanks for such great advice for parents! Finding a babysitter can be a scary ordeal and finding a good one ever harder! Basic first aid and pediatric CPR should be a must

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    1. Oh yes, you want the best to entrust your children to.

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  2. It has been SO long since I needed to arrange for a babysitter. And with all that is happening in the world, it is scary to trust your kids with anyone. Thanks for the great guide!

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    1. That's what's scary. You hear the news of babysitters abusing kids and it scares you.

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  3. Love these tips. Definitely trust your gut! I've had friends choose sitters based on other peoples recommendations without letting them play with the kids first for a trial. Always better to test them out and see which works better with your kiddos!

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    1. Oh my gut has never led me wrong ever. I've found that my instinct is usually correct about someone.

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  4. Oh, wow. I need this. I haven't left my almost three year old with anyone since she was around 20 months and Mama need a day out. :)

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    1. Then when you're looking for someone remember these tips and you should be ok.

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  5. I have an older sitter for when I need to leave all 3 of my kids and a few high school girls I use if it is just my youngest daughter. I love having some options. I pay my older sitter more (she is a pediatric ICU nurse) since I am lucky to have her and she is available during the day when I need someone to watch my youngest if I need to go do something at my boys schools.

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    1. Sounds like you have a few options. That's great!

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  6. Finding the right sitter can be a huge challenge! When you finally find one, treat them like the treasures they are so they'll stick around!

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    1. That's great advice indeed. Treat them like family and they'll treat your kids that way too.

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  7. I have struggled and struggled with this. So far my kids have never stayed with anyone who isn't family.

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    1. That's also a good alternative too. Since I don't have family living near me I have to get a sitter.

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  8. These are great tips and can be applied to a nanny too. I would have loved these when we were interviewing.

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    1. Well if you need to interview again, these tips will always be here.

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  9. Great tips! I haven't hired a sitter yet and my kid is 2. I know when my 2nd comes around i'll need to!

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    1. If you don't need to then you don't have to. However whenever you do decide to get a sitter be sure to use our tips in finding the best one.

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  10. These are good tips for a process that I would find very difficult! (Thankfully for now I am just relying on aunts and grandmas for the occasional few hours that I need my toddler watched.) Thanks for posting!

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    1. You have family that can do that for you. That's awesome. Unfortunately not everyone has that privilege. :)

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  11. Great tips. Finding the right sitter can be hard if you're not prepared with questions or know exactly what you are looking for.

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    1. That is very true and when you're prepared, you'll have the best sitter you can get.

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  12. These are great tips! There are so few people I trust with my kids - and finding a sitter for three is a little more complicated than when it was just with one :-)

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    1. You sound very much like me. I don't have many people that I trust so besides my husband and my neighbor, there aren't anyone who watches my kids.

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  13. Finding a sitter can be rough. We were blessed to find someone wonderful who almost 17 years later calls my son her grandson.

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    1. That is great! Sounds like she's an awesome person.

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  14. I know people dont play with their kids and a suitable sitter. Great tips all are very important.

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    1. Most of the time you interview the sitter and don't let them interact with the kids which is what you should do.

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  15. I've never gone through this process, just because we have close grandparents. And then we have regular baby sitters I borrow from other friends, who have already vetted them. I'm lazy, right?
    I appreciate these logical tips, though. I know I will have to do it eventually.

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    1. Sounds like you have a good set up there. No need to find another sitter. You're all good to go. :)

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