How To: Hire a Babysitter

Need a night out? Or maybe you want to go get that mani-pedi you’ve been putting off? Or maybe you just want a few hours of time to get some errands done and a quick workout in. You need a babysitter! Simple right? 

 

In today’s world it’s easier to find a last-minute sitter, one that has amazing reviews, one that has experience, one that you can trust. Finding qualified candidates to take care of your kiddos has become simple because, there’s an app for that! 

 

While we don’t recommend handing your kids off to just anyone, there is still rapport to build. Apps allow you to find great people fast because one thing is certain, you need a RELIABLE source when it comes to discovering your next sitter. This is exactly why several of the apps and sites designed for caregiving have extensive training and a rigorous screening process so you don’t have to do all the research. Here are 3 of our fav apps when it comes to finding your next sitter.

Care.com

Care.com matches parents with sitters. While they started as website, Care.com now has an extensive app that makes searching and messaging painless and simple. Care.com is one of the top trusted networks, starting back in 2007, for sitters and parents. Carre.com also allows sitters to put in references and background checks for a fee.

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Sittercity

SIttercity is a much like Care.com, their job is to match sitters with parents. Because it’s been around since 2011, you’re more likely to find a sitter in your area! The site allows parents to review the sitters as well as request background checks!

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Sitter

Another app to connect parents to caregivers. Sitter works by allowing parents to send messages to multiple sitters at once in order to find the right fit! You can view the sitters your friends have used as well and recommend sitters to friends as well! Plus this app is totally FREE.

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When settling on an app, we still recommend that you ask a few key questions to your soon-to-be babysitter. While a lot of apps have background checks and references, it’s important for you to still do your research! Here are some of the questions you should keep in mind and ask while interviewing your potential fit:

  • Why do you want to work with children?
  • Can you drive? What kind of reliable transportation do you have?
  • Are you certified in CPR, first aid, or lifesaving?
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What is your availability? Do you have time constraints that would prevent you from staying later if something came up?
  • What experience do you have with infants?
  • Give me an example of a time when you used good judgement in solving a problem?
  • Do you have experience with kids that have asthma/allergies/health conditions?

 

By: Hanna Dobels of Barred Studio


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