Date Night? How to Find a Babysitter
A great babysitter is a precious resource - and one that's highly coveted by other families. When date night comes along, or if you have to go out for any reason, making decisions about with whom you can entrust your kids is important. Of course, leaving the kids with a relative is ideal in most cases when they're nearby, but what if you've just moved to a new area? Once you get set up with a pediatrician, you may ask her if she knows of sitters in the area. As you settle into your new neighborhood and get to know your neighbors, ask the parents of teenagers if their kids babysit and are experienced. Likewise, ask the parents of smaller children for the contact information of the sitters they use. If you feel like you'd be more comfortable with an older sitter, then you might try the yellow pages to find a service that pairs up sitters and families. There are many online services that do the same thing; however, vetting and background checks vary, so check into how they check out your sitter before hiring. There are a few ways to tell if your sitter is a keeper.