Image for childrens iron supplements If you’re the parent of an infant, young child, or older child, chances are you will need a babysitter at some point. Perhaps you work outside the home, or maybe you just need to get away for an evening. Whatever your situation, you want to be sure your children are in good hands. A babysitter can be a big help, as long as you hire someone who is mature, experienced, capable, and who cares about your children. Here are some tips on choosing a good babysitter:

Your first challenge is recruiting a potential babysitter. Here are some ideas:

  • Start looking for a sitter early. If you wait until the last minute, you may not have as many people to choose from.
  • Ask around. Ask family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers if they know of any good babysitters.
  • Advertise. Post ads in churches, civic organizations, high schools, or newspapers.
  • Find certified babysitters. Look for classes by the Red Cross or YMCA.
  • Check your phonebook for sitting services. Here are some things to keep in mind:
    • Services with an insurance bond will cover certain damages or losses to your property. However, most are not likely to protect your children in any way.
    • Check to see if the sitting service conducts criminal history checks and screens its employees.