Finding and Preparing for a Babysitter

Summer time is the perfect opportunity to find a great babysitter to help with your family to help coordinate between summer camps and family time. When looking for a sitter, you should consider the following topics to help you prepare for your next babysitting event!

Background Check!
Checking out your babysitter’s background history is the most important part of evaluating for the perfect Professional Sitter for your family. A licensed private investigator can provide you with details that will identify the character and trustworthiness of the sitter you are considering. At SeekingSitters all Contract Professional Sitters undergo an intensive background screening process to ensure the safety of your family.

Extensive Experience?
Make sure your sitter is comfortable in all babysitting situations with all ages of children and that she has her CPR and First Aid Certifications. It is important to not only verify that your Professional Sitters has had CPR and First Aid, but also has kept it current while work as a Professional Sitter.

Check References!
It is important to do your homework and check your sitter’s references rather than just taking their word on level of experience and past work history. SeekingSitters verifies the references of every single Professional Sitter working through the service to verify reliability and trustworthiness. Taking the time to check the sitter’s references allows you learn more about the sitter and ensure she will be a good fit for your family.

Level of Desire?
What is their level of motivation and desire to work with children. You want a sitter that is enthusiastic about what she is doing and will get interactive with the kids. Professional Sitters working through SeekingSitters work to build a relationship with each child they watch and actively engage the children to ensure their time together is enjoyable.

Is it a Family Match?
Once you have selected your sitter, have the sitter work with your family before you have made your final selection. Even if a sitter seems great on paper she may not be a personality match with your family.

Ease the Anxiety
Before your sitter arrives at your home, tell your children all about the sitter and if possible, let them meet her or talk to her on the phone. This will help ease your children's anxiety about having a sitter. Also – plan some fun activities to save for when the sitter arrives. Professional Sitters can also bring their own activities which helps strengthen the bond between the sitter and the children. This will get your children excited about the sitter and get their mind off of mom and dad leaving.

Keep Information on Hand
Have instructions, contact information and emergency details handy for the sitter to access. Informing the sitter of smaller details can make the event go more smoothly and make it more enjoyable for both the sitter and the children. Take some time to write down some family routines that you may forget to discuss when leaving such as rules about visiting neighbors or rules about meals or even little details such as where the trash is located.

Set Clear Expectations
Once your sitter arrives, you need to make sure you let your sitter know what you expect out of the sitting event, what you need from her and the best way to provide this. Professional Sitters always want to perform to the best of their abilities, so by letting them know what you expect will help get the best out of every sitting event. Don’t be afraid to set rules and guidelines, a good sitter will go the extra mile to make you and your children happy.

Don't linger around
If this is the first time using a particular sitter, it is OK to stay around and make sure you are comfortable with the sitter. But keep in mind that your children will bond with the sitter more quickly if you are not around. Sticking around can also make it more difficult for children to get used to having a sitter and focus more on mom and dad having to leave.

Cell Phones are for Emergencies...and Mom and Dad
Texting and talking with friends should be done on a Professional Sitters own time – your home is just like any other work place and should be treated as such but if you need to check in, it is completely fine to give your sitter a call. Sometimes this is an opportunity to find out how they are doing and even help with any needs, but mostly it will help let you relax about how the children are doing at home with the sitter. Let the sitter know that you might be calling and either keep the cell phone handy or listen for the home telephone.

Wrapping up
Follow up with your sitter to see how the event went and get a full report on activities and how the day went. It will help you determine if the sitter is a good fit for next time.

It is important to plan for a successful event. SeekingSitters can take the hassle out of finding a Certified Professional Sitter. For more information on babysitting services visit www.seekingsitters.com, or contact Adrienne Kallweit at 918-749-3588

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