It isn’t very often we need to use babysitters and when we do our mothers are always our first port of call. But more and more recently we are having to compromise and reschedule to suit them. Of course we are always grateful for their help but sometimes, we like to be able to stick with our original plan. There are certain things we can’t reschedule so it means we miss out on events such as gigs, stand ups etc.
Finding the right babysitter
It is one of my goals this year to spend more time with Mark and going places together. The boys are all getting older and they are becoming ‘easier’ to manage in the evenings. Choosing the right babysitters when it isn’t a friend or family is pretty tough going. Trying to find a babysitter which ticks all the right boxes can be difficult. For me the most important factors of choosing a babysitter is their qualifications, DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) and their personality! We love cheery bubbly people and for someone to look after our boys they need to come across happy and have a cheery outlook on life. Thankfully for us websites such a Sitters.co.uk pretty much ‘vet’ the babysitters they have on site and with them all having some form of qualification it makes the process a little easier.
What to look for when choosing a babysitter?
I was interested to see what other people’s main prioritise were when choosing a babysitter. So I spoke to a couple of other bloggers and asked, here is what they said,
Natasha – They have to be free and related to me. I don’t think I would trust anyone I didn’t know like family to watch my rabble.
Sophie – Someone who is attentive and knowledgeable. I wouldn’t leave my child with just anyone I have to be confident in their abilities!
Hayley – Ability to drive – we live quite rurally and so it’s important they could get anywhere if there was an emergency (plus saves us driving them home!). Also, if it’s non family then a first aid certificate is also pretty handy. A couple of the women at my sons nursery do babysitting which is perfect!
Emily – Experience. Whether that’s with children of their own, or professionally in childcare. I need to know that if my child wakes up, or has a meltdown they know how to deal with it.
Julie – Trustworthiness – I’d have to be able to trust them and know that they would put my child’s best interests first. The only people who have ever babysat my daughter have been her grandparents and a friend of ours who is a paediatric nurse – we think she is just about qualified.
I would love to know, what do you look for when choosing a babysitter?
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