As providers of babysitters and nannies in the Bay area, we know how difficult it can be to find a babysitter that is not only available when you need one but also reliable, trustworthy and fun. While no sitter has it all, it is possible to find one who meets most of the critical requirements – substance free, no criminal background, trustworthy and caring.
We’d all like to have that neighborhood teenager who can babysit on short notice, but it seems she has gone the way of the paperboy and gas station attendants. Nowadays, babysitters are professionals. They may be college students, exchange students or younger and older adults who love taking care of kids.
If you’re using our babysitter solutions to find the right babysitter, you won’t have to worry, we’ve done all the screening for you. However, you still want to make sure they’re the best fit for your family. Here are some questions to ask yourself when interviewing your babysitter.
What to Look for in a Babysitter
- Gut instinct – Don’t discount your gut instinct, if the babysitter makes you nervous or uncomfortable for any reason, it’s probably not a good fit. You want to be able to go out and feel that your children are safe and secure under the babysitter’s care. If you don’t get the vibe, find another one. Same goes with kids. If they feel uncomfortable, there’s probably a reason. It’s okay to pass.
- Do they like kids? – Believe it or not, not all babysitters like kids. Crazy, right? You can usually tell right away if this is the case. You really want to find a sitter who will engage your children, not just plop them in front of the TV or computer.
- Reviews – Ideally, you’ll have some referrals from friends and neighbors. Referrals are the best way to find a fantastic babysitter, the problem is, most people won’t share their babysitter for fear they’ll lose them to someone else. We’ve got lots of great sitters we can refer to you today, so give us a call if you need a sitter right away.
- Language barriers? – While it is common to find great babysitters who don’t speak English as a first language, it is important to be able to communicate with your sitter. On the other hand, a sitter who speaks another language fluently is great for kids who want to learn a new language.
- Are they crafty? – To avoid having your kid spend the day or evening in front of a digital device, it’s important that you sitter have some creative skills. They don’t need to be Picasso, but having a love for crafts or science is a huge plus. And your kids will look forward to you going out more often.
- Outside – Same goes for taking the kids outside. Whether to the park or just the backyard, fresh air is good for everyone. It provides necessary exercise and helps burn off energy so the kids can get a good night’s sleep. Ask if you sitter likes to play outside. Is she willing to go for a bike ride or walk around the block?
- Extras – While most parents just want to find someone who can responsibly look after their kids, there are some extras that are nice to have in a babysitter. Will they cook meals for the kids? Will they clean up after the kids? What about doing a load of laundry every now and then? These are things that are not necessary and usually not required, but are wonderful if you can find someone willing to do. Ask up front if they’d be willing to do any of these extras.
If you’re looking for a babysitter in the Bay area and don’t know where to start, give us a call at 408-896-8321, we’ll help you find the perfect babysitter for all your childcare needs.