You've asked other parents for recommendations, called references, and finally hired a babysitter. But how do you know she's doing a good job when you're not around? Here are seven signs to look for:
Your child warms up to her. It may take a while before your child grows to trust and love his babysitter. And even the best caregivers can't replace you or your partner. Still, after several sessions together, you should notice your child warming up to the sitter (which doesn't necessarily mean he's thrilled to see her the minute she walks in the door).
If this isn't happening, it may be that the babysitter isn't providing the kind of warmth and comfort your child needs. Or maybe their personalities just aren't a good match.
She's genuinely happy to see your child. If your babysitter truly enjoys spending time with your child, you'll know it – and your child will sense it, too. Her love will shine through every time they're together.
She comes up with creative solutions to problems and works with you to provide the best possible care for your child. If your baby hates tummy time, for example, your sitter will try dangling toys in front of him to make it more interesting. Or if your toddler runs out of paint for an art project, your sitter will find other supplies that work in a pinch.
If your child isn't sleeping, she'll turn to you for advice. Taking the initiative and collaborating with you shows that she takes her job seriously.
She respects your time. A conscientious babysitter will arrive on time and call to let you know if she's unexpectedly running late. She'll also give you ample warning when she's unable to care for your child – and may even help you find a substitute caregiver.
She makes an effort to stay connected. A sitter who takes her job seriously will keep you informed by leaving notes or even filling out a daily report. If you set aside some time for the two of you to catch up, she'll understand that you want to know how your child is doing, and she'll keep you abreast of any problems, big or small.
Your child is clean, and messes aren't left for you. Cleanliness is a sign of conscientiousness. You want your sitter to be focused on your child, not busy cleaning your home, but she should tidy up any messes she or your child makes. She should also wipe off your child's face and hands whenever they get dirty.
Accidents are infrequent. Of course tumbles will happen, but a good sitter makes safety a priority both at home and when she and your child are out and about. She'll look both ways before pushing the stroller across the street, keep a close eye on your child at the playground, and make sure safety gates stay closed.
If the sitter drives your child, you'll want to drive with her yourself at least once or twice to see what she's like on the road. You'll also want to make sure that her car is reliable, a car seat for your child is properly installed, and that she always buckles your child up safely.
When you hire a baby sitter from www.bookmybai.com we check all these qualities before sending you a baby sitter.