Leaving your babies in someone else’s care can be difficult, but it doesn’t need to be stressful.  When selecting a babysitter, consider family members, people you trust that your child knows well, and referrals from friends and family.  You can also find experienced babysitters through professional agencies.  If you don’t know and trust your babysitter personally, check multiple references, run background checks, and consider hiring someone that is CPR/first aid certified.  Spend time with your babysitter showing them around your house, and go over emergency phone numbers, any medical needs or food allergies your children may have, as well as your children’s activity preferences, rules, and sleep times.  Avoid confusion by writing everything down.  It’s also wise to call and check in!

father and young daughter