Congratulations, new parents, on your adorable little one! As you embark on your journey of parenthood, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is who will take care of your precious baby when you’re not around. While leaving your newborn in someone else’s care can be daunting, it’s also necessary sometimes – whether you’re going back to work, running errands, or just need some time to yourself. With so many qualified babysitters out there, how do you choose the right one? In this blog post, we’ll take you through some important things to consider and questions to ask when choosing a babysitter for your new baby.
- Ask for Recommendations: Before you start googling or searching online, reach out to family, friends, and neighbors who have recently had a baby or who already have kids. They can refer you to a trusted babysitter who they have used before and had a good experience with. Ask them what they liked about the babysitter, what their qualifications are, and how they interacted with their baby.
- Look for Experience and Training: One of the most important things to consider when choosing a babysitter for your newborn is their level of experience and training. Look for someone who has previous experience with newborns, either through caring for younger siblings or other babysitting gigs. They should have basic knowledge of newborn care, including how to change diapers, feed, soothe, and put your baby to sleep. Additionally, consider someone who has taken classes or training on infant CPR and first aid. I was really lucky to find a sitter for my little one who was in nursing school, not only was she calm, patient, full of energy and amazing with my baby but she had solid training and knowledge of first aid and emergency situations.
- Evaluate Their Personality and Interactions with Your Baby: It’s important to choose a babysitter who is not only qualified but also compatible with your newborn's personality. During the babysitter interview, pay attention to how they interact with your baby. Do they seem to be comfortable with holding and playing with a newborn? Are they warm, friendly, and caring? Do they ask questions or appear genuinely interested in your baby’s needs and routines?
- Ask the Right Questions: When you’ve narrowed down your list of potential babysitters, it’s time to ask a few key questions to help you make the final decision. Here are a few questions to ask:
- What are your previous experiences caring for a newborn?
- How would you soothe a crying baby?
- What is your philosophy on discipline?
- What would you do in case of an emergency?
- Are you comfortable with our specific routine or preferences
(e.g. breastfeeding, naptime, etc.)?
- Do a Trial Run: Once you’ve found a potential babysitter who meets your qualifications and seems like a great fit, do a trial run before committing to regular childcare. This trial period will give you and your baby a chance to get to know the babysitter and vice versa. It’s important to leave clear instructions on how to care for your newborn, including feeding and sleeping routines, emergency contact information, and any helpful tips or notes.
- Consider Video Monitoring: In this day and age, you can never be too careful. Many families have a security system in the home, it’s never a bad idea to see what goes on once you leave the home. If anything having the ability to check in here and there gives many moms peace of mind.
Choosing the right babysitter for your newborn is an important decision that requires careful consideration and research. By asking the right questions, evaluating their experience, and training, and doing a trial run, you can ease your worries and feel confident that your baby is in good hands. Remember that communication is key – be clear about your expectations, preferences, and concerns upfront. With a trusted babysitter, you can enjoy some much-needed time off while your baby receives top-notch care and attention.