What to consider when choosing a babysitter

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a reality that parents can’t always be with their kids 24/7, and when family members aren’t an option to help out, it’s time to call a babysitter.

Choosing who you will trust to watch over your most prized possessions is a really important decision that requires some planning. And parents aren’t the only ones making a selection — the babysitter also needs to decide whether the family is a good fit for them.

Thursday, young people in Holyoke took a Safe Sitter class at the YMCA, to learn how to handle emergencies once they get the job and they’re in charge. It all starts with communication.

“A lot of people don’t have home phones anymore, they just have cell phones. Making sure there’s some sort of phone in the home that can be used. Whether it’s the babysitter’s own phone, or the parent has left a phone for the babysitter to use in case of emergency,” said Jennifer Gilburg, Associated Executive Director of the Holyoke YMCA.

22News is working for you with some things to consider when choosing a babysitter:

  • Call the candidate’s references.
  • See if that family is similar to yours in terms of kids’ ages and babysitter responsibilities.
  • Talk to your partner about interview questions to ask that reflect your family’s schedule and needs.
  • Think about each of your children and what they specifically might need from a babysitter when you’re not there.
  • Invite the potential sitter over to watch them interact with your kids
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