If you are pregnant or have a pregnant wife, there is a maternity and paternity leave employers are required to give you but this does not stretch for long which means you should be making plans on how the baby will be cared for while you go on with your job once the maternity leave is done. A sitter is someone you can depend on to hold the fort, but you need to choose wisely. Remember that this is someone you are entrusting your newly born child with which means you should be very cautious on who the person will be. Knowing how to choose a babysitter will go a long way in making sure you make the right choice. The wrong choice might mean you will be left hanging most days because the sitter did not show up or he or she quit without giving a notice. When you are selecting the person you will be leaving your child with, you should make sure they do know how to care for a child given how delicate babies are. This is why getting references is important because the previous clients will let you know the experiences they had before.
Babysitters need to know what they have to do in case of emergencies which means having basic first-aid and CPR training. However, do not turn down those who have not been through this training because it will take a class or two to get there. Some of them might not have enough funds at the moment to pay for the classes and it will be better if you offer to foot the bill. Be on the high alert as far as punctuality is concerned. A person who shows up late for the first meeting without a proper reason should not be excused.
Because the babysitter will be spending the better part of the day or night with your child, you should make sure she is good with babies. No matter how desperate you are to get a sitter, a one minute interview is not enough to get all the information you need about the sitter which is why you should probe deeper. You can ask the babysitter to do an observation session to assess how well he or she is with your child. Nevertheless, do not expect the session to be free because the person will be offering the services. The sitter needs to get used to the child and vice versa and this session is as important to the sitter so that he or she can determine if the position is suitable.