Why is that when you ask a room full of parents who has a good babysitter the answer is almost always a room full of crickets?
I can’t tell you how frustrating it is being a new parent and being leery of trusting your child into the hands of a stranger, but it’s even more frustrating when you ask a parent with a bit more experience for help and you are met with silence.
I finally threw up my hands and opted for an internet solution on Care.com. I tried Sittercity.com first but wasn’t happy with the results, so I thought, what do I have to lose? I don’t have a babysitter and I could end up not having a babysitter. . . I posted an ad and received an enormous amount of responses. I combed through the responses looking through profiles and even looked through other local profiles. I ended up messaging someone who had a profile, but hadn’t responded to my add. We conversed a bit and then set up a date for a trial run.
The first babysitting episode I always think of as a trial run. The babysitter comes over and my husband and I disappeared outside to his “mancave” to work on the paperwork for his business. We were right outside in case needed and so we could monitor how things were going.
We lucked out. The babysitter we found has turned out to be incredible. Our son likes her, (he even asks if she is coming over), our dog approves of her and it turns out I worked with her Aunt at a previous job which further brought me comfort. (She’s also a baker which is super awesome since the person I had been using for cakes and cupcakes just moved!)
I recently had a friend ask for our babysitters information and I had a moment of hesitation. I almost didn’t want to relinquish the information, but after I texted the babysitter to make sure it was okay with her I turned over the information.
So to those of you with a good babysitter. . . please share. For the sake of sanity, please share.