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What kind of questions should i ask potential babysitters. I already know they are CPR and First Aid certified.
Obviously I will ask about their experience.
But what else?


Asked by outstandingLove at 11:45 PM on Feb. 1, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (4)
  • descibe the worst thing your kid does and ask her how she would handle it.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 1:27 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • Ask them:
    What is your favorite comfort food, ask them why that is their favorite....sometimes they will talk about their life experiences.
    Ask them what they feel is most important in child care.
    Ask them what they would do if there was an earthquake. (Just to gauge reaction, you want someone who will think about your child.)

    Answer by Whatkids at 11:52 PM on Feb. 1, 2010

  • Criminal/arrest record?
    Previous experience?
    Do they know emergency numbers?
    What would they do if there was a fire in your house?
    Do they have any references (and CALL THEM ALL)?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:32 AM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • Get names and numbers of 3 unrelated people they have babysat for and speak to them personally about their experience with the sitter (pros and cons).
    If you want, you can pay to do an online criminal background check, which isn't a bad idea in today's world. Just keep in mind the nature of the crime and how long ago it was committed before you make your own judgement against them.
    Arrange to spend some "getting to know you" times at her home to see how she and your child interact with each other and how she handles certain situations. Be mindful that they won't be a carbon copy of you, but if anything feels "off" to you then trust your instincts.
    When you choose a sitter be sure to drop by now and then at different times of the day unannounced to see what is going on.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 9:57 AM on Feb. 2, 2010