How to Find a Trustworthy and Reliable Babysitter

Finding a reliable babysitter is important for parents. Babysitters should be able to provide their services on short notice and also have the ability to care for your child while you are out at work or away from home.

How do you find a dependable babysitter you can rely on? Asking family and friends for recommendations of reputable babysitters is a good place to start. Even if you know at least one person who can vouch for them, you should still conduct your own babysitting investigation before committing to that person. In this article, I'll show you how to find a reliable babysitter for your family.

When you leave your children with a babysitter, you need to know that they are reliable and trustworthy of the type that can be placed in your confidence. You want to know that they're going to take care of your children and not abuse them. If a babysitter is abusing your child, then you need to get rid of him or her immediately.

What are the signs of a bad babysitter? How do you know if he's abusive? What can you do about it? Let me answer those questions for you right now. There are some very obvious signs that will tell you if a person is abusive towards your child. They include:

They talk down to the kids when they're around them — This is something we all notice when someone talks down to us in front of our friends and family members, but it's even more noticeable with small children since they seem so innocent at times. When adults do this, it usually indicates that they have low self-esteem issues or don't think highly enough of themselves to actually treat children with respect and dignity. That is why it is critical to have a dependable sitter.

Where to look, and what questions to ask when trying to find a babysitter

The best place to start looking for a sitter is in your own neighbourhood. Included are members of your church, local schools, or neighbours, as well as employees from your workplace. Once you've narrowed down your options, it's critical to check references. Teachers, youth group leaders, and other families who have used the sitter may provide references. When contacting families with whom the sitter has worked, inquire how many children they have and whether they have ever had any issues with the way the sitter interacts with their children.

When making the choice of a sitter, consider all aspects of your family. There are many different types of children and personalities to be considered. Some kids may be more active than others or have certain allergies. You want someone who will work well with your child’s temperament as well as their body type, age and physical abilities. Finding a sitter that can meet these criteria is important for you and your child’s safety.

The characteristics of a reliable babysitter are:

  • has another child to take care of  (preferably her own)
  • is mature enough to handle the responsibility
  • can keep track of time easily
  • is always calm and collected
  • does not make demands on the parents

Look for these signs as well, and choose a reliable babysitter from among the many options available to you.

What traits should babysitter candidates have?

  • When you first meet someone, you can usually tell if they will be a good babysitter.
  • You want someone who is cheerful, happy, kind, and full of energy.
  • Babysitter candidates who appear glum, lethargic, or uninterested are unlikely to be the best choice.
  • Competent. The more knowledge your babysitter possesses, the easier it is for me to put my trust in them.
  • Choosing a babysitter with current CPR and First Aid certification is a good place to start.
  • Checking to see if younger sitters have completed a babysitting course is also a must for me.


Well, that’s all the time we have for now. Keep on searching in your neighborhood and you will definitely find a trustworthy babysitter who is ready to take care of your child when you are away for an extended period of time.