Where can I find a babysitter?
Spreading a word that you require a babysitter is the best way to get the names of teens and adults in your area who are interested in babysitting. Asking your neighbors, friends, relatives and fellow parents is also a good way of knowing any trustworthy candidates.
You can also ask your child's doctor or your daycare provider to see if someone's interested. Also some urban areas have a nonprofit childcare referral service which you can check online and confirm if such a service exists in your area.
One can also try calling the student service at one's local college or high school or by posting flyers at churches and synagogues for the job. Local YMCA, American Red Cross Chapter and your community hospital are also good places to call as they keep a record of babysitters who have successfully the childcare safety training classes.
Another option is to check yellow pages for a babysitting agency which has prescreened babysitters. Many of these agencies have babysitters who are older and more qualified than your average teen and because of that their expenses are more costly than the newbie's.
There are also many online services which make sure that the parents get an appropriate sitter which is also the best way to find college students and other young people who are interested.
The easiest way to find a babysitter is by posting your (parent) profile specifying what you are looking for, the charges which may or may not be free depending upon the services that you choose. The companies then cross check your findings with their databases and the zip codes of the babysitters currently in your area looking for employment. Take your time in searching to make sure that your get best results.
Some of the websites include:
Phone a Babysitter.com
New Au Pair.com
Some of the sites are specifically designed to make sure that parents get nannies or au pairs, but they also help you to find part time babysitters also.
These online services are less expensive and faster in getting results than enquiring with an agency. Some of the services are free and some have fees ranging from 40$ to 400$ depending upon how long you are keeping the list active and also about the services that you need.
Also these sites offer helpful listings and additional forms for new parents and may also do background checks on the candidates that you have selected for an additional fee of course. Many sites also have promotions and discounts to waive fees so it's necessary to keep checking the site from time to time.
Alternatively if you are not interested in a babysitter you can persuade another parent to swap the babysitting time with you and you can take turns doing that and you can be satisfied that the person taking care of your baby is experienced and more reliable.
How do I find a babysitter when we are away from home?
If your are away from home and staying in a hotel then you can contact the hotel manager about a babysitter as many large hotels and resorts have prescreened babysitting service available to the guests whenever they make reservations. You can even check the local directory of the place where you are staying for a babysitting agency.
While visiting friends it is always best to tell them beforehand that you would need a babysitter while you are there or you can tell them to ask around.
Finally, once you have a few candidates in mind, you should ask the right questions and prepare your sitter for the job.