Tips Before Hiring A Babysitter

If you're going to hire a babysitter, invite her over before you plan to go out. Have her come in on a day when you'll still be around and just let her play with your toddler while you take care of things around the house. You can get more information on babysitting via

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This gives your toddler the opportunity to get comfortable with the babysitter so that when you leave, it will not be a dramatic event.

It also gives you the chance to observe how the babysitter interacts with your toddler to see if they are a good fit. Do not hesitate to ask questions such as how often she babysits, what are the ages of the children she cares for, and what sorts of activities she does with them. 

Other Parents

Other parents are some of the best sources of advice and information you can get, and a parent who has already raised a toddler can reassure you that toddlerhood does not last forever. They usually have much more of a sense of humor about this time of life because it is over for them. 

The Internet

Another source of support and help is the Internet. There are many parenting groups online as well as chat rooms where you can ask questions and offer opinions. Although this may be your preferred choice because of time constraints, try not to make it the only place that you seek the company of other parents.