If you are pregnant or have a pregnant wife, there is a maternity and paternity leave employers are required to give you but this does not stretch for long which means you should be making plans on how the baby will be cared for while you go on with your job once the maternity leave is done. A sitter is someone you can depend on to hold the fort, but you need to choose wisely. Given how precious children are, the last thing you need is to put them in the hands of someone who is not experienced in caring for them. It becomes easy to choose a sitter when you know the qualities to look for. The wrong choice might mean you will be left hanging most days because the sitter did not show up or he or she quit without giving a notice. It is important to pick someone who has demonstrated good skills and knowledge in the task before. This is why getting references is important because the previous clients will let you know the experiences they had before.
Since the sitter will be home alone with the child as you work, you need to make sure if a medical emergency comes up they will be able to intervene which is why they require CPR and first-aid training. The training does not take a lot of time which means you can enroll the sitter in the classes before he or she starts the job. You can offer to pay for the classes so that they will be motivated to attend. Consider the time the candidate gets to the interview. A person who shows up late for the first meeting without a proper reason should not be excused.
You are hiring the sitter for your child which is why you should pick someone who is good with children. No matter how desperate you are to get a sitter, a one minute interview is not enough to get all the information you need about the sitter which is why you should probe deeper. Make sure the babysitter goes through a trial session before you decide whether or not to give them the job. Remember that even if it is an observation session the person will be taking care of the child which means he or she still deserves to be paid. The session is to allow the sitter and kid to interact and see whether they are suitable for each other.