The first step to do is to narrow down a list of candidates. You can ask your family, friends, or neighbors for recommendations. You can also search online on classifieds websites or specialized caretaker websites for your options. Review the candidates’ education, certifications and get reviews from their clients. After you pick a few that you like, order basic background checks, after which you can move on to the interviewing stage.
Start with phone interviews first. This should bring your list down, after which you can choose the candidates for personal interviews. At this stage you can involve your child as well and see how they will communicate.
When you decide to continue with a certain candidate, ask for references, research their online presence and conduct a more comprehensive background check. Once you get someone hired, you can choose to spend time together with your child and the babysitter to give your child time to adjust.
Even after you hire someone, continue to evaluate your choice. Always ask your child about her day, and get daily reports from the sitter, too. You might want to consider asking a neighbor to keep an eye out or come home earlier than expected to watch the interaction.
Some people choose to keep an eye on what’s going on at home with a ‘nanny camera’. You can use your old baby monitor for that, but you should let the babysitter know you might be checking in virtually. For such purposes, baby monitors – like this one – with the ability to be turned remotely are the best choice.