Ask other parents to recommend a baby sitter they trust.
Inquire at work, or other social groups for teens or adults who want to make a little extra cash. If you can’t get any trusted referrals from your social network, check the local paperfor advertised listings.
See if the potential babysitter has children of their own, or a little brother, sister, cousin, nephew, who they take care of. Try and see how they interact with that child.
Ask for references. Don’t feel like you’re hurting the potential babysitter’s feelings by calling those references to make sure they are who they say they are.
Meet or call the babysitter’s references. It’s your child that will be in this person’s care, and you want to make sure that your child will be safe.
Talk to friends to figure out how much the going rate is for babysitters in your neighborhood.
Ask the babysitter questions like "What would you do if…Baby started choking on a piece of food? A delivery man comes to the front door? Baby falls down the stairs?" A good babysitter will know how to respond in these kinds of situations.
Proceed with hiring the babysitter only when you are totally comfortable with them.
Don’t let anyone into your home to be with your child alone until you know them first.
People may think that you’re overprotective, and if you do this, you will be, but these days it’s better to be safe than sorry. You’re only wanting the best for your child, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Babies and children have an excellent sense of people. If your one year old starts screaming at the top of his lungs when he sees the baby sitter the second time, something may be wrong. It could also be separation anxiety, but a parent is often able to notice when it is something different.