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. Knowing how to choose a babysitter will go a long way in making sure you make the right choice. This is a sour area because selecting the wrong person might mean you will be back in the search as a result of the person quitting before he or she gives you a notice or last-minute session cancels. It is important to pick someone who has demonstrated good skills and knowledge in the task before. Make sure the sitter has given you the contacts of his or her previous clients so that you can find out what they think of the services rendered.
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. However, do not turn down those who have not been through this training because it will take a class or two to get there. Some of them might not have enough funds at the moment to pay for the classes and it will be better if you offer to foot the bill. Be on the high alert as far as punctuality is concerned. There are no miracles you should be counting on when it comes to punctuality and a person who is late from the start will continue exhibiting such a habit if you taker her in.
You are hiring the sitter for your child which is why you should pick someone who is good with children. Some parents are desperate to get sitters such that they conduct a brief interview but if you decide to take a short then you will be surprised at what will come next. If you have a gut feeling that you should do a bit more of probing, you should conduct an observation session. Not many people will agree to a trial session unless they are being paid for it which is something you should make room for. The session is to allow the sitter and kid to interact and see whether they are suitable for each other.