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We all have our own answers we would like to hear from a prospective babysitter to ensure we find the right one to look after the kids while we adults slip out for the night to enjoy a taste of the real world again, even if it is just for one night.

But to be deadly honest, when it’s time to sit down with a babysitter for some final prep to ensure you have found the right one, the important questions tend to slip the minds of even the most organized of parents.


We aren’t to blame though, juggling work and parenting, running a household and grooming the doc, paying bills and giving each family member their well-deserved one-on-one time is one hell of a task. To make things easier, we’ve sourced some of the best articles on the web relating to things you need to ask the babysitter.

Make a list of these and have it on hand when she arrives so you can rest assured that your children will be in great hands. Ideally, you won’t even need to use something like a nanny cam if you do the interview right.

Start With The Basics

Care.com has a great article called The Babysitting Guide: Babysitter Interview where they list key questions you should ask your prospective babysitter. They include questions such as:

  • Basics – such as name and address where she can be reached
  • When they are available to babysit
  • Ask for reference contact details.
  • Ask about what ages of children she is most comfortable with caring for.
  • Ask about her methods of comforting and disciplining.
  • Ask her about a situation where she had to handle an emergency, and have her tell you about how she went about solving the problem.

They mention quite a few things you should do after the interview has been conducted and have some creative ideas about how to know when you have found the right candidate.

To read the full article, have a look at it here: http://www.care.com/child-care-babysitter-interview-p1145-q22778.html

Ask About Experience

The momma blogger Joanna Goddard delivers some great key points you need to focus on when interviewing a potential babysitter. She uses these questions in telephonic interviews to establish the general character of a babysitter:

  • What experience have they got with kids
  • What do kids like about them
  • Preferred age of children to care for
  • What activities they do with kids
  • What differences they have had with parenting styles of the parents whose kids they have sat.
  • If they have had to discipline kids before
  • If she has any questions for them.

The full article gives some great pointers about feeling comfortable with a new babysitter and ensuring you know where to start looking for a great one. She tells it like it is and it’s really a post worth reading.

Have a look here:  http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2014/10/8-questions-to-ask-potential-babysitter.html

Check Their Background And Skills

The site Urbansitter has a great blog post about questions to ask a babysitter in an interview that will ensure everyone involved in the scenario will feel more at ease. Among the key questions they remind you ask is:

  1. What background the sitter has
  2. If she has children of her own, or has young family members.
  3. If she is comfortable with taking the kids out for a stroll or to the park etc.
  4. If she has any CPR and/or first aid training.
  5. Under what circumstances she would feel the need to call you.
  6. Will she know when it’s time to call 911.

Urbansitter is a company that provides you with a database of great candidates for babysitters that have all been verified by trusted sources. As such, we believe that the questions they discuss in this post are excellent and will get you great feedback which in turn gives you piece of mind that your babysitter is capable and caring for your children.

To read the full article click here: http://www.urbansitter.com/blog/questions-to-ask-a-babysitter-in-an-interview/

With these basic introductory questions you can really get to know the potential babysitter on a more personal level and assess whether or not she will be able to adequately take care of your children and if she is compatible with them.

It’s a great principal to keep on using a specific babysitter once you have found one that knows how to take care of the kids, and especially one that your children adore.


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