Are you overwhelmed by the demands of your young one and your job at the same time? Worry not, because you can easily find a babysitter online to relieve you of some of your parent duties, at least for some time.
However, while looking for a babysitter online, you must also be very careful. You cannot just entrust your baby’s life to just anyone. Therefore, take some precautionary measures before finding a babysitter online.
A babysitter’s main role is to offer a safe environment for babies, parents and the family at large. While there are many online profiles of babysitters, how do you ensure that you choose the right one? Well, read on to learn more.
Look for Profiles in Your Vicinity
You want to keep away from profiles that claim to be from overseas or outside your state/area. Chances are high that you will be asked by them to pay for their visa and tickets.
Also, they might not understand the rules and regulations that apply to your state, so you’ll have do a lot of teaching. But again, if there are some profiles in your area, why look outside? Person from your area will also be more familiar with your and your baby’s environment.
Also, background checks are easier for a person within or close to your area. It’s also easy to organize a physical meet up or an emergency meeting. ‘Let’s meet at the corner coffee shop’, ‘find me at this store’, ‘how about a meeting at the park on Saturday?’ etc. are applicable to a person in your vicinity.
Don’t Send Money
If anyone online asks for electronic money to process their documents, transport or payments in advance, don’t do it. You could be dealing with a fraud and you don’t want anyone ripping you off.
Remember there are many frauds online using fake profiles, so a profile alone is not reliable. Frauds can give you untraceable PayPal account details, western union transfers etc. You must avoid such people instantly.
Use Reputable Babysitter Websites/companies
There are many reputable websites that you can visit to find a babysitter. The assumption is the company has done the background checks on their employees, and in case of any issues, you know where to go.
Usually, these companies have all the detailed information of a particular babysitter, and you sign a contract with them. This gives you a second layer of protection, which is what you want. Do a thorough research if you are taking services from free websites to ensure they are reliable.
Avoid Too-Good-To-Be-True Profiles
If a profile looks too good to be true, then it probably is. You will find some people highly qualified, offering more benefits than fits their remuneration and very flexible.
Others might be willing to offer extra services like picking up kids from school, walking the dog, cleaning the house, cooking, laundry etc. – all at a babysitter’s salary.
You have got to ask yourself – what’s the catch? Focus on what exactly you want in a babysitter and go for only that. If something is suspicious, run away from it.
Don’t Employ someone You Haven’t Met Personally
It’s important you arrange to meet your babysitter in person and conduct some form of interview. If possible, go with the baby and see how they handle him or her.
Watch the way they play with the baby, carry him or her, play with him or her, and even talk to him or her. As a parent, it’s second nature to know a person that will be good with your little one and who won’t.
Babysitters can be tricky to find online, just like any other help. Getting one from reputable babysitter companies and websites is highly recommended as they are supposed to conduct strict background checks and have trusted people on board.