Keeping Your Babysitter Happy

Finding a reliable sitter is one of those huge hassles of parenthood., Facebook posts, asking other parents, reaching out on Nextdoor– as new parents, we spend loads of time searching and vetting sitters to find the best fit for our family, but maybe we should take a little time to make sure we’re the best employers we can be as well. Author and expecting mother Caroline Hogeveen has been a mother’s helper, sitter, and full-time nanny. She’s seen it all, and she’s ready to share her tips on the biggest pitfalls to avoid to keep your sitter happy.

Key Takeaways:
—Be reliable. Don’t change your times back and forth, don’t try to pay less than you agreed to, and never surprise your sitter with extra kids!
—Give some guidance. Sitters don’t need instruction manuals, but a quick explanation of how the bedtime routine works and what foods are favorites can go a long way.
—Please, please don’t be creepy. Don’t argue in front of your sitter or treat them like a therapist. Watching a child is hard enough!



Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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