Even though employers will excuse you for a few months to care for your newborn, this will not go on forever and sooner rather than later you will be required to go back to work if you still want the position to be yours. A sitter is someone you can depend on to hold the fort, but you need to choose wisely. Remember that this is someone you are entrusting your newly born child with which means you should be very cautious on who the person will be. When you are aware of the considerations you have to make in deciding on who the sitter will be, the process will not be that daunting. The wrong choice might mean you will be left hanging most days because the sitter did not show up or he or she quit without giving a notice. Babysitting is a serious job like any other and if the person has done it before, you want to know whether they were good at it or not. 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. You can offer to pay for the classes so that they will be motivated to attend. 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.
Because the babysitter will be spending the better part of the day or night with your child, you should make sure she is good with babies. No matter how desperate you are to get a sitter, a one minute interview is not enough to get all the information you need about the sitter which is why you should probe deeper. Make sure the babysitter goes through a trial session before you decide whether or not to give them the job. Not many people will agree to a trial session unless they are being paid for it which is something you should make room for. This session is as important to the child and the sitter as it is to you because the professional also needs to know the kind of a child he or she will be caring for so that an informed decision can be made.