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. You will be sorted once you find a sitter you can leave the baby with. A child is your most precious treasures which means you cannot choose a random sitter. Knowing how to choose a babysitter will go a long way in making sure you make the right choice. 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. When you are selecting the person you will be leaving your child with, you should make sure they do know how to care for a child given how delicate babies are. This is why getting references is important because the previous clients will let you know the experiences they had before.
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. Remember that their budget might not involve paying for the classes no matter how much they need the job and as an incentive to going through with the plan you can offer to pay for them. Consider the time the candidate gets to the interview. Do not think that the person will improve on time management especially if he or she is late for the interview.
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. 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. You can ask the babysitter to do an observation session to assess how well he or she is with your child. Remember that even if it is an observation session the person will be taking care of the child which means he or she still deserves to be paid. The sitter needs to get used to the child and vice versa and this session is as important to the sitter so that he or she can determine if the position is suitable.