I'm in the process of hiring an occasional daytime babysitter, who may become a more regular babysitter if the freelance work I'm getting turns into a regular job. I'm feeling rather panicky about leaving my baby with someone. Help me figure out best practices to keep my baby safe and soothe my fears.
I've been friendly with a nanny in the neighborhood who's cared for a little boy for the last few years. I've admired how affectionate and conscientious she is with him, and asked her if she'd like to double up when I have freelance work. She agreed and the other family agreed. I am now having somewhat irrational fears about far-fetched scenarios like abduction and am picturing crazy things like gps devices in the stroller.
What are my best practices for keeping my baby safe? So far I've thought of obvious things like:
--ask for address and social security number
--check out the other family's home, if they're going to be spending time there
--ask if she knows first aid and CPR, and if not, offer to pay for a class
What else? Is a background check crazy? How do I even do that?
(I recognize tht people leave their kids with sitters every day and I should not be so worried, but I'm an anxious gal in the best of circumstances, so take it easy on me.) I've seen this question