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How to find a babysitter

Finding a babysitter can be challenging for parents even when you know a lot of people in your area. What do parents who are new in town do? Start with these books and check out the videos below.

  • Ask around for recommendations at work/school .
  • New to the job? Start with your supervisor, use  your babysitter quest as an icebreaker.
  • Ask at day care. Directors might know which teachers babysit too.
  • Ask families at church, and community centers in your area.
  • Local college education departments may have job boards where you can post your babysitting request.
  • Many YWCA’s offer babysitting classes for teens, they may have a list of sitters.
  • Try a professional baby sitting service or a nanny service.

These ideas are just the beginning. You’ll still need to interview and background check your perspective sitter! You’ll want to do a “working interview” with the kids. You can use an online babysitter finders website like

Or you can try doing the legwork on your own like the woman, at, calling herself “zen mommy” suggests in the video she posted to
                                           Check out these sites to help you in your quest.                                                                                                            – Both parents looking for sitters and babysitters looking for jobs  sign up, the service hooks you up.     Their  site is beautiful and full of helpful info. They have  “safety pages” for both sitters and parents.          – is more of a database serch engine.