What do you do/ask to vet babysitters on a site like Care.com? Trying to find our first babysitter and I am nervous!

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Agree with C1 in that it’s all about vibes, and the first time the person comes, I stay at home (out of sight/out of their way, but with open ears). In the interview (I usually just do a phone call) I ask them about themselves, where they’re from, what ages of kids have they cared for in the past, and maybe some questions about how they handle boundaries, tantrums, etc. I’m not looking for specific answers, just a general positive attitude towards kids and getting the person talking long enough to see if there are any red flags.

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To be honest, I just pick someone that has reviews and responds in an appropriate time. We haven’t had luck with repeat babysitters but also haven’t had any duds yet so I think it’s been fine.

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Background check anyone I’m leaving alone with my kids

Background check, talk on the phone, and then always go to their house and see them interact with their kids (and meet any other adult who will ever be around my kids). All of my care.com caregivers have been stay-at-home parents so watching them parent their kids in their home environment says a lot.

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