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5 Places to Find a Nanny or Babysitter for Your Child

5 Places to Find a Nanny or Babysitter for Your Child

Look in these places for nanny references, and your child care search will be a lot smoother.

If you’re heading back to work after maternity leave, it’s time to find the right child care for your infant or toddler. But if it’s your first child, you might not know where to look for a nanny in New York City, especially if you want in-home child care. Mommybites, a leading parenting community, shares the best places to find the perfect nanny or babysitter for your family.

The search for a nanny or babysitter can be very stressful. After all, you are hiring someone to be your child’s primary caretaker while you and your partner are at work. The most important thing is to find a child care provider you trust. So check out these five places where, through word of mouth or an agency, you’re sure to find the right babysitter or nanny for your child.

  • Mommybites Nanny Board: This is full of nannies who are recommended by their former employers. 
        
  • Other parents: The best way to find a babysitter or nanny is to ask a friend you trust, someone who has the same values as you. If you have a friend who is raising a child the way you want to raise yours, ask him or her for recommendations.
        
  • Religious groups: These groups often know of good babysitters and nannies from other parents.
        
  • Your pediatrician: Parents will often contact their pediatrician when they no longer need a full-time nanny or babysitter and want to share an excellent caretaker with other families.
        
  • An agency: Child care agencies typically do extensive background checks on nannies and babysitters before committing to finding them a placement

When hiring a child care provider, you obviously want to be very careful and thorough with your screening. It is important that you meet your potential caretaker with your baby, so you can see how he or she acts toward your child. If she is engaged with your infant and shows a sincere interest in your baby, that is a good sign.

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