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Babysitter Guide

by Jill P

 

 

Who can ever have enough sitters?  Its good idea to keep your babysitter list updated – you never know when you might need her or him.  If you are looking for a new sitter, here are some resources to help you find a babysitter in Kalamazoo or Southwest Michigan.

1) Word of mouth – getting referrals from friends and family is a great way to find a reliable sitter.  I’ve asked other moms in one of my mom’s groups and got some great ideas.

2) College job boards – Both Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College have job boards to which you can post your sitter positions. I have found some great sitters at WMU.  I’ve mainly hired Sophmores or Juniors in College so I can utilize them for at least two years.

3) Craigslist-I know that using Craigslist may sound daunting for finding a babysitter to care for your kids.  I found my best long-term babysitter there!  The key is finding someone local, careful screening and meeting for a mini-interview.  I met my babysitter in our local library and the librarian just happened to know her and her family.

4) Neighbors or retirees in your area -I have found a few babysitters by just asking in my neighborhood if anyone would be willing to help.

5) Church youth groups – I’ve recently asked our church youth group director for ideas on who might be a good babysitter.  Also, consider having a young teen as a mother’s helper. A mother’s helper is someone who comes when you are home, but can add an extra hand so you can do other things around the house.

6) Care.com – This website provides connections for nannies, babysitters, daycare workers, tutors, special needs care and au pairs. You can search the database to connect with local people within your pay range. I also like Care.com since you can find other services such as housekeeping and tutoring, if needed.

7) Sittercity.com – A website that provides a database of babysitters and nannies near your zip code. Parents can post a job description to which sitters can apply.  Sittercity is a fee-based membership site.  Watch for deals or sign-up for their email list where you can often get a discount on membership.

Good luck and let us know if you have any other ideas for babysitters or caregivers for your kids!

Jill P

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

 

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