Babysitters-How To Find 2014-09-28T06:21:41+00:00


Who can ever have enough sitters?  It’s 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) – 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 since you can find other services such as housekeeping and tutoring, if needed.

7) – 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.

8)The Kalamazoo Nanny Authority‘s Nanny and Babysitter Placement Services is a local placement service that does all the hard work of searching for, screening, background-checking, and interviewing the highest quality candidates according to each family’s unique personality and qualifications. They introduce your family to the two or three candidates that they think are the very best fit for your family and you will be able to make an easy hiring decision ensuring you are hiring a nanny/babysitter you like, trust, and respect.



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