Parents who are hiring sittters should:
- Feel free to ask for references and check those references thoroughly. You want to know as much as possible about who you are leaving your children with.
- Give the sitter a tour of your home and familiarize them with where certain things can be found.
- Leave emergency contact information for the sitter in plain sight. This should include your cell phone number(s), the number of a neighbor, the address and phone number of the home and any other pertinent information like the name of the family doctor.
- Make snacks and food accessible for the babysitter and be prepared to provide lunch or dinner if the sitter is working during these parts of the day.
- Prepare your child for the sitter's arrival and make it clear that while you are gone, the babysitter is in charge and should be respected just as you are.
- Arrive home when you said you would. If you are going to be late, call and check with the sitter and make sure that's OK with them.
(sourced from Parenthood.com; Everyday Etiquette from Diane Gottsman)