Leaving your precious bundle of joy for the first time can be extremely emotional and unnerving. Just ask any mama and they’ll be sure to tell you that it’s difficult at first, but it does get easier. But how do you find a trustworthy, amazing babysitter to care for your child? Make sure you ask the right questions during the interview — questions that will get to heart of the matter and help you figure out if this prospect is a fit for you and your baby. Here are 20 to pose during your next babysitter interview.

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Personal

1. How would you describe yourself?

2. What do you like to do in your free time?

3. Did you grow up around younger kids? Siblings? Cousins?

4. What is your availability?

5. Do you have reliable transportation? What is it?

6. Do you smoke?

7. Would you be comfortable taking a drug test?

8. How much do you charge?

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Photo: Mikel Garcia Idiakez via Flickr

Experience

9. Describe your babysitting experience? How long were you with each family? What ages?

10. What are your favorite and least favorite parts about babysitting?

11. How comfortable are you with changing diapers?

12. What are your methods for putting a baby down to sleep?

13. What was your scariest/most challenging babysitting situation? How did you respond?

14. Do you check on babies while they sleep? How often? Why or why not?

15. Do you have first aid/CPR training? If so, when were you certified?

16. Do you have references?

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Scenarios

17. The baby is on a playmat on the floor and starts choking, what do you do?

18. You are getting ready to give the baby a bath when you smell smoke, what is the first thing you do?

19. You and baby have been playing when you notice that she starts rubbing her eyes and crying, how do you respond?

20. Baby boy just had a blowout in his diaper, explain how you handle it.

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Interview Tips

Call the references your babysitter gives you. Ask them questions like:

How do they know the sitter?

Has she worked for them as a babysitter? If not, doing what?

Is she punctual?

Is she dependable?

Would you hire her again?

Three words to describe her?

Check her out on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are great ways to find out if the persona they are portraying to you, is the one they portray to everyone else. Google is also a great tool to find out the inside scoop on your prospective babysitter.

Do a trial run while you’re home. While you might not necessarily get a super accurate picture of the babysitter while you’re there, schedule a time for the babysitter to watch your baby while you’re home. You’ll have a chance to catch up on laundry, dishes or your favorite guilty pleasure while evaluating how they interact with your baby, if they use common sense, how their diaper changing and feeding skills are and their general demeanor and confidence with babies.

Be clear on your expectations. Do you expect your babysitter to fold laundry, do dishes, light housework while they are there? If so, definitely communicate that during your interview. Having crystal clear expectations will help you both as you gauge whether or not this is a match made in heaven.

What other questions did you find helpful when interviewing babysitters?

-Sarah Blight