How to Introduce a New Babysitter to Your Kids

By Victoria Robertson on May 5, 2021

When it comes to your kids, finding the right babysitter requires a large amount of scrutiny. That said, when you find the right one, the process of introducing them to your kids can be just as daunting.

You not only want to ensure the babysitter is the right fit, but you also want to ensure that your kids feel comfortable and safe with them. For that reason, here are a few tips to follow when it comes to introducing a new babysitter to your kids.

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Allow Extra Time Before Leaving

There’s nothing worse than running out the door and leaving your child with someone that’s seemingly strange to them. So, asking your babysitter to show up just a few minutes before you leave doesn’t give your child enough time to get acclimated to the situation.

As such, you should always ask your babysitter to show up about fifteen to thirty minutes early the first time around, so that you can ensure everyone is comfortable and introduced appropriately before you leave. This will add more comfort for your children, and for the babysitter as well.

Make Sure Your Child is the Focus

During this introduction, make sure your child understands that you’re paying attention to their thoughts and feelings. This can be a scary situation for a kid, so they need to feel like they are safe and secure.

Don’t spend the whole time worried about showing the babysitter where things are, but rather, ask your child to show the babysitter around and join them in this tour. This will help your kids feel like they are making a new friend, rather than feeling like they are less important than the new guest.

Don’t Show Any Negative Emotion

When you go to leave, it’s common to spend extra time saying goodbye, especially if you don’t leave your children with a babysitter often. However, prolonged, or emotional, goodbyes give your child a negative feeling.

As such, keep your goodbyes quick, to the point and extremely casual. Don’t make it seem like anything is out of the ordinary, as this can scare them or cause them to feel anxious. Walk out the door like you’re leaving for work on a typical day, and your child is less likely to think anything of it.

Listen to Your Kids’ Concerns (If any)

All too often, parents brush away children’s concerns simply as them not knowing any better. However, it’s important that you listen to and take these concerns seriously, especially if your children haven’t been left with a babysitter in the past.

Their emotions are valid, and it’s worth taking the extra time to explain the situation to them and make them feel comfortable. This is another reason that the extra thirty minutes prior to your departure is so important, as it gives your children that opportunity to express any concerns before you leave, giving you the chance to fix potential problems before you even walk out the door.

Set the Rules Before You Leave

That all said, some children will immediately take advantage of a new adult in the house that’s not familiar with your typical house rules. While you can certainly ease up on the rules to increase the excitement for your kids, you should still set rules before you leave.

This not only lets the babysitter know what’s common practice in the house, but it also reiterates to your children that this isn’t a free for all and that there are still rules that need to be followed, even if you aren’t there to enforce them.

Leave a Clear Channel of Communication

Last, but most importantly, always set up a clear channel of communication prior to leaving. You should not only let the babysitter know where you will be, as well as what time you tentatively expect to return, but you should also provide your kids with a way to contact you.

Leave a list of important numbers for the babysitter, and make sure your kids know that they can contact you if they need you. They’re unlikely to use this channel of communication, but the fact that it’s there will bring them a level of comfort that puts them at ease.

Babysitters are so important to your children’s development. Even if they don’t spend a large amount of time with your children, they will have some impact on their lives, which is why the introduction is all the more important.

These tips are a great starting point to follow when it comes to that initial introduction, though you should always pay attention to how your children are receiving the encounter and adjust accordingly. Every experience is different, so use this opportunity as a final test to ensure you’ve selected the right fit for your children’s babysitting needs.

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