How to Find a Good Babysitter on Vacation

Learn how to find a good babysitter when you're on vacation in this parenting video from Howcast.

Hi. I’m Jennifer Durbin, and I’ve got some tips for you for finding a babysitter while you’re on vacation. Vacations should be fun, and you shouldn’t be stuck in a hotel room the whole time you’re away. So consider hiring a babysitter to watch your little one, so that you could go out for dinner, run errands, or do whatever you want. Just have some alone time.

There are lots of easy ways to find a sitter. For instance, if you’re staying at a large hotel, they may have a sitter on site or at least a sit of local sitters who they have pre-screened to watch your little ones.

You can also turn to websites like Care.com or Sittercity.com. Those websites have also pre-screened sitters so you can rest assured that your little one will be safe in their hands.

When you’re leaving your children with a sitter that you’ve never met before, you do want to make sure they have all the contact information they’ll need, just in case they need to reach you. So make sure they have your full name, phone number, and all of those details. And if your child has a medical condition, an allergy, or any sensitivities, make sure they’re aware of that as well.

So rest assured, there are ways that you can step away a little while you’re on vacation.

Also, look for local drop-in centers. These can be at a mall or any convenient location in major cities where you can drop of your child for just an hour or two.

It’s very important before you leave your child with anyone to let them know where you’re going. Communicate with them so they’re not unsure about where they are or when you’re coming back, especially when they’re in a new location.