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Mom's Talk Question: At What Age do you Feel Safe Leaving Your Child with a Babysitter?

We ask. You answer. Share your experiences in our online discussion.

It's important to get out of the house and enjoy some time with your spouse or friends.

Leaving your child in the hands of a baby sitter has to be initially difficult, so how long do you wait before you leave your child at home with someone else other than a relative? Is it three months old? Six months?

Finding the right babysitter is a huge part of that equation, obviously, so what kind of tips can you provide in finding the right one.

Take a minute and type in a comment about your experience, what worked, what didn't. You'll be helping a Mom who may be approaching this threshold and could use some Mom-to-Mom advice.

QUESTION: At what age do you feel safe leaving your child with a babysitter?

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The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Moms Council will share their insights along with you.

Robin Bermel October 19, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Well, we're not exactly late-nighters, so for us, we get out as early as possible! I always enjoyed a meal w/ my husband in the cafeteria at the hospital while my child was in the nurses' care. From there, I think it's good to get out whenever possible, even if it's only a short time. By my third, I just took the newborn with us and let the others home w/ a sitter. They are so portable and fun to show off.
Nina Vallone October 20, 2011 at 02:15 PM
As early as you are comfortable! The younger they are, the less the sitter actually needs to do. The babies are usually sleeping and the sitter is hanging out solo watching television.
Megan Morris October 20, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Advice given to me early on was marriage first, parenthood second. To make that happen it requires time alone with your spouse so sitters were a must. First my mom with the first newborn. Then we moved on to experienced women recommended by friends, and then put college and highschool sitters in the mix. I've used sitters as young as 11/12 when they showed a certain level of responsibility. We mixed it up a lot for flexibility. It seemed important for the kids to learn that mom and dad needed their time alone and that we could leave and they knew we would return. It's been fun over the years to see how certain sitters have really played a positive role in our family history.
Robin October 20, 2011 at 03:47 PM
I agree, as early as you are comfortable! We were like Megan too, family in the area, neighborhood kids and then my own for their younger siblings. Plus, it was great for my kids to mix it up, made them comfortable with everyone. Last thing you want is for your kids to only be happy with one sitter and then that sitter is not available when you really need them.
Candi October 20, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Hiring a babysitter can be a confusing task. There are so many things to consider as you face the task of selecting someone to care for your children in your absence, and you want to find the perfect fit between the babysitter and your family. Here are some of the most important things for you to consider when selecting a new babysitter for your children. 1. The babysitter should... http://blog.care4hire.com/164/164

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