Wednesday, 02 May 2012
We are using our first in-home baby sitter for our 9 month old this week. We found her on Craigslist, since we don't have friends or family in the area to babysit or recommend sitters.
I am a little ashamed to admit that I am considering leaving my computer on with the webcam running so that I can monitor her interactions with the baby. I am ashamed because I should know my babysitter better than this, I should feel 100% certain that this won't happen. But I don't feel 100% certain and the only way I would ever feel certain would be if the sitter was a family member.
I have worked with children victims of abuse and neglect and I know what the signs are, but what are the signs for an infant who was only exposed to abuse and neglect for a few hours? Exhaustion, blotchy face from crying, bruises, fearfulness or anxiety, clinging or refusing to be held? My son can't tell me what happened, so how do I know if he was just having adjustment issues with a new caregiver?
As the day approaches I am having more and more anxiety about this issue.
Any advice or suggestions?
Have you ever used a babysitter who you didn't know personally?
What makes you confident in your babysitter?
Have you ever used a Nanny Cam?