We are holidaying in Thailand now and I've got family here that I wouldn't leave my kids with, not that they're bad people, just because I would be stressed out big time.
There's NO way I would ever leave my kids with a stranger in a foreign country or even in Australia. If anything happened to them if never forgive myself - especially if it was just for a night out. There's a first for everything and no amount of checks could show what a person is capable of and if my kids disappeared here I don't like my chances of getting them back.
Clearly I'm OTT paranoid but meh.
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30-07-2013 17:14 #42Senior Member
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30-07-2013 17:22 #43
I haven't reads by replies yet, but we did with our DS1 who was 10 months old.
Stayed in a nice apartment in Singapore. We checked out babysitting services online and went with the one recommended by our apartments.
Reviews for the service were great.
The lady was wonderful. We settled DS before she got there and went out for a lovely dinner. He woke up and resettled for her with no issues. He settled for her better than he would for me.
We use a babysitter service every time we go to Melbourne now, and will be using one in Croatia next year.
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30-07-2013 17:25 #44Senior Member
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We did in Vanuatu. We had a 14mnth old and a 3 yr old and we left them with a nanny hired through the resort. They were really well looked after and we had no hesitation.
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30-07-2013 17:30 #45
I havent for a child that young - only took DD when she was older ...
but it really doesnt matter what any of us would do. Only what you feel comfortable with. And no - you arent being precious by not wanting to.
If you decided to though - I would definitely suggest getting a seperate sitter, and settling her yourself first ... even if it meant arriving at the dinner late. Then you know you have a good 3 hours at least, and if the sitter calls then perhaps your DH can go back, re-settle her and then return ...
30-07-2013 17:53 #46Senior Member
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I think that the chances that something bad will happen are minimal.
But I still wouldn't do it. I'd just be too scared to.
30-07-2013 17:55 #47
Yes, if it was a reputable nanny from a reputable agency. I have been a nanny in a past life though so obviously I know there is nothing to worry about (for the vast majority).
I have also nannied in Europe at holiday resorts so you really do have to take into consideration the volume of use of these services versus the number of incidents. Not that any incident is ever ok!
I would however have a separate nanny to the one looking after the older children.
If you don't feel comfortable with it though, don't do it and don't let your family make you feel obligated.
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30-07-2013 17:56 #48
In sure 99.5% of the time everything is fine and it all works well. It's that small % of what if that I just couldn't get out of my head.
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30-07-2013 18:02 #49
Op.... If you were home and there was absolutely no one you knew even distantly available to mind your child, but you were going out.....would you use a nanny or baby sitting service then??
Maybe work out if its having a stranger mind your child vs someone from another country/culture mind your child that is causing you to hesitate?
As I said before, I couldn't but I wouldnt get anyone from home to either....so its a no brainer for me.
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