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    Default Babysitting dilemma

    Hey all

    We've never used a babysitter before (always had grandparents around to help) so I don't know how this works.

    DH and I now have a function to attend that will go to maybe 1am.

    Do babysitters stay that late?

    I have ds's Childcare teacher who does babysitting but I feel kinda bad to get them to stay that late.

    Do most do this? Do you provide them with stuff? Pillow, blanket, to rest on the couch?

    Total newbie at this!

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    I would ask them if that's ok. I imagine babysitters expect to stay late. More money for them! I would give them pillow and blanket for couch.

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    Default Babysitting dilemma

    I always give a rough timeframe when getting a sitter. If they don't want to be that late, then can then say no, sorry, not interested! But I don't think it would worry most people that you got home that late as long as they know beforehand.

    I always provide dinner, show them where the remote for the aircon is, where our movies are etc. I also leave a sheet with the kids routine on it, contact numbers etc and say they are welcome to snooze on the couch.

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    I'd give whoever is babysitting a guide as to when you'll be home.

    We leave a note with DD's routine + general stuff to know about the place (tv, wifi etc).

    I also have pre-made bottles of formula ready to go. (Water in the bottle and formula measured in the dispenser container). Although I think your child is older, so maybe not necessary.

    I'd tell the babysitter to relax on the couch if they wanted to.

    It's mostly friends that have babysat DD so they won't take money but we leave a few menus for takeaway as well as money for it.

    I also work as a nanny, so when I babysit I'm paid hourly until the parents arrive home. And I'm told the time they'll be home + they update if running late. It's a big positive if your babysitter is first aid trained + has great references.

    Enjoy!

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    Thanks for the replies, that points me out in the right direction!


 

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