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If you need a temporary sitter during vacation, plan ahead. Online babysitter services such as Babysitters4Hire.com provide access to babysitter profiles based on zip code.
Choose a babysitter two or three weeks ahead of time. Review all the details of the job. Follow up with a call one week, and then 24 hours before the first scheduled visit. Discuss the address, wage, itinerary, times and dates of the babysitting job during each call. It is not possible to over communicate.
The first time you meet, plan ample time for conversation. Provide the temporary babysitter with a written overview of all expectations, and contact numbers. Give the sitter ample opportunity to ask any final questions.