Some families are blessed with nearby relatives, clamoring for a chance to provide free and excellent childcare at a moments notice...
For the rest of us, finding a caregiver can be a real challenge!
THE SEARCH: There are lot of great websites, and local resources for finding the right caregiver for your family. A good place to start are the great reference lists compiled by ChicagoKids.com for babysitters, daycare, nannies and night nurses.
INTERVIEWING: Once you've found some potential childcare providers, set up interviews and use this handy checklist of important questions to ask from Sittercity.com "Parent-Babysitter Interview Checklist". Checking the references will be a breeze with this additional resource, "Checking Babysitters' References".
INTRODUCING: Congratulations, you found a caregiver! For frequent or long-term childcare providers, print this childcare contract and ask them to keep a daily record of your babies growth and activities with this activity tracker from Babycenter.com.
EVALUATING: For a good point-of-reference for evaluating your new caregiver, take a look at these articles from Babycenter.com, "Signs of a Good Babysitter" and "Signs of a Bad Babysitter".