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Tips for hiring a babysitter or nanny on your next family vacation

by Shelly Rivoli

I’m often asked by parents if there is some way to hire a babysitter during their family vacation—and know it will be someone they can trust and feel comfortable with. It’s a tough question. Yet for parents with babies or active young children, just having one relaxing (and dare I say “romantic”?) dinner together during a vacation—or the opportunity to set out on an afternoon’s snorkel trip together—or catch a Broadway show—can do wonders for a marriage. 

Many large hotels offer a list of local babysitters, and some resorts offer private “in-room babysitters” for infants too young for children’s programs, but in these arrangements it may be difficult to screen the caregivers ahead of time—or even guarantee they’ll be available when you need them. So what’s a parent to do? I recently put the question to an expert on this very topic: Katie Vaughan.

Katie is the founder of Westside Nannies (www.westsidenannies.com), the Los Angeles-based agency you may have seen featured on Dr. Phil or Entertainment Tonight, which is responsible for assigning nannies to many high-profile and celebrity families. Here are her tips for hiring a nanny or babysitter for your family vacation.
5 tips for hiring nannies and babysitters on your family vacation

1.    Find a reputable agency  – Insider Tip: The International Nanny Association, www.Nanny.org, provides a state-by-state listing of reputable agencies around the US
2.    Make sure the agency understands your needs – For example, do you require a nanny with infant experience for your newborn or an energetic camp-counselor type babysitter for your 5-year-old twins?
3.    Verify qualifications – Make sure the agency sends you a resume, references and proof of a background check and CPR certification. 
4.    Check the references!
5.    Make sure to provide the nanny with emergency contact information

Thanks for your tips, Katie! And any of you heading to L.A. can of course find out more about Westside Nannies online.

Related posts and pages:

Vacation Nanny 411

Safe journey,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning guide Travels with Baby

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Babysitters August 3, 2012 - 5:01 am

The points and tips you have shared in your blog are really very informative and valuable to hire a nanny or a babysitter. Thanks a lot for posting these valuable tips.

Nanny Authority December 3, 2010 - 8:10 pm

What a great recommendation! I never thought about hiring a nanny just for vacation, but it's certainly a good idea. I've known families who will bring along an older cousin or aunt to watch the kids (and get a free trip) while on vacation.

Gila September 27, 2010 - 6:23 pm

Your tips are really informative. We parents who always on to a vacation always wanted to have a relaxing and unwinding experience. But if we have baby with us to travel, of course we need someone who could take care for them. By this, we could somehow enjoy the trip.

Your post is very helpful.!

Vacation Ideas July 22, 2010 - 12:16 pm

Thanks for the links and the information..I'll pass this on to my friend who is traveling with a 7-month kiddie and needed a nanny..

Thanks for posting! 🙂

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Candi July 8, 2010 - 2:37 pm

You are planning a family vacation, but you and your spouse would like one romantic evening in your destination city. Wouldn’t having your babysitter nearby come in handy then? Additionally, by taking the babysitter on vacation with your family, you can potentially make the vacation more relaxing for the family.

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Beth July 3, 2010 - 12:45 am

Thanks for the resources and tips!

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