While testing out a babysitter for my daughter, I was shocked to get home and find her sleeping in our bed while the baby was napping. That is NOT what I pay her to do!
Notes from a New Mom: I had a total panic attack finding someone to watch my newborn. I just didn't know what I was looking for: someone to cook, clean and take care of the baby? Or someone who would be more like an extension of me (taking my daughter to the beach; loving her as her own)? In my quest to find the perfect fit, I found something I definitely did NOT want: someone who sleeps on the job.
I was in total shock when I came home from the gym to find the woman I was trying out sleeping in my bed next to my daughter (who was sleeping in her basinette). What's worse, she didn't even apologize when I walked in to find her there! She thought it was totally OK! I purposely began washing my baby's bottles and sweeping the floor, to which the sitter said, "Oh, I can do that!" Oh, really? You're not hired.
Talking to other moms, I discovered that some are OK with their sitters sleeping on the job. They say they want them to rest and be fresh for their kids! I think that's absolutely crazy -- unless the person has a special excuse and has cleared it beforehand.
Now, I've made a schedule for the sitter I picked (a very responsible, motivated and trustworthy mom of two), listing some things for her to do every day. "Sleep" isn't on it. No offense, but imagine if I put my face down on my keyboard and took a little siesta right now .... Uh, NO.
What do you think? What if your babysitter slept on the job?