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Old 01-23-2013, 03:59 PM   #8
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I would ask people you trust. DD was never left with anyone for the first year (DH was deployed) and anyone other than DH once he got back.

It was very stressful to me when we had a couple mandatory military engagements coming up when she was about 22/23 months old. Family isn't an option since we're far from family.

I chose a nanny that I knew from a mom's group she brings the kids she nannies to. I saw how she was with them and knew I could trust her.

Now, she's pregnant and I need a sitter when I go into labor. I'm asking people I trust to find someone. And I'm asking her who she would trust.

Word of mouth is very good. I like mother types, but then there are too many parenting philosophies that you may get one who believes in spoiling babies by holding them too much (which is opposite of how I feel), so you have to be careful with mom types. My sister likes high school kids because they're usually so enamored by baby that they just hold them and play with them and interact constantly - obviously not all teens would be this way, you'd have to know them.

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