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Why should I get a babysitter?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Chances are, even if you are a full-time mom, you’ll want to go out to a movie or run an errand sometime in the next five years and will have to hire a babysitter. Or you may find you want someone else to watch Junior for a couple of hours while you clean out your closets in peace. In these cases, babysitters and mother’s helpers are ideal. They’re not expensive, they don’t require a big commitment, and they usually have tons of energy and think it’s really fun to take care of kids. Mother’s helpers are traditionally preteens who provide an extra pair of hands while you’re still in the house. Babysitters are slightly older and more experienced, either from having been mother’s helpers themselves, having babysat other children, or having cared for younger siblings.
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