People often decide to have a child carer when they feel the need to resume work. It is not necessary to get someone to care for your baby only when you decide to get back to work. You can opt for a child carer if you are feeling stressed out and exhausted and if you are handling the baby all alone.
A child carer would be useful in helping you with your baby. When looking for a child carer, you must make sure that you get her bio data and check where she has worked before. She should have adequate experience in caring for an infant. Call up her previous employer and verify her credibility. Before you actually decide to employ her, keep her on a trial period for a few days wherein you can see how well and easily she interacts with your child, and also if your child has taken to her.
Make sure she is gentle with your child and is able to hold her in a steady manner and with confidence. Before you actually employ her a good idea would be to keep a list of questions handy and inform her about the rules that she would need to follow in your house. Ask her what her views are on playing and discipline a child.
Do not leave the child alone with the child carer during the first week of her employment. If you are having any kind of problem with the child carer sort it out immediately as how you chose to rear the child and deal with the baby is completely your choice and need not be influenced by the opinion of your child carer.
Decide in advance how much leave or how many days off the child carer would take in the week or the month. You should, in no way feel threatened by your child carer even though she is spending more time with your child than you will be.
You need to ask if there will be any hidden costs during the employment process. If you find that your baby is not settling well, it is time to try and new child carer.