Shopping for a new nanny or babysitter can feel a lot like judging a lineup for a pageant. Assessing experience and cordiality, all the while wondering if you’ll be able to communicate over feedings and bedtimes can be overwhelming. Recommendations help when you can get them, but if you’re sizing up your applicants as they come through the door, it can still be difficult to identify just the right one.
So I chatted with some mommies about what they look for when hiring new domestic help. From education to age to personality to cloth diapering — all of it seems to matter.