Choosing a child care provider

If you plan to go back to work after staying home with your child, it's important to find someone who will provide quality care for your child.

You may find a relative or friend who will care for your baby. Other types of child care include hiring an in-home nanny, taking your child to a day care provider's home, and taking your child to a child care center. Ask friends, family and neighbors for recommendations.

No matter which type of child care you choose, it is important that you feel your child will be safe and protected.

  • Does the provider seem mature, calm and flexible?
  • Do you feel confident in his or her abilities?
  • Is it a clean and safe place?
  • How will the provider treat your child?

Choosing a baby sitter

If you don't have family members who can watch your child, you can still find a sitter.

Ask friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, clergy or other adults you trust for recommendations. Consider questions to ask potential sitters.

Related resources

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or "she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016