Don't Forget To Ask...
No matter what kind of provider you're interviewing, find out the following to make sure your child-care styles are in sync.
What's your approach to eating and sleeping routines? If your baby chows on demand but your provider is bent on feeding her every three hours no matter what, you may have to change your weekend habits (or find a different provider).
Do you hold babies during feedings? Perhaps you don't want your tot propped in a high chair (unless you're a mom of multiples).
How often do you read books? Even the youngest babies benefit by being read to.
How do you handle babies when they're inconsolable? It's key to be in agreement.
How would you describe your personality? What you're probing for: someone who is flexible enough to abide by your instructions.
Do you often touch base with parents? If getting phone, text, or email updates is important to you, make sure a provider is amenable to that. Just bear in mind: Time spent communicating with you means time not fully focused on your child.