I always ask my daughter the next morning how things went with the babysitter and what they did. One idea to check in during an appointment is to have a neighbor pop in and see if the kids are acting up and ask if the sitter needs anything. Or you could get a nanny cam to videotape what’s going on. Another way to ensure you’re hiring a good babysitter is to offer good pay. You can get what you pay for in babysitting, and older, more responsible babysitters want more money than teens. Pay of $10 per hour is a bargain. Or, there’s always Grandma.