Babysitter Solutions: Sitter Stealing, Nanny Nabbing -- Avoid the Petty Thefts of Childcare

Keep your friends close and your babysitter closer. Maybe that's not quite how the old saying goes, but it's good advice if you want to avoid becoming the victim of sitter stealing or nanny nabbing. In momspeak, sitter stealing is not when your babysitter steals from your home; rather, it's when a so-called friend swipes a great caregiver from under your nose.

Should a carefully guarded caregiver get pilfered, the results can be ugly '- friendships lost, feuds started, kids scarred-for-life. Here's how to keep your beloved sitter safe and sound.

(Looking to hire a sitter? Get tips from Genevieve's Today Show appearance)

The Stolen-Sitter Scenario
The local playground is a breeding ground for sitter stealing '- typical thieves are mothers who offer babysitters higher rates or benefits to sit for their family instead of the sitter's current one. But beware '- sitter stealers can just as easily be close friends. "My best friend from high school once stole a dream babysitter away from me," says Pam Baxter, a Sittercity user. "I didn't speak to her for two years. We're friends again now, but no one '- and I mean no one '- gets the contact information of my personal babysitters."

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