DH and I have been fortunate to not have had to hire a babysitter yet. DH's parents live in our neighborhood and have provided all of the babysitting to date. However, there have been a few times when they haven't been available to babysit when we wanted to go out. So, I need to find a back-up option for babysitting.
In our neighborhood newsletter, there is a list of high school girls that offer babysitting services. I love the idea of having a teenager that lives close by to babysit the kids for convenience purposes. However, do you think a teenager can handle a 2 yo and 4 mo? I'm asking because I even sometimes get frazzeled with the two of them (like when DD#2 is throwing a tamtrum and DD#1 is crying because she needs a bottle). When I was a teen, I remember babysitting 2 and sometimes 3 kids but they were all toddlers and older. My other option is to go on SitterCity and try to find an older adult who nannies during the week and does babysitting on the weekend.
Anyway, let me know what you think. Also, how would you go about starting with a potential teenage babysitter? I was thinking of first trying a short window of time like 1-2 hours and then seeing how I feel and going from there?