Even without the help of family and friends, you can find a trustworthy sitter. Start by
asking for recommendations—at the soccer field, the preschool, or the YMCA. In
addition, many neighborhood associations and churches maintain lists of
available babysitters. If that doesn't work, trade time with another family; it's free and the kids
will enjoy time with other children. Get a few families involved and you can
start a baby sitting co-op. When there is a will there is a way, and you can
find a sitter with whom you and your child are comfortable.