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If you plan on hosting or attending a New Years Eve party this year, pick up the phone and call a baby-sitter NOW (that would be the beginning of November). The older the baby-sitter, the more likely it is that they themselves will want to make plans and possibly cancel out at a late date. If you suspect this may be a distinct possibility, choose from the younger, responsible sitters, first, and rest a little easier. If you do not have back-up, start asking friends and neighbors for their recommendations and give them a chance to earn their spot on your "on-call" list.