Finding a sitter

Amanda - posted on 06/25/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )

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How do you and your SO/husband find a sitter for your little one? Are you afraid to look on Craigslist or in the paper?

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Janna - posted on 06/28/2012

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I'm on sittercity.com & many great families have found me for care. I used to answer ads on CL, but parents tend to not want to pay my rates. I run a licensed home child care. I was a nanny for over 10 yrs. When I had my DD, I wanted to stay home, but still have an income. I recommend interviewing several nannies before deciding. Plus on sittercity you can find house/pet sitter, house cleaners & senior/special needs care. A yr membership though my link is $49 & you can see background checks & references. http://buzzwat.ch/nanni4

Sharlene - posted on 07/01/2012

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Okay sorry lol, they employee private nannies and have expericenced sitters.

Amy - posted on 07/01/2012

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Sharlene-I think she's asking what an agency sitter is, since I've never heard of it either.

Susan - posted on 06/27/2012

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I would definitely ask other parents for recommendations if you know some that use babysitters. If you go to a church, you might find some high school students willing to babysit. Our daughter goes to a daycare type preschool and some of the teachers babysit on the side. We've used one of her former teachers a couple times. In that case, the sitter is usually a little older and (likely) more responsible, however I think then you should probably pay them more too.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/26/2012

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I prefer word of mouth or checking out the neighbourhood for teens that might be interested and seem responsible. Honestly, it never occurred to me to look in the paper or online. Can you find people like that? I would say give it a chance and interview a few people.

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Keri - posted on 07/01/2012

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I hear there are websites, but we have friends with kids my son's age as well as friends with a couple of teenage girls who just love him to pieces! I don't think I'd ever go to the Internet to find one. If we're pressed and our friends couldn't do it (which, thankfully, we've never had to deal with) I would ask them if they knew anyone before I went anywhere else. You never know who you get from a service (the applicants could lie). I'd trust my friend's recommendation over any service.

Sharlene - posted on 06/30/2012

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Try the agency sitter's. When my husband and myself go out for dinner or event we organise a agency sitter lol

Amanda - posted on 06/27/2012

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Susan,
While we are not isolated as we live in a large city, we don't really have the social connections for finding a babysitter on our own. However, he will be beginning preschool in August. Maybe that will open some options.

Amanda - posted on 06/26/2012

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Thank you, Ladies.
I used to work in public high schools, so it probably would have been easy to find a sitter. Now, I teach from home, so my knowledge of local high school kids is very limited. Additionally, we live in an older community, so there are not a lot of teenagers in our area/neighborhood!

Megan - posted on 06/25/2012

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Maybe Im Paranoid but I would NEVER look on craiglist for someone to watch my children. Would never judge someone who did but would be way too scared. I wont allow my children to go to daycare either

Amy - posted on 06/25/2012

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I looked on Craigslist one time for a sitter, my husband and I interviewed her and the kids liked her but she ended up not being reliable enough for us so I had to tell her it wasn't going to work out. It's not that I wouldn't use it again but we have a couple of different sitters we can use now so it's not necessary. One of the girls that babysits for us used to be an associate that worked for me at my former employment. I left the company and she goes to college near where we live so it worked out. The other girl we use is in highschool, she was recommended by another mom who taught my son Tae Kwon Do. I definitely prefer word of mouth over the paper.

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