How much does a good nanny/babysitter cost?

Kris - posted on 03/12/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are looking for a nanny two days a week for about 10 hours a day. What should we be expecting to pay for a good nanny/babysitter?



We are located in just outside of NYC in Westchester county.

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MelissaNV - posted on 02/22/2014

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It depends on several factors dear. Included are:
1. Location
2. Number and age of children
3. Special needs of children (if any)
4. Experience of the sitter/nanny
For a list of national babysitting rates you can go here: http://ReliableSitters.org
Click on 'Babysitting Rates' on the right hand side. Then look for the city nearest you.
Hope that helps, and remember to do background checks! :-)

Mandie - posted on 03/12/2009

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I am a mother, and a Child care provider. So, keep in mind, that you might have to pay more to get someone good. I will charge $12 an hour for a baby. But i also look at how far are they from my house. if i drive further, i will charge more, or add a gas fee at the end, so like add $10 more to the total. But also look at how long they have worked with children, and see if you can get a backround check on them. Refrances are great too... you can never be to cautous about your child. keep in mind, if you think something is not right, go with that and don't choose them. i know as a mom it is so hard to let someone take care of your child, so just do what you feel is right.  If you need any help with questions that are good to ask people let me know! :)

Kim - posted on 03/12/2009

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yeah, sitters can be expensive! we're paying one too and its crazy! our daycare doesn't take babies until 6 months so we've got to use the sitter until june...good luck!

Kris - posted on 03/12/2009

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Thank you both so much! Both posts have been very helpful and the rate calculator is a great resource.



My son is 3 months old and I was hoping to be able to afford a really good sitter but I'm beginning to think that it's just going to be too much for us right now. We did have him placed in a daycare but it wasn't a good fit. I guess we just need to keep looking for the right place.



Thanks again!

Kim - posted on 03/12/2009

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it all depends on the age of the sitter, how much you want/need them to do, are they CPR/1st aid certified, how much experience do they have, etc. the more you want them to do- ie housework, shopping, etc, and how long they have been doing it will probably cost you more.  here is a link for a calculator to help you figure it out a little more: http://babysitters.sittercity.com/rate_c...

Dawn - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hi Kris!



We're neighbors! We're just over the bridge in Rockland!



It depends how old baby is, but expect to pay about $10 per hour. It actually may be more cost efficient to have your child go to a daycare center. Our baby went to one in a private house from 5 months on until the present. She took only 8 kids, employed two other staff, and was fully certified, etc. The socialization and just being so busy has been fabulous for him! He comes home pooped, but in a good/happy way. For something like that for 2 days a week, figure about $185 a week.

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