How much to pay babysitter?

Momof1 - posted on 09/16/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'm trying to get a job that has hours of 4 PM to 12 AM. I would work 7 days a week, then have 3 days off. The problem is my husband doesn't get home until 6 PM. My husbands sister said she would watch our son from about 3:30 to 6, for us. Because the days are weird, (7 days on, 3 days off) I might work as little as 1 day from Monday to Friday or as many as 5 days Mon. through Friday (not counting the weekend, since my husband is home.) So I was just wondering how much would be suitable to pay her. She lives about 2 miles from us and she wouldn't really have to "do" anything with him, except maybe change a diaper. He would already be fed until dinner, already have napped. She would just need to watch and play with him.

Also, I might be asking my sister (who lives about 30 minutes, 15 miles I think away) to watch him 1 day, as to not put so much pressure on his sister. Would I pay her more, since she drives further?

I was thinking that for his sister $20.00 a week sounds good, but I don't know if that is really low. That isn't even $5.00 an hour. But she wouldn't be doing much. I do know that if I had an actual, unrelated to us, babysitter, the rate would be higher.

I also wanted to ask how to go about finding a trustworthy babysitter. My husband thinks we should start looking, since we do not have family or grandparents to watch him. Just his sister or my sister. And all my friends live pretty far away just to watch him for a couple hours. I am very un-trustful of hiring somebody we do not know, because no matter how much you look at their background, you just never know. I do have a couple neighbors around here (that I don't really know) that stay at home with their kids, but I thought it would be weird to just go up to them and ask them, since I don't really know them. Thanks for all your help.

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I would either pay by the day (or week, but add up the rate by days worked that week) or figure out a monthly amount and divide it by 4 for the weekly rate.

Kim - posted on 09/17/2011

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I babysit a boy from 5:30 until 9. He goes to bed at 7:30 and I charge $15.00/day. I could probably charge her more if I wanted but I used to babysit him full time and like having him around and don't care too much about the amount.

Kim - posted on 09/17/2011

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I would pay her by the day that way it wont matter how many days a week she has him. You can still pay her weekly but make the amount per the days that she has him. Or you could agree on a set monthly rate no matter how many days a week she has him.

Momof1 - posted on 09/17/2011

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So I think I'll go with $50 a week. I'm just wondering about the weeks she (or somebody else) would watch him 1, 2 or 3 days? Sorry for asking all these questions!

Momof1 - posted on 09/16/2011

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His sister is 25, a year younger then me and no kids. Once I find out if I get the job, then I will start looking for a few back ups, but right now she says she is cool with it, because she lived with us for 2 months and just moved out. So she wants to do it. I was just curious about pricing. I figured $20 was too low, if it ended up being 5 days.

Amy - posted on 09/16/2011

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The two sitters we use where I live in (CT) charge $10 an hour. I have a very self sufficient 5 year old and an 18 month old. If you're only offering $20 a week on the weeks she has him 5 days you're probably going to run into problems where she becomes unreliable. You also don't say how old the sister is and whether she has kids too which all factor into the picture.
I would start by introducing yourself to your neighbors and developing a relationship of sorts with them. Or ask them flat out "hey I'm thinking about going back to work and we're looking for a sitter between the hours of x and x do you know anyone who is reliable", at that point they may say they are or give you the name of someone. You can also find out from them what they pay when they use a sitter. I went on the recommendation of my sons Tae kwon do instructor for one of our sitters, and another one is a college student who worked for me in the past. You could reach out to the highschool in the area and see if they have an early child hood development class or the names of students you could interview. My last suggestion would be to search on craigslist, obviously meet them somewhere-I always went to a park, interview them and let your child interact with them that way you can see how well they are or not with kids. Good luck!

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I bet she would totally do it for $50 a week. I did reread the part where your hubby would be home at 6pm, 2 1/2 hours is not all that bad, but you have to make it worth it for her, if it is worth it for you not to have strangers in your house.



You will still need a backup plan for that days she might get sick or have plans of her own.

Momof1 - posted on 09/16/2011

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@ Shelly, the person babysitting would be watching him at my house, basically doing nothing but playing and maybe changing a diaper for only 2.5 hours until my husband came home. Thanks for you advice, but you must have read my post wrong.

Thank you Teresa. I'm not sure yet what I will (if I get the job) be making, but I'm sure $50 a week is a good bet.

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So... about 2.5 hours/day, right? I wouldn't do $20/week cuz on the one day a week it wouldn't be bad, but she'd be getting jipped on the 5 day week. I think $10/day would sound a little better. You wouldn't be out THAT much more money, but it would be more fair.

I watch a little girl 13 hours/week and get $10/hour. Same rate if I watch her brother too, but he's in preschool now and I only watch him on school breaks.

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We pay our sitter a $12 base, and then $2 for each additional child. So we end up paying $18 an hour. At $20 a week you are kinda taking advantage of your friends & family, they will soon burn out and forget to answer their phones quickly. You have to remember a gallon of gas right now costs $3.99. You also have to factor in you are asking them to watch him at odd hours & you would be picking him up after midnight.



I am not passing judgement, but if I were asked to watch a family members child on a regular basis for less than $5 and hour, that wouldn't even really cover the cost of my gas driving there i would be kinda insulted. $20 a week is way too low & you will find yourself quickly having to find other childcare options. Don't take advantage of people, even if on accident, ask the sisters what they expect to be paid so there are no resentful felings in the end.



I hate to tell you, but your are going to have to come up with other options. If you don't feel like you can trust anyone with your child then you can't go out for that job.



Might be a little better if you drop off the baby & pick him up too.

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