How much do you pay a babysitter?

Sarah - posted on 05/30/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My husband and I have been able to juggle our schedules for 3 months with our newborn so one of us is with him, but my husband is leaving for a week to attend a conference and I will need to hire someone to watch our son for three of the days while I work.

I have no idea how much I should pay someone to watch our son though. If it is a large amount, it may just make more sense for me to take the time off or ask to bring him to work with me.

What is the hourly rate for babysitters nowadays?

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Christal - posted on 05/31/2009

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definatly ok. and if your friends are willing to watch him, i'm sure they will work cheaper than a babysitter. escpecially if they understand your situation.

Sarah - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Katherine:



Quoting Amanda:




Quoting Katherine:

Myself i would go for leaving my newborn with a family member or going for a certified cildcare centre, just because i wouldn't know the person that i'm leaving my child with as such. but i supose if you have friends that have a babysitter that they know and trust it would be better then leaving your son with a stranger, especially in this day and age...







I agree with the family member or close friend doing it.  The certified daycare centers I dont agree with.  I had my son in a inhome daycare when I first went back to work.  Now keep in mind this woman watched me and my brother when we were little and she did NOT take care of my son.  I would walk in to pick him up and he would be lieing on the couch with a pillow propping a bottle in his mouth big no no.  He developed and kept a yeast infection for two months because she was not changing him.  I switched him over to an actual center and I was called everyday for some sort of an illness.  Plus they would not ever write up an accident report when he would get hurt he was crawling and walking around furniture at this point.  I have kept my kid out of the daycare scene for 2 years and has been more healthy and a lot less bruises and bumps then when he was in daycare.  Make sure you trust the person 100% if there is any doubt in your mind don't leave your child with that person.










I agree with you on the family, i would rather leave my boys with a family member then at a daycare my oldest son goes to daycare once a week only because i don't have any friends with kids, so he goes there to socialise with the other children his age.





Thank you for all of your input. Unfortunately, we do not have family who live near us. Otherwise, I would have my mother or mother-in-law watch him. However, I am involved with an early childhood art center and have a couple friends who are in their twenties and have experience with caring for young children. I absolutely trust them 100%.



My dilemma is I get paid approximately the same I would need to pay a babysitter ($7-10/hour). Is it ok to offer just a flat rate for 5-6 hours?

Sarah - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Katherine:



Quoting Amanda:




Quoting Katherine:

Myself i would go for leaving my newborn with a family member or going for a certified cildcare centre, just because i wouldn't know the person that i'm leaving my child with as such. but i supose if you have friends that have a babysitter that they know and trust it would be better then leaving your son with a stranger, especially in this day and age...







I agree with the family member or close friend doing it.  The certified daycare centers I dont agree with.  I had my son in a inhome daycare when I first went back to work.  Now keep in mind this woman watched me and my brother when we were little and she did NOT take care of my son.  I would walk in to pick him up and he would be lieing on the couch with a pillow propping a bottle in his mouth big no no.  He developed and kept a yeast infection for two months because she was not changing him.  I switched him over to an actual center and I was called everyday for some sort of an illness.  Plus they would not ever write up an accident report when he would get hurt he was crawling and walking around furniture at this point.  I have kept my kid out of the daycare scene for 2 years and has been more healthy and a lot less bruises and bumps then when he was in daycare.  Make sure you trust the person 100% if there is any doubt in your mind don't leave your child with that person.










I agree with you on the family, i would rather leave my boys with a family member then at a daycare my oldest son goes to daycare once a week only because i don't have any friends with kids, so he goes there to socialise with the other children his age.





Thank you for all of your input. Unfortunately, we do not have family who live near us. Otherwise, I would have my mother or mother-in-law watch him. However, I am involved with an early childhood art center and have a couple friends who are in their twenties and have experience with caring for young children. I absolutely trust them 100%.



My dilemma is I get paid approximately the same I would need to pay a babysitter ($7-10/hour). Is it ok to offer just a flat rate for 5-6 hours?

Christal - posted on 05/30/2009

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I was a nanny for 2 years, up until i had to move (military) and the going rate was about $10/hr. I think it all depends on who you get to watch your baby. the more qualified and certified they are most likely the more you'll have to pay but i woulnd assume it would more than $12/hr. I personally wouldnt work for anything under $8/hr. but everyone is different, and it is only for a few days.

Katherine - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Amanda:



Quoting Katherine:

Myself i would go for leaving my newborn with a family member or going for a certified cildcare centre, just because i wouldn't know the person that i'm leaving my child with as such. but i supose if you have friends that have a babysitter that they know and trust it would be better then leaving your son with a stranger, especially in this day and age...





I agree with the family member or close friend doing it.  The certified daycare centers I dont agree with.  I had my son in a inhome daycare when I first went back to work.  Now keep in mind this woman watched me and my brother when we were little and she did NOT take care of my son.  I would walk in to pick him up and he would be lieing on the couch with a pillow propping a bottle in his mouth big no no.  He developed and kept a yeast infection for two months because she was not changing him.  I switched him over to an actual center and I was called everyday for some sort of an illness.  Plus they would not ever write up an accident report when he would get hurt he was crawling and walking around furniture at this point.  I have kept my kid out of the daycare scene for 2 years and has been more healthy and a lot less bruises and bumps then when he was in daycare.  Make sure you trust the person 100% if there is any doubt in your mind don't leave your child with that person.






I agree with you on the family, i would rather leave my boys with a family member then at a daycare my oldest son goes to daycare once a week only because i don't have any friends with kids, so he goes there to socialise with the other children his age.

Amanda - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Katherine:

Myself i would go for leaving my newborn with a family member or going for a certified cildcare centre, just because i wouldn't know the person that i'm leaving my child with as such. but i supose if you have friends that have a babysitter that they know and trust it would be better then leaving your son with a stranger, especially in this day and age...


I agree with the family member or close friend doing it.  The certified daycare centers I dont agree with.  I had my son in a inhome daycare when I first went back to work.  Now keep in mind this woman watched me and my brother when we were little and she did NOT take care of my son.  I would walk in to pick him up and he would be lieing on the couch with a pillow propping a bottle in his mouth big no no.  He developed and kept a yeast infection for two months because she was not changing him.  I switched him over to an actual center and I was called everyday for some sort of an illness.  Plus they would not ever write up an accident report when he would get hurt he was crawling and walking around furniture at this point.  I have kept my kid out of the daycare scene for 2 years and has been more healthy and a lot less bruises and bumps then when he was in daycare.  Make sure you trust the person 100% if there is any doubt in your mind don't leave your child with that person.

Carolyn - posted on 05/30/2009

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Babysitting rates can vary a lot depending on where you live and the qualifications you are looking for in a babysitter. In the city in which I live most charge between $7 and $10 per hour per child. Some high schoolers charge $5 or $6, but if you're looking for an adult with any childcare experience it's at least $7 around here. Babysitters with lots of experience, who have worked in daycare centers, and/or with infant CPR certification charge $10 and up. In the small town I grew up in $5 to $7 was pretty normal.

It depends a lot on where you live and what kind of babysitter for which you're looking.

Katherine - posted on 05/30/2009

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Myself i would go for leaving my newborn with a family member or going for a certified cildcare centre, just because i wouldn't know the person that i'm leaving my child with as such. but i supose if you have friends that have a babysitter that they know and trust it would be better then leaving your son with a stranger, especially in this day and age...

Amanda - posted on 05/30/2009

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When I have to have a babysitter I normally go for 5 bucks an hour per kid and thats also what i charged when I was babysitting myself. I don't get a babysitter very often. Usually I have my parents do it if I need one. That was the rate about three years ago I don't really know what its at now. I would just say call around and ask people what they charge.

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