Would you take a babysitter on an airplane?

Katherine - posted on 03/14/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




Well someone imagined it enough to start a company called Nanny in the Clouds, which offers just that. Another pair of hands that will keep your kid from harassing all of the other passengers, and instead just the one passenger that you're paying to take the abuse. Genius!

Here's how it works. You register (as a parent) and nannies register as well. If you both happen to be on the same flight, you are matched up for a $10 fee, paid for by the parents. You then negotiate seating, the hourly rate, and for how long you need that nanny. For the car ride to and from the airport, in the terminal, or just while you're in the air.

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Of course there are downsides. The company doesn't do background checks, so you're on your own in that scenario. And unless you arrange a meeting beforehand, you really don't know what you're going to get. (Neither does the nanny, for that matter.) Also there's that whole "Oh my god, who do you think you are traveling with a nanny? Can't you control your own kids?" factor. But isn't that better than annoying the hell out of the entire airplane and possibly getting kicked off?

I have confidence in myself, my husband, and my kids to travel without major incident. If I were travelling with my kids by myself, however, I would totally sign up for this. An extra pair of hands can be the difference between an enjoyable trip and a nightmare that causes you to get the shakes anytime you head out on vacation.

Would you use Nanny in the Clouds?


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Danielle - posted on 03/21/2012




I wouldn't use this now, as my kids are 11, 9, 8 & 3. But a few years ago, maybe. We took our babysitter with us on vacation three times - to Busch Gardens & Disney World. The extra set of hands & amusement ride partner was great. But we drove on all 3 trips - Williamsburg is only a 5 hr drive & it was cheaper to drive to Disney than fly & rent a car. It was worth the cost of the extra ticket, food & souvineers to have that 3rd person to sit with the kids not old enough for a ride or to accompany the 3rd kid on the ride (1st 2 trips when there were only 3 kids). Nowwhit, though, my older 3 are old enough & tall enough to go on rides by themselves, so we don't need that 3rd 'adult'.

So, yes, I can totally understand somebody using this service to fly when the children out number the parents.

September - posted on 03/16/2012




No. Why pay for something I can handle myself. We fly to Florida with our son every year which is a 7 hour flight and we manage just fine. Although I do have a husband to help out so that's nice too.

Louise - posted on 03/15/2012




In theory it sounds a good idea. I have to say being British I have not had a problem on the flights as somebody has always offerd to hold my daughter or take her for a walk up the plane and back, whilst I have eaten my dinner. I think as a mum you are a good judge of character.

I think for mums travelling with multiple children this would be a God send!

Colleen - posted on 03/15/2012




I agree - i'd do it if traveling alone with a baby or alone with several young kids. Assuming the babysitter sat with us where I could see what was happening and the price wasn't outrageous.

I had lots of opportunities to take great trips when EmmaRose was a baby, but didn't because I was worried about juggling a colicky baby plus baby equipment/carryons. The Cloud Nanny was a couple of years too late!

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