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Quentina L. - Seeking Work in Baltimore
Quentina L.

My husband and I are happy to speak with you about Tina! Tina has extensive professional experience and we always felt that our son was safe in her care. We particularly appreciated the sensory play and crafts that she led on a daily basis to engage our child. - Emily

Gabby L. - Seeking Work in Athens
Gabby L.

Gabby was a real blessing to our family. She is so kind, creative, patient, dependable and caring. My sons (5 and 12) were very comfortable with her from the very beginning. She went above and beyond for me and I can't say enough good things about her. Any family, ageny or child care center would lucky to have her. - Patricia

Nina W. - Seeking Work in Scottsdale
Nina W.

Nina is very caring and good with kids. My kids loved her during her time with us. We were very satisfied with the extraordinary care she provided. - Nolan

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What’s the average cost of a babysitter?

The average cost of a babysitter is $13.81 per hour. The cost of a babysitter is dependent on the babysitter’s experience, qualifications and location.
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How to Find a Babysitter

Nanny Lane is a child care website meant to help you find a babysitter in your area. Our child care services include background checks, PLUS, and payroll.

Understand Babysitter Responsibilities in the United States

Before beginning the search for a babysitter, it’s important to understand what you’re looking for and if a babysitter is the right choice for your child care needs. There are lots of benefits to hiring a babysitter such as getting the flexibility of having some more time for yourself or with your partner. When hiring a babysitter, first, you should explore the differences between a nanny and a babysitter. If you’re looking for occasional child care, babysitters are the right choice for you, but if you’re looking for more frequent care, a nanny may be better for your needs.

From there, you can think about what you expect your babysitter to handle so that you can create a profile for nannies to reach out to you. The boundaries for babysitters’ duties can vary from family to family. However, in general, a babysitter is responsible for making sure your kids’ needs are met, including things like ensuring they have opportunities to play and be active. When tasks go beyond child care, for example to housekeeping, laundry, or meal preparation, it’s good practice to communicate these expectations with your babysitter before hiring them. Along with the different duties that you ask for, experience and location can impact how much you pay your babysitter.

Babysitter Interviews:

Once you start connecting with prospective babysitters, the next step is to conduct an interview. To make things a bit easier, here’s a list of some babysitter interview questions to consider asking:

  • Do you have experience being a babysitter?
  • What sort of household tasks are you open and comfortable doing?
  • Do you have any references?
  • Are you trained in First Aid or CPR?
  • Do you have a driver’s license? Do you own a car?
  • How do you handle tantrums? Can you share an experience disciplining children?

During the hiring process, it’s essential to ask for references and by asking their references questions you gain a better understanding of they will fit in your family. As you get closer to hiring a nanny, be sure to run a background check to ensure your kids are in good hands. When evaluating a babysitter that you’re considering hiring, make sure you’re setting the foundation for a good relationship with your babysitter. You can do this by being clear about your expectations around babysitter responsibilities and compensation, and of course, by being friendly and welcoming!

And of course, as you learn how to hire a babysitter, Nanny Lane's nanny services are here to help you along the way.

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How to find a babysitter on Nanny Lane

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