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"I want a babysitter"

Need babysitting help Mon, Tues, Thurs afternoons. Some light housekeeping and homework help. Must have an excellent driving record.

wanted by: flipper (9) in Wayland, MA 01778 +
updated on: April 6, 2011, 8:43 a.m. (6 years, 6 months ago)
posted on: Dec. 3, 2010, 1:03 p.m. (6 years, 10 months ago)
tags: baby babysitter kid
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Babysitter Websites: Costs, Comparison and Reviews

As a working Mom, I've had to use both Care.com and Sittercity.com for finding a babysitter and a part-time driver to take my 10-year old daughter from her after school program to her dance and flute lessons (were we this busy as kids, and were our Mom's working this hard???)

From my experience, they are relatively comparable in features. Your best bet is to try out their free services or pay for a single month to see which one has the most sitters listed in your area.

For what it's worth, I had absolutely no luck finding anyone via Craigslist. I wasted hours, if not days...yeah it was days...ugh...interviewing a bunch of people in person and on the phone. I sifted through the unqualified and inexperienced "sitters" there to no avail.

I ended up getting a month-to-month Sittercity subscription and found a great part-time local college student driver for my daughter. I hated having to pay for a sitter search service, but I *LOVED* having someone else spend the hours sifting and pre-interviewing. Just compare the listings between a subscription site like Sittercity or Care to Craigslist and you'll see what I mean!

From my notes, a quick cost comparison of the two:
Sittercity's monthly subscription ranges between $12/mo and $35/mo depending on how long you sign up for. They also offer a 7 day free trial and seem to have a perpetual offer of a 15% off deal for new users. Just go here and try using the code TAKE15.

Care.com has a free option that displays limited sitter profiles and job postings. Their paid subscriptions are exactly the same as Sittercity's, ranging from $35/mo for month-to-month use and $12/mo if you sign up for a year.

Good luck!
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How to Hire a Babysitter: Our Tips & Advice

We know how important it is to find the right sitter for your kids. Since you will be letting someone new into your home and around your kids, you should make sure that you don't take any shortcuts during the hiring process.

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