Online Resources for Babysitting Services

Finding the occasional weekend babysitter has been a challenge for our family.  Only my husband’s family lives in the same town we do, and while they’ve been great to watch our son whenever they can, we still run into a scheduling conflict every now and then.  Now that my son is nearly two, I would feel comfortable having a college or responsible high school student come and watch him in our home.  I used to babysit all the time as a kid, so I can’t believe how difficult it’s been to find someone.

Enter an online resource like SitterCity.com.  It’s a kind of internet dating service for families and caregivers, providing sitter profiles, photos, reviews, testimonials, background checks and more.  A 21st century Baby-Sitters Club! (C’mon, I know some of you loved those books as much as I did – admit it!)

SitterCity.com covers more than just what the name implies, including tutors, housekeeping, senior care and pet care.  You can search the site for free and try it out for 7 days, but you need to join to access contact information.  A  membership plan is $9.99 per month with a joining fee of $39.99, which is waived if you commit to one year of membership.

I haven’t used the service yet, but a quick search of the major metropolitan area where I live turned up 3,514 available sitters – whoa!  In reading through the profiles, they seemed to be well-qualified and competent for the most part.  I like the fact that you can get lots of info up front, making it easier to evaluate and narrow down the list of sitters before contacting anyone.  Although it’s pricey, finding a good and reliable weekend babysitter would be worth his/her weight in gold!

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If you do sign up, be sure to save up to $20 with promo code SITTERSAVE.

Have any of you used an online resource to find a sitter?  If not, how did you connect with your weekend sitter?

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