2014 National Childcare Survey: Babysitting Rates & Nanny Pay

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Wondering how much to pay your babysitter? UrbanSitter surveyed and compiled data from 7,500 families across the US to calculate the average hourly rates for babysitters, nannies, and mother’s helpers. – click on graphic to zoom – Highlights: New York City is the most expensive city for childcare. In NYC, the average babysitting rate for one […]

Conducting Reference Checks

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer Though it is tempting to think of reference checks as a formality, this step is critical in finding the caregiver that best suits your family; do not take it lightly or overlook it. By now you’ve read reviews of the candidate, interviewed her, maybe even watched her interact with […]

Vetting A Caregiver

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer Hiring a babysitter or nanny comes with an unavoidable, inherent element of blind trust. After all, you’re never going to know everything about a person, but you can do your due diligence and conduct a thorough vetting of the candidate(s), which will help put your mind at ease. Parent Reviews Begin […]

How to Evaluate and Monitor Your Babysitter or Nanny

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer You’ve done your research — talked to parent friends, combed through the profiles on UrbanSitter, watched video clips, read reviews, held thorough interviews — even supervised a short playtime between a sitter and your child before hiring her. On the contrary, maybe you found yourself in a last-minute childcare bind and […]

Which Babysitter is Right for My Family?

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer Different families have different needs in terms of childcare. Once you decide what best fits you and your child, you’ll be well on your way to a night out. Here’s an overview. Finding the Right Babysitter for Your Family Mother’s Helper Think of mother’s helpers like babysitters in training. They may […]

2nd Annual Holiday Gifting Survey: Babysitter Gifts and Nanny Bonuses for 2013

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Around the holidays, parents often wonder “how much should I bonus my nanny for Christmas?” or “should I tip my babysitter for the holidays?” The UrbanSitter 2013 Holiday Gifting Survey Infographic reveals how much parents are really spending on their kids, the nanny, and babysitters this holiday season. Plus, the insider scoop on how much […]

Rave Reviews About UrbanSitter

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What Parents Are Saying About UrbanSitter “Recommendations from friends are a must when it comes to a sitter for my kids. UrbanSitter has expanded our network of babysitters, and it has given us peace of mind.” – Matt K., San Francisco “Booking a babysitter used to be a serial process. With UrbanSitter, I can simply […]

When Your Babysitter is Responsible for Driving Your Kids

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When your babysitter is responsible for driving your kids, child safety should be your their number one priority. Here we tell you what you need to know about keeping your child safe when she’s in the car with a sitter, including how to do a driving record and driver’s license check, and what to share […]

Choosing Between a Nanny, Daycare, or Au Pair

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If you are navigating the murky waters of full-time childcare, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and bogged down. There are innumerable choices out there, and of course the decision is weighted by the very high stakes. It’s your child, after all — not a puppy. Plus, you can’t neglect such considerations as your personal feelings, […]

Making the Most of Maternity Leave

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Maternity leave can be an exciting and blissful time — those first few months with your new baby are precious. But all good things come to an end, and before you know it, you’ll be headed back to work. Here’s how to make the most of your maternity leave. 1. Be bored. If you’re wondering […]