Vetting A Caregiver


By Melinda Holzschuh, 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


By Melinda Holzschuh, 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?


By Melinda Holzschuh, 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


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


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 […]

8 Favorite Pins for Parents – First Day of Summer edition


It’s the first official day of summer, and we couldn’t be more excited for extra long days and warm nights. This week, we’re featuring our favorite pins of the season — from fresh recipes to a how to on removing a splinter with baking soda. Follow UrbanSitter on Pinterest for more great pins for parents. […]

Budgeting for a Babysitter or Nanny


Budgeting for a babysitter or nanny shouldn’t be stressful. This handy resource will help you create a simple family budget to cover childcare expenses and babysitter pay so you can lead a well-balanced life without unnecessary worry over childcare costs. We’ll show you how to create a budget, discuss how much a babysitter costs, and […]