When I first moved to Atlanta seven years ago, I was an unemployed newlywed figuring out life in one of the South’s largest cities. I had plenty of time on my hands to hang out and spend time with my husband. Fast forward a few weeks and we’re pregnant, stressed and sorting out the doctors and considering where we should live for the best schools. I’m a member of enough parenting and Facebook groups to know that navigating life in Atlanta is complicated. Here are Atlanta services for parents I’ve used or heard rave reviews about that I think can help you navigate life in our busy metropolitan area. Some of the recommendations include my referral links where I’ll earn a small commission for purchases, but it won’t cost you anything extra!
Atlanta Services for Parents
For reliable background checked babysitters, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Sitters Sphere (formerly Decatur Babysitter). Try the complimentary 30 day trial that allows you to book experienced babysitters online. Their qualified sitters also travel outside the city, but mainly inside the Perimeter.
Fellow blogger Danielle Slaughter from Mamademics felt comfortable leaving their son with a Sitters Sphere Babysitter for a recent night out with her husband. “We’d never used a babysitting service before and the owner was incredibly understanding. Not only did she serve as our first babysitter, but she also met with us beforehand, so that we’d feel more comfortable. We came home to a sleeping preschooler and a clean living room. We’re definitely using their services for future date nights.”
2. Bond Intelligent Care App (no longer available)
Children get sick at the weirdest, most inconvenient times. In Atlanta when you have to navigate traffic and logistics of getting to the doctor, it’s great to have an option to get care without leaving your house. I reviewed the Bond Intelligent Care App this spring when I came down with a cold. I saw a doctor via my iPhone app after 9 p.m. on a Friday night. For a $100 co-pay it was a convenient, reliable option that also included follow-up care and texts the next day! I’ve never had a doctor text message me before I used this app.
3. Clean Corps
I know a lot of parents who are too busy to clean their own homes. I’ve used a cleaning service before and after we moved to a larger home. Now that I have three bathrooms the idea of hiring someone else to deodorize three toilets is a dream.
I booked a cleaning for Clean Corps and it was a huge relief to have the pressure of cleaning off of my shoulders. The established cleaning service in Atlanta lets you book cleaning per room or ask for a custom quote. Book it entirely online with as little as 48 hours notice.
Since we moved and I’m trying to fit our old stuff into the new place, I’ve found myself making more runs to household stores like Target and Walmart. But it got pretty tedious to keep purchasing things, find out they didn’t work and going back to the store to return them.
Then I remembered my Amazon Prime membership which includes free two day shipping. In two days I had my bathroom items delivered to my front door.
When I’ve been sick or too tired to drive, I’ve also used Amazon Now as well for grocery delivery within two hours.
My friend Brittany Mackey has a family of five to feed and loves the Instacart grocery delivery service where she can choose from her favorite grocers like Costco, Whole Foods and Kroger. She told me “Instacart has given me the ability to save money by my buying the groceries I truly need. No more impulse buys! Of course the time saved by not having to take all three kids to the store, get my items and then come home is priceless.”
I haven’t used Instacart yet, but I’m planning to. I’ll miss my Kroger Fuel Points to save on gas. I can imagine that getting a full week’s worth of groceries delivered to my door will alleviate the feeling that I’m missing out.
Like many of you I have a mild Target Store addiction. I love the cleanliness of the stores in Atlanta, helpful staff, great brand names and ways to save with my Target Red Card. Yes, Target had a data breech issue a few years ago. But now I have a Target Red Card with a security chip. I have no concerns with using it.
Any purchase you make with a Target Red Card gives you a five percent savings. Free shipping for online orders is another benefits of the Target Red Card. For in-story purchases, I also use the Target Cartwheel app to add 5-10% savings and stack it with coupons. However, online purchases aren’t eligible for Cartwheel discounts.
I’ve ordered some of my favorite cosmetics from Target online without worrying about a minimum threshold to be eligible for free shipping. That’s quite convenient!
In the last seven years, I’ve learned a lot about what works best for our family – where we like to eat, play and explore our city. Here are some other areas of interest for Atlanta-area families: