Are you happy with your babysitter or nanny? We are. We’ve actually hired a sitter through an online sitter agency that’s no longer in business, kept in contact with her and hired A.J.’s former preschool teacher to watch him on date nights. Since they’re both doing a great job, I wanted to share a questions parents may ask, “When is it time to give the babysitter a raise?”
If you think you may not be paying your sitter enough or paying them too much, Sittercity has a calculator to help you determine a fair hourly rate. Factors include your city, the age of the sitter, how many children they’re caring for and their age.
Video: When is it Time to Give the Babysitter a Raise?
Sites to Search for Sitters and Nannies
At first I thought it was weird to hire a sitter from an online site, but it’s proved to be quite useful for me. Most sitter sites include reviews and a sitter’s availability which is helpful when deciding who to hire.
- Sittercity: Join for free to search for sitters in your area. Once you’re a subscriber you can contact candidates.
- Care.com: Similar to Sittercity. You can also search for tutors, elder care assistants and pet sitters. Read reviews from parents and businesses on Care.com.
- DecaturBabySitter.com: This local agency has background checked and professional sitters that I included in the 6 Services All Atlanta Parent Should Use.
- Craigslist: Don’t think of it as just a place to sell your old furniture. I’ve heard of success stories of sitters and nannies found through Craigslist ads. Of course, you should check references and complete a background check.
- Neighborhood Groups: We just hired a mommy’s helper, a slightly older girl who comes by to play with A.J. while I’m home.