Finding a Babysitter

Being a parent is one of the most challenging things you will ever experience in your life, which is why once in a while you will need a night off. Every mother needs a night to have an adult conversation, a dinner out with her friends, a date night, or just a chance to go to the salon. Finding that perfect sitter is not as difficult as it may seem. Here are a few examples to help you find the best babysitter so you can have a break that you deserve.

Family member
This is the most recommended option in getting a babysitter. If you are lucky enough to have a parent or sibling that would love to watch your baby, so you can run to the store or have a date night, then this is your best option. In most situations, you will never have to pay for a family member’s babysitting services unless it is a young cousin or niece.

Neighborhood babysitter
Many neighborhoods have babysitters that most parents in the community use and recommend. These babysitters you will have to pay and the average rate of a babysitter today is about $8 – $10.00 an hour. Ask your neighbors or local moms you know who they prefer, or visit your local library and see if they can recommend a great sitter in your neighborhood. As long as this sitter is trusted by other friends or neighbors, then this is a great option to use. Even if it is a young teenager, she may be able to come over and give you a break if you need someone to play with an older child while you take care of a newborn or catch up on things, or even just take a nap.

Babysitting services
This is a great option for those who may not have any family in the area or do not have any neighborhood sitters available. Babysitting services like can get you exactly the kind of care you need, do background checks, and you can even pay through their website. These may be less personal situations and some parents are hesitant to use a babysitting service at first. However, services like this one are highly professional and can give you and your spouse that date night without having to explain any personal issues to family or friends.

Social Media
Contact your friends and neighbors through social media. This is an easy method which can get you plenty of feedback quickly. You may get many options of sitters this way and also find out from others how much the average rate in your area is. If you are worried about privacy issues, you can always inbox or make a group of friends, so only a few people know that you are looking to hire a babysitter.


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