As a fellow mama, I know how hard it is to leave the little one. There has been multiple occasions, when I knew I needed a babysitter, but chose not to go to events because I personally felt I could not trust anyone. Luckily, I now have a trusted family member babysitting River when I am not around. I know many parents who do not have trusted family like I, and they find themselves anxiety ridden with doubts about their potential employee.
Many reliable website offer services to basically do all the work for parents. Knowing you have to leave your baby is hard enough, so using a reliable websites, gets rid of a lot of unnecessary stress, and worry on us parents.
Brooklyn Mamas, has rounded up a list of reputable organizations, to help you out in this difficult yet exciting transition.
Care.com is arguably the most popular out of all the babysitting services. Care.com stands out from the rest, because they use a “Care on Call” feature. This feature is tons of help in last minute situations, like, if your usual babysitter gets sick and can’t make it. Care.com will send an email out to all the available nannies in your specific area, to find you a last minute qualified one. Care.com doesn’t only cater to parents in need of a babysitter, they also can help you find a personal assistant for those of us, who need a extra hand around the office.
Cost: Care.com costs $11.67 for a annual membership. If you choose to go monthly you will be charged $35 a month.
Rounding out right behind Care.com in popularity is Sittercity. Sittercity, gains some big bonus points for allowing potential employers to browse photos, and bios from their roster of babysitters and nannies before even signing up!
Cost: Sitttercity charges a $9.99 for a annual membership. If you choose to go month to month, you can pay a one time free of $35 in addition to that month’s fee of $9.99
If you are looking to not only find a well-experienced babysitter, but also help a organization that believes in equality and fair wages for immigrant woman then Beyond Care is the right choice. Beyond Care takes a lot of the worry off of parents in regards to pricing, by offering a flat rate no matter what level of expertise the potential employee might have.
Cost: Part Time (3-34 hours per week)-One child – $16/hour, Two children – $18/hour, Three children – $20/hour. Full Time (35-40 hours per week)-One child – $550 per week, Two children – $600 per week, Three children – $650 per week. Nanny Share (2 families), Part Time & Full Time – $22/hour (2 children). Rapid child care (calling within 24 hours) is available.Includes weekends. Group childcare for meetings at organizations. Ratio is: 1 member for every 5 children is $15-$18 per hour, per member, depending on the organization’s resources.
It’s all in the name. Now Nanny, helps you find a nanny in those tights situations when your nanny has called out sick. They are a local company, that makes you feel like they know exactly what you are going through.
Cost: Hourly-$20.00/hour or $770.00 for 40 hour discounted package(up to 3 siblings max.), $20 service charge for “same day” booking (charge applies if you request a job during after-hours for the next business day).Children’s Parties-4 hours – $80.00, 5 hours – $95.00.Permanent care-5.5% of the first year’s salary (minimum fee of $1000).
Metropolitan Sitters, takes pride in knowing that all of their babysitters are college graduates, or currently attending college. Coined as a “boutique” babysitting service, they spend time making sure parents worries and anxiety about leaving their child are put at rest when using their service.
Cost: Monthly Membership Fee: $25. Hourly babysitting: one or two children-$20 per hour, three children $22 an hour, and more than three children rates will be discussed.
Lucky Lil’ Darlings
Don’t let the cute name fool you. Lucky Lil’ Darling, is serious about the family care options they choose to represent. Each sitter is hand selected through their Secure Sitter process.
Their Secure Sitter process includes background checks, reference checks, and if you like Internet based companies that go the extra mile…they even perform in-person interviews! Lucky Lil’ Darlings provides it all, from babysitters, part-time and full-time nannies, weekend and vacations coverage, mini day camps, and reliable housesitting just to name a few. No worries if you see your self moving out of Brooklyn soon, you can more than likely take Lucky Lil’ Darlings with you, as they provide service for hundreds of families in New York, including Long Island, Hamptons & Westchester. Also, New Jersey & Connecticut as well as Philadelphia and the greater Los Angeles area.