Post # 1
My husband and I would like to go out on occasional date nights, so we are looking to hire a babysitter. I don’t have any friends that live nearby who are interested in babysitting for us, so it looks like we will have to hire a stranger. I’ve been looking at the website care.com, and there are a lot of people to choose from. Of course everyone talks about how much experience they have and how much they love babies, so it’s hard to weed through all the profiles. The idea of hiring a stranger frightens me a little bit. I would be devastated if something were to happen to my baby. Does anyone have any experience with care.com? Or can you recommend how to find a babysitter?
Post # 3
My sister has and found 4 sitters throughout the two years she’s had kids that she absolutely loves and trusts. I’ve heard a ton of success stories, and would try care.com, who does a great job of vetting candidates from what I hear, over most other sites.
Post # 4
I have a tutoring profile on that site, and find it very difficult to navigate unless I pay for things. For example, people can see my profile, and I can see that they have sent me a message, but I cannot read it or respond to it without paying. I signed up because it was advertised as a free service. So, if you’re willing to pay, go ahead. If you’re not…I’d go another route. Good luck.
Post # 5
@caribbean_lover: I used it to find my dog walker!
And the teacher I share my room with at school has used it and found a babysitter for her kids through it.
Post # 6
I’m a nanny currently and have found 2 nannying jobs and countless babysitting jobs through care.com! You’re right that there are a lot of people on there and I think you just have to set up interviews with how ever many you think would fit and weed out all the crazies!! The family I work for now said they had 98 applicants the day after putting their job up! She interviewed maybe 20-30 and now I have been working for them for 3 years. It’s definitely a good website to use but it does take some time and effort to find somebody you like and trust.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
It pissed me off because I tried to use it to find a petsitter, but you need to pay $40+ to even contact people or read your own messages… If you’d use it a lot, it’s probably worth it. It just annoyed me.
Post # 8
@caribbean_lover: I used care.com to find work when I was nannying while in school. I know as the other person in the mix you’re screened very well. I would encourage you to give it a shot and then interview the girls in person at a public place.
Post # 9
@caribbean_lover: I was a nanny for a year, and was hired through sittercity.com, similar to care.com. You can filter by background checks, and I believe it is a good way to find child care. My FI’s family is using care.com to find sitters for their very young children during our reception and they all seem happy with the potential sitters they’ve found!
Post # 10
I used it to find a part-time nanny when I was still working, and she now works for us occasionally as a babysitter. I paid for a membership which I didn’t consider to be a problematic expense given I was looking for someone to watch my child! I had a handful of applicants, conducted phone interviews, and interviewed 2 people in person. I also called references and did a background check. It was a good way to find a lot of people at once and screen for what I wanted. The nanny we hired was absolutely wonderful.
Post # 11
I have found a couple of nanny jobs and many babysitting jobs through care.com. I’ve never experienced it from the parent’s side, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use it to find a sitter in the future. I think it’s kinda like online dating, there will be some weirdos but you should be able to sift through them and find a good sitter 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks everyone! I’ll give it a try!
Post # 13
@caribbean_lover: i baby sat for three families that i have met on care.com.. my suggestion for you is to post an ad for what you are looking for and people will apply for it. you can read what they have written, and some people even have background checks on there.
all the people i have sat for have asked for references.