Post # 1
This is mostly directed at those of you who have children, or who work in child care, but I’d be interested in everyone’s opinion…
How much notice is enough notice to find a babysitter? I know this depends on a number of factors, like the age of the child, what night of the week, what time of year, etc… but assuming a school-aged child (between 4 and 9 years old) with no special needs, approximately how much advanced notice would one need to find a babysitter in order to attend a party/wedding/evening event? The caridinal sin of not inviting children is not what I want to talk about… rather, if you’re reading, willing & able to find one, how much time do you need for that?
Post # 3
It normally takes less than a week, but we have a lot of family that’s willing to help out. If we didn’t have family it’d probably take up to a month
Post # 4
@lanalnoco: Probably two weeks. Not necessarily to find the sitter, but to also make sure they have nothing going on and also have advanced notice.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Depends on whether it involves an overnight and whether it’s a family wedding where the grandparents are also attending the wedding. It’s pretty easy to find someone I trust to watch school aged children for a few hours into the evening for a local wedding. However, if it’s going to be overnight, I would prefer immediate family members only to watch my children.
Post # 6
I have babysat on the side for years to make extra money, and used to nanny as well. For me to 100% have a spot open to babysit, I would need around a month and a half notice. However, I can sometimes babysit with very little notice, around a week or less. Most people who I babysit for let me know 3-8 weeks ahead.
That could be an exception, however, because I’m in relatively high demand.
Post # 7
@lanalnoco: We’re having a largely child-free wedding. None of our guests with children will have issues finding a sitter, as they have plenty of family who regularly looking after their children, who aren’t invited to the wedding. However, we are giving PLENTY of notice; the wedding is August next year and people have known about it for a good 6 months now, and save the dates go out next month. This is to give everyone plenty of notice, so that they can hopefully get childcare arrangements, ideally with a family member they know and trust, in place.
So, I voted 2 months plus because while I’m sure most people would likely only need a month max, I think it’s polite to give as long as possible. This is even more the case where the couple’s family will also be attending, thus meaning their options might be more limited.
Post # 8
Thanks for these opinions. Someone asked me, after RSVPing, if they should find a sitter for their child. I said that would be best, as there will be no other children at the wedding, there will be an open bar, it will be late, etc… Her response was that she would try to find a sitter, but that it’s “relatively last minute.” It’s the end of May, and this isn’t till the beginning of July. Invitations (that specified exactly who was invited) went out in April. I feel like that was enough notice, but perhaps not?
Post # 9
probably a week or less…
@lanalnoco: a month should be more than enough time to find a sitter. jeesh. I know my parents used to call up sitters like the night before and still have thier choice of sitters.
Post # 10
I would say 2-3 weeks is enough time. I think the person who asked you is being a little silly.
Post # 11
Well if you’re getting married July 5th I’d imagine the holiday weekend would make it more difficult to find a sitter.
Post # 12
@Woodstock: same here!
@eeniebeans: i think so, too. her kid is super cute and she kind relishes the attention she gets from brining the little one with her places, so i think it’s partly about that.
@LGenz: yeah, i’ll agree with that. still, invites went out in april. that’s 3 months notice. asking me now is still over a month… i feel like she should actually look before telling me it’s difficult. :
Post # 13
My family likes 1-2 weeks notice. For my sisters wedding I needed a non family member, so had to go through my other babysitter she books like a month in advance. I asked her as soon as I got the invite just to be safe. That was like 9weeks in advance. More then enough time. Honestly my work shedule (which I make) is done 3 wks out I need a babtsitter 3 Saturdays a month. 3 weeks is more then enough & my family is always busy so have to get creative my cousins & close friends (we trade babysitting favors).
Post # 14
Depends on when the wedding is, if it requires an overnight stay. For us since most our family (read babysitters when needed) live an hour or more away. So a good month for us would be needed
Post # 15
I am a primarily a weekday care provider, but when I do weekends I prefer about 2 weeks notice. It does depend if it’s a family or frind wedding though, since a lot of people rely on family.
ETA: these are for people I already work for. Finding a new sitter and getting comfortable could easily take a month