(Closed) Babysitter at Reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Depends on how many kids and how many infants. There may be too many for one sitter, but if kids under 10 were welcome then there are other hands if needed to hold a small kid and keep an eye out. 

I think having kids food in the kids room will be just fine. you may want to suggest to kids parents (the youngest ones) to bring their own bouncy chair or portable crib so they can lay their kid to sleep.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I never even thought about that and we’re expecting a lot of children…. I am not doing a babysitter but we are setting up two kids tables. My thought is that if a parent needs a booster seat or whatever for their child at dinner they should bring it themselves and otherwise the kid can sit in the parents lap!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you’re just setting this up as a courtesy to guests, I wouldn’t worry about renting a playpen.  I think most parents will probably keep their infants with them (in a car seat or on their laps), if given a choice.

Also, if the kids will be getting a “kid’s meal” or if they are being included in the numbers for a buffet, I’d definitely make sure every child has a seat at the reception.  If you’re serving their meal in the babysitting room, I’d make sure to enough seating for all the kids there, and also have a couple highchairs in the reception area just for older infants/toddlers who probably still need to be superrvised while they’re eating. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would have a babysitting room and a babysitter set up with snacks, toys and crafts.  However, I would expect that parents would keep their kids with them during dinner and only use the sitter for non-eating times.  This means, I would provide highchairs for those kids that can’t sit in a regular chair (e.g. 6-18 months) and assume that younger than that will be in a carrier/lap and older will be in a regular seat. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

If there are more than 7 children (infants count as 2 children because of needs)  for a babysitter to watch you should hire another. When I worked at a gym’s kids care we had limitations and as a nanny who watches groups of kids for parties, it gets really difficult when you don’t know any of the children and there is a massive group of them. The babysitter you hired probably will know of another that can join.

Definitely have art supplies, possibly Color Wonder products- if kids are wearing fancy clothing- otherwise any washable drawing utencil will work.  A TV would also help if things got out of control in the kids’ room, which can happen, and it might be helpful in getting some of the little ones to fall asleep.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@girlwiththeredhair:  If you aren’t going to provide highchairs/boosters, you might want to give the parent-guests a heads up ahead of time so they know to bring their own.  I wouldn’t consider taking a booster seat with me somewhere other than a private residence.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Have you talked to your guests who are parents about this? They might just rather leave their kids at home with their own baby sitter to enjoy the night out? No one even wanted to bring their kids to my wedding.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@ithinkpink90:  Probably the parents with the infants/toddlers will be least likely to use the babysitter.  My daughter’s 1.5 now, and even though she’s pretty outgoing, I don’t think she’d be happy to hang out with a stranger for very long.  Definitely when she was still a baby, she wanted to be with someone familiar.  🙂 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@ithinkpink90:  I never have.  I think it would be helpful if you have a lot of little kids (say 3-8 years old) attending.  If it’s just babies and toddlers, maybe it’d be better to call up the parents that will be attending and find out how many people would actually use the babysitter before signing any contracts.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have been to many receptions with a sitter service and it was great. It really depends on the kid as to whether they will be comfortable with it or not. My kids would have been as we attend a large church with a rotating nursery staff. The kids that generally used nursery servicesat the weddings I attended were 3-12. I went to one wedding where they had x-box and Wii set up as well as many board games, arts and craft supplies and made balloon animals. Umm can I just say that I would have rather stayed in the nursery!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ithinkpink90:  My regular sitter will be at my wedding, but I have two kids that LOVE her so it is worth it to me even if other people don’t use her. 

I would ask around to the parents you are closest to before you commit.  Personally, I would send my kids (4 and 5) to a craft room for an hour during a wedding.  🙂

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