(Closed) Child care for babies during wedding

posted 3 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
8099 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

amcr729 :  I’ve babysat for a large group of kids while the adults were at a nearby party – the kids either just napped or stayed up past their bedtime. One night of messed of bedtime won’t kill them. And honestly a lot of the parents just left the party early to take the kids home OR hired their own babysitter at their homes rather than use the one the hosts provided. If you have an infants that are still breastfeeding though be prepared to either allow them or accept that those parents might decline. 

Post # 3
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

As a parent, I would never allow someone to hire a babysitter for my small child… especially ones that would take them to a different location. Honestly… I don’t think many parents would feel comfortable with your scenario.

As a wedding guest, I would provide my own childcare or decline your invitation.


Post # 6
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Just a heads up, even with me recommending people that I personally know, that I would leave my nieces and nephews with to show how much I trust them, a lot of people don’t want to leave their kids with a stranger (to them) in a strange city. You’re so wonderful to consider this option, but if you’re anything like our guest list just offer a list of trusted babysitters, and only then if you get A LOT of people wanting to bring kids you could try to coordinate a group sitter.

Post # 7
8099 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

amcr729 :  it was at a house – it was a neighborhood party so the parents were sort of going back and forth between different houses in the same small area (one family held cocktail hour, another did appetizer course, another main course, dessert, coffee, etc, etc.). We just had them all in the finished basement of one of the hosts. That said these were neighbors who all knew each other, the parents could (and did) stop by to check in on the kids easily, and I had babysat for some of the families many times already. As for naps, kids were just sort of strewn about lol. The ages were about 3 – 8 years old. 

Post # 8
929 posts
Busy bee

I agree with the others. I would never leave my child with a babysitter that I did not know. If I couldnt find someone to babysit her while I attended your wedding I would decline. You dont want the 15 or so kids at your party, absolutely your choice and your right, but be prepared that their parents may also not be attending.

Post # 9
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

amcr729 :  I just don’t see many people being ok with an sitter that they don’t know. I think none, if any, would take you up on the offer. If you don’t want kids just don’t invite them – and the parents can make their own arrangements. I had a kid-free wedding and all of our guests made their own sitting arrangements or RSVP’ed no. We did have one family from out of town who asked for a sitter referral, which I was happy to give, and they hired the girl I knew and were pleased.

Post # 10
9130 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Sounds like most of your friends are from outside your area?  I don’t have kids, but I have a lot of friends who do, and i have to agree with PPs that it’s unlikely that your friends will be ok traveling to a new area and leaving their kids with strangers :/  Just a heads up to expect that.  You might have to decide whether you’d rather have friends+babies, or no friends.

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