(Closed) How much do you pay your (date-night) babysitter?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How much do you pay your (date-night) babysitter?

    $3 per hour or less

    $4-$6 per hour

    $7-$8 per hour

    $9-$10 per hour

    $11-$13 per hour

    $14+ per hour

    Other, i'll explain

  • Post # 3
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I personally do not have children, but I do babysit for a couple on occassion. They generally pay me $12-15 an hour. However, I have also babysat for $10 an hour. And for reference I am 21. I have only done the interview process when I would watch the children on a daily after-school basis. For the couple I currently babysit for, I was recommended so we set up a time for me to meet their little one when they were there, which I recommend.

    I hope this helps a bit!

    Post # 4
    5654 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Hmmmm I babysat when I was a teen on occasion. I want to say I got 25/30 bucks for the evening… which didn’t go tooo late but the LO was already in bed. I don’t remember how I go connected with the couple, I think they may have known/done business with my mom… I started watching my little sis when I was 8 though so I wasn’t like the common teenager. lol

    For my son we actually haven’t ever had to pay for a sitter.. we live close to my mom, and both sets of great grandparents, and we’re really involved in a Church so when family wasn’t available I’ve been able to find a friend that could watch him.

    Post # 5
    1051 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I baby sat/nannied a lot up until a few weeks ago. I “specialized” in multiples though so my numbers might be different. I used to charge $15/hour for one child and $5/additional child/hour. So three babes would be $25 an hour.

    I’m 24 but started baby sitting when I was 12. I got paid $10/hour to watch a set of twins while their mom ran to the grocery store/napped 🙂 Nowadays though, I probably wouldn’t want anyone younger than 15/16 depending on the age of your child since they didn’t have cell phones/laptops to distract kids when I first started. 

    Post # 6
    2560 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t have kids myself, but most of our friends do, I know from discussion that the average is $10 per hour for a babysitter, and they tend towards girls that are 15/16/17. Most have used kids of co-workers/friends etc.

    Post # 7
    2029 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    $12 per hour when it’s a teenager sitter, and $15 when his daycare teacher watches him on her own time.

    Post # 8
    3571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I babysit. Here is my breakdown:

    Infant/date night/ 1 child under 5 – 10/hr (sleep or awake)

    2 Children : 12/hr  awake (10 sleeping)

    3 Children: 15/hr  (10 sleeping)

    I’m 25, and worked this as a side “job” while finishing my Master’s thesis. I know I’m a deal around DC and could probably get more, but my rates kept me pretty busy with a group of about 5 regular families with other families using me for “drop in” hours.

    I started baybsitting when I was around 12 for my cousins, and had baby siblings born when I was 14 & 17 so I have a LOT of experience with kids. Personally, I probably wouldn’t leave my kids with someone under 18, unless they were family or *extremely* close family friends and I felt really confident they were responsible enough. 

    I can’t tell you exactly what questions to ask, but here are modified versions of questions I ask parents… (Modified so you could ask them).

    1. We use XXXX form of disciple or believe XXX (Brief Parental Philosophy), do you have experience with this/ are you comfortable with this? (It is SO IMPORTANT you find someone who is willing to take your lead and discipline your kids the way you do or it will be extremely confusing and potentially traumatic for the kid)

    2. What types of games/activities do you like to do with children this age? (Also, make it very clear what your TV policy is. Is it ok? Not at all? Right before bed?)

    3. Driver’s license? (If they will be driving your kid, what is their record? Insurance? Car reliability?)

    4. Important for toddlers + – Discuss eating habits and how you feed the children! Do you choose food for them? Let them choose? What do you allow them to eat? Not eat? (You’d be amazed at some of the $hit people feed children. Make sure your family values are clear. )

    5. Explain children’s allergies/medical conditions. Are they capable of handling baby’s allergy to ____, ____, _____, . Always leave a contact sheet with your information, hubs, emergency contacts, and even FDP, Police, Poison Control (Any good sitter should have this, but you never know!)

    6. Finally, especially with infants, I think its really helpful if you have the sitter come over early the first time and go through the bedtime routine with you. That way they can see where everything is, and get a feel for how you do it. Don’t be overly detailed (babies are babies. Someone gave me really explicit instructions on how to give a baby a bath one time. I grinned along, but secretly thought “yes. You wash her. Well. Got it, thanks”) After that, it will be a breeze whenever you have them come sit. 

    Sorry for the book! I hope that’s really helpful!

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