(Closed) How much notice is enough to find a babysitter?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How much time does one need to find a babysitter for a wedding/party/other event?

    1 week

    2-3 weeks

    1 month

    6 weeks

    2 months

    more than two months

  • Post # 3
    1123 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    709 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @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
    9129 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • 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
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    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
    6374 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @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 # 9
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    probably a week or less… 

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    @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
    7982 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I would say 2-3 weeks is enough time.  I think the person who asked you is being a little silly.

    Post # 11
    5843 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Well if you’re getting married July 5th I’d imagine the holiday weekend would make it more difficult to find a sitter.

    Post # 13
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    6889 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    4521 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    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

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