parent — regardless of whether you have a spouse
or are a single parent — sooner or later, will
be in need of a babysitter. Whether it's because
you need to be at work, have an important
appointment that you can't miss, or simply need
to have a break from family life to keep your
sanity ... having a babysitter that you can
trust your precious little ones can sometimes
(or is it most of the time?) be a challenge.
For the lucky ones who have family
members, relatives, or their
neighbors to depend on for baby
sitting, I envy you. For parents
like us who need outside help for
baby sitting or do not want to
hassle others, we have two options:
find baby sitters the old fashioned
way through recommendations from
family and friends or find baby
sitters the modern way via the
Most recently, my husband and I were
faced with a situation wherein the
only option we had left was to go
online to look for a babysitter. We
initially had three options and
visited the sites of
As parents, one of the most important criteria we have in mind is the safety of our child.
After visiting these websites and checking out what they all had to offer, we decided to further look into Sittercity mostly because the site appeared to be more user-friendly, had more features that we thought were handy and useful, and most of all, was highly recommended by a friend of ours. Upon further comparison with the other two sitter sites, we also found that Sittercity had more available sitters to choose from not only within our city but in most areas in the US.
As parents, one of the most
important criteria we have in mind
is the safety of our child. Can we trust the babysitter
with our little girl? Do we feel
comfortable leaving our child with
the babysitter alone in our house?
Can the baby sitter take care of our
child and at the same time be a
mentor and sort of a role model?
Since we are using an online
service, are the baby sitters
screened at all? Are they certified
to be baby sitters? What about first
aid ... are they knowledgeable just
in case an incident occurs and they
need to be able to administer fist
While Sittercity came highly
recommended, as a parent, I felt
that it was my responsibility to do
my due diligence on this service. My
husband and I initially combed the
web to find out
what others had
to say about Sittercity. Based
on what I have seen, most of those
who actually used this service
positive feedback about Sittercity.
Those that had negative feedback on
Sittercity pretty much focused on
the fee that they had to pay.
Given that we have seen quite enough
actual Sittercity user feedback, we
decided to do some background check
on Sittercity. Through our research,
we found out that Sittercity was
started by Genevieve Thiers back in
2001 while she was a Boston College
student. She modeled Sittercity
after successful online dating
services wherein you can try to
match those who need babysitters
with those willing to provide the
From its small initial base of
clients in the Boston area,
Sittercity has grown and now serves
more than half a million users
nationwide in cities all across the
United States. Sittercity has also
expanded the scope of its services
to pet sitters, elder care, tutors
and more. For us, our interest is
just for babysitting for our seven
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My husband and I were impressed by
how Genevieve Thiers was able to
grow a simple idea into a service
accessible by people on nationwide.
After learning about the company's
background, we thought that it was
time to learn more details about
their service. So the main question
in our minds was: "What can Sittercity do for us?".
You can refine your search to find your ideal
sitter with over 40 major search criteria that
includes educational levels, certifications for
first aid and CPR, spoken languages, special
needs experience, and more.
Aside from being able to look for
babysitters from the comfort of my
home or office, I have access to a
number of sitters searchable by zip
code. We thought that this was so
simple and really made it easy for
us to start our search. You also
have the option to post a job and
let the babysitters contact you.
So after we punched in the zip code,
we were taken to a page where we
were able to further narrow our
search by distance, whether the
babysitter has transportation,
whether the babysitter is willing to
do light housekeeping, has
experience with special-needs kids,
Sittercity also allowed us to
further narrow down our search to
see who has first aid and CPR
certification. For us, we think this
is very important, just in case
something untoward happens (of
course, we hope that such a
situation does not happen but it is
good to know that whoever is
watching over our child is capable
of really taking care of her).
We were also able to browse through
a babysitter's profile, see her
availability, do a background check
(Sittercity uses LexisNexis for this
at $14.99 per background check
person), and read through available
references, and most importantly,
their reviews. For us, the $14.99
background check was well worth it
considering that we are insuring the
safety of our precious child. As far
as we are concerned, this is also an
investment for our peace of mind so
that we can at least relax knowing
that our daughter is safe. Sittercity's background check
includes an identity check, a
national criminal search, traffic
violations, and a check through the
sex offender and violent crime
Here is also something to keep in
mind regarding the background checks
— sometimes you might not even have
to pay for a background check. If
you find a sitter who does not have a background check in her/his sitter profile, then
you have the option to have a background check done, and
of course, have to pay for it. However, if a current background check exists in
a sitter's profile, then obviously there is no need to have a background check done.
That background check might have
been done by other parents or
subscribers, or by the sitter
According to Sittercity, usually a babysitter would pay for their own background check so that they can have a profile complete with a background check. By having a background check on their profile, sitters usually have a better chance of getting a job since it makes it more convenient (and cheaper) for the
hiring party. Remember, the
background check is conducted by a
third party, LexisNexis, so the
sitter cannot in any way influence
or tamper with the findings.
Sittercity also has some great
how to hire a babysitter, a
rate calculator to determine how
much we should pay the babysitter
based on the going rate in the area
and her background, and an indicator
which tells us the last time a
babysitter candidate signed into the
site. If it has been a long time
since the babysitter signed into the
site, then she probably might no
longer be interested in babysitting.
Keep in mind that just like other
babysitter services, you may find
certain issues with the service if
you think that this service will do
everything for you. Services like
Sittercity only facilitate the
process of the search. It provides
you with the tools to help narrow
down your choices from an extensive
pool of baby sitting providers. This
means that if you do not know how to
narrow down your choice of
candidates to a few choices, then
you might have tough time finding
the right set of candidates to
interview. Eventually, the screening
criteria starts with you.
If you know what you are looking for in a babysitter, the service can actually do a good job of paring down your choices. The key is for you to know exactly what your requirements or credentials are for your ideal babysitter. Do you want to them to still be in college or a mother who does babysitting on the side? Do you want someone who has their own means transportation? Do you require someone who knows how to communicate in other languages. How about CPR or first aid? Do you require these? Again, it is important that you know the requirements that will make you feel that you are getting the right babysitter for your child.
Remember, Sittercity is like the eBay or Amazon.com for babysitters and those who need babysitting services — it facilitates the process of finding the right match for those who need the service with those who can provide the service.
Another potential issue that we see
with using Sittercity is that some
people might let down their guard
regarding background checks. Just
because a babysitter is listed in
Sittercity does not mean that you
should assume that Sittercity has
done their due diligence in
Remember, Sittercity is like the
eBay or Amazon.com for babysitters
and those who need babysitting
services — it facilitates the
process of finding the right match
for those who need the service with
those who can provide the service.
Once you have chosen the your final
list of candidates, it is your
responsibility to do the final
screening through in-person
interviews, going through the
reviews of the babysitters, checking
with references, and most
importantly, background checks.
Sittercity can facilitate the
background checking. Even with the
$14.99 fee for background checks, we
found this worth the investment
since I do not think my husband and
I can do the comprehensive
background check ourselves. Doing so
will also cost us more dollar-wise
plus time-wise so we really think
that this is a great feature.
Sample Sitter Profile
Below is a typical example of what
you will find on a Sittercity
sitter's profile page. I know that
this is tough to read because the
fonts are pretty small and not too
clear. However, if you want to see a
bigger page and have a better idea
of how it looks like, simply click
on the image or
Sample sitter profile.
to see bigger page
Just like the process in looking for
your "ideal" employee, Sittercity
helped screen through potential
candidates so that we can get to the
next stage in the process
— the interview.
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For my husband and I, we arranged
for separate face-to-face interviews
with potential candidates on
Sittercity who matched our criteria.
For our final picks, we also
arranged for them to just hang-out
with our daughter while we're at
home just to see how they interact
with her. To make a long story
short, we eventually settled on
someone we can truly trust to look
after our daughter whenever
we needed a babysitter.
A common negative feedback that we have seen about
Sittercity is the cost. Sittercity has three payment
options: an annual plan that comes down to $7.50 a month
billed upfront ($90); a 3-month membership plan that cost
$23.33 a month billed upfront ($70); and a monthly plan
costing $35 a month. Obviously, the annual plan is a better
deal since it cost less (79% savings compared to the monthly
plan annualized), which means that you get more bang for your buck.
we find the $140 up front fee and additional $14.99 charge
for background checks sort of overboard? Personally, not at
all. For the convenience and time savings that this service
has provided me and my husband in our search for a baby
sitter, I believe that this service provides such a great
value for our money. We would not have been able to find a
great pool of candidates to chose from if it wasn't for Sittercity's extensive list of babysitters within our area.
And if it wasn't for the ease of use of Sittercity's
screening process, what would take us hours and hours to do
on our own can be done within minutes.
We think of it this way. How much of
our time, as well as other people's
time, will we be spending just to
find a baby sitter the old fashioned
way? Well, maybe it's just us but
the whole process of finding a
babysitter by calling friends and
neighbors is, based on our
experience, is just a lot of work.
Sittercity scores high with us in
terms of the convenience and value
for your money factors. We
definitely would be willing to pay
that $7.99 a month for the
Also, if you are not willing to invest $14.99 for a
comprehensive background check on people you will be
entrusting to look after your kids, we think that for a
minimal investment, you are taking too much of a risk,
especially when it come to the safety of your precious kids.
Based on our overall experience with Sittercity, is this
online babysitter service something that we would recommend
to other parents? By making the search process for a
babysitter more convenient to do, Sittercity is a service
that parents should seriously look into. In short
— yes, we would highly
recommend this to other parents.
Just in case you are not aware of
the other services that Sittercity
has, the site also offers searches
for petsitters, nannies,
housesitters, tutors, and senior
care. These are all part your
membership, which makes the deal
even sweeter. For us, it's nice to
know that we have access to all
these services within the
convenience of our home.
As a final piece of advice, if you decide to use Sittercity
and end up finding a potential babysitter who you think
might be perfect to take care of your kids, we suggest that
you really spend time learning more about this person.
Regardless of how and where you are looking for a
babysitter, whether through friends or online, you are
always bound to run into some risks. Sittercity has the
tools to help you minimize the risks.
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As parents, our kids' safety should always be top priority.
Hence, we strongly advise that parents should not cut
corners and should always do their due diligence on
potential candidates such as checking references, reviewing
online ratings and feedback, conducting in-person
interviews, and most importantly running background checks.
We urge you to never be complacent about any potential
safety concerns that you may have, especially when it comes
to hiring someone you will be entrusting your most valuable
asset ... your kids.
I hope my review of Sittercity will help you decide if this
online babysitter service is best for you and your family.
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Sittercity has to offer, the following benefits also come
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As parents, our kids' safety should always be top priority. Hence, we strongly advise that parents should not cut corners and should always do their due diligence on potential candidates such as checking references, reviewing online ratings and feedback, conducting in-person interviews, and most importantly running background checks.
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you, we suggest that you give it a try. Sittercity
allows you to do some searches on their site for free so
that you can have a feel for how their site works.
Furthermore, the trial search also gives you a chance to
scope out some potential sitters within your
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More Actual Customer Reviews
actual user feedback that we found on Sittercity.
working mom and manager of employees,
hiring a nanny is the single toughest
position I've ever had to hire for. I've
had the best luck with sittercity.com
had good luck with sittercity; currently
interviewing 2 sitters for evenings from
there too and hoping i like them as much
as the last one i hired from there."
"I have used it and its great! Although
this second time I am having a hard time
finding a good candidate, but I do think
its worth it."
"My girlfriend told me about
www.sittercity.com - what a great
resource for finding a babysitter in
your area! I am always on the lookout
for a good sitter I can call on for
meetings or a doctor appointment on
weekdays - this could save my life!"
"... So, I went back to sittercity to
find a temporary for the summer. Ended
up finding a graduate child psych
student living in my town who was
interning as a teaching assistant at one
of the elementary schools. She did a
great job as a temporary and we continue
to use her as a weekly tutor and
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