Tag: babysitting

Sponsored Message: Sittercity Date Night Now guarantees an available sitter for your next date night. (Or maybe your first date night?)

This is a sponsored message on behalf of Date Night Now by Sittercity You find yourself with a few free hours on a Thursday night, and the urge to actually get out and do something besides binge watch a TV series. But as parents know, finding a sitter, especially last minute, is way harder than getting a table at your favorite local restaurant, or tickets for an actual  grown-up movie you’ve been dying to see in an actual theater. So much for date night. But all that’s about to change thanks to Date Night Now by Sittercity. Sittercity has helped thousands and thousands of...

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Web Coolness: Back to school giveaway, a babysitter sharing controversy, and Ryan Gosling wallpaper

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Our Back to School Shopping Guide series is up now, have you seen it? And don’t miss that huge giveaway! The science activity our kids are begging us to do again and again, and we don’t even mind. Remembering Robin Williams with our staff’s favorite movie clips. Did yours make our list? What would you do if someone asked for your best sitter’s number? Interesting comments. Here’s how to take the perfect back to school photo of your kids Hint: This free printable can help. Leave...

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A babysitter for New Year’s Eve? No problem! A comparison of the top two caregiver websites.

I’ve personally had good fortune finding babysitters using both Sittercity.com and Care.com, national services which help members match up with trustworthy child care providers. In fact, that’s how I found our current beloved nanny who’s been with us for two years. Now it’s rare that my husband is home for any of the major holidays given his work (including Christmas, unfortunately). But this year, he’s going to be home for New Year’s Eve. This is big news, people! And big enough for me to start hunting down a babysitter so that we can ring in 2013 outside of the...

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A babysitting coop that’s smarter than your average babysitting coop

Babysitting coops, in which a group of parents agree to exchange babysitting services with each other aways sound like a great idea — until you realize that someone has to keep track of who babysat whom and manage a complicated point system. And then there are those times you need a sitter, but none of your neighbors are around. Enter a smart service called SittingAround. SittingAround is a valuable online source for your babysitting coop, and more. You create a mix of trusted parents (or join an existing one) who are willing to trade babysitting hours with you, along with...

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Best babysitter gift at the last minute? Reader Q&A

I totally am stumped on what to give our favorite sitter in addition to some cash. Any last minute ideas? She’s really wonderful and we want her to know how much we value her but I don’t want to spend a lot because we’re already giving her money too. Thanks! -Alyssa While cash (generally a week to two week’s pay for a full time nanny or sitter) will be a most-appreciated gift, we like the idea of pairing it with a little something personal for those important caregivers in our children’s lives. If your child is old enough to...

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Speed dating for babysitters. Now online.

A good babysitter is hard to find. I’ve been way picky about who gets the, er, privilege of watching our active preschooler and toddler. This has kind of backfired–the only guaranteed babysitters we now have are grandparents. And, since the kids officially destroyed my in-law’s house last week (don’t worry, the grandparents loved it), I’d still love to give them a break with a qualified pinch-hitter. So, question: where do crazy-busy mamas start to find this magical babysitter? Answer: MommyMixer. The site began as a way to facilitate parent and potential caregiver meet-and-greets in more than 50 cities around the country–you know, speed-dating...

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5 amazing daycare options that aren’t what they used to be.

It’s kind of amazing how far daycare has come. Whether you’re reclaiming date night or just need a few minutes to work (or read) in peace, specialized work/play centers are popping up all over the country to supervise your kids when you can’t. Some places focus on exercise and excitement, while others focus on education and parental comfort. Bonus: most of them include coffee. Here are a few we’ve found that look like a lot of fun for the kids… and you. Portland, OR: WeVillage Urban Playcare A nighttime daycare: Brilliant! This licensed childcare facility is open late to...

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The most helpful site for NYC mamas in search of… well, everything

I didn’t have kids yet when I lived in New York, but if I did–or should we ever happen to move back (could happen!)–I’d need some help getting it all together. A toddler bed to fit in a Manhattan apartment? Recommendations for a fabulous nanny? A gently-used city stroller for two? These are things for which you could turn to anonymous classified sites, but would you really want to when there’s a safer, more trustworthy alternative? Blueleo is a site filled with classifieds specifically for parents in the NYC vicinity, including Westchester, New Jersey, Long Island, and Fairfield. In...

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The League of Extraordinary Nannies

I promise Sean Connery isn’t involved in this elite nanny placement service we just discovered. So that’s one point in its favor, right? There are a few more too, especially if you’re looking for extensively screened, college educated nannies who have a list of qualifications a league long. The Nanny League is pretty incredible in fact, in terms of screening and tracking down fantastic candidates. We’re talking CPR training, good swimmers, non-smokers, confidentiality agreements, and signing a no-cell-while-driving guarantee, not to mention background checks, drug tests, and reference reviews. There is no placement fee, but The Nanny League is...

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Sitter City loves military families

As a former active duty Air Force now National Guard wife, I have relied heavily on my own paid Sitter City membership to help me find reliable, experienced babysitters to help save my sanity – from the long duty days to a 45-day deployment. So I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that they’re now offering free Sitter City memberships for military families, including active, reserve, and guard courtesy of Department of Defense. Simply click over to sign up and then enjoy access to hundreds of thousands of babysitters and nannies. Score! And if you...

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Adventures in Babysitting – now free from Care.com

When it comes to finding childcare, I’m one of the lucky ones with built-in babysitters (as in, my parents) living a few blocks away. There’s a downside or two to having my parents around the corner, trust me, but when it comes to finding someone to watch my kids I’ve got it pretty good.  But what if my parents are traveling (as they’ve had the nerve to do a lot lately)? Or busy? Or just not in the mood to hang out with their grandchildren the moment I want them to?  That’s when I’d be turning to a service...

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Care.com is every mother’s (father’s, pet owner’s, cleaning-challenged couple’s) dream

An agency is great if you’re looking to hire just one person for just one thing. You pay your fee, they find you a nanny or a petsitter or a house cleaner. Done. But what if you need a nanny and a petsitter and a house cleaner and someone to run errands for you on Friday afternoons? Well, then you check out Care.com, the much lauded service founded by mom Sheila Lirio Marcelo. A single membership fee gives you access to every personal service you might be seeking while you juggle the life of a busy mom. Find background-checked...

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