How a lot does babysitting value? Nicely, if I feel again to once I was in highschool and generally watched the toddlers down the road, it might be 5 bucks an hour, some leftover pizza and limitless post-bedtime TV. However occasions have modified, and those that’ve been out of the marketplace for some time is likely to be in for some sticker shock.

UrbanSitter has launched its 2017 Nationwide Childcare Price Survey, which reveals how a lot dad and mom are paying their babysitters in a number of main cities. Whereas the nationwide common is $15.20 an hour for one baby, the speed varies throughout the nation, peaking at $17.34 an hour in San Francisco. Denver has the nation’s least costly sitters at $12.22 an hour for one child.

That’s a place to begin. For extra neighborhood-specific data, Care.com has a babysitting fee calculator that provides you a quantity primarily based in your zip code and preferences (What number of years of expertise would you just like the caregiver to have? Will this be an ongoing, constant job or a one-off date evening?). Charges sometimes enhance when a sitter can assist with homework, has baby care and/or security coaching, or is required on the final minute.

It’s not straightforward discovering an individual you belief—on-line companies like Care.com might be nice, however you’ll in all probability really feel most comfy if the advice comes from somebody you understand. Ask your mates, neighbors, or maybe the lecturers at your child’s daycare heart if they will refer you to anybody.

After which if you happen to discover a sitter you like, hold on nevertheless you may. Tip them, and never simply with soggy pizza.

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