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    • Cost: How much you can expect to pay a babysitter

      Check average rates in your area with our babysitting rates calculator. Then, consider the number of kids you have, the sitter’s experience and the assigned duties.

    • How much does a babysitter cost?

      How much does a babysitter cost?

      You're in dire need of a night or weekend away, but how much is a babysitter going to cost? Here's...

    • Do you tip babysitters?

      Do you tip babysitters?

      Do you tip a babysitter beyond their hourly rate? Here are a few situations where the experts recommend going above...

    • Interview: What questions to ask to find the right sitter

      Schedule a conversation with the potential babysitter. Focus on what you’re looking for and how their availability, skills, personality and caregiving style align with the job.

    • Babysitter interview questions every parent needs to ask

      Babysitter interview questions every parent needs to ask

      From previous experience to what they find most challenging about the job, here are the questions to ask a babysitter...

    • 9 things kids want in a babysitter

      9 things kids want in a babysitter

      During the babysitter hiring process, both parents and sitters should think about what's on the children's wish list for a...

    • Checklist: What you need to handle as an employer

      Just a few final steps — consider creating a contract to ensure expectations are aligned, familiarize yourself with tax obligations and discuss safety. Now you can relax and let your sitter do what they do best: take care of your children.

    • When you need a babysitting contract and what to include in it

      When you need a babysitting contract and what to include in it

      Don't think you need a babysitting contract for a casual sitter? Think again. Regardless of your sitter's hours, a contract...

    • When the ‘nanny tax’ applies to a babysitter

      When the ‘nanny tax’ applies to a babysitter

      Depending on how often you'll need your babysitter, it's possible that taxes could come into play. Know what the IRS...

    • 6 tips for talking to babysitters about safety

      6 tips for talking to babysitters about safety

      Talking to your sitter about safety can help mitigate the chances of an accident. Here's what the experts recommend discussing.