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What Is an Overnight Babysitter?

Tiffany Smith
Jan. 25, 2018
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As a babysitter, you get different job requests. You may have to pick up the kids after school. You may need to work earlier than usual on a parents' scheduled date night. And one request might be to be an overnight babysitter. An overnight babysitter is a babysitter stays at the house while the children are asleep.  In some cases, if the parents are expected back very late or not until the next morning, a babysitter may sleep at the house too.

As an overnight babysitter, once the kids are in bed, your babysitting duties are somewhat "minimal". You don't have to keep the kids from arguing. You don't have to do any more activities. But you do still have to keep them safe.

What is the cost of an overnight sitter? Different families may handle your babysitting pay rate differently for the overnight hours.  Some families will give you a flat, total fee for the night. Other parents might lower your hourly pay while you "housewatch" (or babysit while the children are asleep). This means that parents will pay a normal babysitting rate while the kids are awake but reduce the rate once they go to bed. Be sure to talk to the parents before if a pay rate change will take place so you know what to expect. 

Learn what nannies and sitters say they get paid for an overnight babysitting job.

Have more babysitting questions? Return to the main Babysitting FAQs.


Tiffany Smith has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Follow her on Twitter @tiffanyiswrite.

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