What is a virtual babysitter?

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Wondering if a virtual babysitter is right for you? As more and more cities continue shelter-in-place mandates and people are trying to do their part with social distancing, we know we’ll see less traditional babysitting. But, that doesn’t mean parents don’t need help right now!

Many dual working families are struggling to keep up with work and homeschooling, and even an hour of time to themselves could be what keeps them sane.

Many babysitters and nannies are now offering virtual babysitting via video chat, offering parents a much needed break to work or take care of chores around the house.

Typically, virtual babysitting engagements are only an hour or two long, but parents could book several times during a day leaving breaks for the kids in-between. Additionally, several families could share one virtual babysitter by using video conference software.  This would save families money, make sitters more money, and create more fun for the kids! Wondering how much to pay a virtual babysitter? View average babysitting rates in your city.

Here are a few virtual babysitting ideas:

Younger children:

  • Storytime
  • Singing songs
  • Pretend play
  • Charades 
  • Dance party or competition
  • Letter/color of the day
  • Counting practice 
  • Practice reading aloud
  • Telling jokes
  • Play “I spy…”
  • Tour of each other’s homes
  • Child introduces all of their stuffed animals or toys
  • Simple crafts with household items

Older children:

  • Virtual learning & homework help
  • Music lessons
  • Drawing lesson or draw each other’s face 
  • Pictionary 
  • Exercise together 
  • Yoga & meditation
  • Origami
  • Riddles
  • Play “20 questions”
  • Magic tricks 
  • Virtual board games or bingo
  • Compete to see who can build the tallest tower of playing cards or plastic cups

UrbanSitter babysitters: If you have a virtual babysitting specialty, consider adding it to your profile.  For example, if you teach yoga, let parents know you’d be up for teaching a virtual yoga lesson.

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Interested in booking a virtual babysitter? Post a job on UrbanSitter today!