Meet Katie: Nurse Practitioner, Hockey Fan, & Babysitter

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As a pediatric nurse practitioner at the top hospital in the US, Katie makes her living helping children. Since joining UrbanSitter in 2015, she’s expanded her services to include babysitting for some of Boston’s coolest families. A lifelong Chicago Blackhawks fan, she says she uses her own passion for sports as a tool for connecting […]

How do you handle babysitting jobs where the parent is working from home?

8 tried-and-true ways to work together with work-at-home parents Babysitting while parents are working from home can all too often become a case of ‘too many cooks in the kitchen.’ Children often want to stick close to mom and dad, and the sitter may struggle to distract them enough to give the parents some space. […]

Tips for a Creating and Managing a Successful Nanny Share

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Many parents are choosing a nanny share, rather than relying on day care centers to provide child care that is both personalized and affordable. As many parents can attest, child care is one of the most significant expenses in a family budget. A nanny share is an excellent childcare solution since it provides convenient, specialized […]

Studies Reveal the Pros and Cons of Daycare

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Does Your Choice of Child Care Effect Your Child’s Development?   Nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care each week, which isn’t surprising since nearly 70 percent of mothers with children age 17 or younger work full or part-time. Almost 30 percent of these kids are enrolled in […]

How to Evaluate and Monitor Your Babysitter or Nanny

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer You’ve done your research — talked to parent friends, combed through the profiles on UrbanSitter, watched video clips, read reviews, held thorough interviews — even supervised a short playtime between a sitter and your child before hiring her. On the contrary, maybe you found yourself in a last-minute childcare bind and […]

Which Babysitter is Right for My Family?

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer Different families have different needs in terms of childcare. Once you decide what best fits you and your child, you’ll be well on your way to a night out. Here’s an overview. Finding the Right Babysitter for Your Family Mother’s Helper Think of mother’s helpers like babysitters in training. They may […]

Choosing Between a Nanny, Daycare, or Au Pair

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If you are navigating the murky waters of full-time childcare, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and bogged down. There are innumerable choices out there, and of course the decision is weighted by the very high stakes. It’s your child, after all — not a puppy. Plus, you can’t neglect such considerations as your personal feelings, […]

Welcome to the Childcare Resource Center

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The UrbanSitter Childcare Resource Center is full of valuable information for parents, babysitters, and nannies. We’ll answer your most pressing child care questions like, “How much should I pay my babysitter?”, “What kinds of activities are appropriate for babysitting toddlers?”, and “Where to find a babysitter?” Parent Resources Childcare planning: Budgeting for a Babysitter or […]