Looking for a mature, reliable, intelligent, fun, energetic caretaker for your children? Well, that’s easier said than done if you live in and around New York City. CBSNewYork.com has done the legwork for you. Whether you need a part time sitter for weeknights or a live-in or live-out full time sitter, here are the best websites with the most experienced sitters in the city. Trust us: You’ll become very reliant on these fabulous sitters and sitting companies. By Erica Jill Mason
(888) 748- 2489, M-F 7am-7pm
SitterCity, launched in 2001, has one of the largest databases for sitters in the United States with over 1 million sitters having joined. Parents can look for sitters through a four- step screening process and are matched with someone locally. Sitters are required to get background checks, provide multiple references and are eligible for performance-based review. Once parents have viewed a few profiles that fit their hours and needs, sitters can and should be interviewed and then considered for hire. In addition to sitters, this company provides dog walkers, tutors, nannies, and senior care services.
Lauren Kay, Director and Founder (973) 637- 0764
Smartsitting is an excellent way to find an intelligent college graduate who has a passion for teaching and learning. The philosophy of this sitting network focuses on the importance of learning new things, on a daily basis, regardless of age or capability. These skilled sitters work on confidence building, along with adding fun and excitement to each family. Parents post full- time, part- time, nights and weekends, and occasional twice a month positions in which sitters can apply. When parents join, they are assigned to a Smartsitting coordinator, which is unique to this sitting network. The coordinators are always available to arrange schedules, payments and are around to answer any questions parents may have. The cost of this varies, as sitters rates and hours all vary. Check out the numerous testimonials on this site as well!
The Babysitters’ Guild
Established in 1940, this trustworthy sitting company is best known for providing experienced childcare for parents who are in need of full or part- time sitters, or for parents who need sitters for one or two days or nights due to emergency situations. A unique aspect of this service is the multi- lingual staff of sitters needed by families on international visits or families who speak languages other than English! The cost is based on days and hours of service needed.
Easy Care Sitters
(347) 471- 9508
This service requires a low monthly fee to join. Parents must send an email requesting a sitter, expecting to get a return email back within 24 hours. You will be assigned a sitter, all of whom charge the same fee- $14 for 1 child, $15 for 2 children and $17 for 3 children. All sitters are CPR certified and background checked. The website is a very comprehensive one, where you can look at sitters, FAQ’s, testimonials, and more. There is a “bluemoon” service that is provided for parents who only want a sitter “once in a bluemoon.”
Contact: (646) 485- 5121
Sensible Sitters is a nation- wide sitting and nanny placement agency that services Manhattan and the Hamptons. The sitters are reliable and trustworthy, all of who are CPR trained and background checked with contactable references. There is an annual membership fee of $150 due to the educated and experienced sitters provided through this service. Families will then be charged fees ranging from $20 to $25 an hour, depending on your location and amount of children. This service can also provide families with 24- hour care, which can be paid by credit card, cash or check. Sensible Sitters requires a 24- hour cancellation notice or a 3 hour fee.