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how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

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blue99
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how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

I believe the going rate is 12, but is that for babies as well?? I only have one DD, 4 months, the sitter i interviewed and liked charges 15. Should I negotiate? Is 15 normal? I said I was "thinking 12-14" and she was a little uncomfortable negotiating and didn't seem to mind a lower amount, but if she's very good i want her to want to sit and I don't want to pay less than i should....

Posted 5/18/11 1:05 PM
 
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Linda1003
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

$10 per hour at any age.

Posted 5/18/11 1:07 PM
 

ali120206
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

Is this for an occasional babysitter or more of a nanny?

Posted 5/18/11 1:07 PM
 

SweetOctBaby
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

$10 hour but she only watches baby. Doesnt clean or anything like that. She is worth every penny. You can find a good one for $10.

Posted 5/18/11 1:15 PM
 

Mrs-D-Girl
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

I started off giving $10 and I always give her extra money without her asking because we love her.

Posted 5/18/11 1:46 PM
 

BabyDayz
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

Yeah babysitters are more per hour. I was a nanny and a babysitter and I started at $10, 15 years ago. I loved certain families so didnt mind as much, but all my friends were getting paid $12-20/ hour including my sister. The average was probably $15 (excluding high school kids with less experience). But again, that was more for babysitters a couple nights a week, on a regular basis. Nannies that stayed during the day everyday, it was more of a flat weekly number. HTH!

Message edited 5/18/2011 1:53:08 PM.

Posted 5/18/11 1:50 PM
 

blue99
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

just for friday or sat nights, and not every weekend. 10, that's it??? i was making 10 an hour when i babysat like 12 years ago!!!! hmmm maybe 15 is too much???

Posted 5/18/11 1:50 PM
 

BabyDayz
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

Posted by blue99

just for friday or sat nights, and not every weekend. 10, that's it??? i was making 10 an hour when i babysat like 12 years ago!!!! hmmm maybe 15 is too much???



How much experience does she have? How old is she? Any qualifications inclluding CPR/ First Aid and Safety/ Lifeguarding?

All of these help determine what she can expect. Its a hard balance and different for each sitter.

Message edited 5/18/2011 1:55:23 PM.

Posted 5/18/11 1:55 PM
 

blue99
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

she's 30- not a teen, and she previously worked as a nanny so a lot of experience

Posted 5/18/11 1:58 PM
 

BabyDayz
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

Posted by blue99

she's 30- not a teen, and she previously worked as a nanny so a lot of experience



Ok. Wow thats hard. Im 29, a previous live-in nanny and tons of experience. I am also certified in all the above mentioned. I asked for $15 as well with my most recent family I sat for. Fridays or Saturdays, as needed. They negotiated with me at $13/ hour, and then rounded up to the next hour if they came come mid-way through the hour.

Its hard to spend so much on care. Its also hard bc you get what you pay for. I am married, and work a full-time job, so $10 or $11 an hour isnt worth it to me to give up a weekend night with my husband (but I would do it to help a family out), but it may be a great deal for someone in their early 20's or teens.

I also found my pricing on babysitting/ nanny websites to see what I should ask for, and came up with $15. For a day nanny it was closer to $10 bc of all the hours.

Now that Im going to be a mom its so hard to think about paying all that money to a sitter. If shes good and worth it try not to lose her. I am still close with the families, and see them for their birthdays and things they want me to be a part of. My sister's family she sits for gets her spa gift cards or other incentives on the side instead, but she also makes more than $15 (same experience). I would see if shes ok with the $13/ hour and round up, the rounding up made a big deal for me, but that way you dont have to commit to more. Good luck, and dont lose her if shes that great!

Posted 5/18/11 2:08 PM
 

spa118
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

It is my understanding that $15 is average. I think it depends on age - I'd rather pay $15 for an experienced 30 year old than $12 for a HS student....
I can't believe I babysat when I was 15 - I wouldn't hire me now!

Posted 5/18/11 2:08 PM
 

ali120206
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

Posted by spa118

It is my understanding that $15 is average. I think it depends on age - I'd rather pay $15 for an experienced 30 year old than $12 for a HS student....
I can't believe I babysat when I was 15 - I wouldn't hire me now!



I agree - although I started babysitting at 12 for family! People left me alone at 15 with their baby and 3 year old!!!

Posted 5/18/11 2:10 PM
 

BabyDayz
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

Also, since you only have 1 child, if you start at $12 or $13, you may want to discuss at some point if you have more kids in the future. Maybe tell her you max out at $15, even if you have 3 kids or so. Some expect an increase with each kid, but that way she knows shes open to more in the future.

Posted 5/18/11 2:12 PM
 

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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

I pay between $12-15, depending on how much time they have to deal with the kids vs. sit on the couch while they're sleeping. And I always round up the hours.

My babysitters are both elementary school teachers in their 20's.

Posted 5/18/11 2:20 PM
 

ladyofficer
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Re: how much do u pay your sitter for your BABY?

Im returning to work in the fall and the babysitter I have lined up is getting paid $20 per hour- mind u- shes working Sundays and not steady hours/days, she's very flexible. Some weeks 15 hours , next week 25 hours. ALso, she will be getting paid 2 weeks vacation( $500 per week). She is a 40 year old woman with TONS of experience and most importantly she is willing to be very accomodating for our schedules. My twin Chat Icon Chat Icon will 15 months then.

Message edited 5/18/2011 2:33:58 PM.

Posted 5/18/11 2:33 PM
 
 

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