As a work at home mom, I don't need childcare on a regular basis. But when I do need to find a sitter, I want to make sure that I'm finding someone who is respected and has a referral from other parents like me. So, when I heard that UrbanSitter was expanding, I thought it would be a great way to find babysitters in Boston.
UrbanSitter is easy to use. You just have to sign up for a free account, and either post a job by when you need someone, or search availability online. Participating babysitters update their availability regularly. Once you search, you can review the results to see who is available. The nice thing about UrbanSitter is that you'll also see which of your friends has recommended the sitter, as well as the sitter's rates, qualifications, and exclusions (for example, whether they will work in a home with pets). Some UrbanSitter babysitters also accept payment online, so you can pay with a credit card which is so much more convenient than dealing with cash when you are trying to race home.
Since I live in the suburbs, I'm not necessarily looking for babysitting in Boston, so it's great that UrbanSitter will only show me babysitters that are willing to come to my town. Since Boston is still one of the beta cities, the results are fairly limited, but I'm still seeing a handful of qualified sitters. I'm confident that they will continue to grow.
To learn more about UrbanSitter, visit their website.
Win it! I have a $60 credit to UrbanSitter to giveaway to one lucky Mom's Favorite Stuff reader. Since the site is free, you can use the credit for a participating sitter that allows for online payments. You don't need to use this for babysitters in Boston – you can also use it in other participating areas – San Diego, Seattle, Denver, Boulder, St. Louis, Chicago, NYC, Boston and LA.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of UrbanSitter. All opinions are my own.
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