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Old 07-14-2006, 08:07 AM   #1
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What do you pay for a babysitter?

Sofie's now 8 months old (as of today *snif*) and my parents are the only babysitters she's ever had. We're thinking of trying her out with a babysitter, for a brief afternoon--we'll go out to lunch maybe. We have someone in mind we'll ask, the daughter of my mom's friend. She's going into college and works another job but loves kids so still likes to sit when she can. With Sof still being so young, I like that she's a little older.

What do babysitters charge these days? The last I knew, when I was sitting in junior high, I made $2 an hour plus all the soda I wanted to drink! I have a feeling it's a little different these days!


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Old 07-14-2006, 08:10 AM   #2
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My wife and I have paid a girl of similiar age $6-7/hour. It may seem like a lot, but we really trust the girl, and my son loves her. And what is peace of mind worth to you? Besides, if we give her the call, she will be over in minutes!

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Old 07-14-2006, 08:11 AM   #3
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I am curious as well PAB. I remember earing $2 an hour too.

I was talking with a co-worker yesterday who just hired her first babysitter. She is paying her $10 an hour, but she said that the others were closer to $15. For that price the better bring their own snacks

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Old 07-14-2006, 08:15 AM   #4
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Varies around here. Usually averages out to about $3.00 to 4.00.
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:45 AM   #5
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I don't know... occasionally I watch Cris's kids at their house when their mother needs to go out or do something. She always offers to pay but I just can't accept that. This question makes me sort of curious how much she is actually willing to shell out though... but I don't think I ever gonna figure it out
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:08 AM   #6
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When I was babysitting I just told the parents to pay me whatever they felt was a reasonable price. So it always varied for me.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:39 AM   #7
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I pay $80 per week for my 3 year old at a registered home. He's there from 7:00 a.m. and I pick him up at 6:00 p.m. when I work during the school year.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:44 AM   #8
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I pay upwards of $8 to $10 per hour depending on how long we're gone and the situation. I also leave enough money for food delivery in case there's nothing in the fridge.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:53 AM   #9
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when I used to babysit I always let them name their own price but it was usually around $5 an hour or a little more for multiple kids
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:11 PM   #10
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Hi PA. I think probably her age and experience have a lot to do with it. We paid our neighbor $2/hour for babysitting Aidan. She hadn't sat before and she was only 12. We gave her a raise shortly after. Now that theres 2 kids (and Callum being so young) we get her & her mom to watch the kids. They've told us not to pay them anything but we always still offer. I think the best thing is just to sit and talk to your sitter, that's what we did. See what you both think is fair. That way, everyone is happy.

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