I am fortunate to have my mom really close by and she loves my kids enough that I have yet to hear her tell me “no” when I ask her to watch them for a bit. However, sometimes even I feel guilty for asking her over and over again to watch my crazy kids so I find a service like UrbanSitter a blessing from the modern technology angels.
UrbanSitter.com is an online resource where sitters are listed and found in a safe and secure way. What makes UrbanSitter truly special is that you can search for a sitter by the exact date and time that you need them and then sort your results by filters – including a background check, hourly rate and experience. When you sync UrbanSitter to your social network, you will be able to see which sitter was recommended (used and reviewed) by your friends and other local parents.
So you’re looking for a sitter and you find plenty of good ones. How will you decide which one to go with? Well, when you search for a sitter, each one will have a badge on their profile that will indicate the average response time to job requests, number of ‘repeat families’ who have booked them multiple times through the site, and if they accept credit cards for payment (which comes in handy when your a non-cash person like me). These stats will help make your decision a bit easier.
As you can see, this service is a match made in heaven for parents who may not always have someone available to take care of the kids, or those that feel guilty throwing the kids to the abuelita, time after time.
Take the sitter-search on the road with the UrbanSitter app (available on iTunes). This handy-dandy app allows you to:
- Book your favorite sitters in a few simple clicks
- Message or call sitters directly from your phone
- Receive instant notifications when sitters reply to job requests
- Access your upcoming bookings details, complete with sitter profile
- Schedule your next job with a sitter at the end of the night
- Sitters: Reply to jobs instantly and enjoy similar app features!
The app is free to download, but only available on iTunes (Android coming soon!).
Hopefully I’ve hyped up UrbanSitter enough for you to jump over and enter the sweepstakes that UrbanSitter is hosting – a full year of babysitting for date nights (or girl’s night, nap time, etc.) – a $4,160 value! You can enter the sweepstakes here: https://www.urbansitter.com/sweepstakes. Buena suerte!
This is a sponsored post for MomsLA and UrbanSitter. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Images courtesy of UrbanSitter.com.