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Kidsit: Babysitting Help

Help for Babysitters

If you're just starting out as a babysitter, or if you've been working for a while but want to take your babysitting skills to the next level, then Kidsit is the perfect resource for you.

We have a growing library of helpful articles written by parents and childcare professionals that teach the finer points of babysitting for beginners right through to career caregivers.

See our Babysitting FAQs for answers to commonly asked questions about babysitting and childcare.

And be sure to visit our babysitting resources page to download printable documents to take on your sitting jobs.

Our goal at Kidsit is to help you to become the best babysitter you can be.

Read our latest articles for babysitters:

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Fire Safety Tips For Babysitters

BE SAFE! Learn how to prepare yourself for a fire emergency and how you and the kids should handle the situation if it ever happens while babysitting.

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Babysitting For Free

Learn why babysitting for free is a great choice, particularly as a beginner when you need to gain childcare experience and references.

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Babysitting Rate Guide

See out how much you're actually worth as a babysitter by reviewing your skills, experience, the job requirements, and where you live.

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Babysitting & Child Psychology

Learn how to tailor your babysitting strategies and activities to the age and development stage of the children in your care.

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How to Babysit a Child with Autism

Everything you need to know about babysitting kids with autism including how to prepare, effective care strategies, safety, and fun activities to enjoy together.

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How to Babysit Preschoolers

Learn what preschoolers need, what's important to them, effective discipline strategies, and common mistakes all babysitters should avoid.

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Babysitting at the Pool

Learn some basic water safety tips for children, as well as what to bring to the pool and what types of games kids might want to play.

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Babysitting Responsibilities

Learn the most common responsibilities that parents expect of their babysitters and how your duties may change depending on the job requirements.

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How To Negotiate A Babysitting Rate

Learn some essential tips and strategies to bring to the bargaining table to help get you the pay rate that you deserve.

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The Ultimate Babysitting Binder

With a well stocked babysitting binder, you can focus on caregiving because you know you have everything you need.

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Babysitting at Night

Learn the different tasks and responsibilities that need doing if you're babysitting at night time including the finer art of bedtime routines.

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Babysitting as a Business

Learn why babysitting can be a rewarding and profitable business, who the business is right for, and how to setup a company structure.

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How to Babysit a Toddler

Learn the important things to keep in mind when you're babysitting a toddler, as well as 28 tips to make your job a bit easier.

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Babysitting Qualifications

Learn the most popular babysitting qualifications, what they are, why you need them, and how they can put you ahead of the competition when applying for jobs.

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How to Become a Babysitter

Learn if babysitting is right for you and which simple steps you need to follow to become a successful and confident babysitter.

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Do Babysitters Have To Pay Taxes?

Learn if your babysitting situation requires you to pay taxes and what other exceptions may apply in your country.

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Things To Do After Kids Are Asleep

Make the most of your downtime! Learn 10 things to do while babysitting after the kids are asleep, plus 6 things you should NEVER do!

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Do Babysitters & Nannies Need Insurance?

Learn why a babysitter might get insurance, what insurance the parents should have, and what insurance requirements there are for a child care center.

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How to Babysit a Difficult Child

Learn how to deal with difficult children, it will make work easier, and can also open up extra well-paying jobs that others aren’t willing to take.

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How to Start Babysitting with No Experience

Learn the steps needed to start babysitting with no experience. Once you have some experience under your belt, you’ll be really marketable as a babysitter.

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How to Babysit when the Parents are Home

Learn how to communicate well with the parents, set boundaries with the children, and establish who’s in charge so the job runs smoothly.

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Can You Write Off Babysitting Expenses?

Learn what babysitting expenses sitters are eligible for, and receive a tax credit or deduction. It could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars!

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How to Add Babysitting to Your Resume

Impress future employers with a professional resume that highlights your babysitting experience. Follow our simple guide and get that job!

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Face Painting For Babysitters

Try face painting on your next babysitting job and discover the pure delight and wonder that children can experience. You can be the best babysitter ever!

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How to Get Kids to Bed When Babysitting

Learn these 8 simple tricks to nail a successful bedtime every night! It's surprising how many of these sleeping tips are not commonly known.

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How to Stay Safe When Babysitting

Learn all the steps for keeping safe from the interview, to on the job childcare. Our tips include preventative measures and best practices while babysitting kids.

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What to Wear When Babysitting

Strike the best balance between professional and practical by following our handy clothing tips for your next babysitting job.

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Should you Babysit when Sick?

How sick is too sick? Do I need to find a replacement? What are the risks of babysitting when sick? Read on for the answers.

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Can Men Babysit?

Men can definitely babysit, but there is a lot of stigmatism in child care. We go over the challenges male babysitters face, as well as how to overcome them.

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Is Babysitting an Easy Job?

Learn some simple tricks to make babysitting easier and more fun for both you and the kids. Sitting doesn't have to be difficult.

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How to Be a Safe Babysitter

Learn how to be a safe babysitter by following our essential safety tips and best practices while looking after children. Safety is so important!

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Best Kids Books for Babysitters

Take your babysitting to the next level by reading these iconic children's books that naturally lead to fun and engaging activities that kids love

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Should Babysitters Clean?

Cleaning is a part of doing a good job. A good babysitter will tidy up any mess made while caring for the children. But how much cleaning is necessary?

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Is Babysitting Considered Work Experience?

Babysitting can definitely be considered work experience for your resume, job application, or college application. See how to list your experience...

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Is Babysitting a Real Job?

Babysitting is most definitely a real job. Sitters get paid in real money and have real work. You can also earn more while babysitting than a lot of other jobs.

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Can You Babysit Without Qualifications?

In most places, you don't need qualifications to babysit. However, parents prefer carers with a First Aid Certificate & other basic credentials. Find out what qualifications you need.

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Apps for Babysitters

We’ve assembled the best apps for babysitters to help track time, schedule clients, teach and entertain kids, and even turn your phone into a baby monitor.

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Why Become a Babysitter?

We explore the main benefits of being a babysitter to help you decide if it's the right job for you.

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How to babysit a sick child

Caring for sick children doesn't have to be difficult. Follow my 10 worry-free tips to create a fun and rewarding experience that encourages a fast recovery, and don't get sick in the process!

Babysitting Help for Parents

If you've never used a babysitter before, or if you just need help to find and secure the best sitter for your family, then Kidsit is here to help.

We have a library of useful articles that is continually added to by babysitters, childcare professionals, and fellow parents who've been through this before.

Our collective experiences and advice can help you navigate the tricky process of finding and employing a babysitter with confidence and peace of mind.

At Kidsit, we believe that babysitting is an essential service for busy families that helps kids and parents achieve the best they can be.

Read our latest articles for parents:

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Babysitting Glossary For Parents

Read our list of common babysitting terms and phrases along with helpful definitions to help busy parents.

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Is Daycare Cheaper than a Nanny?

Learn about the pros, cons, and costs of both daycare programs and hiring a nanny, plus we investigate some alternatives to consider.

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The Best Ways to Hire a Babysitter

Follow our step by step guide to hiring a babysitter from start to finish including screening, interviewing, performing background checks, and making an offer.

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What is a Babysitter?

Learn exactly what a babysitter is, what job duties they do, the hours they work, how much they charge, and how they can help your family.

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Can You Write Off Babysitting Expenses?

Learn what babysitting expenses parents are eligible for, and receive a tax credit or deduction. It can save you thousands of dollars!

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What to Look For in a Babysitter

Learn which qualities and characteristics a babysitter should have that make them a great caregiver your whole family will love.

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Babysitter vs Nanny

Make the right choice for your family by learning the subtle differences between babysitters and nannies and their typical responsibilities.

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29 Jobs For New Moms

Learn which jobs are super flexible and let you work around your existing childcare schedule and earn some extra money!

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Babysitter Pay

Learn how much babysitters get paid in various countries and cities, and how to price a babysitter for your specific situation.

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37 Babysitter Pranks

Be aware that pulling a prank on your babysitter means you're probably going to get one in return. So make sure you can handle the consequences!

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Benefits Of Hiring A Babysitter

Learn some non-obvious benefits when it comes to hiring a babysitter for your child or children. We'll also touch on a few of the disadvantages to consider.

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How To Interview A Babysitter

Follow our tips to make sure the interview process goes smoothly and read our general guide on how the process should work.

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How to Fire a Babysitter Politely

Learn how to fire your babysitter nicely and as smoothly as possible. As well as reasons you might fire a babysitter and reasons why you probably shouldn't.

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Is It Legal to Record a Babysitter?

Learn the basic laws that various countries have about recording people with or without their consent, and see the pros and cons of using a nanny cam.

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43 Babysitter Interview Questions

Make sure your babysitter is capable, experienced, is a great fit for your family, and has a great personality too by asking the right questions.

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How Often Do You Use a Babysitter?

The majority of families will need to hire a babysitter between once per week and 1-2 times per month but it depends on your family's individual needs.

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How Many Babies Can a Babysitter Watch?

Babysitters can take care of more than one child at once. But there is a limit on how many kids a babysitter can watch effectively.

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Can You Sue a Babysitter?

To successfully win a lawsuit against a negligent babysitter, you'll need to prove a duty of care, a breach of their duty, and causation.

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Is it Safe to Hire a Male Babysitter?

A male babysitter can be just as safe, caring, and responsible as a female one. Compare their qualifications and recommendations just like other candidates.

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Do You Pay a Babysitter for an Interview?

It's not normal to pay a babysitter for an interview, however, for babysitting, there's one key exception you should know.

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Do You Provide Dinner for Your Babysitter?

Learn what babysitters expect from parents when it comes to food. If you decide to provide dinner, try our 8 easy food ideas that are perfect for babysitters on the job.