Babysitting Help

For Babysitters For Parents

Take the stress out of babysitting with helpful tips and advice from babysitters, parents, and childcare professionals.

 Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

I live in Sydney, Australia and I'm a father of three beautiful kids who are the world to me!

I founded Kidsit in 2018 when I noticed there was a lack of quality babysitting information online that parents and babysitters could rely on. I decided to do something about it, and so, Kidsit was born.

I use Kidsit as a place to share my experiences caring for my three children, my tricks for finding and hiring babysitters, and how to keep kids entertained with arts, crafts, and other inventive play ideas.

I believe all children should have an endless supply of paper, pencils, string, and sticky tape.

My artistic talent comes from growing up on a farm in a creative family with my father, a professional artist, and a private art teacher.

In 1994 I started my career as a cartoonist publishing my Ogga the Cane Toad comic strip and I became a full member of the Australian Cartoonists Association, the oldest cartoonist organization in the world. I began working as a graphic designer to supplement my cartooning income.

In 1997 I built my first website and began a transition to a full-time career in web development.

While building websites professionally for more than 20 years I have maintained a balance between my technical and creative skills by continually drawing.

From 2000 to 2019 I studied life drawing and anatomy at Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, Australia.

In 2020 I quit my day job to focus exclusively on making Kidsit the best babysitting resource on the internet. I spend each day writing and updating articles and drawing illustrations for every post to help create a unique and memorable design that visitors can enjoy.

Recent Contributions by Matthew

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Babysitting License (What is it and How do I Get One?)

We explain what a babysitting license is, what different kinds of certification are available, how to get a license, and whether you can babysit without one.

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29 Skills You Can Learn From Babysitting (And Why They're So Valuable)

See all the skills that babysitting can teach you and learn why most of them are fully transferable to other occupations.

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12 Reasons Why Babysitting Flyers Work So Well

I'll tell you some of the top reasons why babysitting flyers work so well, then I'll let you know about some potential disadvantages to keep in mind too.

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Can My Babysitter Sue Me? (What Should I Do?)

I'll go over some of the everyday situations that might end up leading to a babysitter filing a lawsuit against you and how to protect yourself.

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13 Qualities All Good Babysitters Share (Do You Have What It Takes?)

We look at some of the key qualities that parents look for, and you should have if you want to be a successful babysitter!

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First-Time Babysitting (16 Things You Should Know)

I'll cover all the things that first-time babysitting need to know so there shouldn't be many surprises the first time that you babysit.

How Often Do You Use a Babysitter? (Learn What's Right For You)

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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Babysitting References (What Are They & How To Get Them?)

Learn what babysitting references are, why they're important, who you should use as a reference, and some essential tips to put you ahead of the competition.

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How to Make Baby Formula (Illustrated Guide for Babysitters)

I'll teach you step-by-step how to correctly make baby formula, how to keep the bottles and utensils clean, how to store it properly, and more.

Babysitter resume

How to Add Babysitting to Your Resume (Sample Job Skills & Example Templates)

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

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How to Babysit a Preteen (Important Tips You Should Know)

I'll explain how to develop a healthy relationship with preteens that you've been asked to babysit.

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Transgender Babysitters (What you Need to Know!)

I'll explain what a transgender person is, then I'll go over information on whether you should have any concerns about hiring a transgender babysitter.

Gavel

Can a Parent Sue Me as a Babysitter?

I'll explain why parents may sue you as a babysitter, what they have to prove to win their case, and more.

Parent discussing payment during a babysitter interview

Do You Pay a Babysitter for an Interview? (When to Pay Guide)

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

Child loves a good babysitter

How to Be a Good Babysitter (17 Tips From A Parent!)

See what traits make a good babysitter, and different things you can do to make a good impression on both parents and kids alike.

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Babysitting at the Library (An Educational Outing Kids Love!)

I'll teach you how to prepare kids for a trip to the library, and give you plenty of cool activities that you can do once you're there.

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Is Babysitting an Easy Job? (YES, if you Follow Our Tips…)

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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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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What to Include on a Babysitting Flyer

I'll explain what items to include on your babysitting flyer and why they're important. Plus what NOT to include!

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What to do about a Spanking Babysitter (Take Immediate Action)

I'll explain why spanking isn't okay and give advice on what you should do if you find out that your babysitter is spanking your child.

Sibling babysitter

What Age Can a Child Babysit Siblings? (Maturity Guide)

We cover what age a child can babysit their siblings and other factors to take into account, like their maturity level and how to prepare them for being alone.

Happy baby in a diaper

How to Change a Diaper (An Illustrated Guide for Babysitters)

I'll walk you through the complete step-by-step process of changing a diaper including specific tricks for changing girl or boy babies.

Upset child who droped his ice cream

How to Calm an Upset Child (17 Strategies for Babysitters)

I'll give you strategies to help calm an upset child, help you to determine what triggered them, and how to prevent or de-escalate the situation.

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Babysitting Emergency Numbers (Plus Printable Contact Sheets)

I list the main emergency numbers that babysitters need by country. Plus, Download our Free Emergency Contact Sheets!

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Does Babysitting for Free Count as Community Service?

Learn why babysitting for free is definitely a form of community service and how it can help people in the community and you.

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How Much to Pay a Babysitter For a Weekend (Top 3 Methods)

I discuss the top 3 options you have for paying your babysitter to stay over for the weekend to see which is right for you.

Babysitter profile

Babysitter Profile Writing Tips (Bio Secrets that Work!)

Learn how to make a babysitter profile and description that makes you STAND OUT out as a great choice for parents!

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Meeting Children (How Babysitters Can Make a Great First Impression!)

See my secret tips for babysitters to make a great impression with children the first time that you meet them.

Bad babysitter

Warning Signs of a Bad Babysitter (19 Red Flags to Avoid!)

Learn the warning signs of a bad babysitter so you can take action as soon as possible and keep your family safe.

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How to Find a Reliable Babysitter You Can Trust

In this article, I'll explain everything you need to know about finding a trustworthy babysitter for your family.

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Is Babysitting Right for You? (17 Questions to Ask Yourself)

We go over questions you should ask yourself to help you to decide if babysitting is a good fit for you

Playing hopscotch with kids

Fun things to do when babysitting 200+ Kids Games, Activities & Entertainment Ideas

205 Kids Games, Activities & Ideas to keep even the fussiest kids entertained for hours.

Learning dinosaur game

The Learning Dinosaur (an Educational DIY Game for kids)

This game is an excellent opportunity to teach kids shapes, counting, coordination, gross motor skills, and eye-hand coordination skills.

A baby walking for the first time

Why Become a Babysitter? (11 Reasons Why it's a Fulfilling Job)

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

Start Babysitting with No Experience (7 Easy Steps to Follow)

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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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.

Male babysitter playing football with a child

Can Men Babysit? Why Aren’t There Many Male Babysitters?

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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Babysitting Pay Rates (How Much Should You Charge?)

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

Parent calling babysitter references

Babysitter Reference Checking (Ask the RIGHT Questions!)

Use our babysitter reference questions to quickly and easily vet potential candidates and find the best sitter for your family

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At What Age Does Your Child Stop Needing a Babysitter? (Age & Maturity Guide)

Learn how old, mature and capable your kids need to be before you can be comfortable leaving them home without a babysitter.

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16 Signs of A Good Babysitter (KEEP them if they do this...)

Finding a good babysitter isn't luck. We cover the top 15 signs of a good babysitter that you should be looking out for.

Babysitter search

What to Look For in a Babysitter (12 Essential Qualities)

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

Babysitter background check

Babysitter Background Checks (The Complete Guide for Parents)

Learn the types of babysitter background checks that are available for safety and peace of mind and which ones are right for you.

Parent information, milk, and teddy left for babysitter

How To Prepare For Your First Babysitter (15 Essential Tips)

Learn how to prepare your home, your child, and yourself for your first babysitter so you can finally enjoy a dinner date or night out for the first time in months!

Parent leaving information for a babysitter

What Info do you Leave for a Babysitter? (Plus Parent Checklist)

Give your babysitter all the information they need by printing out our handy parent details form. Never forget important instructions.

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What to Give a Babysitter for Christmas (29 Gift Ideas)

Discover the best holiday gift for your babysitter that's not stressful or costs a lot of money but still shows them that you care.

Autistic child with jigsaw puzzle

How to Babysit Autistic Children (13 Tips, Appropriate Activities + Checklist)

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

Sleeping child

Get Kids to Bed when Babysitting (Ssssssh… 8 Bedtime Secrets!)

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.