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

Kidsit Founder, Editor, Illustrator, and father of three beautiful kids in Sydney, Australia.

Matthew created Kidsit.com after becoming frustrated with the lack of quality information available online about babysitting. Matthew uses this website as a place to share his experiences finding and hiring babysitters, what he has learned caring for his three children, tips he uses when teaching his kids to draw, and inventive play ideas.

He believes all children should have an endless supply of paper, pencils, and sticky tape!

Matthew’s artistic talent comes from growing up in a creative family with his father, who was a professional artist and private art teacher for most of his life.

In 1994, Matthew started out as a cartoonist publishing his Ogga the Cane Toad comic strip before moving on to work as a graphic designer.

In 1997, he built his first website and began the transition to a full-time career in web development.

Since 2000, Matthew has studied life drawing and anatomy at Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, Australia.

While building websites professionally for more than 20 years, Matthew has maintained a balance between his technical skills and creative abilities by continually drawing.

Matthew builds and maintains Kidsit.com on a daily basis, creating illustrations for many of the articles to incorporate a unique and memorable design that visitors can enjoy.

Recent Contributions by Matthew

Food safety

Food Safety for Babysitters (Allergies, Hygiene, & Choking)

Read our food safety information that all babysitters should know including specific tips for infants, toddlers, and older kids.

Parents at home

How to Babysit when the Parents are Home (3 Steps to Success)

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

Babysitter holding a baby

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.

Babysitter eating a sandwich and an apple

Do You Provide Dinner for Your Babysitter? (Try These 8 Easy Food Ideas)

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.

Business handshake

Babysitting Business (How to Start the RIGHT Way!)

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

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.

Babysitter with her resume

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...

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.

What is a babysitter?

What is a Babysitter? (And Why Parents Love Them)

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.

Overnight babysitter

How Old Should An Overnight Babysitter Be? (Safety Guide)

Learn how to choose a mature and capable babysitter that can keep your kids safe on overnight sitting jobs.

Babysitting From Home (Pros, Cons, Laws & Requirements)

We look at the key differences between babysitting from home and running a daycare, special restrictions that might apply in your area, insurance, and costs.

Boy sleeping

Kids are Asleep! (10 Things Babysitters Should Do Next)

Make the most of your downtime! Learn 10 things to do while babysitting after the kids are asleep, plus 7 things you should NEVER do!

Babysitter cleaning

Should Babysitters Clean? (How to Set Parent Expectations)

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?

Kite flying

Babysitting at the Park (25 Active Outdoor Games to Play)

We list the best outdoor games to can play at the park while babysitting, especially active games that can be played in areas where there's a lot of space!

Doctor examining a child

Can a Babysitter Take a Child to the Doctor? (How to Grant Permission)

Learn what paperwork is required to allow your babysitter to take your child to the doctor if you’re unavailable to do so.

Male babysitter with child

Are Male Babysitters Safe? (Facts & Stats You Should Know)

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

Bubble bath

How to get Kids Into the Bath (10 Genius Tips + Common Bath Time Fears)

Use the tricks in this article to reliably get kids into the bath every time, with zero fuss and no complaining!

Sandcastle

Babysitting at the Beach (21 Seaside Activities + Checklist)

Learn what to pack for the beach, what kinds of fun seaside activities you can do, and some safety tips babysitters should keep in mind.

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

Babysitter birthday cake

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.

A good babysitter

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.

Friendly nanny

Is Daycare Cheaper than a Nanny? (Full Price Breakdown)

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

Autistic child with babysitter and parent

How to Find a Babysitter for an Autistic Child (The Complete Guide)

This guide will answer all of your questions about finding, vetting, teaching, and working with the right babysitter for your autistic child.

Online safety

How to Stay Safe Online as a Babysitter (11 Rules to Follow)

Learn how babysitters can communicate online safely, send and receive money with minimal risk, and protect yourself from viruses, hackers, and scammers

List of babysitter rules

19 Babysitter Rules All Parents Should Enforce

There are some things that babysitters should never do, see our list of the biggest offenders so that you know what to enforce.

Parent tipping a babysitter

Should You Tip A Babysitter? (7 Times When It’s Appropriate)

Learn the places where it’s common to tip your babysitter, the times when it’s more appropriate to tip, how much you should give, and more.

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.

Parent finding a babysitter online

The Best Ways to Hire a Babysitter (The Complete Guide)

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

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!

Babysitter and nanny

Babysitter vs Nanny: Cost & Duties (Which Is Best For Your Family?)

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

Super babysitter!

Benefits Of Hiring A Babysitter (42 Unexpected Advantages)

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.

Interviewing a babysitter

How To Interview A Babysitter (Essential Tips & Trusted Techniques)

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

Babysitter with newborn baby and parent

How Soon Can You Leave Your Baby With A Babysitter?

Learn how long parents typically wait before hiring a babysitter, what the social norms are, and how you can ease into it to minimize any issues.

Rubber ducky bath toy

21 Bath Time Tips for Babysitters (Safety Guide + Checklist)

Learn how to keep kids safe during their bath, how to make bathtime fun, what items you need, and some general tips for hassle-free washing!

Parent asking a babysitter questions

43 Babysitter Interview Questions (And What Responses to Look For)

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.

Firing a babysitter

How to Fire a Babysitter Politely (Plus 10 Reasons Why)

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.

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.

Child with separation anxiety

How To Deal With Separation Anxiety (15 Tips For Babysitters)

Learn what separation anxiety is, what it looks like, and how to help minimize the effects while you're babysitting with our 15 tips.

Unicorn pool float

Babysitting at the Pool (What to Bring, Games to Play & Water Safety Tips)

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.

Babysitting interview expectations

Babysitting Interviews: What to Expect (Phone & In-Person)

I'll walk you through the major steps of a babysitting interview process so you'll know how to prepare and what to expect.

Birthday cake

Babysitting Age: When Can You Start? (Laws & Maturity Requirements)

Learn how to tell for yourself if you're old enough to start babysitting, and things you can do to make yourself more likely to get hired as a young babysitter.

Babysitting for free

Babysitting For Free (6 Reasons Why its Good, Plus Coupons!)

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

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.

Fire safety

Fire Safety Tips For Babysitters (Emergency Measures & Prevention)

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.

Water safety buoy

Kids Water Safety (25 Tips All Babysitters Should Know)

Learn to recognize dangerous water hazards and the basic safety tips needed to keep kids safe around water while you're babysitting.

Babysitting rates

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.

Babysitting binder

Babysitting Binder (20 Documents & Fun Items to Include!)

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