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

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.

Difficult child throwing a tantrum

How to Babysit a Difficult Child (4 Steps to Success)

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.

Babysitting qualification

Babysitting Qualifications (Which Ones Do You Need?)

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.

Negotiating babysitting rate

Negotiate a Higher Babysitting Rate (9 Secret Tips!)

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

Babysitter with a fed baby

How to Babysit a Baby: The Beginner’s Guide

Learn how to babysit a baby by following our simple beginners guide and you’ll know what to do in no time.

Babysitting at night

Babysitting at Night (Dinner, Baths & Bedtime Routine Tips)

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

Kids laughing at jokes

302 Clean Jokes For Kids (Plus Random Joke Button!)

We have the best jokes that kids love, including riddles, knock-knocks, puns, nonsense jokes, Doctor-Doctor, and even funny Dad jokes!

Babysitter asking a parent questions

What Should Babysitters Ask Parents? (20 Important Questions)

Give yourself the best chance in a babysitting interview by asking parents the right questions that demonstrate your experience and interest in the job.

Babysitter who loves kids

How to Become a Babysitter (13 Easy Steps to Get Started)

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

Babysitter choosing clothes

What to Wear When Babysitting (How to be Professional and Practical)

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

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.

Sick babysitter

Should you Babysit when Sick? (How to Manage Parent Expectations)

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.

A babysitter caring for a sick child

How to babysit a sick child (10 worry-free tips)

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!

Preschooler reading a book

How to Babysit Preschoolers (Child Needs, Discipline & Common Mistakes)

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

Babysitter with responsibility list

Babysitting Responsibilities (23 Common Duties on the Job)

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

Toddler playing doctors with his teddy

How to Babysit a Toddler (28 Tips: Care, Activities & Discipline)

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.

Physical, Cognitive & Social Growth

Babysitting & Child Psychology (Physical, Cognitive & Social Growth)

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

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.

Safe babysitting website

Are Babysitting Websites Safe? (5 Safety Checks to Know)

Learn what risks babysitting websites might pose, what safety checks they should have in place, and some warning signs and scams to look out for.

Parents are late home

What To Do If Parents Are Late Home? (4 Tips For Babysitters)

Learn how to deal with parents who come home late when you're babysitting, and more importantly, how to avoid running into this issue in the first place.

Legal guardian

Is A Babysitter A Legal Guardian? (Plus Medical Consent Form Examples)

Learn what a legal guardian is and the rights and responsibilities a legal guardian has, and how this is different to your obligations as a babysitter.

Babysitter with money

Make Money Babysitting (9 Tips To Increase Your Pay)

See how much money you can make as a babysitter, how to start getting sitting jobs, and how to increase your pay once you're already working.

Babysitter considering her career

Babysitting as a Career (8 Reasons Why it’s a Great Choice)

We cover the many reasons why babysitting might actually be the dream career you've always hoped for.

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.

Things babysitters wish parents wouldn't do

15 Things Babysitters Wish Parents Would Stop Doing

Babysitters are often afraid to speak up about some of the annoying things that parents sometimes do, try to avoid these things!