Good babysitters are in high demand. Care needs range from newborn-care to watching tweens not ready to be on their own. You can be asked to babysit for a couple of hours or overnight, and you may offer other services while you are in the home.
Keeping track of your clients and your time is essential for generating revenue, determining the appropriate rates and for transparency. Software can help you be highly productive, and mobile applications fit the bill perfectly. After all, you are never without your phone.
We’ve assembled a list of the best apps for babysitters to help you track time, schedule clients, teach and entertain your charges, and even turn your phone into a baby monitor. Also, there are terrific financial apps available so you can accept multiple payment methods and record your income.
Here are the app categories we'll cover:
Let's get started.
Baby monitoring apps
More than a way to hear the baby crying from another room, baby monitor smartphone apps can record diaper changes, feedings, and medication administration. Some applications monitor sound levels and call a second number if the noise goes over a threshold.
If you want visual confirmation, you can use an old smartphone with a camera to send video to your phone.
Baby Monitor by Dormi Price Free, provides in-app purchases from $0.99-$6.99 OS Android 2.3 and up Language English Available from Google Play The Dormi baby monitor app, once downloaded, operates over WiFi, mobile data - Edge, 3G, 4G, HSPA+, LTE, as well as WiFi Direct Hotspot/AP It allows connection of multiple devices to the same child device. Dormi adjusts automatically to ambient room noise levels and notifies of any missed calls and text messages on the child device. There is an enhanced night vision mode, and it works in the background with the screen on or off. If you are using the phone when the baby starts to cry, your phone will vibrate to notify you. Cloud Baby Monitor by VIGI Limited Price $3.99 OS Apple iOS 7.0 and up Language English Available from Apple App Store Cloud Baby Monitor can be used on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV or Mac. It has an unlimited range and acts as a video and audio monitor over WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, and LTE. It provides noise and motion alert. It supports multiple parent and child devices. Baby Monitor by Faebir Price Free OS Android 4.0 and up Language English Available from Google Play A simple monitor for Android devices, Baby Monitor by Faebir detects when the baby makes a noise or cries. Alert is by regular call, text message, or Skype call. It offers auto-recovery from temporary problems. Baby Monitor 3G by TappyTaps s.r.o. Price $3.99 OS Android 4.1 and up, and Apple iOS 9.0 and up Language English, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish Available from Google Play and Apple App Store Tappytaps’ Baby Monitor 3G has unlimited range (WiFi, 3G, LTE) and transfers live video of the baby to your smartphone. Use any combination of Apple devices You can customize microphone sensitivity. You can record activity or play lullabies. You receive a vibrating alert when anything is detected from the baby’s room. Time Management, Scheduling and payment apps
As a busy babysitter, you need to be able to do your scheduling on the fly and manage your time, so you arrive at the doorstep when parents need you. Like a planner for your phone, these apps help you keep track of your availability and where you need to be at any given time.
Many of these apps feature reminders and alarms.
Hours by Hours LLC Price Free OS Apple iOS 10.3 and up Language English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish Available from Apple App Store Hours can run multiple timers. You can easily adjust timing blocks. Set reminders to notify yourself to start and stop timers. Track your time by client, project, or task. Add notes to your time entries. Hours Keeper - Time Tracking by Appxy Price Free OS Android 4.2 and up and Apple iOS 9.0 and up Language English Available from Google Play and Apple App Store Hours Keeper - Time Tracking allows you to track hours for multiple clients. You can also track break times and overtime. The app will create PDF invoices. Map your earnings on a calendar. Track your billing and payments. Synchronize data between your devices and export data as a CSV file. HoursTracker: Hours and Pay by Cribasoft LLC Price Free OS Android 4.1 and up and Apple iOS 9.3 and up Language English Available from Google Play and Apple App Store HoursTracker tracks your hours and pay including tips. You can start, stop, break, or pause the timer anytime you like, including in the past. You can set job locations. If you need to, you can input hours manually. You can tag your entries and filter them for customized reporting. Acuity Scheduling by Acuity Scheduling Price Free OS Android 4.4 and up and Apple iOS 10.0 and up Language English Available from Google Play and Apple App Store Acuity scheduling allows you to view and manage appointments quickly. If you like, you can allow clients to book time on the app. You can accept payments through the app. Offer packages of services. Education and Entertainment apps
Kids get more tech savvy every day. Find ways to educate and entertain them using a format they understand - a screen.
There are hundreds of educational and entertainment apps for kids of all ages. You can find the right one for each age group from toddlers learning their shapes to middle schoolers who need homework help.
Elmo Loves 123s by Sesame Street Workshops Price Free to download, $4.99 for in-app purchases OS Android 4.0.3 and up and Apple iOS 8.0 and up Language English Available from Apple App Store Preschoolers learn number identification. They can learn to write numbers by tracing to unlock surprises. It includes simple addition and subtraction. Kids also learn counting and problem-solving. Disney’s Story Central by Disney Publishing Worldwide Price Free to download, $0.99 - $59.99 for in-app purchases OS Android 4.4 and up and Apple iOS 8.0 and up Language English Available from Apple App Store Disney’s Story Central allows you to access hundreds of Disney and Pixar stories about favorite characters. Free books are available for downloading as well as paid subscriptions and titles. You can help kids aged two to eight learn to love reading by offering new stories and old. Great for those mandatory bedtime stories. The Magic School Bus: Oceans by Scholastic Price $3.99 for Apple, Free for Android OS Android 4.1 and up and Apple iOS 7.0 and up Language English Available from Apple App Store This app is for children age six to eight. It provides interactive experiences with science facts, games, photos, and videos. Of course, kids learn everything about the ocean. Advanced facts are presented in easy to learn formats. Stack the States by Freecloud Design, Inc. Price $2.99 OS Android 2.3 and up and Apple iOS 6.0 and up Language English Available from Google Play and Apple App Store This app includes five games from stacking the states to reach a checkered line to matching the states with their capitals. Players can earn free bonus games. Kids learn the capitals, geographic locations, state flags and more. Each kid can have their own map of earned states. Winky Think Logic Puzzles by Little 10 Robot LLC Price $2.99 OS Apple iOS 8.0 and up Language English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish; however, the games are language neutral Available from Apple App Store This app allows both younger and older kids to learn to use logic for problem-solving. Younger kids match shapes and colors while older children can use it as a brain builder. It has a progressive game design with over 180 puzzles at three different levels. You can help kids explore some Common Core math concepts required for kindergarten. Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms by the National Fire Protection Association Price Free OS Android 2.2 and up and Apple iOS 5.1.1 and up Language English Available from Google Play and Apple App Store Teach fire safety with this read-along mystery. Kids learn key fire safety messages. Users can turn off the narration to read for themselves. The app includes a dance along video and a set of guided questions.
This is just a handful of the apps available for your babysitting business.
You can save time as well as grow your business. Productivity apps can keep you on track and help you monitor your hours for billing purposes. Some will even count mileage. You will be known as the fun babysitter with the apps that entertain while educating.
Do you use and recommend any apps that aren't on this list?
Let us know, and we will update the list with your feedback.
President of ThomasKelly Software Associates. ThomasKelly specializes in cloud-based products, including
EZChildTrack, for the education and social services domains.
Edited & Illustrated by:
Kidsit Founder, Editor, Illustrator, and father of three beautiful kids in Sydney, Australia.
Published: 6 September 2018
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