Looking for Nanny - What Sites to Use - Can You Recommend Someone???

Updated on January 07, 2011
T.M. asks from Fort Worth, TX
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My husband and I are expecting our 2nd child this spring. Our son is 5 and will start kindergarten next Fall. We are looking for someone to help after I return to work (apx July 18, 2011) and will need someone Mon-Fri from 7:30am to 5:30pm. All day care for the infant plus after school pickup and care for the 5 y/o. We live in Saginaw right off of McLerory. We can pay $1000 per month. Gas and food allowance is negotiable.

Can you recommend anyone?
Have you used the online service - Sitter City before? If so, what was your experience?

Thanks for your help!

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answers from La Crosse on

I would ask some friends and people you respect if they know anyone they can recommend. Your best bet is having someone that is related to your circle of family or friends. Calling an agency will be spendy, and cut the salary of the person you hire drastically.

For the amount of hours, and what you are looking for (full time care for an infant 10 hours daily, and a kindergartener for 3 to 5 of those hours)...that averages out to $5 an hour. If you find a nanny with those hours 7:30-5:30, chances are she/he will not have time to pick up a second job...and that is way less than minimum wage. I would wonder how they can survive on that income. I would also be worried that you get what you pay for because most nanny's would not take a job with a wage that they could not live on.

That range would be more appropriate for someone who does childcare and has other children they watch (IMO). To be frank, I think you may have a really hard time finding someone for that kind of money, and should check into some really great daycares. I am sure there are some in your area and you can ask around to help you find one.

Good luck!! Nothing harder than finding good childcare!

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answers from New York on

We found our first nanny through word of mouth. She stayed with us for over 2 years and then left to work in the school system. We had a very hard time finding someone that was reliable and met our standards of care for our children. We used sittercity. It took use 4 "unacceptable" nannies before we found our most recent one that we really like. I like that sittercity offers a background check. You also have to interview very carefully. And don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions and inspect their car during an interview if they will be driving your children. A car can tell a lot about a person. It is possible to find a good nanny on sittercity it might take some work. On a side note we paid our first nanny $20.00 per hour since she had a lot of experience and she would clean our house in addition to watching the kids. Our current nanny we pay $15.00 an hour and no driving allowance. We live in CT. I have a friend in WI that pays her nanny $10.00 an hour.

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answers from Chicago on

I used Care.com. You do have to pay to use the service. Not sure if you have to pay for sitter city. But, I thought it was a small price to pay for the background checks and what not.



answers from Dallas on

I have used Sitter CIty for the past two summers and found two great girls. The background option is a fantastic feature.


answers from Dallas on


I run a babysitting services and have found a lot of my families on sittercity.com and care.com when you use services like that you can negotiate prices.

If you do a service like Mom's best friend it will be alot more.

I know most of the nannies i know that work the hours you want are being paid between 400-700 a week but work through a service.

i would try sittercity or care now as they are more flexible

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