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Why find a babysitter near you through Airtasker?

Need to find a babysitter? Every parent needs a local babysitter they can rely on so they can run errands and enjoy a night out without the kids. Plus, it means you can book childcare for your kids in a familiar, safe environment that won’t over-expose them to germs.

Whether you need last-minute babysitting or a long-term arrangement, Airtasker is the perfect place to find local babysitters near you. You can find a babysitter near you who’ll look after your kids for an hour or two, or even a whole day. Just post a task with info on your kids’ ages, when you need babysitting, and for how long. Then we’ll match you up with available top-rated babysitters near you.

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Top Babysitter related questions

What kinds of tasks will a babysitter do?

A babysitter’s primary role is to care for children and look after their basic needs, like meals, hygiene, and settling for naps. Outside of that, if there’s time, your babysitter may help with chores like folding the washing, picking up toys, and even preparing dinner.

What skills are needed for babysitting?

Babysitters need to be reliable, good with children, patient, responsible, responsive, and caring. Ideally, they’ll have experience and qualifications in CPR, First Aid, and childcare or education.

What is the difference between a nanny and a babysitter?

A nanny offers a type of babysitting service that’s usually longer-term (for example, 3 days a week, ongoing). While babysitting usually refers to shorter periods of time or less regular childcare.

How do I find me babysitter I can trust?

The best way to find a babysitter you can rely on is to check their ratings and reviews. Look for comments like “on time”, “great with kids”, and “will hire again”.

How do I find me a babysitter in my area?

You can easily find a babysitter near you by posting your task on Airtasker. You’ll hear from available sitters so you can choose a top-rated local babysitter who’s the perfect match for your family.

How much should I pay my babysitter?

The cost of babysitting usually starts at around $20 per hour. But costs usually vary depending on the length of your babysitting session, the time of day, the number of kids, and your location.

Do I need a specialist licence for babysitting?

For certain types of tasks, you may need to enquire as to what specialist licenses for babysitting that may be required to undertake your task as this can vary. Please make sure that you confirm that a Tasker has the relevant licence and insurance before accepting an offer.

What do Babysitting services include?

Babysitting services include several tasks such as changing the diaper, preparing the baby’s meals and feeding them, ensuring they take their afternoon nap. If specified, and other services like administering any medication as necessary, bathing them and putting a new change of clothes on them as needed.
 
Diaper Changing

The babysitter disposes soiled diapers and changes them with new ones. Any cleaning and disinfecting of the baby will be done as well before fitting a fresh diaper. Babysitters will also perform any clean up as necessary if the baby left any messes. Be sure to provide the needed cleaning equipment as well as disinfectant, baby soap and detergent.
 
Preparing and Feeding Meals

Should the babysitter’s hours reach any feeding times, babysitters will prepare meals and patiently feed your babies. Be sure to have the appropriate food ready for them to prepare and feed to your babies. Babysitters will disinfect baby bottles and prepare formula and prepare the cutlery and flatware before proceeding to feed your bundles of joy. Cleanup after feeding is also part of the service, and the utensils, flatware and bottles will be put away.
 
Playtime with your Babies

Before taking your babies to their cribs or beds for naptime, some babysitters may engage your babies in a short play session. Babysitters can place them in their play crib and play with them using their favourite toys. If your children are toddlers, the babysitter can engage them in simple games using their toys and even read them a story to prepare them for naptime.  

Preparing for Naptime

Babysitters will take your baby to their cribs or beds for naptime at the time you specify. They will patiently rock or lull them to sleep and ensure they are safely tucked in. You can provide some items to help your babies sleep, like a music box or mobile that plays a soft lullaby. Babysitters will remain with your baby as they nap and periodically check on them. Should they rouse from the nap due to a wet diaper, the babysitter will change their diapers straight away.
 
Other Services

Other babysitting services can include bathing and changing the clothes of your babies as necessary. If they have any medications, the babysitter can administer these to them. Be sure to advise them of the dosage and have their medications ready. Some babysitters may offer to buy the baby food or formula for their meal times during the day if you’ve run out of these items.