Reviews: Can You Really Find Your Perfect Sitter With This Popular Online Sitter Service?

Here’s What People Had To Say …

A lot of our site visitors have been wanting to learn more about One of the common questions asked pertain to whether the service can really help them find a sitter who will fit their needs. Some people wonder whether the site is safe while others ask whether is worth the money.

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Is your search for a sitter proving to be tougher than you thought?

For those of you who are not familiar with, the company has become one of the largest and fastest growing sitter and care service in the US. The service provides families an online place to find high-quality caregivers, as well as easily connect, share care-giving experiences and get advice from the community of parents on the site. The service helps families find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks, and references for hundreds of thousands of mom-reviewed providers who seek to share their services.

In order to answer the commonly asked questions about, I deemed it best to search sites and forums where people talked about In fact, I compiled all the feedback on on this page (just scroll down). Some of the sources for the feedback are online parenting and baby forums, parenting sites, and personal sites.

What I found was that most people think and feel that the service is a very valuable solution for helping them find sitters to take care of their kids.

What I found was that most people think and feel that the service is a very valuable solution for helping them find sitters to take care of their kids. Although there were a few people who were not satisfied with the service, the majority of people found to be money spent wisely since it helped them find sitters in the most efficient and effective way. Most subscribers of found the available background checks and references to be very beneficial. Most of them would also highly recommend the service to parents and people in search of sitters or childcare for the kids.

Check out all the actual feedback that I have compiled below (after the video) on I hope that these would be able to help you decide on whether is right for you.

PS. By the way, did you know that you can “Test Drive” for FREE? Just click on the coupon “FREE Basic Access” below and you can find out for yourself whether you can find sitters right within your area. This is a great way to find out whether can really help you find a sitter to care for your family’s needs prior to upgrading to a paid membership. There are no strings attached at all for the FREE Basic Access so I suggest that you take advantage of this basic membership.

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What People Are Saying About …

211I have used for the last two summer to find someone. I have had very good luck with it. I typically will ask for a teacher or an education major looking to nanny for the summer. I pay $10/hour with an allowance for gas and activities. I have already found someone for this summer. I had 28 applicants apply, with 15ish that were very qualified. The hard part is always narrowing it down to just a few to interview.

2JBirds, forum


211Love Found a GREAT babysitter there and having the background check already done and the references readily available is nice and convenient!

Kimbus22, forum


212I used for two sitters and both had serious issues. I know others that have used it and found sitters they loved, though. I think it’s just a crapshoot. I’m only using word of mouth from now on. Both of the girls I hired had good references and background checks and still sucked, so I don’t trust it anymore.

cholulagirl, forum


211i used the day i posted i got over 40 replies – it was insane. i then took down the posting (after 1 week) & started weeding through (getting rid of the ones that obviously hadn’t read my specifications) i whittled my list down to 5 & did in person interviews with 3. only 3 because after i met with #2 i just KNEW i was going to hire her. she was perfect. so i cancelled the other 2 … all in all- worked out for me. 

t.bird, forum


211We use but yeah heads up it isn’t free. But it was worth it to us.

CrunchyMamaof3, forum


211I have had good luck with Go with your gut when you interview is my best advice. And search coupon codes before you pay full price.

diana1712, forum


211I LOVED We used it find baby sitters/nannies, though and not daycare. I ended up interviewing 12 people and hiring 6. I don’t need child care that often and the girls that I ended up using were all college students, so I wanted to make sure that I had a good pool in case I needed a sitter during finals or spring break or something like that. I would even consider using the other 6 that I didn’t officially “hire.” No one was bad and all of them had background checks and references. LOVED IT!

WhitEm14, forum


211I used though and I contacted 25 to get 1 and she is SUPER amazing worth the effort!

onegratefulmama, forum


211I highly suggest! So worth the membership fee to not only find legitimate care givers, but you also can view their back ground check!



211I used to find our nannies, and both of them were wonderful. I had tons of responses as well.

rosa, forum


211A girl friend of mine has had great success with We don’t have family around so I have to depend on sitters…!!

AlissaCell, forum



211I would try Sittercity or before you try Craigslist. They are safer. I have never used Sittercity myself, but have used and have had a really good experience …’s FB (FaceBook) page always has comments and I see their employees answering questions or concerns if you have any burning questions you need answered. My advice is to look at the babysitters on both sites and then join the site you think has potential sitters/ mother’s helpers for your family.

Saints2804, forum has local caregivers. There seem to be a lot of ppl on the site and all with different credentials and costs, as well as schedule flexibility.

stephmill2, forum


211I used and I just signed up for one month. Seriously, in about a day I had several responses to my ad about needing childcare starting in August. Most everyone I talked to was cool about not starting until then. After weeding through some people that I just didn’t mesh with, I ended up with 3 completely awesome candidates. We picked a primary and kept the other two as backups, and now I have all three of their information, so there is really no need to use the site anymore. The entire process took about two weeks or so, so a month was all I really needed.

MegStory17, forum


211we recently had to find daycare for off-hours (late evening and saturdays). I joined the and found a caregiver within 2 days. they have listings for part-time givers and how much they charge.

Drank Kool-Aid, forum


212That being said, I’m freaking out about who will watch LO once he/she is born. I don’t personally know any SAHMs bc I’m the first of my friends to have children. We can’t afford the ridiculous cost of child care. In my area, infant care is $290/week, which is near $1200/month, and we just don’t have it. I’ve looked on, but now it’s getting real that ill have to give my 8 week old baby over to a stranger. We will need care 3-4 days/week.

CooperMom23, forum


211My friend has gotten both her nannies from She and her kids love them both. I think as long as you I interview them, do some practice visits and check references you are in good shape.

JAO2011, forum


211I used and found a wonderful nanny. I had to start back pt at work when lo was six weeks old. I didn’t leave Lo alone with her for a while, though. I made sure that either my husband or I were around to supervise her. Not that it turned out to be necessary, because she was like the Baby Whisperer. She’s still with us.

Sarah7Warner, forum


211I work from home and needed a babysitter to watch my baby while i’m working, I found an great one through in the Chicago area for $10.50 hr, M-F 8 hrs a day, 6 paid holidays, 10 personal/vacation days. we upgraded so I could contact them, I had over 20 applicants and did about 10 phone interviews and only 1 in person(the one we hired) I could just tell over the phone if That person was going to work out or not and if i was going to get along with her.

sakura05, forum



212I haven’t had good luck with I ended up asking friends on facebook if they knew anyone and someone recommended her cousin. Let me just say, she is AWESOME! I would ask around for word of mouth recs first before going to the internet.



211I second the suggestion, I’ve had friends use it for sitters and were really happy with it.



211So I went on, awesome site and just might use it for occasional nights out. But the ones who I would feel comfortable coming in my home want 10-15 dollars per hour. So I asked my boss if I could lose a day, so I wouldn’t have to pay for a 6 hour day when I only work 4 of it. She told me that as crazy as it sounds she found hers on craigslist… I jumped on the site and oh em gee… Some of the ads I found were ridiculous. One said that she has a hard time keeping a job and wants to try babysitting.. Er .. No thank you. I was about to give up and pound my head against a wall, when I found her. She is willing to work with my schedule and it can be hectic with the meetings and classes… I can drop Bug off and Grant can pick Bug up. She has 3 children of her own, 14,10,&3. She watches 2 other children part time, we are meeting her on Friday.



212I have been using to try and find a part time nanny for my two young kids. I have now made five interview arrangements and four out of the five just never showed up for an interview!! Its so annoying! I have taken two half days from work so that I could interview nannies- Ive had my husband prepare the kids (hes home with them until 2pm everyday) clean up the house and dress the kids. Then these people just never show up!! Its so annoying! Anyone else have experience with this?



211I found my nanny through and she is awesome. Unfortunately, she is moving out of state. We just hired a new girl who starts Monday. I hope she is as great as our current one.



212I looked at and there are a few ladies that look like they would fit. Im just not a “people person” at all, so im not sure how a stranger would fit into our home!!



211i joined and used a coupon code to cut down the costs. i usually get between 20 or more responses when I post a job. There are some really great people out there who will make your life easier. My lady is so sweet. She sends me photos of the kids throughout the day, folds my laundry, makes our bed. Love her. … Set up interviews with multiple people.



212We did subscribe to and that’s where these applicants come from. Posted a job and also searched through the list and contacted those with profiles that match our needs. I think it’s mainly the younger kids that are most frustrating. They applied for the job knowing we’re only offering PT hours, etc. the job posting is very clear, I even listed our the guaranteed days and hours by day and week. I’m now only seeking matured grandma-ish individuals as someone else mentioned.



211I second! It’s worth the cost IMO for not having to do all the background checks and be able to see reviews and references.



So what are your thoughts on Are you planning to use the service? Are you using or have you used this service before? Were the actual feedback compiled for this article helpful to you? Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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  1. julia C. says:

    I can vouch for It’s safe as long as you go through the background checks, make sure that you check sitter references, and conduct an in-person interview of the potential sitter. The bottomline is that you still have to do your homework.

  2. M.u.M says:

    Security is a major concern when it comes to hiring a babysitter. addresses that concern by requiring their sitters to undergo regular background checks.

    • Deborah Hemsworth says:

      Yes but parents think a background check a review is good enough to hire a babysitter because seems to be a reputable company. Many parents are coming home to caregivers that are drunk, or with boyfriends in the house and shaking their heads thinking “but they had a background check!”

  3. gail goodman says:

    I’ve also been hearing great things about from my friends. That’s why I’m trying it out now. Thanks for the code.

  4. Felicia_247 says:

    I got pretty lucky with Aside from getting a discount, I was able to find a wonderful babysitter right away. I’m glad I signed up.

  5. portia l. says:

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  6. Raine T. says:

    My husband and I have just decided. is worth a try. Thanks for the promotion code.

  7. sandra says:

    Finding a babysitter can be very stressful. lessens the stress. I feel safe with their background checks.

  8. Janice says:

    Compared to how I used to find babysitters before, is a lot safer and easier. I also like the fact that I now have a lot of applicants. Before, I’d be lucky enough to have one person interested in babysitting for me. And she would be my ten-year old niece. I just don’t do it that way anymore.

  9. tgarret says:

    Your website is a great help. I’ve been wanting to try these online childcare providers. sounds safe and reliable for my kids. It’s definitely worth a try. Thanks again.

  10. katya says:

    I take babysitting seriously. I don’t just hire from anywhere and I don’t just hire anybody.

  11. millicent says:

    I find the reviews and the background check of very important in connecting to a babysitter. That’s the way it should be done.

  12. kirstino says:

    I’ve found a couple of great sitters on But I have to look really well. I just can’t trust the first one that applies. I really take some time to look at their background checks. That helps.

  13. chelsey34 says:

    It’s my first time to use (thanks for the promotion code!) Actually, it’s the first time I’ve ever used an online sitter service. It’s really cool! I got a lot of replies to my job post. (So it’s true what they say about it :) ) I never thought it was this easy.

  14. AbbyS says:

    I work from home so I never thought I’d need a babysitter. But I was wrong. I can’t do everything by myself. I need help especially with my kids. Someone has to be around while I’m working. It’s a good thing a friend of mine told me to look up and I got here. Thanks for your promotion code. That came in handy.

  15. simone tate says:

    I would never try Craigslist to find a babysitter for my kids. I’d rather go for a paid service that can screen the babysitters for me. Safety is my number one priority. That’s why I chose

  16. krishna says:

    Thanks for the write up. I needed to know what the others were saying about I really want to try it now. Thanks again.

  17. lulubel says:

    Your promo code worked perfectly well. I tried one on another site and it wouldn’t’ go through.

  18. mimic says:

    I’m new to So far, I’m very happy with the babysitters I’ve been hiring. The background checks are very helpful as well. It’s good that these background checks are available for us at any given time.

  19. Courtney G. says:

    I’ve been planning on using But I wanted more information about it. You answered all my questions and I’m definitely using your promo code. Thanks for everything.

  20. M. Franks says:

    Another feature I like about is the fact that I can read the reviews of other parents. It’s important that I know what the other parents are saying.

  21. Raquel says:

    I agree with you that is a valuable solution to finding a babysitter. We’ve been using it for awhile and my husband and I are very satisfied with it.

  22. glynnis d. says:

    I think it’s really a must that we hire legitimate babysitters for our kids. It’s good that can help us with that. Their background checks are also very useful.

  23. kdreK100 says:

    Based on your write up on, I think it’s worth a try. I’m going to use your promo code. Thanks.

  24. shelley-90 says:

    I agree with you, This is money spent wisely. Thanks for the coupon:) But at the end of the day, I’d would rather play it safe and I really think is safe for my kids.

  25. gem says:

    We certainly still need to interview the applicants. We can’t just trust these online sitter services. However, the likes of Care,com can really connect us to professional sitters. For that reason, we’re to be grateful. But we certainly still have to do our part in choosing a sitter for our kids.

    • karen b. says:

      You’re right. We can’t trust these online sitter services. That’s why I take some time to go over the background checks. makes that available for us.

  26. dolores says: makes it convenient for us in such a way that we get a handful of applicants for the job. But it’s still not that easy because we really have to do all the interviews with the applicants. does not get us the right sitter. We get the right sitter for our kids.

    • carrie says:

      You’re right! You’re the one in charge. But here’s the thing. You won’t be able to get with professional babysitters without I don’t think you can do that yourself.

  27. kelly S, says:

    Now I know that is the best care for my kids. Thanks.

  28. Alice Grey says:

    Thank you very much. I’ve been looking for a promo code that WORKS! I’m glad I got to your site.

  29. Wynona 10 says:

    Thanks for sharing the reviews. There were a few negative reviews but that’s understandable. But honestly, I would never go back to word of mouth.I think should work for me.

  30. Heidi Kellar says:

    I’m familiar with but I’m still reluctant about it mainly because of the cost. But the 20% off you’re offering sounds pretty good to me. Thanks.

  31. Katie says:

    Thanks for sharing the feedback and the article as well. I got to know more about It’s worth a try. Thanks also for the promotion code.

    • connie h. says:

      It’s definitely worth a try. You’ll find the background checks very useful. Don’t forget to go through that.

  32. susie may says:

    I like because the babysitters have already undergone some kind of background check.

  33. gretchwells says:

    I get more flexibility from Sittercity. Their selection process allows me screen all the applicants carefully.

  34. marshag says:

    Thanks for the feedback. I’m seriously considering

  35. Samantha says: much better than More reliable candidates. My last candidate from was not properly screened. Actually, I felt unsafe.

  36. Maggie says:

    So far, I have been getting remarkable child care providers from I’m really happy with it.

  37. Chloe says:

    While the system is not 100% perfect, I really prefer to hire babysitters from Better to be sure than sorry.

  38. Chelzz says:

    Nowadays, it’s really better to hire a sitter that belongs to a credible network online. Given all the stringent parameters of an online babysitting service provider, we are sure that the sitters have all the best intentions to watch our kids.

    • daniA says:

      That’s a great point. The serious babysitters also want to be protected. It makes perfect sense for them to be part of an online sitter network.

  39. hello says:

    What is great about is that I can actually choose from a long list of experienced babysitters. From that long list, I have a variety of babysitters, young and more matured. I like hiring the more matured babysitters. Aside from their valuable experience and skills, they make sound decisions.

  40. mumsy says:

    It’s great to know that I can find the best care for my kids online. I’m definitely signing up.

  41. Rein says:

    It’s very important to know the background of the babysitter. It’s not worth it to take chances with a complete stranger. That is why I signed up with I need to be sure of the babysitter. My kids are priceless and I refuse to leave them with just anybody.

  42. Rockie says:

    I have been hearing a lot of great things about that I’m actually giving it a try now.

  43. Mrs. Rogers says:

    The right babysitter sounds so ideal. But it is good to know that is actually possible to find the right babysitter from I’m giving it a try now. Thanks for the leads.

  44. BWS000 says:

    It’s too dangerous to hire just anybody to babysit. has never failed to help me find babysitters that I can trust.

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