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The average rate for babysitters on Care.com as of July, 2021 is $14.00 per hour. This rate will fluctuate depending on your location, the babysitter's level of experience, and the number of children to be watched. Other factors that may also influence the rate include the need for additional babysitting duties, specialized care, and overnight. Mar 09, 2021 A babysitter is someone who is hired to temporarily care for children on behalf of the children’s parents or guardians. A babysitter may also be referred to as a “sitter,” and they generally take care of children of all ages who are in need of supervision. Read more: What Is the difference between a babysitter and a nanny? The national typical hourly rate of babysitters in 2021 is $16.50 per hour. When deciding how much to pay your babysitter, it’s important to set a competitive rate to attract the best caregivers. But there are lots of factors to think about when determining the cost of child care. Use Sittercity’s chart to determine the most appropriate.

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  • The national typical hourly rate of babysitters in 2021 is $17.00 per hour. When deciding how much to pay your babysitter, it’s important to set a competitive rate to attract the best caregivers. But there are lots of factors to think about when determining the cost of child care. Use Sittercity’s chart to determine the most appropriate babysitting rate by hourly wage by location.

  • Start by posting a job that details your needs for free on Sittercity. Your job will be shared with a community of available babysitters. Interested sitters will apply directly to your job and you’ll be notified via email and on the platform. From there, conduct interviews with your favorites. Once you’ve narrowed your search, start vetting individual babysitters by running background checks and checking references before the job officially starts.

  • You can find babysitters for in-home care or for a virtual sitting. Babysitters can help families with managing strict schedules, transportation to activities, homework help, last-minute coverage, date nights, and more.

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Babysitting is temporarily caring for a child. Babysitting can be a paid job for all ages; however, it is best known as a temporary activity for early teenagers who are not yet eligible for employment in the general economy. It provides autonomy from parental control and dispensable income, as well as an introduction to the techniques of childcare. It emerged as a social role for teenagers in the 1920s, and became especially important in suburban America in the 1950s and 1960s, when there was an abundance of small children. It stimulated an outpouring of folk culture in the form of urban legends, pulp novels, and horror films.[1]


Most babysitters are high school or college students (age 16+). There are some adults who have in-home childcare as well. They are not babysitters; they are professional childcare providers and early childhood educators. The type of work for babysitters also varies from watching a sleeping child, changing diapers, playing games, and preparing meals, to teaching the child to read or even drive, depending on the agreement between parents and babysitter.

In some countries, various organizations produce courses for babysitters, many focusing on child-safety and first-aid appropriate for infants and children; these educational programs can be provided at local hospitals and schools. Different activities will be needed for babies and toddlers. It will be beneficial for the babysitters to understand toddler developmental milestones[2] in order to plan for the necessary activities. As paid employees, babysitters often require a disclosure or assessment of one's criminal record in order to ward off possible hebephiles, pedophiles and other unsuitable applicants.[3]


The term 'baby sitter' first appeared in 1937, while the verb form 'baby-sit' was first recorded in 1947.[4] The American Heritage College Dictionary notes 'One normally would expect the agent noun babysitter with its -er suffix to come from the verb baby-sit, as diver comes from dive, but in fact babysitter is first recorded in 1937, ten years earlier than the first appearance of baby-sit. Thus the verb was derived from the agent noun rather than the other way around, and represents a good example of back-formation.[5] The use of the word 'sit' to refer to a person tending to a child is recorded from 1800. The term may have originated from the action of the caretaker 'sitting on' the baby in one room, while the parents were entertaining or busy in another. It's also theorized that the term may come from hens 'sitting' on their eggs, thus 'caring for' their chicks.[6]


International variations in definition[edit]

In British English, the term refers only to caring for a child for a few hours, on an informal basis and usually in the evening when the child is asleep for most of the time.[7] In American English, the term can include caring for a child for all or most of the day, and on a regular or more formal basis, which would be described as childminding in British English.

In India and Pakistan, a babysitter or nanny, known as an ayah or aya, is hired on a longer-term contract basis to look after a child regardless of the presence of the parents.



  1. ^Miriam Forman-Brunell, Babysitter: An American History (2009)
  2. ^'Toddler Developmental Milestones'. NannySOS. 2016.
  3. ^Blanchard, Ray, et al. 'Pedophilia, hebephilia, and the DSM-V.' Archives of sexual behavior 38.3 (2009): 335-350.
  4. ^Greenwald, Ken. 'Babysitting.' Word Wizard. Google.com, Sept.-Oct. 2003. Web.
  5. ^'baby-sit', The American Heritage College Dictionary, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002, p. 103
  6. ^'10 Interesting Facts About the Etymology of Babysitter'. Babysitters. January 23, 2012. Archived from the original on August 11, 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  7. ^Admin. '10 Interesting Facts About the Etymology of Babysitter Babysitters.' Babysitters. Babysitters.net, 23 Jan. 2012. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.


  • Miriam Forman-Brunell. Babysitter: An American History. New York University Press, June, 2009.from English dictionary

External links[edit]

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The dictionary definition of babysitting at Wiktionary

  • YourChild: Babysitter Safety University of Michigan Health System
  • Quality Child Care From University of Florida/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Factors in choosing quality child care.

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