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Monday
Oct102011

Review: UrbanSitter (Babysitting Site)

 

Date nights are a must so I was stoked when Daisy Downs, one of the founders of UrbanSitter emailed us here a MommyBeta about a new site for finding sitters.  

UrbanSitters lets parents find and book trusted sitters online through friends and connections they know via Facebook (and other networks).

As Daisy clearly pointed out, moms can do just about everything online these days. But when it comes to finding a trusted sitter that’s available when you need them, there’s just no easy way to do it. Why can we book dinner reservations in two minutes on OpenTable, but it can take days to find a sitter to keep your reservation?

With UrbanSitter you can:

  • Search for sitters for a particular day/time and see a list of who’s available – and which friends have used them. 
  • When you book them, the sitters get an email and you get one in return when they accept the job. 
  • You can then view and manage all your babysitting jobs in one place online.

So far I’ve interviewed and booked two babysitters using UrbanSitter. I like that if a potential sitter has not responded to my request, UrbanSitter sends me a note letting me know that I’ve not received a response, so that I have time to find a new sitter.

My one gripe with this site is that when a sitter responds to your request, I get an email from UrbanSitter notifying me that a sitter has responded but in order for me to respond I have to login to my UrbanSitter account -- I can’t just email the sitter back directly from my email inbox. Fortunately for all of us, the folks at UrbanSitter are working to get this resolved.

You can find a sitter on other sites like WonderSitterSitterCity and Care.com but then you’re relying on sitter reviews/ratings from folks you don’t know.

The site is currently available only for the SF Bay area but they’re hoping to expand to other areas in the next year. Very exciting! The site is free to use right now but there may be a fee later on. 

I think this is a great concept and I'll continue to use the site to find trusted sitters for Reese. Of course I will re-evaluate once there is a fee associated. But if the fee is reasonalble, I will absolutely continue to use the site because it is proving super valuable! 

How do you find your sitters? Have you used any of the sitter sites mentioned above? 

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