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Old 05-11-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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How much to pay sitter?

I know this comes up quite a bit but I'd like opinions. Min wage here is $10. Kids are 7, 5 and 6 months. Sitter is from their former daycare, knows all 3 kids but she had the middle one in her class and we often visit with the baby (don't think this is really relevant but thought Id mention it).

DH is coming back from a 3 month course, so that combined with mothers day (that he's missing) and my bday at the end of the month I decided that we need a date night since we haven't had one since before the baby and for the last 3 months I've actually been taking care of all 3 kids solo.

We're going out on a Friday night, not sure exactly what the plans are but we're going to see Fast and Furious for sure and possibly some food. My plan is to get all 3 kids in bed before leaving so we'll go to a later show, and if we can fit in a late supper we might do that. So I'm guessing we'll be gone 3-4 hours. The boys are sound sleepers so chances are slim that she'll even see them. The baby on the other hand I can't guarantee she won't get up! I'd obviously leave milk for her.

So I'm sure that's way more information than needed but basically how much do I pay a sitter to babysit 3 kids 3-4 hours!

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Old 05-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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Re: How much to pay sitter?

In Western Canada, I pay $7/hr for one child for drop-in care. I believe the same person charges $10/hr for siblings. Seems to be a pretty standard rate for the area.
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Re: How much to pay sitter?

Not in Canada, but in PA. I pay the sitter $10 hr for three or four kids. She gets $7 hr for 1-2 kids.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:54 PM   #4
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Re: How much to pay sitter?

I was paid minimum wage when I babysat two children. They were five and eight I believe. I was 17 at the time.

I only have one child and I've never hired a sitter yet, so I'm not too much help.
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We pay $8-$10/hour for 1 kid.
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Re: How much to pay sitter?

different areas of the country have different going rates. around here it is $10-$12 an hr
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Re: How much to pay sitter?

$10/hour was what I was thinking
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Re: How much to pay sitter?

I pay $15/hr for our nanny and $8/hr for our babysitter. Of course I'm in Long Island so the cost is going to be higher. We only pay $8/hr for our babysitter because she brings her son.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:56 AM   #10
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Re: How much to pay sitter?

I'll know for next time but looks like my parents are available afterall, so either they will come here for a night and watch all 3, or I'll bring the boys there (1.5 hours away) in the afternoon and get them the next day, and then drop the baby off at my friends house so she doesn't need to go out!
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