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How much should we pay our sitter if she only watches the baby 18 hours a week?

We are setting up a sitter for our baby that is due in October. We are clueless as to how much to pay the sitter, she will only have her/him (dont know the sex yet) 18 hours a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 6 hours a day). All holidays off, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays off too. Any suggestions?

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Asked by AmandaRohrer at 3:52 PM on Apr. 21, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I personally wouldn't pay anymore then 100 bucks a week for childcare,
    So many places want 140 bucks +.
    And most people after paying for gas and childcare have no money left over and the hard economic times don't help at all.

    Answer by Morgan. at 3:54 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • If your sitter is ONLY watching your baby, you should be paying at least 5/hr. If your sitter is a home day-care provider of some sort, less is okay because you aren't asking for the same quality time with your child.

    Answer by tyheamma at 4:04 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • Will she be watching the baby as a newborn? That takes a lot of work! I'd say $100/week sounds good.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:26 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • My son goes to a private daycare for about the same amount of time each week. We pay $80/week.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 5:03 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • We pay $25 a day.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:40 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • My son is watched 20 hours a week (4 hours a day Mon-Fri) and I pay the sitter $75. She is a SAHM with two little ones of her own (she is a good friend of mine).

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:05 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • it also depends on what the sitter is worth. ex. education, personal experiance (does the sitter have children or younger sibblings). when i baby sat about 5-6 years ago, i charged 5 an hour for each child. when i became certified, i raised it to 7 an hour. there is a website you can go to that shows per state what the average babysitter is paid.

    Answer by F43L34 at 11:11 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

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