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How much should we pay a teenage babysitter to watch our 5,7, and 8 year olds?


Asked by Believe328 at 11:06 AM on Jun. 19, 2008 in General Parenting

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  • Also, sitters often charge just a small extra amount for each additional child. (i.e. 1.00 per hour more per additional child) Check out I've found some good sitters there. Good luck!

    Answer by MrsSharp at 11:11 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • I think it depends on where you live. We live in the (FAR) South suburbs of Chicago, and I pay a 19-year old $6.00 an hour to watch my 21-month old.

    Answer by MrsSharp at 11:10 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • ask the kid what s/he expects, but i'd think that $2-3/hr/kid is reasonable. so $6-9/hr for your 3 kids.

    Answer by cqc at 11:13 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • I live in Eastern Montana and while I personally don't have babysitters for my kids, my friend usually pays 1.50 to 2.00 per hour when she has sitters. I think I'd pay a little more, maybe 3.00 per hour.

    Answer by reformat at 11:14 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • I have a college student watch my 2 kids. 4 and 7 month she normally gets 10 an hour from all her other sitting jobs. So I pay her 11 or 12 an hour so she will stay with my kids and if another sitting job comes up She will pick my kids over the other moms!!!!! :)

    Answer by DancerMomof2 at 11:27 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • I'm in NY and I pay my 15 yo babysitter about $8-$10 per hour to watch my three boys. I probably overpay for my area, but he's great with the boys and my kids love it when he watches them so it's a win/win for us.

    Answer by rskmom at 11:35 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • I Don't have to pay a babysitter but from friends I heard in omaha about $5-8 per hour depending on how many kids and the age of the sitter.

    Answer by hofermama at 11:52 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Maybe 2.50-3.00 an hour per child

    Answer by jfreesNish at 12:29 PM on Jun. 19, 2008