Mommybites shares child care ideas that are unique to NYC
Start a Nanny Share
Instead of hiring a full-time nanny, share one nanny’s time with another family. Think strategically about her hours. For instance, avoid unnecessarily paying a nanny while your child is at school. Nannies can work mornings for one family and afternoons for another or switch off days to fit with a parent’s work schedule.
A quality nanny can also watch children from two families simultaneously. View available nanny shares in NYC at mommybites.com/newyork/find-a-nanny-share.
Put Your Friendships into Action
Take turns with friends picking up or watching each other’s kids after school, so you have time to run errands or work out. When swapping child care hours with friends, money doesn’t change hands.
Search Your Social Connections
If you’re looking for a babysitter, spread the word to your social circle. If someone isn’t available, their friends may be. Ask:
- Your child’s teacher
- Your regular sitter’s roommates
- Volunteers at your church or synagogue
- Child care workers at your gym
- Alumni from your college
- College babysitting groups
- Local chapter of your sorority
- Unemployed friends
- Babysitters you meet at school pick-up
- Neighborhood mom groups
Celebrate Your Solutions
As your child care needs and sitter’s availability shift through the seasons, you now have several creative ways to figure out the right solution for your family. Date night beckons, and your new favorite babysitter may be just a couple conversations or a few blocks away!