Whether you're a teenager looking for ways to make money, a full-time sitter looking for more clients, or simply a mom looking for a last-minute sitter, these babysitting apps and websites are sure to come in handy.
Every one of the babysitting apps below can be used to find babysitting jobs near you or to find a sitter to cover you for date night. Some cost money, some are completely free to use.
Now, because a big part of Swift Salary is all about helping you make extra money, I'm going to focus on the side hustle aspect of these babysitting job apps. Still, these are some of the best babysitting websites and apps to find available sitters as well so this list is multi-purpose. Enjoy!
Best Babysitting Apps and Websites
1. Care.com (Available Worldwide)
Care.com is not only one of the biggest babysitting websites around, but they also offer services like senior care, pet care, tutoring, housekeeping, and more. Plus, they're available in a ton of different countries including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and more.
The only problem with this site is that it leaves everything up to you. Care.com is simply just a job board for finding potential babysitting clients.
However, because Care is such a popular site, there are a lot of jobs posted each day. Plus, they don't take any pay cuts for helping you find jobs. For those reasons, it's worth it to sign up just to browse the available opportunities.
2. Babysits (Available in Many Countries)
Babysits is a massive babysitting website with sitters and parents connecting all over the world. We're talking Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, and more.
Just like Care.com, Babysits functions primarily as a job board. They take no commission from you (nice!) and they allow you to negotiate your own hours and salary with parents.
One of the unique things about Babysits is the badge system. As you gain more experience on the platform, your badges can increase your visibility to parents, which means more job opportunities and better pay!
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3. Bambino (United States)
Bambino is one of the most popular babysitting job apps in the United States. What makes it unique is that it helps you find local babysitting jobs in your neighborhood, rather than all over your city.
Plus, to get started as a Bambino sitter, you only have to be 13 years or older, making it the perfect app to find babysitting jobs for teenagers.
You'll need at least one recommendation from another parent before you become visible to other families in the app. But, if you've babysat for a family friend, neighbor, or someone else before, invite them to recommend you! That's all you need.
Once you have at least one recommendation, you'll be publicly listed and ready to receive babysitting jobs. Each job you receive will come with a detailed description, and you can choose whether to accept or decline any jobs you receive.
As far as payment goes, you'll get to set your own rates and Bambino pays you directly to your Venmo or bank account.
4. Zum (US)
Zum isn't a typical babysitting app – it's actually more similar to Uber or Lyft, but for kids. Currently, at the time of writing, Zum is only available in the San Francisco Bay Area, but they're working on expanding.
As a Zum driver (or Zumer, as they like to call themselves), you'll drive kids to school, events, and wherever else kids need to go, and you'll get paid quite nicely for doing so. In fact, some Zum drivers make up to $32/hour.
Since you'll be driving kids around, there are some requirements before you can get started:
- Must be at least 21 years old with a clean driving record & background check
- Have experience working with children
- Own a 2009 or newer four-door vehicle in great condition
If you meet those requirements and apply as a driver, you'll go through an online or in-person meeting, a thorough background check, and a vehicle inspection. And finally, if you manage to pass all of that, you'll be ready to start driving (and earning).
Now even though the application process is pretty intense, if you manage to pass, being a Zumer has its benefits:
- Flexibility – You can choose whether to accept or decline a ride, and you'll receive your ride requests a day in advance so you have time to decide. Plus, when you receive a ride request, you'll be able to see exactly where you'll have to drive and how much money you'll make.
- Insurance – Zum will cover each passenger in your car up to $1 million.
- Frequent payments – Zum pays drivers through direct deposit every Friday.
5. UrbanSitter (US)
UrbanSitter is a straightforward babysitting app for nannies and babysitters in the United States. To get started as a sitter, you'll need to be at least 18 years old.
Just like some of the other babysitting apps on this list, UrbanSitter basically functions as a job board. Once you create an account you'll be able to browse jobs in your area until you find one you like.
Also similar to a few of the other babysitting job apps on this list, UrbanSitter:
- Allows you to set your own hourly rate
- Let's you keep 100% of the money you earn; and
- Is completely free to use for carers
Some of the top sitters on UrbanSitter are even earning over $1,000 a week.
6. WeeSitt (US)
WeeSitt is currently only available in California and Oregon, and it has some of the highest standards of all the babysitting apps on this list. To get started as a sitter, you'll need:
- CPR and first-aid certifications
- 7+ years of experience
- You must be 23 or older; and
- You'll need at least 5 professional references
If you've got all that, this is truly a great opportunity because WeeSitt will recognize your experience and pay you what you're worth. They also allow you to work up to 40 hours a week if you'd like, but you can set your schedule however you want.
Payments from WeeSitt go directly into your bank account.
7. Trusted (US)
Trusted is a Care.com company that focuses completely on babysitting. The app is currently only live in San Fransisco, New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Seattle, but they're expanding quickly. By the time you're reading this, they may already be in more cities, so be sure to check.
Just like some of the other babysitting apps on this list, Trusted allows you to set your own schedule so that you can work when you want. They also cover you with insurance and 24/7 support in case you need it.
As for the pay, Trusted sitters can earn up to $25/hour, and possibly even more with tips and bonuses.
To get started, you just need to meet these requirements:
- Must be 18
- Have 3 or more years of childcare experience
- Pass a background, DMV, and reference check
8. Juggle (US)
Juggle is another babysitter app that combines a few different services. In this case, babysitting, pet care, and even party assistance. Currently, they're available in the United States in these locations.
What makes Juggle unique is that they focus on recruiting college students and recent grads. They know how unpredictable and busy a college schedule can be so they provide flexible gigs that pay well. Babysitting can be a great way to make extra money in College.
Here are the typical babysitting rates on Juggle (not including tips):
- 1 kid – $11/hour
- 2 kids – $12/hour
- 3 kids – $14/hour
- 4+ kids – $15/hour
Keep in mind, Juggle takes a 20% fee off your hourly rate. Payments are sent directly to your bank account.
9. College Nannies and Tutors (US)
As the name implies, College Nannies and Tutors is looking for nannies, babysitters, and tutors. And, like Juggle, they also focus on working with college students or recent grads, but it's not a requirement.
Currently, they're only available in the United States in these locations.
One of the biggest benefits of working with College Nannies and Tutors (aside from the flexible schedule), is that they offer benefits packages for long-term sitters. They also claim to provide ongoing training and networking opportunities.
10. Helpr (US)
Helpr is looking for sitters in the United States who have at least 2 years of childcare experience and 3 childcare related references. Sitter applicants will also need to pass a background check, a phone screening, and an in-person screening.
Oh, and you'll also have to be CPR certified before you can join the platform and start accepting gigs.
Once you apply and get in, Helpr will start sending gigs your way conveniently through email. Through these emails, you'll be able to see family information, rate information, location, and more, before you accept the gig.
11. Usit (US)
Usit is another babysitting app that's looking for sitters that are University students. It's actually exclusive to university students only.
The average Usitter makes $200 a week, plus tips and bonuses for 5-star ratings. All payments happen automatically through PayPal.
As for fees, you'll have to pay Usit a $2.99 fee for each job they manage to hook you up with. Also, if you're booked for a job and you cancel, you'll have to pay a $20 cancellation fee. Ouch.
On top of that, if you have two cancellations, you'll be suspended from Usit for a year. No-shows result in permanent suspension. Sounds a bit harsh to me but I guess it makes sense.
12. Sittercity (US)
Sittercity is one of the best apps to find babysitting jobs in the United States because they have a lot of coverage. However, like some of the other babysitting job apps on this list, Sittercity is just a job board. That means you'll have to do everything yourself, they just supply the leads.
The benefit of this is that you get to set your own hourly rate and schedule. Also, Sittercity is free to use for caregivers.
13. MyBestHelper (USA & Canada)
MyBestHelper is another babysitting job board, but for Americans AND Canadians. They have jobs for babysitters, nannies, attendants, nurses, mother's helpers, pet sitters, and tutors.
Signing up as a sitter is free, but you'll need to be older than 18 to qualify. Once you create your profile and list your skills, you can start searching and applying for jobs. MyBestHelper can also send you job notifications so that you never miss an opportunity.
After you land a job, you can negotiate your schedule and wage with the family.
14. Sitter.com (USA & Canada)
Sitter.com is another very basic babysitting website that functions completely as a job board. What makes them stand out is the number of jobs they have listed – as of writing this there are over 60,000!
Another thing that makes them a bit different is that you can apply to jobs without even having an account. The only benefit of creating an account is that you'll have the chance of being found and contacted directly by families.
For payment, you can find jobs with negotiable pay. Otherwise, the pay is set by the family. You'll also have to handle receiving the payment on your own.
15. WeNeedDateNight (Canada)
WeNeedDateNight is a bit of a less polished babysitting site, but it still has a ton of potential. Currently, it's only available in the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa but they're constantly expanding to new areas in Canada.
To get started as a sitter, you'll need to go through a Skype interview. If it goes well, you'll be added to the roster of sitters and you'll start receiving babysitting jobs via text. You can decline or accept any job as you please.
WeNeedDateNight claims most of their sitters make anywhere from $100-$1500/month.
One of the really cool and unique things WeNeedDateNight offers is the Mentorship Program. They connect sitters with professional parents (e.g. marketers, finance professionals, researchers, etc.) for career mentoring. I think this is an awesome idea.
16. SOSSitter (Canada)
SOSSitter is a job board for Canadians listing jobs for babysitters, pet sitters, housekeepers, nannies, senior caregivers, and special needs caregivers.
To get started, all you need to do is create a sitter profile. You'll also need to get a background check done as it's required before you can get paid. If you don't already have one, SOSSitter can help you get a background check done at a discount.
After you set up your profile, make sure to spruce it up and make it look professional. Families will be checking it before hiring you so a good profile will help you land more jobs.
Another way to land jobs through SOSSitter is by having an up-to-date availability calendar. Sometimes families won't have time to post a job on the job board, so they'll look directly through the sitter directory to find a last-minute sitter. Make sure to update your availability calendar regularly!
As for payment, SOSSitter takes a 12% fee with each gig. Payments happen securely through SOSSitter and are deposited right into your bank account within 7 working days.
17. Sitters.co.uk (United Kingdom)
Sitters prides itself as the number one babysitting service in the UK. They focus on connecting families with babysitters who are the best at what they do.
To apply as a sitter, you'll need at least 2 years of recent professional childcare experience and some professional references. You'll also have to go through the typical background checks and an interview.
I couldn't find out much about the pay or the job searching process on Sitters, so I guess you'll have to explore those unknowns on your own!
18. Bubble (UK)
Bubble is a babysitting app in the UK that is simple, secure, and convenient. It's free to join, all sitters are covered with £1m in public liability insurance, and you get to set your own price and availability.
One unique part of Bubble is that it requires you to have a Facebook account to sign up. This is for ID verification, but it also means you can find parents who you have friends in common with, which can increase your chances of landing a job.
Payments happen directly through the Bubble so everything is cashless and easy.
19. Sittr (Australia)
Sittr calls itself Australias number one babysitter and nanny app, and there's good reason for that. They've created a very simple to use system that works great for both sitters and parents.
As a sitter, you'll get insurance coverage while you're on the job, and you'll be able to set your own availability in the app. You can also have jobs sent directly to you for easy application.
Before you can get started though, you'll need a Working With Children Check (learn more here), a First-Aid Certificate, and a copy of your driver's license or passport for ID and payment verification.
Speaking of payment, Sittr handles it for you securely and deposits your earnings in your bank account after each job.
20. BabysittersNow.com.au (Australia)
All of the babysitting job apps we've listed so far are free to use for caregivers and cost money for parents. BabysittersNow flips that around: it's free for parents, and babysitters must pay a one-time fee of $25 for access to jobs.
The benefit of this is that most babysitters won't want to pay the fee, which means, theoretically, there should be a lot less job competition. And, since it's free for parents to use, there should be a healthy number of jobs posted each day.
Another benefit of using BabysittersNow is they'll actually list your sitter profile in Google search results, which is great for extra eyes on your service.
21. BabysittersClub.co.nz (New Zealand)
BabysittersClub is currently exclusive to New Zealand and provides a great service for parents and sitters. Their site is easy to use, and at the time of writing this they have an app in development that should be released soon.
To get started as a sitter, you'll need to submit an application and do an interview. You'll also need a police check which they can provide for $10.
After you're in, BabysittersClub will provide you with a babysitting package to get you started, and you'll start receiving notifications for new jobs in your area. For each job, you'll be covered with $5 million in insurance, and you'll get paid a minimum of 3 hours for each booking.
Average wage is around $18-$31.50/hour, depending on the number of children and the age of the children. You'll also earn extra if you're required to drive the children around. Payments happen directly through BabysittersClub, hassle-free.
How Much to Charge on Certain Babysitting Job Apps
As you've probably seen, many of the babysitting job apps on this list require you to meet with parents and negotiate your own hourly rate. But, how do you decide how much to charge? As a beginner, negotiating a rate can seem pretty daunting.
However, don't let it overwhelm you into not starting. Some of the best babysitting apps above are the ones that require you to set your own rates, so it's a pretty important thing to know how to do.
To start, it's important to get an average figure in your head. According to a Care.com study, the average babysitter in the US makes $16.25/hour looking after one child.
Keep in mind, there are a lot of different factors that go into how much you should be charging.
Here are the three big ones:
- Your experience. Pretty obvious right? The more experience you have taking care of children, the more you can charge for your services.
- Your qualifications. If you have CPR or First Aid, that's a huge asset. Also, if you've taken a babysitting course or you have other babysitting qualifications (see a full list here), that's going to give you leverage when negotiating your pay.
- The number of children you're watching. Tiffany from Care.com says a general rule of thumb is to increase your hourly wage by $1 for each additional child.
With all of this in mind, you should have no problem negotiating your pay with parents. Just remember what you have to offer, and sell it!
How to Find Babysitting Jobs with Higher Pay Instantly
So, we've talked a bit about how much to charge, but there's one other thing you can do to hack your way into higher-paying babysitting jobs. Just reverse engineer your rate using this calculator!
How this works is simple:
After you enter your information into the calculator, you'll get an idea of how much people are paying babysitters in your area. This is a great way to figure out how much to charge in general, but don't stop there.
To find higher-paying babysitting jobs instantly, enter zip codes of areas near you into the calculator, and see if the rates change. Sometimes wealthier towns offer higher rates, so that's what you're looking for.
Once you've found a higher-paying area, look for babysitting jobs in that specific area for an instant pay raise!
Depending on the city/country you live in, there are probably other babysitting apps and websites in your area that you can also try out. The ones listed above are simply the most popular and well-known ones that I could find.
That being said, if you know of any babysitting websites or apps that I've missed, please help others and share them below! Also, if you've used any of the apps above as a sitter OR a parent, please share your experiences!