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    I have done twice out of pure desperation. One was an agency sitter, who was lovely (but my god they are expensive!). One was a friend's nanny. Both times they came and meet DS earlier in the week so he could spend some time with them first. I'm lucky in that DS is quite social and I think the personality of your son is something you might want to consider.

    I had only good experiences, although the second sitter did go into my room (apparently she opened the door to let the heat in), and took out my dirty dishes to wash them up, which I found quite invasive and embarrassing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Don't discount friends without kids.

    I don't have kids, but am more than happy to babysit my friends kids for them to have a night out.

    Recently sent one set of friends away for 4 days and split care of the two kids between 5 of us childless friends. Was quite entertaining!
    You sound like an amazing group of friends!!

    And very true i shouldn't discount childless friends .. I just always feel they wouldn't want to. A couple have offered for us though... but DH knows them better than me so i am always hesitant. But they're lovely...

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Don't discount friends without kids.

    I don't have kids, but am more than happy to babysit my friends kids for them to have a night out.

    Recently sent one set of friends away for 4 days and split care of the two kids between 5 of us childless friends. Was quite entertaining!

    Another set of friends I usually take her oldest daughter to see the latest Disney movie at the cinemas as a "special big girl outing" and then her mum gets to have one on one time with their younger one for a couple of hours.

    Ahhhh the promise of family and friends without kids... Me and dh thought we had it made but in my life its the ones without kids who have been the most unreliable... Ringing up an hr before to cancel etc... It looked SO promising on paper

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I have done twice out of pure desperation. One was an agency sitter, who was lovely (but my god they are expensive!). One was a friend's nanny. Both times they came and meet DS earlier in the week so he could spend some time with them first. I'm lucky in that DS is quite social and I think the personality of your son is something you might want to consider.

    I had only good experiences, although the second sitter did go into my room (apparently she opened the door to let the heat in), and took out my dirty dishes to wash them up, which I found quite invasive and embarrassing.
    DS is also very sociable... so i think he'd be absolutely fine, its more me that will be worrying.

    Hmm don't think id like them going in my room but id probably make sure all valuables are well hidden i guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfblady72 View Post
    Ahhhh the promise of family and friends without kids... Me and dh thought we had it made but in my life its the ones without kids who have been the most unreliable... Ringing up an hr before to cancel etc... It looked SO promising on paper
    Ugh ... that would be very annoying!

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    Like Em Powering I do babysitting as well, but I do use babysitters myself if my close friends can't look after my kiddies. I've found the best ones to be those recommend by local mummies groups

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    We pay for babysitters. They're either our nanny or recommendations through friends.

    We have no family where we live but love going out. Never had anything but positive experiences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    We pay for babysitters. They're either our nanny or recommendations through friends.

    We have no family where we live but love going out. Never had anything but positive experiences.
    May I ask where you found your nanny? Agency or word of mouth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity Love View Post
    Id love to find myself a good trusty babysitter! I guess they're out there i just gotta hunt around.
    Yes have a look on gumtree and findababysitter! They are the 2 sites I mainly use as they are free to advertise on I'm actually struggling at moment to find babysitting work! Used to have 5 weekly families but most have recently had to scale back due to money!
    There seems to be 20 babysitters advertising on gumtree for every 1 babysitting add. So hard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmPowering View Post
    Yes have a look on gumtree and findababysitter! They are the 2 sites I mainly use as they are free to advertise on I'm actually struggling at moment to find babysitting work! Used to have 5 weekly families but most have recently had to scale back due to money!
    There seems to be 20 babysitters advertising on gumtree for every 1 babysitting add. So hard!
    Do babysitters ever do overnight care? Like say if we wanted to go away for the night and come back next morning ...

    And of course they sleep .. like we have them sleep in the spare room ... do they generally do that?
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