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Babysitters

It is both healthy and normal to have a life outside of the one you share with your child. Babysitters can be your ticket out for an evening of fun, in case of an emergency, or even for part-time work when a full-time nanny is too much for your needs or your budget.

Finding a Babysitter:

Referrals are an excellent way to start. Ask your neighbors or visit your local playground to ask parents if they know of a good babysitter in need of work. In addition, you can look for job postings at a church or a temple, and even local high schools; or use a professional agency. Local colleges often offer experienced babysitting services as well.

Preparing your babysitter:

Before you leave the house for your day or evening out, it is a good idea to go over the following with the babysitter you are leaving in charge:
  • Give a guided tour of your home, including kitchen, baby's clothing and toys
  • Provide phone numbers for where you'll be, a trusted neighbor or relative if you can't be reached, the poison control center, the baby's pediatrician, your local hospital emergency room
  • Go over instructions on feeding and soothing your baby, putting him to sleep, changing his diaper and clothes, and any quirks or habits your baby has
  • Leave detailed instructions of proper procedure in the event of emergencies. Leave a baby book with a first-aid section for quick reference
  • If your sitter didn't drive to your home, leave cash behind for cab fare in the event of an emergency
Babysitting Resources

Resources for finding babysitters in towns including Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Medfield, Natick, Needham, Newton, Somerville, Sudbury, Stow, Sudbury, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, Winchester, South Shore, North Shore, Cape Cod, New England, Lexington, Arlington, Framingham, Action, Sudbury.

Organization Description Contact Info
Sitter City Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions will be held in an employment binder. Students respond directly and the college is not involved with the placement. (617) 879-2299
Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions will be posted in the job book. Students respond directly and the college is not involved with the placement. (617) 236-8030
Well-known by concierges at many of the best hotels in Boston for their in-room child care for guests, Boston Best Baby Sitter offers experienced baby sitters for families in the greater Boston area. (617) 268-7148
Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions will be posted on a job posting bulletin board. Students respond directly and the college is not involved with the placement. (617) 353-3594
An exclusive domestic placement agency offering live-in or live-out, short-term and long-term nannies, baby sitters and baby nurses. (617) 742-6610
Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions will be posted on a job posting bulletin board. Students respond directly and the college is not involved with the placement. (617) 735-9930
In Search of Nanny, Inc. A leader in the referral of qualified, uniquely matched and motivated in-home caregivers, this state licensed agency offers referrals of full-time and part-time nannies, as well as postpartum caregivers who provide a variety of services. The service also places short-term and occasional care givers with a minimum of four hours for a one-time only job. In addition they also offer a low cost service that provides a listing of screened caregivers for evening and weekend child care hours and the "In-Home Child Care Kit" that teaches you how to screen a nanny yourself. (978) 777-9891
Nanny Poppins, Inc. Nanny Poppins, Inc. is a licensed, full-service American nanny and baby sitting agency that provides nanny placement for your home. Offers live-in or live-out, full-time and part-time nanny and baby sitting referrals. They also offer screening services that include thorough background, criminal and driving record checks. (978) 998-6118
Local child care agency established in 1961, servicing most of metro west by providing adult babysitters in peoples homes. (508) 881-2200
Fax your job description to the college and they will post it on a "jobs" board. This college has a nanny certificate program and early childhood development classes. FAX: (781) 280-3603
Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions will be posted in a computerized job bank and held in an employment binder. Students respond directly, and the college is not involved with the placement. (617) 730-7000
Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions will be posted in the job book. Students respond directly and the college is not involved with the placement. (617) 373-2000
Parents in a Pinch Committed to the highest standard of excellence in child care, this Boston based company, established in 1984, provides in-home, emergency, live-out, long-term and short-term child care. Offers newborn care, holiday, convention and corporate group child care. (617) 739-5437
Offers in-room baby sitting at Boston Hotels. Services can be arranged directly or through the hotel concierge. (617) 451-2052
Ask for a "jobs book" form. The college has a Children's Center that employs students who may be interested in evening or weekend work. (781) 768-7185
Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions will be posted on a job posting bulletin board. Students respond directly and the college is not involved with the placement. (617) 521-2000
Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions will be held in an employment binder. Students respond directly and the college is not involved with the placement. (617) 573-8480
Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions will be held in an employment binder. Students respond directly and the college is not involved with the placement. (617) 628-3573
Warmlines Parent Resources A private, not-for-profit organization that provides a centralized source of comprehensive information that connects parents with their community. Their "Sitters Solutions" guide is a helpful booklet which is free to members ($5.25 for non-members) and includes a comprehensive list of the Metro West Boston area baby sitting resources and how to advertise for a sitter. Annual membership to Warmlines is $90. (617) 244-4636
Baby sitting jobs submitted with specific job descriptions may be posted directly online in Wheelock Works at www.wheelock.edu/ccd. Students may respond directly; the college is not involved with child care placement. (617) 879-2299


We will be continuing to add resources on babysitters in towns including Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Medfield, Natick, Needham, Newton, Somerville, Sudbury, Stow, Sudbury, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, Winchester, South Shore, North Shore, Cape Cod, New England, Lexington, Arlington, Framingham, Action, Sudbury. Please contact us with information you feel would be valuable for us to add.


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