On one of the toughest nights of the year to find childcare, turn to a few handy websites for resources.
Craigslist might be great for finding someone to help you move a sofa, but care for your kids? Not so much.
Check out UrbanSitter.com, a website and mobile app that connects parents and caregivers in more than 14 cities, with more on the way.
The site can work one of two ways:
You can post an ad, describing your child and the maximum hourly rate you’ll pay for the job and interested sitters will respond.
You can sign in through Facebook to see if anyone in your network has used one of the sitters. It’s a way to get recommendations from people you know.
To connect with a sitter, even for an initial over-the-phone interview, will cost $15 each time, or you can pay a annual premium to reach out to as many sitters as you like.
SitterCity.com and Care.com work in a similar fashion, but both are more widely available nationwide.
They also specialize on placing nannies for longer-term care, and the latter can even help you find pet sitters or housekeepers.
Neither of these sites taps into social networks like UrbanSitter, but they are longer established and appear to have millions of happy parents on their side.
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