Sittercity: Sitterati (Babysitting app review)


April 18, 2013 by Terumi

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Thank you to Sittercity for sponsoring this post. Click here to download the current beta version of Sittercity’s free Sitterati app on your iPhone and let them know what you think in the app store.

In a few short months our favorite babysitter is moving away and I’m going to be absolutely devastated.  We’re totally going to miss her and although the hubby and I haven’t needed a ton of sitting with our kids she’s given us a lot of peace of mind over the years because we can just call her up when we need help and we know she’ll take good care of our guys.  The trust between parents and a babysitter is so huge and I remember being a babysitter when I was in my teens but back then I didn’t realize how much of a leap of faith it was for parents to trust someone with their kids.  I do remember though there was so much word-of-mouth involved in booking jobs: if you babysat someone’s kid and they liked you, they recommended you to the whole neighborhood.


I’m excited about Sitterati the new app that Sittercity has put out because it feels like it will add a neighborhood experience to the babysitting world.  It has a lot of potential to be very helpful when I actually find my babysitting replacement.  You just invite your sitters to join the app with their facebook page (In a perfect world I would love this app without just using facebook but isn’t everybody doing this these days?) and then you can send out jobs, have them respond and book them online so you have immediate confirmation that you can actually see.  This might be really helpful if I see a couple babysitters I like: I can send them both the job and the one who responds first gets first chance. And if my friends start to use Sitterati and want to share their babysitter with me then I get to see their profiles too, creating the word of mouth babysitter on the block feeling that we used to have when we grew up.  I think this part would be a plus for sitters too: especially ones who sit for us and would like more hours.

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The biggest plus of this app is the option to pay by credit card.  I do so much by credit card because it helps me figure out what I spend when I do my budgeting.  (and yes, I always pay it off.  I would not recommend using this method as a budgeting tool if I didn’t.)  Instead of trying to remember or guess how much we actually spend on babysitting every year we can see it right there on our statements.  (It looks like there will be a fee for this service though, but it might be worth paying instead of running to an ATM at night)

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Anyways, I like where this app is going and if you’re looking for sitters or a better system for dealing with the sitters you already have, this might be a great tool to help you out. The Sitterati team truly seems to want feedback about what real parents and sitters like and don’t like about it so please let them know if you do try it out.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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