Baby Sitters’ Guild
60 E. 42nd St., near Madison Ave.
In business for over a half century, the Guild can dispatch
a bilingual sitter (sixteen languages are represented), or
one with a nursing background, to all five boroughs. Rates
start at $20 per hour and vary with age (sitters are 25 and
older; parents can request a particular age). There is a minimum
of four hours, plus $4.50 for travel costs until midnight,
Barnard Babysitting Service
Barnard College; 11 Milbank Hall, 3009 Broadway, at 119th
Undergraduate students use this babysitting program to make
a few extra dollars while they’re in school. Manhattan,
Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island families must register before
requesting a babysitter, and they should give at least two
days’ notice. Rates average $10 to $12 per hour with
a two-hour minimum; families are expected to pay for all meals
and transportation after 9 p.m.
During a 60-to 90-minute walk-through consultation
($75), owner Tom Treanor thoroughly explains common
house hazards and preventive measures. While one
anonymous celeb recently had $6,000 worth of babyproofing
work done, most city parents are simply looking
for toilet locks ($10) and furniture securers ($21).
New York City Explorers
244 Fifth Ave., Suite 2545
For parents wishing to get their kids off the couch, this activity-based
babysitting option is a godsend. The Dinner and Theater program
($130) takes a chaperoned trip to a Broadway show and restaurant,
while Sleep-In Saturdays ($15 per hour) for children 2 through
6 include breakfast, lunch, and educational activities with
kids their age. Other options: trips to nearby museums, zoos,
The NYC Babysitters Club
293 E. 73rd St., near Second Ave., Ste. 2E
Pay a onetime fee of $99 and get access to a list of pre-screened
sitters, ages 22 and up, who charge between $12 and $20 an
hour to watch your children after 6 p.m. on weeknights and
anytime during weekends (in Manhattan only). They recommend
calling at least one week in advance to make arrangements.
Transportation fees may be added if the job ends after 9 p.m.
The Parents League of New York
115 E. 82nd St.
For $90 a year, parents gain full access to this community-based
organization’s vast resources, which include files of
babysitters recommended by other parents in the city. The
Parents League also offers information on summer camps, after-school
activities, and everything else a Manhattan parent could want—including
advisers to help you navigate the public-school system. The
office is closed during the summer.
Sitters who have been subjected to a thorough background check
charge $16 an hour (cash only), with a four-hour minimum,
plus additional transportation fees when the job runs later
than 9 p.m. Two families can prearrange to share one sitter,
averaging $20 per hour. Parents are charged $35 for canceling
within 24 hours. Services are available only in Manhattan
and select areas of Brooklyn and Queens.
For an initial fee of $39.99, and $5 per month thereafter,
parents can gain access to the country’s largest babysitting
database. The Website offers profiles of college students
who are ready to take on the job—in all five boroughs
(not to mention throughout the rest of the country). Sitters,
ages 17 and up, charge $10 to $15 per hour and have not been
Sterling’s Lifestyle Resources,
23 W. 36th St.
Aside from babysitters, additional services offered by this
company include Celebration Care, in which nannies oversee
a group of children at a special event—for example,
a wedding ($5,000 for up to thirteen kids for six hours)—and
Kid Couriers, who will accompany your child on an airplane
flight. Traditional nanny service ranges from $600 to $800