LEGIT Babysitting Apps: Finding Nanny Jobs Online - Scam or Legit?


Bronze Wordsmith
Apr 16, 2018

Do you have that motherly instinct? Are you happy and contented when you’re taking care of kids? If you are, then, babysitting may be a money-making opportunity for you.

A survey conducted by care.com revealed that babysitting is now a good paying job at a rate of $13.97 per hour. This average income rate is an increase of 26% compared to that of babysitting income in 2010.

With this said, you might want to check out these mobile apps on babysitting and start working as a nanny for cute kids.

The Basics On Babysitting

Personal Background and Experience

Get a letter of recommendation from all the parents who worked for in the past. If they have good things to say to you, then, it will have a positive effect on your credibility and skill as a babysitter.

Formal Training

It’s not required for you to have a degree in childcare. But it is for your benefit if you have attended a seminar, training course, or a few relevant classes about babysitting and similar. Why do you need this? It has essential information as to child caring and what to do during unexpected situations.

If you want, you can take online classes from SAFE SITTER, and they will give you a certification upon completion. Your community college may also have some affordable courses that you can undergo. Doing this will add to points to your resume.

CPR Certification

It is imperative for you to have a CPR certification if you’re thinking of becoming a babysitter. The American Heart Association have information of CPR certification classes. It costs less than twenty bucks, and you’ll learn how to save a life.

Child Safety, Protection, and Security

There are two ways to do your job as a babysitter – you take care of the child within their home, or you have your space at your place. If you are attending the child at their home, then, the parents may have already placed safety hazards. Now, if you’re taking care of the child at your place, then, take note of these things:
  1. Child-proof your home. You can see various ways to do that online.
  2. Tell the parents of your secured house. Show pictures if you must.
  3. It is better if you are a non-smoker. If you are smoking, then, I suggest you quit.
Where Can I Find Babysitting Jobs? Try These Cool Babysitting Apps!

Here are ten best reviewed babysitting mobile apps or sites that you can check out for jobs:

1. UrbanSitter

Official website: https://www.urbansitter.com/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/urbansitter-find-babysitters/id548126716?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbansitter.android&hl=en-ca

Estimated earnings: at most $1,000 weekly

You have to create an impressive profile within the app so that potential clients will be considering you to take care of their child. Put all your credentials in your UrbanSitter account and then, search the job boards for openings. You may also apply for jobs that interest you.

If you get a job, do your absolute best. The parents will provide their feedback on your performance, and this can add to lessen your chances of getting more clients in the future. The app works for both full-time and part-time babysitters and nannies.

2. SitterCity

Official website: https://www.sittercity.com/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sittercity-find-child-care/id900660780?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sittercity&hl=en

Estimated earnings: $14.33 hourly

SitterCity is a favorite among parents because there is always someone available even at short notice. One can book for services by the hour, day, or week. If you’re looking for babysitting jobs, try SitterCity. All you need to do is fill up the profile form and answer it thoroughly.

If you need a background check, SitterCity has that option. You can pay them for as low as $15 for the service. It will add to the credibility of your babysitting resume, and so if you ask me, it’s a good spend.

The app also has a Featured Sitter event. It means that you are an in-demand babysitter and clients will flock to you. How to do that? Check this site for more details - https://support.sittercity.com/hc/e...33048-Get-featured-Our-Featured-Sitter-option.

3. Sitter

Official website: http://sitter.me/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sitter-book-pay-babysitters/id967845235?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onsharp.cnt&hl=en

Estimated earnings: $11 hourly

Sitter is offering a free and premium account for sitters and nannies looking for jobs. If you have the premium account, then, you will get additional benefits like unlimited messaging service and profile feature. Your page will pop up first in search results if you meet the credentials asked by the clients, but you have to pay $220 annually for the service. As for featured membership profiles, you have to pay $150.

Like any other babysitting app, your profile page is very crucial. But you have the option in Sitter to show or hide your page from viewing clients.

4. Bubble

Official website: https://joinbubble.com/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubble-find-a-babysitter-now/id1089980698?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tribo.bubbleapp&hl=en

Estimated earnings: up to $400 weekly

Bubble was awarded as one of the best apps in 2017. It is a community of parents and babysitters connecting with each other in a safe environment. Like all babysitting apps, you have to create your profile page. It is also better if you link your social media accounts with your Bubble account so that potential clients may view it.

You can accept offers or reject it too if you’re not interested. Also, the parents can rate you in the app accordingly. You can also review them and inform other babysitters of your experience with a family.

As for the pay, Bubble will handle the processing and all. There is no way for you to experience a no payment for service since Bubble will secure that from the client. You’re not to pay for fees, as well. The clients will shoulder it for you.

5. SeekingSitters

Official website: https://www.seekingsitters.com/
iOS: not available
Android: not available

Estimated earnings: $15 hourly

Sitters in SeekingSitters follow the S.T.Y.L.E rule:
  1. S – Safety of the children when taking care of them is a priority.
  2. T – Time-efficient educational or creative activities for the young ones.
  3. Y – Yakking on the mobile is prohibited.
  4. L – Looking like a professional sitter by wearing the SeekingSitters shirt is a must.
  5. E – Exiting the home in great composure and spirits when done for the day is necessary.
After creating your profile page, the site will run a background check on you. They have private investigators to check your life thoroughly. If you’re approved, the site will match a family for you.

6. SitterNote

Official website: http://sitternote.co/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sitternote/id879334269?mt=8
Android: not available

Estimated earnings: $11 hourly

SitterNote is another babysitting site that pays by the hour. After creating your profile, you will start receiving offers. The app also has a note feature wherein the parents can put the information about their kid or kids. They can also pay you directly.

The disadvantage of this site is the lack of background check on both parties. Still, no known unfortunate experience was reported in SitterNote.

7. Care.com

Official website: https://www.care.com/babysitting-jobs
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/care-com/id328453619?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.care.android.careview&hl=en

Estimated earnings: $15 hourly

Care.com is the largest babysitting site with over 2 million followers and spans in at least 20 countries worldwide. Of course, it starts with your impressive profile and an excellent babysitting session with your first client. You can find work as a sitter, nanny, caregiver, pet carer, and even an errand runner. The site is also free, and they don’t ask fees from their sitters.

8. Zum (San Francisco, LA, and Orange County)

Official website: https://ridezum.com/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zum/id1076430968?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ridezum.zum

Estimated earnings: At most $32 hourly

They call Zum the Uber of babysitting apps. That’s because Zum also offers ride + care services. It has a pervasive application process which will include background check with the Dept. of Justice and FBI. Your fingerprints will also be confirmed as well as your driving records.

You must also have a 2006 model car and 20-20 vision. After passing everything, you are now ready to take on offers at Zum. Expect to take the kids with you from one location to another. For example, the child you’re looking after will have to be brought to school and soccer practice after the last period. You have to see to it that the kid will do all of his activities, maybe even his homework. Most of the time, you will stay with the child, and bring him home too as the day ends.

Can you handle that? If you can, then, you might be Zum sitter material.

9. eNannySource

Official website: https://www.enannysource.com/Home.aspx
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/enannysource.com/id494851312?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo=4
Android: not available

Estimated earnings: $1,000 weekly

eNannySource is a babysitter “brand” meaning they train all their approved sitters online utilizing the methods of the company. You can be a live-in nanny or a live-out one. It will depend upon your choice of care or service. As for job offers, the site will send you leads and suggestions, but you have the last say on which family to connect.

The site is also user-friendly, and you can quickly view your page history. You will know which profile saw your page and you can also keep track of your interviews and interests. The site is straightforward to manage, and it pays well too.

10. Care4Hire Or BabySitters4Hire

Official website: https://www.babysitters4hire.com/hire-a-nanny/
iOS: not available
Android: not available

Estimated earnings: $12.50 hourly

This site was established in 1987, and it has a location technology by connecting families with their babysitters of the same community. They don’t do background checks, and further communication between the sitter and the family is done out of the website. The family can call the babysitter or email her, and vice versa.

As for the payments, the family and the babysitter will do it directly. There is only one thing that Care4Hire is imposing on all their sitters, and that is PRIORITIZING THE CHILD ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE.

OUR VERDICT: Scam or Legit?

I spent hours checking out the sites one by one just to make sure that it works. Everything on this list from one to ten is confirmed as a live website. With that said, the sites are 100% LEGIT after verifying all of it. By researching on the many reviews and feedback from nannies and sitters connected with the websites, I have found out that these are all sure deals and money-making sites for the right person.


Are you a babysitter? Have you tried working for a family that came from one or some of these websites? Which babysitting website was that? How was your experience with that site? What tips can you give our readers? Please write in our comments section below. We need your expert opinion!
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Jun 14, 2018
My sister can attest to UrbanSitter! In fact, she is quite a fan of this app and won’t shut up about it :)

Like most broke college kids who wanted a little extra income for fun stuff, she turned to nanny jobs online because she’s great with young children. But since she has a full load in college, she couldn’t really do the long-haul babysitting stuff like when parents leave for work for a full eight hours and entrust their babies to her. It’s a great thing that UrbanSitter allows occasional babysitters and even last-minute ones, so she can fit in some nanny duties in-between studying. The kind of “emergency” calls she gets is when parents have date nights or if they work in the hospital and have to take over someone else’s shift. It seems to me as if the need for last-minute babysitters is getting bigger by the minute!

She’s got a profile up on the site so she does get new clients every now and then. More often than not, though, she gets returning clients who are happy with the way she takes care of their kids (and whose kids often ask for her personally). She’s tickled pink at that.

It seems to be working out pretty well for her, I mean she doesn’t ask me for extra pocket money anymore lol! I haven’t really tried out for any sitter apps because I’m not as good a child-minder as she is, but seeing her happy about this particular odd job makes me happy, too.


Jun 13, 2018
Oh man. I wish I had heard of these sooner – like, before I gave birth to my kids sooner, haha. This is a seriously great list, from the looks of things. I guess you could say I have a pretty keen maternal instinct. I love taking care of people, especially kids. When I was younger, I used to make quite a bit of money babysitting for the families in my neighborhood. If I had the opportunity to use all these cool apps back then, I think I’d have made even more money!

But at present, I have my hands full with my two beautiful kids. In a way, you could say I’m a full-time babysitter for my very own kids, lol. If you ever decide to give babysitting a go, please remember that the job comes with a heavy responsibility. You need to care for a young life during the time you’re on the job. This definitely doesn’t fit under “passive income” earning methods. Also, because you’ll be meeting families via the interwebs, you will have to work harder to build a personal rapport and trust. Compare that with the traditional way of getting babysitting jobs, which usually came from families you already knew as neighbors as friends. So you definitely need to work hard and always have your best foot forward.