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Babysitters and Age

Babysitters: How Young Is Too Young?

Got a gal coming over from the Babysitter's Club? Many young middle-school and high-school ladies enjoy watching over wee ones for a lil extra spending cash and moms typically like to hire them because their working rate is usually much lower than their older counterparts. While many of them take classes in first aid and CPR, some parents are still weary of their maturity and life experience and feel that a higher rate may be worth it in the end. Professional nannies can charge up to $10 more than an eighth grader, a difference of $40 for one night out on the town. But if the babes are snoozing and it's all about television time, experience and age may be negligible.

What is the lowest age limit for your babysitter?

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change-the-earth change-the-earth 6 years
i was only 10 years old when i started, but i know that in some states that you have to be 13, i mean it should be based on how responsible they are or some thing if the drink or something they shouldn't do it but if they are drug and alcohol free i say yes.If they don't have a licences they shouldn't be aloud to do it no matter how old they are though.so that is what i think.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
I was 11 when I started babysitting as well, and it was all age ranges, from babies to school age children. Most states the babysitting age is 13. I personally think it depends more on the child than on his/her age. I've known some 15 or 16 year olds I wouldn't want watching my children but I've also known some 12 and 13 year olds that I'd have no problem leaving my children with (even if just for a short time at first). I also think it's good to ease into it. Have the potential babysitter come over to help out while you're still home a few times before just leaving them alone for a few hours.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 6 years
No younger than 18, don't care how mature or responsible they are they must be over 18.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
i don't think i'd ever hire a teen. they may seem responsible and think they can handle it, but in the end, they're still kids.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 6 years
I was a huge fan of the Babysitters Club, but now it seems ridiculous that those girls were 13 and 11! I'm a New Zealander, and it's actually illegal to babysit under the age of 14 here.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
i was 10 or 11. i don't have kids, but i'd probably hire a 12=14 year old. i feel like they are less likely to slack off.
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 6 years
I was 11 and babysat kids of all ages. Now that I have a child I am not sure I would hire someone that young. I would probably prefer 14+. Luckily both sets of grandparents live in town so for the first 5 years anyway we have never had to hire a babysitter!
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 6 years
My mom wouldn't let me babysit until I was 13 and had taken a red cross babysitting course! Now that I'm in my late 20's I think that 13 sounds too young unless the children are all 5 or older.
luckyme luckyme 6 years
I started at 11 and babysat kids of all ages, from a one-year-old up. It was just in our neighborhood so my parents right there and I was an insanely responsible girl. With that said, I still don't know if I would want someone that young watching my kids. My 16-year-old cousin wants to watch our girls and I am so reticent...they're my babies!
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
I started babysitting at 12 but the kids were usually 6+. I didn't babysit anyone younger until I was about 15 or so and only toddlers, never babies. Personally, I don't think I would hire anyone under 14 but maturity counts too, as does the age of my child.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 6 years
I used to babysit when I was 13 but now that I have kids and know how stupid teenagers really are, I wouldn't let anyone under 22 watch my kids. They are my world and someone without a child just cannot understand how important your children are to you. They may think they are mature but that is just scary to think about. And, I would never hire from an ad or a recommendation, it would have to be someone I knew and trusted.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 6 years
I started babysitting when I was 11 and watched kids of all ages including babies but I had a younger sibling and I was use to babies. I think that makes a big difference. I would not let an only child or a youngest child babysit my little one. They just don't have the experiance. I also don't go very far from home or only do day outtings until I am comfortable with the babysitter. I make sure I can be there quickly until I am comfortable.
meandtheo meandtheo 6 years
I think 16 is the youngest i would hire, even for sleeping babes. my current sitter is 18, and i hired her when she was 16 but she lives directly across the street, where her mom is on standby should anything happen requiring some help. i feel totally comfortable with this situation, if her mom wasn't on standby i wouldn't feel as good about it.
psterling psterling 6 years
I started babysitting when I was 12 as well, though I don't think I would let someone that young babysit my child. I suppose its matter of only a few years but I'd prefer they at least be in high school.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I started when I was 12, and babysat for kids 6-8. I also did babysat a mentally challenged girl who was 14, but needed diapers, couldn't walk or talk (and that was very stressful for me, since I was so young). I think that older teenagers should handle babies and toddlers, and it's okay for younger teens to handle 3+.
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