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    How much do you pay a babysitter for watching twins?

    Hi gals,
    New to this...My twins are 5 months old and I have a very reliable girl who works at my 3yo sons daycare who is willing to babysit for us for the twins every now and again. My son goes to daycare 2 days a week so I thought if I could have her come for even just a few hours at least one of those days, I could get alot done (since the 3 yo is at school) and have some sanity back in my life. Just a question....we've paid her about 8-10/hr inthe past to watch my toddler...what would you pay her for the twins. They are very easy babies (not that that matters too much) but just fyi. I asked her and she said whatever I think...she's a bit shy but I love her and want to pay her appropriately.
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    I pay my babysitter $15/hour to watch my 16 month old twins. She's a mom of two teenagers and has lots of experience with twins. I think $15/hour is the going rate for two kids for an experienced babysitter in our area. It'd probably be cheaper for a high school student or teenager.


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    I pay my babysitter $10 an hour, but mine are older. She started watching them when they were 2. However, I think she would've done it then for $10 and she's wonderful with children.
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    It depends on the area and type, but when we were living in the city, we paid $17/hr. Now the kids are in preschool/daycare and the cost is totally different, but when she offers parents Parents' Nights where we can leave the kids for an extra four hours, it's $20 per child ($5/hr/child). She can do it for low cost since there are about 5 or 6 parents who take advantage of it so she makes like $30-45/hr.

    I haven't used a babysitter since moving here, so I don't know what I would pay one person to come over and watch my kids, but I would assume it to be around $10/hr/child, and higher for both kids.
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    Oh wow, now I feel really cheap.

    The one and only time I've had a babysitter I paid her $8.00 an hour. It was at night, and all she had to do was change their diapers once, give them a bottle, and put them to bed. Then she just sat in the living room and played on the computer for the rest of the night until I got home. But, from what I've heard, that is average of what people pay here.
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    This type of thing varies GREATLY from area to area....obviously if she works at a daycare she's relatively experienced.....I would ask around....I would say in general for a baby (less than 12 months or so), a dollar or 2 more /hour than for older, and for twins, maybe a dollar or two more than for one....but if this is going to be for just a few hours where they don't really nap or eat or anything and she just has to play and supervise and maybe change them, that might be different than for a whole evening of stuff.....I'm probably no help at all.
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    I pay my sitter/nanny $10.00hr. for my girls - they are just over a yr. old and she's been watching them since they were 8m.
    Different areas pay different amounts. Most daycares - don't pay much better than minimum wage for thier "teachers", I know because I used to teach in one. Plus - if it's cash money and she's not paying taxes on it, it's like more money per hour
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    Mine are 28 months now and I've never had a babysitter. I don't even know one. But, I would pay no more than 8.00 per hour if I did. A. I couldn't afford to pay more and B. nothing I had to do would be important enough to spend more $ than that!


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    I am either way off or our area pays cheaper I have asked all of our sitters what they charge and every one responds with "it doesn't matter" or "whatever you can do". I love the sitters we have so want to pay them right but it seems we might be too cheap LOL!! Two of our sitters starting watching the boys when they were 3. We gave them $5/hr. They were both PT'd and pretty self-sufficient and well-behaved so I felt it was fair... Then, when Addison came around, we gave them $7/hr, yet we barely ever left her with a sitter since she was never happy with anyone else. Now, we have Nolan too so if we leave all 4 we pay $10/hr. I have asked them time and time again if they need/want more and they say "no". I really do hope they are being truthful with me...makes me wonder and feel bad. But, really, we can barely afford to pay $10/hr so we barely ever leave them. If I had to pay $15-20/hr for my 4 kids, there is no way we'd ever be going out!!
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    Diane, rates in the Midwest are lower than the coasts. Also probably depends on the age/experience of your sitter too.
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