When you don’t have family nearby — or when Grandma’s social calendar seems busier than yours — finding the right sitter for the kids can be a time-consuming, stressful pain. These nine apps and services make scheduling, paying and communicating with the best possible caregiver for your little angels quick and easy.
The Details: Find nearby, prescreened sitters, who are at least 18 years old, in less than 24 hours. Serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties.
Best For: Parents who need a sitter in a crunch.
Why Moms Love It: Browse sitters by need and ratings (from other parents).
Cost: From $14 per hour; the app prorates payment by the minute.
Join the Club: Download the free app, create an account and add credit card info.
The Details: It’s like Match.com for parents and sitters: Families are matched with prescreened, CPR- and First Aid-certified sitters. Serves Collin and Dallas Counties.
Best For: Parents living west of Interstate 75 and east of the Dallas North Tollway from Highland Park to Prosper.
Why Moms Love It: The app’s to-do list lets Mom virtually check in on chores and homework.
Cost: $199 one-time fee; $18 per hour; $1 per hour per additional child.
Join the Club: Apply for membership, sign an agreement and download the app.
The Details: Post jobs, read reviews and sift through responses from sitters sporting “badges” like CPR certification, foreign language fluency, infant experience and so much more. Serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties.
Best For: Parents who want control over the vetting process.
Why Moms Love It: More than a dozen “badges” let Mom specify exactly what she needs.
Cost: Memberships from $35 for one month; $11 per hour.
Join the Club: Get one month free when you download the app and complete the application.
The Details: Want to use one of the sitters your neighbor loves when yours is unavailable? Sitter lets you share sitters with friends for free. Serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties.
Best For: Parents who want a sitter a friend has used — and liked.
Why Moms Love It: The app makes it easy to send requests to multiple sitters — all invited and approved by families — at once.
Cost: Rates vary; add 4 percent processing fee.
Join the Club: Download the app.
The Details: When you sign up using Facebook, LinkedIn or email, your feed populates with CPR-certified sitters used by people you know from church, your mommy group or the kids’ school. Serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties.
Best For: Moms who don’t buy anything without getting suggestions first.
Why Moms Love It: Before booking, view a sitter’s response time, ratings and repeat families.
Cost: $99.95 annual fee (monthly subscriptions and one-time fees available); rates vary.
Join the Club: Download the app.
Sitter Central Dallas
The Details: Get matched with CPR- and First Aid-certified sitters who have cleared a background check, an in-person interview and have at least three years experience. Serves Dallas County and parts of Collin County.
Best For: Dallas County residents.
Why Moms Love It: Book a sitter that fits your preferences using filters such as multiples experience, tutoring, even alma mater.
Cost: From $11 per hour; $3 per month to access reviews and references.
Join the Club: Some subscriptions include concierge services.
The Details: Seeking Sitters hires private investigators to conduct background checks on every CPR-certified sitter. Serves Collin and Dallas Counties.
Best For: Families who need a regular baby sitter.
Why Moms Love It: A 24-hour service provides middle-of-the-night care in an emergency
Cost: $59.99 one-time fee; $12.75 per hour; $1 per hour per additional child.
Join the Club: Seeking Sitters conducts a background check on your family too.
Babysitters of Dallas
The Details: Get a vetted, CPR-certified sitter (who is at least 24 years old) with a minimum of 10 years experience at a moment’s notice. Serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties.
Best For: Moms who want a company with roots; this agency has been around for more than 60 years.
Why Moms Love It: Lots of happy families with forever sitters.
Cost: $75 one-time fee; $10 per hour; booking fees from $15.
Join the Club: Schedule a phone interview.
Caring Hands Agency
The Details: Hire CPR-certified sitters with at least two years experience. Serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties.
Best For: Those who prefer talking to texting; requests must be made via phone or email.
Why Moms Love It: They specialize in group sits at hotels, churches, private venues or your home.
Cost: $50 one-time fee;$10 per hour; $12 booking fee.
Join the Club: Sign registration form.