We recently relocated from Brooklyn to DC. Moving near family means free babysitting from Joe's parents.
Life. Changing. I'm writing this in peace while savoring a cup of coffee on a morning after a sleepover. My biggest tip for simplifying childcare: move close to family.
But, I get it; that's not possible for most. So, here are some tips for reducing the stress around finding one-off childcare:
Find a sitter that has kids herself. They are usually always available since they need to watch their own kids.
Have a standing sitter one night a week and try to schedule all your work dinners or late meetings that night.
Befriend a mom in your neighborhood that you can trade off with for last-minute pinches.
Use a service like Hello Chime (the Uber of sitters). Instead of texting with multiple sitters, see who is available and book on demand. Once you've done it a couple of times, you'll see sitters you already know.
What are your best tips? Please share!