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Six months ago my 13 year old, Emily, became a Safe Sitter Certified babysitter. In a short time she’s become a neighborhood favorite, often receiving multiple requests a week for after school coverage, weekend date nights, and last minute playdates when busy parents find themselves needing an extra set of hands to entertain their kids. But with spring soccer season and needing to dedicate time to her Girl Scout Silver Award, she’s had to turn down more jobs than she’s been able to accept. She feels badly saying no to her families and letting their kiddos down. I like to tell her that it’s good for kids to have many caregivers that they love and parents can book a sitter through Chime when she’s not free.
Chime is an easy way to find a prescreened sitter in Washington, D.C. and surrounding metro areas such as Alexandria, Arlington, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Falls Church, and Springfield. I like to think of it as the Lyft or Uber of babysitting because you use the free iOS app to book sitters in your neighborhood who can arrive at your doorstep within 30 minutes.
Founded by Genevieve Theirs who also founded SitterCity 15 years ago, Chime connects urban parents with top sitters near them. The sitters are hand-picked from the top 1% of SitterCity’s national database. Only the best of the best are invited to join!
Sitters are highly rated, get glowing reviews from families that they’ve worked with, and have undergone extensive reference and background checks as well as child safety and social media screens.
Every Chime sitter has had their references checked with local parents and met in-person to ensure that they’re the kind of sitters Chime employees would want to hire to spend time with their kids! But because Chime knows how important it is to feel good about the caregivers you invite into your home, they also provide video profiles of every sitter and parent reviews for you to use to make your selection.
When you schedule a Chime sitter online or through the Chime app, you’ll receive a confirmation instantly.
There are no hidden costs or membership fees when using Chime. You simply book a sitter when you need one and your credit card is charged at the end of the night, making payment easy and cash-free. Because Chime knows that things happen that can throw a wrench in your plans, there’s never any cost for cancellation.
While you may think this kind of service and top quality care would come with a huge price tag, sitters are paid a flat hourly rate based on the average cost of babysitting in your area which, in the DC Metro Area is $15/hour.
Besides operating in Washington, D.C., Chime also serves Boston, Chicago, New York City, and surrounding urban areas which is great for when you’re traveling and need a trusted sitter.
Bliss Spa and Chime Babysitting Giveaway!
Interested in trying Chime? Chime is giving all Tech Savvy Mama readers $50 in credit towards babysitting services through the app when you download it using this link. The credit will be in your account and ready to use when you’re ready to book a sitter. With DC rates at $15/hour, $50 in credit will provide over 3 hours in free babysitting!
Because Chime believes that every mom deserves to be pampered and I’m a big proponent of self-care, we are partnering to offer one very lucky reader $250 Bliss Spa gift certificate and $100 in Chime credit. This early Mother’s Day gift is designed for you to take care of yourself at Bliss Spa DC without having to worry about who will take care of your kids! Our lucky winner will be able to choose from the menu of services and best of all, after you call to make your appointment, you can use the Chime app to schedule a sitter and get immediate confirmation!
To enter, you MUST sign up for Chime here first and you are welcome to use the Rafflecopter form below for extra entries.
Questions about how to use Chime? This post of mine contains a how-to guide with tips: Last Minute Child Care Needs? How Chime Gets a Trusted Babysitter to Your House in 30 Minutes
This post and giveaway is sponsored by Chime by SitterCity but all opinions are my own.