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Need a Sitter for Your Kids? Gays With Kids Reviews UrbanSitter

Back-to-school is already here for some of us, and if you're looking for a sitter to help out with school runs, after-school pick-ups, and the occasional date night, check out our review of UrbanSitter.

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We moved from New York to Boston the summer of 2017. Along with the Manhattan skyline, our beloved Broadway, and late-night cookie deliveries, we also left behind our sitters — two sisters who had become more like family.

After settling for several months into our new home and neighborhood, we realized we hadn't had a dads' night out since our move. Our kids were still too young to leave alone at night, so I began what I presumed would be the tedious task of finding a sitter.

The first thing I did was to leave a post on our local parents' Facebook group. The dad of one of our daughters' classmates told me about UrbanSitter, a website and mobile app that he'd had success using to find last-minute sitters a few times. He also mentioned that within the app, I could see see babysitters and nannies recommended by parents at our kids' school in addition to local parenting groups.

While I appreciated the tip, I let him know that I was really hoping for a direct referral. But when none others came from the — other than a couple of middle schoolers looking for their first sitting jobs — I decided to give it a try.


How can UrbanSitter help your home life? Gays With Kids blogger David Blacker shows life without their after-school care. Click through to see what it's like with a the help of UrbanSitter...

Turns out it was easy for me to sign-up for UrbanSitter, and I liked that I could peruse through the babysitter profiles or create my own listing for sitters to contact me. It took only a few minutes to create my family profile, and I made sure to let prospective sitters know that we were a two-dad family.

As we were really looking forward to our night off without the kids, I decided to reach out directly to a few sitters, and I created a job post for a sitter needed that Saturday night.

Whoa...I didn't expect to receive so many responses, and so quickly! I invited the kids to join me at the family computer and, together, we reviewed the profiles of the sitters who were available and interested. With the kids' help -- and I think this was a very important part of making the process a success -- we chose two different babysitters.

We then made plans for each sitter, meaning we got two dads' nights out! And the kids were excited because they couldn't wait to meet each babysitter.

Since then we've come to rely on UrbanSitter, and as we're getting ready for the craziness that is September -- with the start of school and trying to coordinate different after-school activities for three kids -- we're counting on after-school nannies from UrbanSitter to make sure we have coverage available for all the different pick-up and drop-off schedules that one parent couldn't possibly do on his own.

If you're coming up against a crazy back-to-school schedule, I cannot recommend UrbanSitter strongly enough!

This post is sponsored by UrbanSitter. Their sitters and nannies are available in more than 50 cities across the United States, including San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Washington D.C., Boston, Denver and San Diego.

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