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What age should I start babysitting?

Question Posted Tuesday April 27 2004, 3:57 pm

ok what is the age to start baby- sitting? and how much should i ask for them to give me and hour?

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AdviceGuruGirl answered Sunday May 16 2010, 9:27 pm:
13 is probably a good age to start. However, it really depends on your maturity level AND your comfort level. Make sure that you know what to do in certain situations and make sure feel competent as a babysitter before starting! Also, I would say 5-6 dollars an hour starting is probably good.

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S_C answered Monday May 10 2010, 7:05 pm:
I figure once you're 13 it's okay to start babysitting for family friends and neighbors .. anywhere walking distance (because you can't drive, so you'd have to depend on rides if it's far away).

In If you're under 16, then $5-$7 is appropriate to ask. If it's just one kid, then you really don't need more than $5/hour because it's not remotely difficult. If you're at least 16 and/or there's more than one child, it's find to ask for $7 (it's just under minimum wage, but since you're being paid cash without taxes, it's actually more than what most kids in fast food restaurants and other places are making).

I've never specifically asked for an hourly wage. It was always assumed that $5/hour was the minimum, but that was 5-6 years ago years ago when I was in high school and was babysitting. I had one neighbor who always paid $10/hour whether I was babysitting one of her kids or all 3.

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PaperHeartsX3 answered Sunday May 9 2010, 2:44 am:
I started babysitting at 13.
I still do every now and then.
As for asking how much, I never upfront said "I charge....such and such an hour"
I've babysat a ton of times, but the families that I babysat for years, well here is what they paid me.
One family, had 2 kids, I got 5 dollars an hour. I usually was there for 4-5 hours. Another family, had 1 kid, and I got paid usually between 10 an hour, and usually was there for 6-10 hours. They were really financially stable.

Its up to you on what you want, Usually I just let the family pay me, and I end up with good money. I also know that now a days its hard for people, money wise. I never upfront told someone how much I charged, I've got asked that question before, and told them I couldn't answer, so told them, whatever they could afford, and ended up watching there kids for 7 dollars an hour. Theres been times I've only gotten 10 dollars for 3 hours.

lol As you can see, its up to you. Babysitting is fun, especially if you love kids.

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pinayprincess74 answered Friday December 24 2004, 4:38 pm:
Well, to me, 13 is usually the most common age to start babysitting, since people are going into that "teenager" stage stuff...and, for an hour? I think maybe like 10 bucks or something like that. Its just an hour, anyways.
~**~((xoxo Nicole Anne!))~**~

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xO_sTePhIe_Ox answered Friday August 6 2004, 5:58 pm:
I started babysitting when I was going into 7th grade. It depends on how many kids you are watching. I babysit three girls [6 8 9] and I get paid 7 dollers an hour .. and I also babysit a girl and a boy [8 11] and get paid 5 bucks an hour .. so you decide :) <3 Steph

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summer answered Sunday June 20 2004, 10:57 am:
the age really to start babysitting is 14 and you should ask for £5 an hour not any more than that.
bye for now

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nofxchick19 answered Saturday June 12 2004, 3:10 am:
ok i was 11 when i started babysitting but i would say around 12-13 and you could charge about 3 dollars per hour and around 2.50 per kid

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bAhAmAmA0250 answered Sunday June 6 2004, 9:23 pm:
Legal was you have to be i think 13.. and I charge $3 per kid per hour. Everybody varies really. Or sometimes i will just take whatever tehy give me. whatever works! trix

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OxBarbieBabiiexO answered Monday May 31 2004, 1:14 am:
depends how mature you are, really. i started babysitting at 9 but thats because i was forced to. really you should probably start at like 13ish or so... and money, ehh.. alotta people say babysitters should get $4 an hour, sometimes $6... depends how many kids youre watching too!

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lovyduby answered Friday May 21 2004, 4:58 pm:
I started baby-sitting when I was 9 going on10 I usally don't ask about the pay or I say 1.00 an hour

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dance_queen answered Wednesday May 19 2004, 10:34 am:
I started babysitting when I was 12. You should be flexible with the families you work with. I am. I get $5 an hour. Make sure u do get payed if you had a bad time with the kids.

Thanks, write back.

*-Dance Queen-*

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LilBrwnEyez320 answered Tuesday May 11 2004, 8:16 pm:
People usually start baby-sitting around 12. Umm... I babysit 2 little girls for 2 dollars an hour. So that means if i baby-sit both of them for 5 hours, i get $20. I really like that system and i make a grip of money over the summer ;)!!! But when you have trouble making kids, charge more!!! Well i hope i helped!

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foxshadow answered Wednesday April 28 2004, 9:01 pm:
I started about at about 11 years old, after taking a certified baby-sitting class. (Which I strongly recommend you take. Try the Red Cross for classes..) I started out charging $5 an hour, but once you feel like you should charge more, you can raise your rates. Good luck and have fun! :)

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Ms_Hazel answered Wednesday April 28 2004, 9:40 am:
The best age for u to get a good amount of customers is 13-14 yrs old. you should charge a fair price of at least $5.00. I am 22 now and i baby sat infants when i was 13. i charged 5.00 and all the parents said they liked my price. the parents came back often like twice a week, maybe more! it was fun plus i got to get a lot of thing i had my eyes on at that time.

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dazy answered Tuesday April 27 2004, 10:00 pm:
well the best age to start babysitting is about 13 and it depends on how many kids u are babysitting if its 1 kid then probably about 3-00
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insanity_will_dominate answered Tuesday April 27 2004, 8:15 pm:
I started babysitting when I was 12, but there is really no set age. It depends on how old the parents want you to be. As far as pay goes, ask the parents what price they think is resonable...then you can work something out that will benefit you, and won't put the adults in debt! ~insanity_will_dominate

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Cspinoza1 answered Tuesday April 27 2004, 7:02 pm:
13-14 years of age, but make sure you are certified in CPR or it will be hard to find a job baby sitting. And arounf 5.50+ an hour if you have experience and are good at it.


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GC_rox_my_sox answered Tuesday April 27 2004, 5:15 pm:
Most people start babysitting for money around age 14, maybe 13 if your parents think you are mature enough. If you want to babysit other kids besides your brothers and sisters, you have to get babysitter training from the red cross. You should probably ask for $2.50 or $3.00 per hour.

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Nevaeh answered Tuesday April 27 2004, 4:52 pm:
The agerage age to start babysitting is 15 and about $5.00 a hour. {that part is completly negotiable}


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JayJay answered Tuesday April 27 2004, 4:41 pm:
Hi My mom did babystting and she got paid for an hr 8.00, now she's in collage and makeing great money!

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