Hey, Tampa parents! Need a date night? Or a girls’ day out? Maybe something's come up and you have to take care of it without your kids in tow? You know you love your kids, but they can't go everywhere with you. Finding a sitter you can trust is huge.

Here are tips on finding the best babysitter for your child in Tampa: 

SoHo Sitters

The private company is locally based out of Tampa, with 90 fully screened babysitters on staff to meet your needs. They also have backup care in the event your scheduled sitter can’t make it. Never worry about canceling plans or hurrying to find a replacement.

Soho Sitters understands that finding the perfect babysitter in Tampa can be both time consuming and overwhelming! Their website states, “With an affordable monthly membership or our traveling package options, we happily accommodate your sporadic child care needs, including last-minute binds, date nights, you name it! We are the only private company in Tampa that helps with these types of needs and have the lowest sitter rates around!”

Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency

The Tampa branch of this national company prides itself on you saying, “This is exactly what we need!” With their reliable, headache-free services, Twinkle Toes offers highly screened babysitters and does all the work for both you and the care provider.

Twinkle Toes Tampa believes they stand apart “because we take the time to determine the needs of each family before we begin the nanny search. I (Manager Robin Landry) meet with each family in their home before we begin the search. We focus on working with the entire family because we understand that a great nanny not only cares for the children but helps to make the parents lives easier as well.” There are no startup costs, and rates vary depending on the size of your family and the services you require.

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The nationwide site is one of the most well-known places to get a babysitter or nanny. Luckily for you, there are LOTS of available care providers in the Tampa area, especially with the University of South FloridaUniversity of Tampa, and HCC so close! Create an account, post the type of help you’re looking for, and receive responses from care providers, or view care providers’ profiles near you and contact ones who meet your needs. You can hire more confidently with advice on interviewing and hiring, plus optional background checks and references. AND they have an app you can download on your phone!

According to Care “Basic membership is free and allows families to view and post jobs, receive newsletters full of expert tips and advice, and access a wealth of content on all things care-related. Premium members pay a subscription fee ranging from approximately $37 for a monthly subscription to $147 for an annual subscription and enjoy all these services, plus the ability to view contact details and make contact with an unlimited number of caregivers, purchase background checks, and access references for providers.”

Word of mouth

We know if you’re trying to double date or go out with one of your friends, you obviously can’t share the same babysitter. But for those times you’re not, it doesn’t hurt to see if your friend’s sitter is available! Chances are if your friend trusts them with their children, so will you. Just make sure to coordinate, so you don’t have any hiccups!

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