- See the app in iTunes
- Tini’s Inc.
- Price: Free 30 day subscription with initial download. Monthly subscription for $3.99 after that.
Sometimes when you want to go out for a night on the town and leave the kids with a sitter, it seems like actually finding a sitter is the hardest part! Contacting a sitter, relaying instructions and remembering the details can be a lot to do for one night out. ParentsPal is an app that aims to take the stress out of finding a sitter for the parents, as well as give clear instructions and details about the job to the potential sitter.
Once you download this app, you must set up a profile before you can use it. Profile information includes name, address, contact information, emergency contacts and children’s pediatrician information. You also add the names and ages of the children who will be watched. Next, you can create the “event” that you need a sitter for. Name it, add a date and start and stop times, even the pay rate you are willing to offer. You can also add details about the job for the sitter such as whether they will have to make dinner, put the kids to bed, help them with their homework, etc. Once all of the information is in there and your event is created, you can email the sitter you want to come. They will receive the job information, via the app on their device, and they can review it and then decide whether to accept or decline the job. They will receive a notification when jobs come in and you will receive notifications when responses come back. Additionally, once the job is accepted, the sitter’s device will save the information in their calendar and reminders will pop up when it is time to go to the job as well as any times you included in the job information like bedtimes, mealtimes, bath times, etc.
This app comes with a free 30-day subscription to try it out and then, if you like it, you can add a monthly subscription for $3.99 per month. The only downside is that the subscription WILL auto-renew unless you go into your Settings and turn off auto-renew for that subscription. Also, your sitter(s) must have the app as well in order for you to send them jobs. Overall, I thought this was a high quality and well thought out app. The developers really included everything a sitter would want to know and everything a parent would want to share. The process of sending and accepting jobs was easy and convenient. I have older children who can babysit for me now, so I don’t anticipate using this app to find sitters, but I did encourage my daughters who babysit to tell their families that they sit for about it because I liked it so much! If you are a family with younger children, then I would definitely recommend that you use the free 30 day subscription and check it out! I think it will make going out a lot less complicated for parents!