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A Whole New Way To Find A Babysitter

UrbanSitter arrives in Los Angeles

Leaving your baby with a stranger is such a disturbing concept. Yet most of us do it at one time or another. So we’re kind of intrigued by UrbanSitter, a new babysitting service in LA that aims to connect parents with sitters through people you know and trust—or at least through people you know on Facebook.

Here’s how it works: Once you sign up for the free service at UrbanSitter.com, you can view available sitters who are connected to you through your social network connections as well as through local affiliations, like schools, sports teams, and parenting groups. You can browse each sitter’s credentials, rates, and location preferences—as well as their reviews and ratings. Plus, you can search for specialties such as foreign language fluency or experience with infants. Many of the 100+ sitters in the current hiring pool are students at UCLA, LMU, and Pepperdine—and the majority of them are based in West LA. But the geographical reach is expected to expand very quickly. Each sitter sets his or her own rates, which avert between $10 and $15 per hour.