Leora was great! We would love to work with her again. Once again, a home run from the SmartSitting team. Thank you, ladies! - Theresa, 10/1/14
Hafsa is great. Our baby was sleeping most of the time she was there but we felt comfortable and happy knowing Hafsa would be there if needed. We will definitely be having her back. - Erica, 9/29/14
Adrienne was punctual, friendly, open, and warm. We are new to the babysitting world, mainly because we have had close friends and family support us with our children until we relocated to NYC. We have interviewed several people (outside of SmartSitting) and began to worry about the process of hiring a nanny/babysitter. We were very pleased that the first person SmartSitting referred was GREAT! Adrienne made us feel safe the moment she arrived. Our youngest took to her immediately and eased all insecurity (that parents generally feel with someone new). We hope to have Adrienne again. - Jennifer, 9/23/14
Shaundra was great! She has such an upbeat personality, she immediately put me at ease! The kids had fun with her and are already asking when she is coming back. P.S. she also cleaned up their dinner and the table better than I usually do! :) - Donna, 9/17/14
Lovely lovely lovely!! Shaundra was on time, kind, warm, and friendly. We felt happy to have her here & our daughter had a ball. - Joy, 9/10/14
Andrew was a great sitter. Very, very responsible and was able to set ground rules that kept a good balance with fun and responsibility. He seemed to keep Jack engaged the entire day and was able to get down to his level. Asked if I needed anything done or needed help throughout the day (walking dog with Jack, running errands, etc) and kept the house tidy and cleaned up before he went home. - Joy, 9/5/14
Leigh Ann is an excellent baby sitter. She kept us both informed as we had booked for a very long visit and handed over all details of their day together. She is highly recommended! (Daughter is 4.5 months old) - Heidi, 9/2/14
Molly was terrific. She was warm, easy going and easily stepped into the situation. My children enjoyed her company. - Jennifer, 8/26/14
Sarah is fab! She is fun, kind and very attentive. Loved her! - Jennifer, 8/25/14
Rebecca is extraordinarily warm, kind, gentle, responsible, fun and conscientious of kids’ needs and interests. She slipped into our lives and our routine effortlessly and graciously. We can clearly see how she is a high demand Smart Sitter and loved having her in our lives over the past several weeks. - Jennifer, 8/22/14
Sarah-Jane Martin was a last-minute babysitter for us one day when our regular SmartSitter babysitter (Janine) was sick. I was super appreciative of how reliable, relaxed and accessible she was – especially considering she must have had notice of this gig like 12 hours before. She arrived early, was really relaxed and nice, and took some time to get to know the kids before coming up with a plan of what to do that day. She was great to work with and both of my kids really liked her. We’d have her back any time she’s available! - Jill, 8/18/14
Jordan was fantastic. She won the kids over in the first five minutes and they sang her praises the next morning. - Grant, 8/8/14
Amanda was great! Prompt, clean, warm and able to follow instructions well. I felt comfortable leaving my child with her alone after just meeting her. - Jessica, 7/24/14
Amanda was fantastic. She spent a lot of time and energy playing with our little guy and was great with feeding and sleeping. A true professional. I could tell Benjamin had a wonderful time with her… couldn’t be more pleased. - Rebecca, 7/22/14
Rebecca was excellent! My wife and I felt very comfortable with her from the start. My daughter had a wonderful morning with her. - Ashkahn, 7/18/14
Emily is great. The kids love her which is always a plus. She always seems to be positive and has complete respect from them. – Richard, 7/14/14
Gwendolyn was great and the girls adored her. She is a kind soul and fun at heart. She planned fun activities and after only a couple of days the girls nearly cried when she left. We would love to have Gwendolyn back anytime. Lynn, 7/14/14
Hannah is always completely professional, engaging with both of the children, bright eyed and has a lovely calm, confident, happy disposition. She can spend the afternoon with both kids on the playground as easily as work on a science experiment or play chess with them. She is helpful to me with folding the kids’ laundry, and asks if there’s anything else she can do while the baby is sleeping. She prepares them meals with ease and always leaves the place tidy. - Clodagh, 7/1/14
We collectively fell in love with Morgan! She was great with both kids, and 7 years age difference ain’t no picnic. Fun, responsible, friendly, considerate. To use our daughter’s words: “Morgan is the best babysitter ever!” - Maria, 6/30/14
Erika was fantastic. Punctual, friendly and very warm and confident with our 12 week old. - Rebecca, 6/23/14
This is the 3rd or 4th time we’ve worked with Emily – she’s always fantastic, very professional, kids love her, and she does a great job of communicating with us! Most importantly, they were sleeping by the time we got home – not always easy for them! - Zack, 6/30/14
Natasha babysat for us once for a long afternoon. She arrived while Max was still napping, so we had a long time to talk. I was extremely impressed by her maturity and her knowledge and experience with babies and young children. She asked many thoughtful questions. When Max started to wake up, we both went together to see him in his crib. Although he is usually a little cranky when he wakes up, he surprised me by taking to Natasha immediately. It was truly amazing — he instantly had this connection with her. She said that some of her family calls her the “baby whisperer,” and I can believe it. Max instantly just wanted to cuddle with her. She has a very warm and empathetic personality. The afternoon went very well, and I was very confident and comfortable leaving Max with her. The ONLY reason that I have not asked her back — since all of our other babysitting needs are at night — is that she lives so far away from Brooklyn. And we have also had very good experiences with other babysitters who live much closer. - Anna, 6/22/14
Chelsey was great. She generously came to meet our daughter before her babysitting appointment. Chelsey was very thorough in finding out what things Tara likes to do and what foods she could eat. When Chelsey went to the park with Tara she texted me to make sure that Tara could have certain foods. Chelsey was wonderful and Tara enjoyed her very much. – Donna, 6/10/14
Justine is wonderful – professional, on time, always polite and thorough, and lovely with the children! - Giovanna, 6/6/14
Ashley was AMAZING! She was so much fun and the perfect match for our high energy toddler. I cannot recommend her highly enough. - Sian, 5/29/14
Robynne sat for us on a Saturday night while we had date night. I could relax and have fun because I knew my baby was in good hands with Robynne. She is sweet, thoughtful and respectful. - Linn, 5/28/14
Lucia was on time and very personable. She delights our daughter, who is very happy in her company. - Lucia, 5/28/14
Corrine was awesome! She arrived 10 minutes early and was very professional. Our 4 year old twin girls loved her, and they normally take awhile to warm up to “strangers”. In the four hours she spent with our girls, Corrine engaged them in art projects, a healthy snack, convinced them to brush their teeth and got them in bed at a reasonable time. The next day, the girls asked if Corrine could be their babysitter again the next time we visit NYC. We would highly recommend Corrine and plan on reserving her services when we visit NYC in the future. - Spike, 5/20/14
Stephanie did a really nice job with our 3yo son. She was enthusiastic, energetic, and did a good job jumping into his routine on short notice. Stephanie engaged him in both conversation and play, and you could tell that she was trying to make it fun for everyone. She wasn’t just “punching the clock” until we came home even though it was a short-term assignment. Stephanie was also a good conversationalist at the adult level, which makes it much easier for us. - Matthew, 5/19/14
Genevieve is wonderful! I feel so comfortable leaving my son in her care. She is so warm and friendly. I love that she gives me feedback on his activities and sent me texts during the evening. She really seems to understand toddlers and knows how to interact with them. My son is definitely having a good time when they are together. - Amanda, 5/6/14
Robynne is excellent. She comes up with games to play with the children (scavenger hunts, art) and they love it. She really interacts with them and plays, which is fantastic. - Jennifer, 5/2/14
She was great. My girls really had a great time. She was able to get them to sleep without an issue. She sat right down with them and played. She straightened up the girls toys and cleaned all their dishes. It’s a very nice way to come home after a night out! - Allison, 4/17/14
Our girls enjoyed hanging out with Mary – she is enthusiastic and has a high energy level which seems to make a good fit with our daughters. – Marc, 3/18/14
I just wanted to say thank you for the great experience last week. The kids were happy and the ease of everything reaffirmed my faith in SmartSitting. You make the impossible happen with the least bit of fuss. Thank you. – Fahmida, 2/17/14
Thank you again for your quick help last night. I so enjoyed meeting Emily and my son was immediately comfortable with her. This is a huge relief and I can’t say enough about the support and professionalism of your team. – Lindsay, 1/15/14
I wanted to thank you for the lovely gift bag. It was a very sweet and generous gift! I also want to applaud your efforts to build a first rate sitting service to support NYC parents. We all know it takes a village, but many NYC parents are on our own, without extended family to help. Your team has been a life saver for me this year, providing me with unparalleled support and incredible sitters. Thank you so much!
We LOVE Davie-Blue; my younger son, a notorious hard-to-please character, basically said she was the best sitter we ever had. I am really grateful to you!
Amy B – Loved her, my husband and I felt like she was more like a good friend of ours rather than just a babysitter. Brianna K – Sweet as can be. We treasure the fact that she loves to take our daughter on adventures to the park for hours. The network – Beyond easy to find fully trustworthy and absolutely sweet sitters.
We love Lacy W. and her friends who we have met as potential backups! It’s been a rough transition for our children, as we had only 1 sitter for their whole lives! That said, they have come to really like and trust Lacy. Your site is very easy to use, but most importantly, your personal attention to us was really very special. You listened to our needs and desires in a sitter, but also were very willing to work with us on the financial end, which meant a lot and enabled us to continue working together. Also, you were very prompt in replies and help, which was wonderful given our tight schedule for finding someone!
And as usual, SmartSitting saves the day!
Malynda did just great! Thanks again for the recommendation. We’ll definitely use your service again next time we’re in NYC.
Makes the process very easy and reliable from soup to nuts.
Kristen is a wonderful sitter. She is punctual, responsible, and truly cares about the children, their well being, and their education. She is always thinking of creative ways to educate and motivate the children. Before using your service, I spent countless hours going through listings on craigslist and having to interview candidates of varying quality on the phone and in person.
Brianna started working for us when I was newly expecting my second child. Right from the start, she was prompt, friendly and considerate, adapting quickly to our family’s routines. My daughter, who was 1.5 at the time, took to her immediately and started calling her “Nanny” since she couldn’t say her full name. Brianna has been very hands-on with our daughter – reading books to her, singing songs, and doing arts and crafts. All summer, they explored the Upper East Side together, from playing in the sprinklers to music and dance programs in Central Park. Our daughter loved their little adventures, particularly when it involved riding the bus! Halfway through the summer, Brianna had a new challenge of helping our daughter through the transition of welcoming a sibling to the family. During an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time of transition, Brianna handled the situation with grace and generosity. She gave our daughter some “big sister” gifts the first time she came to babysit after the baby was born. She has been understanding about going with the flow but has also helped maintain our daughter’s routine and provided her with the extra special attention she needs right now. We’re grateful it was Brianna who was there to help us out and be part of a very special time for our family.
Erica was great! Arrived early, my son (and cat) loved her, and she managed to deal with a teething baby! Thanks again.
Lauren — Ashley is fantastic! Everything went very smoothly yesterday. I came home to find both of our girls working on their homework and chatting animatedly with Ashley. Thanks again!
Really enjoyed having Kasia today! Will use her again! My kids know Spanish and she is fluent!
I just wanted to send out a quick thank you - I realized that I have been with the Brown family for over two years now! Crazy! I am so happy that I found Smartsitting and that I was connected with this job. The whole family is so important to me, and I feel very lucky to have 5 wonderful kids in my life every day. So thank you!
- Chelsea, 2/24/14
I have had the most amazing experiences with the kids this summer SmartSitting! I'm sure Miss Violet and I will be spending some evenings and weekends together this Fall. I'm gonna miss that little pouty face - and I dreamed about Annie's baby George last night! I miss him terribly.
I really just want to thank you for running such an amazing, professional, high-spirited business. I am constantly impressed by all that you do. Not to mention, I am in love with my SmartFamily, and feel more attached to their kids than I even thought possible. And I have you to thank for connecting me with them! So best of luck tomorrow, and have a great holiday. Thanks again!
When I moved to New York City this summer, I wanted to babysit, but I did not know where to get jobs. I tried putting up fliers in my parent’s apartment building, and I found a few websites to post my information. I was worried about strangers and families, and my own safety. Luckily I found SmartSitting! SmartSitting provided the job opportunities as well as the security of knowing the families. Within the week, I had applied to a job and babysat for my first SmartSitting family. I was impressed with SmartSSmartSitting as a niche business, providing such a necessary service for both families and babysitters; everybody wins. Furthermore, the care that Dara and Lauren put in to get to know the sitters, the families, and create a match with personalized attention was inspiring. Not only did they work out the logistics of arranging interviews, but they check in with every sitter and every family after the first few times together, to make sure everyone is happy and on the same page. I knew that this was a company and community that I wanted to be a part of. With extra time in the summer, I became more involved with SmartSitting, helping out by running some interviews and doing little things for Dara and Lauren, the amazing directors. I got to meet a lot of sitters, and I became adept at seeing their passion for children in the interviews. I can personally say that the pool of sitters in the network is truly amazing. As a full-time Nursery School Teacher, I was able to find a job that was right for me. I babysit for a family twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays. I have come to love these boys, and Mondays and Tuesdays are days I look forward to. The family has been flexible working with me, and now that I am starting Graduate School to get a Masters in Education, I will still be able to continue working with them. As a teacher, I get to know a lot of children, families, teachers and babysitters, and I do not hesitate to recommend SmartSitting to anyone looking for an amazing babysitter, or recommend it to those sitters whom I think would be a great addition. I cannot praise SmartSitting enough!?
I’ve met some really sweet kids through SmartSitting. My first gig was for a couple of kids from Manhattan, who were not only well behaved and easy to be around, but socially engaging (at 8 and 11!), and well spoken (especially the 11 year old – I have never met someone that young who was as well spoken as he was). The two kids seemed to want me to feel as comfortable in their presence (and home) as I would want them to be in my company. I’m grateful to be a part of a community where I can meet these kids who leave a positive impression on me far beyond the ordinary expectations of what “babysitting” should be like for a sitter. Lauren and Dara have been attentive, available and giving towards me since I joined the SmartSitting network. They are some of the most helpful people I’ve ever worked with professionally, in childcare or otherwise. I’ve turned to them last minute for information, rescheduling or otherwise and they are consistently flexible and understanding.
I can tell you so many wonderful stories about my little Emily!! I am SO SO happy with her and Nadia, Kim and Ben. I truly feel like a part of their family; I literally almost witnessed the birth of Nadia! I rushed in a cab from Herald Square to the Upper East Side to get huge hugs from both Kim and Ben as they then rushed in the cab to the hospital (she was in labor and had the baby only a few hours later!) I have watched Nadia grow soo much since her birth! I just love knowing that Kim and Ben called ME when they needed to rush to the hospital; I was so honored to be a part of such an amazing time in their lives.. Emily is my little big girl!! She calls me Nanni (Brianna in 2 year old terms) and gives me the tightest hugs when she says “uppie!” (She knows that I hold her while we cross the road, and since I’m usually holding a diaper bag or pushing a stroller, she helps me out by hugging as tight as possible!) She blows me kisses during storytime and never lets me say bye-bye without a hug and kiss on the cheek. Her parents tell me that she asks about me when I’m not there, and that she gets excited when she knows I’m coming…I just LOVE her soooo much (I don’t want to think about the day when I have to grow up and get my own big-girl job : ( ) My experience as a SmartSitter has been absolutely incredible and unbelievably rewarding; I have watched my little girls grow so quickly! It’s mind boggling to me to think that Emily learned to say “please” from ME, a word she will obviously use for the rest of her life! (Kim insists that I taught her that word!) I love knowing that I may have had any sort of impact on the lives of these girls, and I am just so happy to have had a chance to do so! So thank youuuu thank you thank you for setting me up with my family! And literally, they have become my family.
Through SmartSitting, I got to connect with a really smart, precocious 8-year-old, Caitlin. After a conversation regarding silly bandz, I stuck a few in the mail to her. After not hearing from Caitlin for a few weeks, I was taken aback when I found a handwritten thank you card she sent buried in a pile of mail.