About SmartSitting’s Selective Community
SmartSitting is New York’s premier child care network, specializing in experienced, college-educated caregivers who understand the unique needs of families raising kids in a big city! We are passionate about providing your children with engaging, creative, and proactive nannies and babysitters while providing you with a safe, responsive, and extremely reliable support network.
First, we personally get to know you and your family through your family application and a follow-up call.
Second, we answer any questions you have and welcome you into our extended family of experienced caregivers and nanny agency professionals.
Third, we match you with the most ideal nannies and babysitters available for your precise needs. Our expertise includes working with children of all ages, including infants and children with special needs.
Fourth, you love our service so much that you tell all your friends and leave us a lovely testimonial like the ones below!
"Kate was great, and very welcoming. Communication was great while we were away, and the kids seemed to have a great time playing and spending the evening with her. She was warm and made us feel very comfortable."
"Cat was amaaaaaaaaaazing! Our toddler took to her immediately, and Cat had a fantastic, creative, happy, playful vibe when interacting with her. Everything went smoothly and we'd love to have her back."
"Meg jumped right in with our two children (8 and 5) at a time of transition — losing a beloved long-time babysitter, grandparents moving, end of school year, death of a pet, etc. Meg offered them stability and calm. To the kids, she was fun, silly, energetic and adventurous. Not to mention, able to play Uno for hours. To my husband and me, she was patient, capable, loving and organized. Loved her!"
"Rosalind was absolutely wonderful! She was extraordinarily friendly, outgoing, and comfortable with us and our baby. I am a new mom and have never left my daughter with a stranger, but she left me feeling totally comfortable. She was very thorough in her questions for me and made sure to listen carefully to my directions. Regarding anything I happened to miss explaining, she was sure to ask about. While we were away for the evening, Rosalind sent a couple of very detailed texts to update us on our daughter's status. When I came home, I even noticed she straightened up our apartment and washed the baby bottles that I used even before she arrived. This was completely unexpected and very sweet of her. I would absolutely use her again and plan to! Fantastic experience; thank you SmartSitting Team, and thank you Rosalind!"
"My son was all smiles after Miz! She took him outside and to the park which he loved, loved, loved. Miz was warm and welcoming, and I felt at ease right away. SmartSitting never goes wrong! With every babysitter you've sent, my little guy has been loved, cared for, and thoroughly enjoyed his day. Thank you!"
"Meg was fantastic! She was immediately comfortable with both my 2 and 4 year olds, and they were comfortable with her. She has a very sweet and intelligent disposition. I felt completely at ease with her and was happy with the evening."
"Katie is ideal for us! She's outgoing, friendly, and clearly very experienced. My son was shy at first, but she knew exactly what to do. She seemed up for anything and ready for any challenge. I also appreciated that she asked a lot of questions about how we do things. She is very creative and had my son make up stories with her. He is still talking about her visit the day after. We'd love to have her back!"
"Sara was amazing! She was so nice, happy, and cheerful. She took right to my son, and he loved her energy! She was very easy to work with and very understanding. She met all of our needs, and was very easy to communicate with! When I asked if she could stay a little longer, she so gladly obliged. Thank you again for setting her up with us. We had an awesome night out on the town thanks you to guys and Sara!"
"Phenomenal. Cajsa made a great impression - both on me and on our daughter. She was energetic, attentive and asked great questions. It took her no time at all to get down with S and start playing. I do not leave my little one with sitters often, let alone in New York (where we do not live). Cajsa made me feel fine leaving and going to my conference for the day. I appreciated Cajsa respecting my wishes not to be on her phone while they were out and about. I got a lovely, thoughtful update when they had returned - it was clear she did more than just 'watch her play.' Thank you again!"
"Whitney is absolutely fabulous. My son adores her and is already asking when she can come back. She engages with him in a manner that is fun, upbeat, easy going and relaxed while still focusing intently on his needs. Whitney goes above and beyond the call of duty, even straightening up my countertop while my little one napped. We look forward to working with her again soon."
"Corinne was lovely from the moment she walked in. She was engaged, got right on the floor with my little guy, built a fort and took a new person and environment in her stride. They had immediate chemistry, and I felt very at ease with her being in our home and going through his bedtime routine with him."
"We had such a great experience with Whitney! It was such a relief when she walked into the door smiling and greeted my daughter so warmly who was drawn to her instantly! We were a little nervous being in a new country how it would all go, but I am very glad we chose SmartSitting and were connected with Whitney!"
"Amanda filled in last minute for our regular sitter. My daughter immediately took to her. Amanda provided a loving, nurturing and safe environment for my daughter. She texted me updates on my daughter's meals and activities. She also played educational games and did fun art projects with my baby too."
"Erin was such a good sport on what was a really bad day in my house! My daughter was sick on a day I was organizing an event at work. On top of that, my building needed to do work in my apartment. When Erin arrived, workers were taking over my living room, and she was left with a kiddie table and chairs in my bedroom for a couple of hours!
She was so flexible and kept in contact with me all day about my daughter and the apartment. I would love to have her back on a normal day so we can show her a little more hospitality! She was great with my daughter, and I truly appreciated her kindness and patience!"
"Lisa left a few minutes ago and my son is already pretending to call her on the phone! I'd say it went very well. She was very conscientious about following our routine and found creative ways to keep my little guy's attention."
"My kids loved Marie. My son even asked us if we could request Marie to come back the next time we got a weekend sitter for them. They had a lot of fun with Marie, and she seemed to build a good rapport with them during the few hours that she was here with us. They made red velvet lava cakes, and Marie cleaned up the kitchen and washed the dishes after."
"My daughter and I both loved Brittany. She responded to an emergency request for all day help over a holiday weekend--that alone was wonderful! Her background in child development shone through. She taught my daughter new things related to where she was in her development. It was clear that my daughter had a lot of fun with Brittany and that Brittany had just as much (or even more, if that's possible?). Brittany was down to earth and so helpful in dealing with the grown up end of the situation (helping with the dishwasher, groceries, etc.). She was ultra competent and put me at ease with her initial intro email. "
"Diana was awesome with our little guy! She's very kind; she sang songs and spent quality time with him. I highly recommend her and would love to work with her again. As a bonus, she said she listened to Simon & Garfunkel with our son, which was coincidentally the very first music I listened to with him when he was just a few days old!"
"Danny was such a joy to have around! He was willing to come a few days early to meet our family and get to know our 3.5-year-old son. His personality and great rapport with children was evident immediately! Our son took to him right away and started showing off his favorite toys! Danny is very engaging and enthusiastic and super patient. He created activities and participated in role play as whichever superhero was required! My son enjoyed his company so much so that he was asking for him to come back the next day to play. We truly enjoyed meeting him and will definitely use him again!"
"My son was immediately comfortable with Corinne - so comfortable that he was dragging her around by the hand and completely ignored us as we left! When we got home, they showed us a bunch of masks they had made, even one for his lovey - could not have been cuter! He had a great night, therefore we had a great night - we will certainly be requesting Corinne again. Thank you!!"
"Victoria was fantastic. She was right on time, easy to work with, and got along with our daughter immediately. We would happily work with her again on a return trip to New York."
"Kelsey was wonderful- warm, competent, and communicative. I could tell that my daughter liked spending time with her, and Kelsey handled the uncertain schedule of an ever-changing 3-month-old with aplomb. It was immensely comforting knowing that Kelsey was taking great care of my little one while I was out at work."
"Our son has already asked for Fay to come back, which speaks volumes! Despite being sick and meeting for the first time, our son felt comfortable with Fay. She was patient and had a calm nature. I really appreciate that she took the time to assemble a game with detailed parts, and also put the game and other items away in a neat manner. We look forward to having her return, and next time will plan to have arts & crafts projects!"
"Alex was terrific with our son. They had such a fun day together playing Legos, light sabers, and making a feast from the Harry Potter cookbook! What a great chef, playmate, artist, and buddy he was for my little guy. He was so happy and full of smiles after his fun day with Alex, and we are really grateful to have met him."
"Natasha was amazing. I don't think I have ever seen my little guy warm to any sitter that quickly! They obviously had a great time together, and he slept longer that night than he had in quite a while. She tackled dinner and bedtime and left the house in perfect order, which we really appreciate. I would love to have Natasha back any time and would definitely recommend her to anyone!"
"Erin was amazing! She arrived early and immediately put my son at ease. This morning my son said that she was so fun, and he had such a good time playing with her. When we were coming home, we had an incredibly hard time finding a taxi/uber, and when we texted her she immediately replied back. She was flexible and had a great attitude."
"Elly was really great. Our daughter loved her immediately and we felt we could trust her instantly. Two very rare and important things! She continued to exceed our expectations the whole month we were in New York. She was a great communicator. Also extremely on time. Organized. Flexible. She took the initiative to think of fun things to do around New York everyday. She had endless energy! She also helped our daughter with her English and manners in English which was wonderful for us to hear! They bonded over music, which was heartwarming. Something that was very special about Elly that is hard to find in a nanny/babysitter is that she was truly generous of heart and not focused on her own ego/emotional needs being met, but rather taking care of our daughter's needs. She was also very emotionally generous in that she was willing to truly bond with our daughter and get close to her, even though she knew we would be leaving in a month. Some people might not have gotten so invested. It made for a wonderful month for our daughter and a really refreshing experience for us."
"Akeem was on time and ready for action. He made all of feel that he could handle whatever as soon as he walked through the door. He jumped right into helping with dinner and then had the kids entertained all through eating. Calm, caring, and super fun, we'd definitely be happy to have Akeem back any time."
"Erika fit in so seamlessly with our family! She was so incredibly competent and had a great rapport with the girls. I completely trusted her, and my children took to her immediately. Temporary babysitting, which is often a stressful thing to coordinate, is so much less so with SmartSitting."
"Erin is fantastic. She was on time, friendly, warm and kind. The reason we are always so comfortable using a SmartSitter we haven't met before is that the sitters you send to us are universally lovely. "
"Con was amazing! She was a lovely presence in our house. When she arrived, our son was a little nervous as he is going through some separation anxiety. By the time we left, the two were playing happily and very quietly together, which is a real testament to Con's intuitive way with babies. Overall she was laid back and accommodating of all our requests. We felt very confident leaving our little guy in her care."
"Chrystal was terrific! She arrived early, was attentive, sweet, intuitive and sat right down and got to know our little guy. She had a wonderful attitude and genuine warmth to her. She and my son got along beautifully! She sent me photos and checked in on his nap schedule throughout the day. She sang and played with him and kept him engaged. When I arrived home, he was sleeping soundly and happily and the apartment was immaculate. I was so happy with Chrystal and hope to have her back again soon."
"Laura is a delight to be around. She is smart, creative, patient and approached the bustle of our home with humor and confidence. Our girls are 10 months and 2.5 years old, so she had her hands full. However, she took everything in stride, whether it was bedtime or double-meltdowns from our girls. Laura never missed a beat and always made us feel happy and calm for having her there as our third parent. Laura is very playful and open, but also very grounded and experienced. I can't recommend her highly enough."
"My daughter just adored Lucy, and I felt very comfortable having her babysit. You all have the best sitters in town; I have never been disappointed or worried. Such a wonderful team, thank you all for your hard work!"
"SmartSitting left my mind at ease by the personal phone call to help match our family with the best sitter for our first time ever leaving our daughter with someone other than family. Ashleigh was beyond perfect. Her disposition was not only a good match for our baby girl, but for me as well. We loved her calm, soothing nature, so much that I just left for our date night without saying goodbye to my baby! She updated me enough to feel at ease while I was away, and I came home to a sleeping, happy baby. I would definitely recommend her to friends and will surely be using her again."
"I almost don't want to say how amazing Kelsey is because I'd like to keep her all to myself. My daughter smiles and gets excited every time she sees Kelsey. Kelsey works with her on words and sounds, they have Disney dance parties and my daughter absolutely loves playing with her. She has also taught her a few sign language words which is great. I always feel confident and comfortable when I leave her with Kelsey. When I return, Kelsey gives me a full report on their activities for the day. Overall, Kelsey is the best!"
"SmartSitting provided the support I needed to land a regular position with an incredible family. Not only does SmartSitting have my back when I need assistance, but I'm also able to simply and swiftly pick up other babysitting jobs for other families in the network. The administration takes care of their SmartSitters, and we are all a big, kiddo-loving family."
"Working through SmartSitting has been a wonderful experience. The staff is very sweet and awesome, they do fun social things to build our community of childcare providers, and they always respond to emails and texts very promptly, with courtesy and compassion. I also really love that I do not give the company a cut of my pay. They charge the parents separately and keep the sitters out of that part of the business, which is such a relief that other agencies do not all do. The families they work with are legit. The family they connected me to is so wonderful and I am forever grateful."
"SmartSitting is the best thing that ever happened to my childcare practice. They have connected me to the most lovely families, and taken such incredible care of me both as a professional and as a human. I couldn't be more honored to be a SmartSitter!"
"I am so thankful I found Smartsitting. Not only have I found some truly remarkable families that I adore working with, but it's also such a load off of my mind to know that I'm working with a team who shares my love for kids and will look out for me as well. I take care of the kids and the Smartsitting team takes care of me!"
"To anyone hesitant about working with an agency - I joined the SmartSitting agency as a babysitter about three and a half years ago and couldn't speak more highly of this agency. SmartSitting is run by a small group of professional, intelligent, diligent women, with friendly natures. They are very well organized and excellent communicators. It seems clear to me that they genuinely care about the babysitters and nannies who form the agency, and also about providing families with the best quality of infant and child care. If you are a smart individual who genuinely loves working with babies or/and children and an individual who has a natural talent for this calling, then I strongly recommend contacting SmartSitting."
"What I like about SmartSitting is that all the staff is friendly and great to work with. I like that you can interact with any staff member... everyone takes care of you. I like the full disclosure of the jobs, the rate, the hours, the schedule. With other agencies I didn't get all the information and there would be a lot of surprises at the interviews. I like the flexibility of available job types - the one time jobs, the occasional jobs, the part-time and the full-time... lots of range to fit any babysitter or nanny's life!"
"I have been working work with Smartsitting since 2011 and it has been a wonderful experience as a professional childcare provider. I have worked closely with the director Dara, and have watched the company grow to what it is today and in this time, I have never seen a more dedicated group of individuals, passionate and committed to providing superior care for both families and sitters, respectively. They are thorough, detail oriented and super caring, going above and beyond to find the right fit for everyone."
"Working with SmartSitting not only was a godsend (post-graduation times are tough!) when I joined in terms of work, but also is an incredibly supportive group of folks. Even when I had a hard time finding a family who wanted to take me on due to my schedule and future job plans, everyone was there to root for me and have my back. I was talking to someone just the other day about a little guy I sat for as a fill-in and how great an experience it was. I've told so many of my friends who are looking for childcare work to apply!"
"SmartSitting is an honest, positive, and encouraging agency to work with - it's amazing because you're working WITH them, not FOR them. I'm proud to be a SmartSitter, I know they're doing it right!"
"I've worked with a few nanny agencies and Smartsitting is by far my favorite. The employees are very personable, and have always made me feel like they put my needs first. All the families I have worked for through Smartsitting have been lovely."