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Difference between Nannies & Babysitters

Babysitters are typically needed for last-minute care whereas nannies are best suited for families who need more full-time, recurring care. Some caregivers may even offer both services. Reference the following table for a summary of differences. 





Typically sit-in for a couple of hours; last-minute care

Recurring care; may live in the host family’s home


Usually more affordable

Usually more expensive


Watches child and ensures they are attended

Is more involved in the continuing growth and development of the child

Other options

Can offer homework help and naptime assistance

Typically offers meal prep, laundry, and house chore work that goes beyond childcare

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