I’ve been participating in a babysitting co-op through my MOMS Club for about six years now. It’s served a lot of purposes for me over the years: first, as a way to experience toddlers and preschoolers when my son was just an infant; second, as a way for my kids to have an adult babysitter caring for them; and always, as a big financial benefit–FREE babysitting!
I’ve teamed up with HiveMoms because I strongly believe that babysitting co-ops are helpful, not just financially but also for building communities of moms. When you’re a new mom or have moved to a new area, it can be difficult to find like-minded moms, HiveMoms wants to help. There’s a Playdate feature, where you can find moms in your area and meet up in public parks and elsewhere with the goal of learning more about each other. Once you’ve gotten to know each other and seen how the mom parents her own kids, you can start trading babysitting through the Babysitting Co-op feature.
If you’ve never been involved in a babysitting co-op before, HiveMoms provides the structure with by-laws and an online interface for tracking the hours traded between moms. Back when my group started its own Co-op, we had to have many meetings over many hours to hash that all out. Now, it’s done for you!
If you’re part of an existing group, such as a group of moms from the same preschool class, a church group, or a MOMS or Moms of Multiples club, HiveMoms can help your interested members come together in an instant babysitting co-op. You already know each other and your kids, it’s just a matter of getting everyone online to give it a whirl. Just create your own co-op, and send everyone an invitation to get started. You can also make your co-op private so that it’s only open to your specific group and not to the public. I hope you’ll give it a try.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by HiveMoms.com, but my opinions are my own.