How do you find a babysitter? What should you pay them? Here’s what parents should know.

Childcare costs are soaring, and parents say finding a babysitter the old-fashioned way, through friends, family or your church, is almost impossible. However, there are apps that can help you find a great sitter.

Amid the rising cost of just about everything, you can expect to pay more for childcare too. Twenty years ago, kid caretakers made single digits. Now teenagers are raking it in. According to The Wall Street Journal, babysitters are making double the minimum wage.

Parents say finding a babysitter the old-fashioned way, through friends, family, or your church, is now almost impossible. And due to the times, moms and dads are expected to pay up to $30 an hour for a good sitter.

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Parents are turning to tech to help find the right fit for their young families. The app Bambino connects families and sitters through their own Facebook networks, so whoever you hire, someone you know, knows them.

On UrbanSitter you can interview, book, and pay for a sitter all in one place. All sitters get a background check and are reviewed by the UrbanSitter team. is designed for quick searches and messaging between parents and potential sitters.

Helpr lets you request a childcare provider with as little as three hours notice. Helpr professionals are required to pass an in-person screening, professional reference check, and background check.

But before deciding which way to go, research each site. The time spent will pay off when you know your little one is in good hands. reports August is the most popular month for hiring babysitters. They also say the biggest mistakes parents make are ignoring references, not conducting your own background check, offering low wages, and combining housework with babysitting duties.