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Childcare for Tourists in New York City

May 01 2023

Family vacations are the highlight of the year for many families, and there are few places in the world more exciting than a few days in New York. The city that never sleeps offers something for every family and every family member – whether you’re looking for museums, outdoor spaces, history, beaches, or a fun day of sightseeing.

But when you take a family vacation, it’s important to remember it’s not all about the kids – parents need a break too! Traveling away from home usually means you’re leaving extended family, trusted babysitters, and daycare behind – and all childcare falls on you.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a night off. If you’re bringing your kids to NYC, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy some “adult time” while you’re here. With some of the best restaurants, bars, and entertainment in the world – a date night is a must – but what do you do with the kids?

 Family of mother, father, young girl and baby stand smiling in front of the waterfront and New York skyline

If you’re thinking about taking a night off from the kids and want to hire a babysitter in NYC, there are several options you can take advantage of.

New York is home to plenty of trusted babysitting and nanny services that anyone can take advantage of – whether you’re here for a single night, a long weekend, or even a couple of weeks.

Trusted childcare services will vet and background check all childcare providers listed with them, giving you peace of mind when leaving your children with a new babysitter or nanny for the first time.

Babysitting services are usually better suited for providing “at home/hotel” childcare for a specific event – such as a meal out or a trip to the theatre, while Nannying services can provide a temporary nanny for your whole trip, providing you with a helping hand and/or childcare day or night.

Young girl and boy stand with back to camera looking and pointing across the water to the New York skyline

Finding someone you trust, especially in a new city or a new neighborhood, can be nerve-racking – however, if you take the right steps, there is no reason why it can’t be done.

Before booking your babysitter or nanny in New York, ask about their qualifications and experience, communicate your needs and expectations, and discuss any emergency plans/procedures you have in place.

Once you have booked a childcare provider, don’t forget to mention routines, medicines, allergies, and special needs. For the best chance of booking a nanny/babysitter in New York – book as far in advance as possible.

If you’re visiting New York this summer and you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel in the heart of the Upper West Side, the Hotel Beacon is a great choice.