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Bambino app helps parents find babysitters recommended by their neighbors

Bambino app helps parents find babysitters recommended by their neighbors
From TechCrunch - October 4, 2017

Parenting young children involves a lot of logistics, including what to do with them when you need to run a last-minute errand, go to an appointment or just have a few hours to decompress. For parents who dont have friends or relatives they can call on for babysitting, this can be tricky. Bambino wants to help by connecting parents with nearby babysitters who have already been recommended by their friends and neighbors.

The iOS and Android app, which is free to sign up for, is active in 35 cities and building networks in another 15. The Santa Monica-headquartered startup is now hiring community managers with the goal of adding five new communities every month. It currently has about 20,000 users in total, divided relatively evenly between parents and babysitters, says founder and chief executive officer Sean Greene.

Greene decided to start working on a babysitter app after a fruitless evening spent calling people to watch his kids so he could go out after a long day at work. While driving home, he realized that there had to be a lot of teenagers and young adults living in his neighborhood who wanted babysitting jobs, but he didnt know how to connect with them.

Besides the usual word-of-mouth referrals, many parents rely on Care.com, the biggest site for babysitters and nannies, or postings on Nextdoors private social networks for neighborhoods. Bambino combines the two ideas in one: it lets parents find nearby babysitters who have already sat for people they know, saving them time without sacrificing their peace of mind.

Parents shouldnt have to feel guilty for wanting some free time, and we shouldnt have to pay tons of money for a professional nanny service to help out on occasion, Greene says. I started Bambino because I wanted to find good, honest, trustworthy babysitters in and around my neighborhood that my friends had used, and its worked.

Bambino, however, is far from the only babysitting app out there. A couple of the better known ones include UrbanSitter and SitterCity, but Greene claims that they dont emulate the tried and true method of asking a friend or neighbor as well as Bambino does.

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