OTM,

My husbands friends wife just had her baby last month. They asked me if at the end of august when she wants to return back to work if i would watch the baby 1-2 times a week.I said as long as I am able to and not working then I don’t mind doing it but I am not sure how much I would charge. I am assuming it is for normal work hours about a eight hour period , they work local and it is a new born baby so it will be alot of work, I was wondering if you know what sounds reasonable to charge. An hourly fee? A flat rate?…Now they are friends of my husbands and my husband mentioned to me while at home about us giving them a little break because of the fact they are friends but i’m not cutting it to low , after all i’ll be the one one caring for the baby.

Dear Shelby,

I am sorry dear, I don’t have any idea what prices in your area are. But I will tell you what I would do. I would contact 3 day cares in the area then take the average of those 3 to get my starting point. One you have a starting point or base you can decide if you want to discount it to what you feel is fair.
Shelby, remember when you call the day cares ask for the day rate for a 6 week old infant.

Good Luck & Huge Muther Hugs,

One Tough Muther

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