Babysitter in Vegas?

Feb 3rd, 2009, 04:18 AM
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kswl - I agree. She comes to the board w/unrealistic expectations & provides scant info. Then gets upset when people don't agree w/her. To leave a small child in 'America's adult playground' w/a total stranger for 8+ hours a day or more would not be an alternative in my book, at all. Instead of listening, or considering alternatives, she already has her mind made up, re: of the childs well-being (in my opinion). Based on her language, ahem, skills, I'd also guess she is very young, or at the very least very immature.
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Feb 3rd, 2009, 07:55 AM
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Airfare to LV from Phoenix or the East Coast is relatively inexpensive. For the cost of the sitter (8+ hours per day times 5 or 6 days times $20 per hour, plus $ for the sitter to entertain and feed sitter and child), you can easily fly your parent or cousin (or someone they know who would be willing to share your room and babsit for the week) to LV for the week.

I did not suggest that your child be dragged up and down the strip all day and to the pirate show. My point was that how can you trust a stranger that you are not willing to pay more than $10 per hour (because that is the amount you can be reimbursed) to make the same decisions for your child as you would?

Many of us have told you your options. Does the conference provide childcare? If no, then find out if hotel has a kids club or babysitting service. If not, ask hotel for list of reputable babysitting services. Call these services, ask questions, and interview, at least by phone prior to the trip, your prospective sitter. You could also try calling local colleges and universities to see if they have a babysitting list. Again, interview candidates ahead of time by phone or email. Finally, you could check with daycare centers to see if they would take your son for the week.

Good luck!

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Feb 3rd, 2009, 08:11 AM
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Feb 3rd, 2009, 08:13 AM
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I googled babysitting services in LV and can't believe how many there are. OP, this is easy. Your timeshare lodging (I checked your other posts to figure out where you are staying), Polo Towers, offers babysitting service information through its concierge. I'd go with their recommendation. However, if you just search the internet, you'll find many other sitting services. Here's the link for just one of the first ones I saw listed, and it offers to take your kid on the educational field trips that you are hoping he does. This service targets conventioneers just like you.

There's no need for you to have a tantrum (or act like a spoiled child as you referred to yourself on another thread). Just start sending some emails to these services or call them.
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Feb 3rd, 2009, 08:26 AM
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saacnmama -

If this is how you behave to people who are trying their best to help you with solid advice (and, thanks to your lack of upfront info had to make certain assumptions) then you child will probably be just fine with anyone. He's probably used to dealing with people who are immature and possibly unrelaible.
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Feb 3rd, 2009, 02:24 PM
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Sorry that you are so angry.....any chance that your cousin in Phoenix is available to come and stay with your child? I realize that may not be possible. Perhaps he/she is personally acquainted w/someone who would do it in exchange for free room and board in Vegas. Just trying to be creative here.....On your other post you say that you are staying in a 1 BR suite. The sitter could sleep on the LR pull-out.....again, trying to think outside the box......
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Feb 3rd, 2009, 02:55 PM
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I'm not trying to add fuel to the fire, but would just say--8 hours a day with a strange babysitter in a strange city 8 time zones away, for an entire week, is going to be *really* hard on a small child. Even one that's well-traveled.

I understand you don't want to be away from him; I have a little one of my own and I get it. But if you have any other option I would explore it. Sorry, I just had to say that.
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Feb 6th, 2009, 05:52 PM
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Actually believe or not people they have a service there for this. Its a nanny service. I have seen the ads in the hotel service brochures. There was a couple of them actually.
I have stayed at the Bellagio,Venetian, Paris and they have these services. I think the four seasons has one. However I don't think you will get anything very cheap or if you do, I would not trust it.
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Feb 6th, 2009, 09:00 PM
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Many years ago, we used a nanny service recommended by a Kimpton Hotel in Seattle. We paid a lot of money for a sweet English nanny and really, really liked her.

You have to be incredibly discerning. Vegas=pervs. Sorry, but it's true. My in-laws have a home in Vegas that they visit part-time. My m-i-l is a NICU nurse at Cedars Sinai in L.A. Now, she'd be perfect but I doubt it we could get her to do it!
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Feb 8th, 2009, 04:07 AM
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does the hotel offer a kids camp? that would be preferable- your child would be with other kids, having alot of fun, etc.
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