Sitting Made Simple

Sitting Made Simple

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From a dependable last minute sitter and summer camp pick up or study help and an extra hand around the house, learn about a local service that's a life-saver for moms.

Lauren Hardy (right) SMS Cincinnati owner, and Melissa Wolfe (left) SMS Fort Worth owner

Thanks to Sitting Made Simple, you can easily connect with local babysitters.

“We make finding a babysitter easy for families in the Queen City,” says Lauren Hardy, Founder of Sitting Made Simple Cincinnati. “Whether you need a last-minute sitter, before and after school care, summer sitting – Sitting Made Simple Cincinnati has you covered.”

Sitting Made Simple was originally launched in Columbus a little over 10 years ago by Amanda Knapp. She then decided to franchise the brand about four years ago and Sitting Made Simple is now offered in nine major U.S. cities with goals to open more later this year.

The inspiration behind Sitting Made Simple in Cincinnati comes from Hardy’s own desire to provide other families in the city and community with a needed childcare option.

“I always had a hard time finding safe, qualified caregivers to watch my children, and I was always left so frustrated,” she explains. “We had tried everything and it felt like our options always revolved around someone else’s schedule or time.”

Sitting Made Simple offers everything from last-minute sitters to sick kids, holiday sitters, summer sitters, before and after school drop-offs and pickups, family sharing options, and church or event sitting.

“We really do it all,” says Hardy. “We offer spring, summer, and fall programs for those who know that they have regular care needs and want to set up a sitter in advance. We also offer booking discounts for those booking days in bulk to keep it easy, and also have a referral program for members.”

Existing members who refer new families can get free scheduling fees and earn credits toward nights out.

Currently, Sitting Made Simple is preparing for the summer program, which begins sign ups on March 4. And because Sitting Made Simple is in nine different cities, members of Sitting Made Simple can sign up for care in any of those cities to help make travel easier.

While the services available are convenient for busy families, Sitting Made Simple is unique in that it does all the hardwork for you.

“We do all of our own interviews in person,” says Hardy. “There is no one that I hire that I would not let watch my own children. We go through a rigorous background and driving check, we gather references, and lastly and most importantly, we CPR train all of our sitters.”

Additionally, all of the sitters from Sitting Made Simple are held to a higher standard and are held accountable for their appointments.

“If there is ever an issue, there is always someone in the office who is ready to take care of it and solve the problem, should one arise,” adds Hardy. “We are full-service, not just an app or a website, there is a local mom behind it all and I am always here for you.”

Hardy says Sitting Made Simple is always on the lookout for new businesses to partner with as they offer corporate memberships with employee discounts and free scheduling credits.

To learn more about Sitting Made Simple, click here< >, follow along on Instagram<@sms_cincinnati>, or “like” them on Facebook<@SMS Cincinnati >.

Sara Elliott
Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at