There’s an old saying: “The family that plays together stays together.” But let’s face it. Sometimes all that togetherness can be downright exhausting.
Vacations are a perfect opportunity to create lasting memories with your family and spend time bonding. Plus, they provide a break from work and daily routines. But if you spend the entire time chasing after your kids, you may feel more like you’re working overtime than on holiday.
Hilton Head Island is an ideal location for family vacations because there are so many activities that families can enjoy together. But if you want to enjoy a date night with your partner, a few hours or adult recreation, or just a brief escape and some child-free R&R, you’ll need to find a sitter. Fortunately, the Lowcountry is blessed with options.
Hotels/Resorts: Many area hotels and resorts offer access to babysitters, daycare and kids’ clubs. The concierge service should have a list of childcare services along with reviews or references from past patrons. Many hotels also offer on-site childcare or evening babysitting. Check out the details in advance of your stay to know what is offered and what is most appropriate for your family.
Hilton Head Nannies: Hilton Head Nannies provides in-room services at all island hotels and resorts. This service gives you the flexibility to create your own hours on vacation. Professional caregivers provide one-on-one childcare in the comfort of your hotel room, resort, rental, or vacation villa. Whether you are off to a meeting, out to dinner, playing golf, or getting massage, you can enjoy peace of mind. (843) 227-3196. hiltonheadnannies.com
The Childcare Concierge: This destination childcare and event planning service offers newborn care, babysitting, nanny care, corporate event childcare, pet sitting, and more. Care can be provided in the comfort of your home, hotel, or rental property. (843) 793-7272. Thechildcareconciergehhi.com
Guardian Angels Sitting Service: Guardian Angels Sitting Service, LLC places highly qualified nannies, babysitters, pet sitters and elderly companions with families residing or vacationing in the Lowcountry and beyond. (877) 470-4277. guardianangelssittingservice.com/hilton-head-island-sc.
Quality Nanny Services, Inc.: This nationwide placement agency provides both full- and part-time nanny services. Hotel nannies can plan a day out with the children to do fun activities while you enjoy some adult time, or they can plan a fun night in while you have an evening on the town. Whether you are away from home for a convention or a vacation, nannies can help with all your childcare needs. Pet nannies are also available and can stay with your pooch while you are out for the day. (352) 556-6191. Qualitynannyservices.com.
Care.com. Prefer to browse individual listings? Care.com is the world’s largest online destination for care, providing information and tools to help care seekers and care providers connect and make informed decisions. On this website, local babysitters and nannies post their pictures, rates, experience, and range of services. Much like an online dating site, you must create an account to see complete profiles and to contact the caregivers. There is no charge to join. care.com/babysitters/hilton-head-island-sc.
NannyPod. Travel frequently? There’s an app for all your childcare needs. Headquartered in Charleston, S.C. and often dubbed the “Uber of childcare,” NannyPod is one of the leading childcare platforms in the U.S., founded in 2015. The NannyPod app allows families to request childcare on-demand and get responses instantly. Parents pay $8 per month to make unlimited childcare requests. Parents can find childcare via the NannyPod Boutique (register online at nannypod.com/family-registration) or the NannyPod App (download on the App Store or get it on Google Play).