A babysitting co-op, organized around your trusted group of friends or neighbors is an answer. Everyone gets equal benefit and everyone helps each other-with this system things stay organized.
If you already have a playgroup that meets regularly, you know and trust those moms. Forming a co-op with the playgroup moms is a natural way to continue to build relationships and help each other out while keeping everything organized and manageable. What mom doesn’t need a break now and then? After caring for twin infants along with my two older kiddos, I know I could definitely gain from having access to a co-op, plus it would make me feel good knowing that I will always be able to help other moms out by watching their children as well. It is a win-win for all involved.
Enjoy your time at home!