App connecting parents with baby sitters gains popularity in Europe. Angela Moore reports.
When a Belgian mother needed a baby sitter, she didn't call the neighborhood teenager, she created an app for that. The app is called airBsit and it connects parents in Belgium, Amsterdam and Luxembourg with sitters nearby. The app offers users details of up to 20 local baby sitters, including their language, hourly rate and if they are available on short notice. Users can also see how the sitter was rated by other parents. The sitters can also rate the families, by the way. SOUNDBITE: Geraldine Biebuyck, airBsit creator, saying (English): "The first idea was just, maybe, just for us. It was we need something to simplify our lives and then the surprising thing was that, well everybody, every parent, and even every baby sitter was really happy to have that app, to have something to simplify their lives too. The surprising thing is the speed or the fact that everybody was so enthusiastic about it." Since the app was launched last year, it has grown from a user base of about 100 sitters to more than 11,000 in Belgium alone. SOUNDBITE: Eline Benieaux, airBsit baby-sitter, saying (English): "Yeah, you get to know more families that you wouldn't have known if it weren't for airBsit. There was one family that I went to who lived right up my street and we didn't even know about the existence of this family or they didn't know I was living in their street. So it's easy to connect with people." The app makes money by collecting a percentage of the baby-sitter's payment.