For many parents, trying to find a great babysitter is no simple task. But with today’s technology, it’s getting a whole lot easier.
Recent years have seen the launch of apps dedicated to connecting parents with caregivers. Though the details of each app differ, the premises are similar: Parents download the app, browse the pre-vetted applicants, and reach out to prospective sitters or nannies to secure childcare.
As working parents of two young daughters, Birmingham couple Ginger and Tommy Mayfield were very familiar with the challenges associated with hiring reliable babysitters—from finding them in the first place to sending endless texts back and forth to book them. But instead of complaining, they took action.
“We wanted to leverage the power of modern technology to radically simplify the entire process for both parents and college sitters,” Tommy explains.
The result? The Mayfields launched Wyndy: a new app that connects parents in greater Birmingham to babysitters who attend Samford University, Birmingham-Southern College, or the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The name was Ginger’s idea—a nod to Wendy Darling from Peter Pan, whom to many is the ultimate sitter.
Parents simply download the Wyndy app, post a babysitting job, and receive responses from qualified babysitters, or “Wyndys,” as they are dubbed. All the sitters are undergraduate or graduate students at the approved schools and have undergone a background check and enrollment verification. Parents can find, book, and pay the sitters through the app—meaning no more endless text messages or dashing to the ATM after an evening out.
The app officially launched in late March, but already the compliments from satisfied parents are flowing in. “This was the only time in 9 years that I didn’t have to clean up after the babysitter,” wrote one satisfied parent. “She made French toast with my son, cleaned up and unloaded the dishwasher. I nearly fainted.” Another client referred to the Wyndy app as “life-changing.”
For Tommy and Ginger, it’s clear that their idea was a good one. “We’re continuing to grow our user base in Birmingham and are planning to expand to additional cities and campuses soon,” Tommy says. “We believe that in the next two to five years, parents and college sitters across the Southeast and the U.S. are going to abandon the current methods of finding and booking babysitting jobs and turn to modern technology to connect—and we hope to position Wyndy to be that technology.”