Hello and thank you for your interest in Sitting Made Simple® Cincinnati! As a mother of three children, finding a safe, reliable, flexible, and affordable childcare provider is something I know is of the utmost importance to all parents! I opened SMS® Cincy, because I believe it fills a large need within our community.

Whether it's a quick errand, a sick day, or even a simple date night out - because hey! you deserve those every now and then - we have you covered! Thank you for making us your preferred choice for your childcare needs. I feel honored to have earned your trust.

Lauren Hardy

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SMS® Rates

Annual Membership Fee
(non-refundable, cancel anytime)
Scheduling Fees
Advance Notice (48hrs+)
Short Notice (Within 48hr)
Rush (24hrs or less)
Additional Scheduling Fees
Family Share
*(Events, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day, NYE)
Fees Paid to Sitter
Members are required to submit at least 3hrs or more on all sit requests
1 Child
2-3 Children
4+ Children
Additional Rates
$75 fee
(+Hourly rate during awake hours)
Special Dates*
*Special Dates Include: (Events, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day, NYE)
Mileage Fees
$.65 /mile
Charged if driving is conducted during sit
Charged when members confirm a sitter outside the driving distance

Cancellation Fees

48hrs or less
24hrs or less
1hr or less
Member no show
(Charged online. SMS® pays these fees to the sitter)
FAO Policy: SMS® requires the Full Amount Owed if not canceled online or within 1hr of start time.
Confirmed start to end time will be owed/charged.

Meet Lauren

Owner, SMS® Cincinnati

Along with owning SMS® Cincy, I am married to Jonathan a local Realtor with Comey & Shepherd. We have three amazing and rambunctious children, Ethan, J.J., and Olivia "Lou Lou". When we aren't at Skyline or Graeter's we enjoy spending time at the Cincinnati Nature Center, Loveland bike trail, a Reds game, or Kings Island. When we are at home we love to cook, do crafts, and spend time outside next to a fire pit making s'mores.

I was born and raised in the Queen City, but my husband is a 4th generation Californian, born in Newport Beach, where he spent most of his youth surfing (which is evident from the stack of surfboards that we have in our garage, lol). We met in Italy where we were both teaching English, and spent a few years traveling the world before having the kids. We knew that they needed an amazing place to grow up and be near family, so we packed up and moved home. We enjoy being close to those we love and feel that Cincy has so many amazing things to offer!

Voted the BEST babysitting service in Cincy 2021 & 2022!