I launched Sitting Made Simple® in 2008 with the goal of connecting Columbus families and sitters with local, safe and reliable child care. More than thirteen years later, I am still just as dedicated and proud to serve this community. Please let me know how I can support you today!

Amanda Knapp

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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
Overnights / Family Share
Special Dates *
*(OSU Game Days (Home & Away), 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: (OSU Game Days (Home & Away), 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 Amanda

Owner, SMS® Columbus

I have been married to my life partner Chris, since 2006. He joined me at SMS® in 2018 as lead developer and I fell in love all over again! We have truly enjoyed working closely together and are committed to the continued improvement and quality of services provided.

You can usually find Theodore, our 15+ yr dachshund in tow. We spend every moment outside our working hours exploring our favorite city, Columbus!