A babysitter is a person who temporarily watches over a child while the parents are absent. A babysitter can be a family member, such as an older brother or sister, a grandfather or grandmother, an uncle or an aunt. A babysitter can also be a friend of the parents, a neighbour, or a person who does babysitting services (semi-)professionally.
The child to be sitted can be any age, from baby, toddler, preteen up to teenage, so babysitting is often a misleading (belittling) term. This has lead to an alternative terms being a sitter who sits for the minor instead.
Babysitting is often done at evenings to allow the parents to go out to see friends, go to a concert, watch a movie, or go dancing. Therefore, a babysitter's tasks often involve getting the child ready for and into bed. Though another common time is during school holidays, when otherwise the sitted would be home alone.
 Babysitting and discipline
The babysitter acts in an in loco parentis role, i.e. they are expected and required to play temporarily the role of a parent. This includes the special rights and responsibilities that parents have. Generally, the child's parents will expect the babysitter to enforce good behavior and discipline. Some parents go as far as encouraging the babysitter to spank the child if felt necessary and inform the child before they leave that they explicitly give the babysitter spanking permission.
 Babysitting scenes in roleplay
In roleplay, a babysitter scene can be normal ageplay, but it also offers a further possibility for three players. A switch playing a babysitter can be both a spanker and spankee in a single roleplaying session. The sitter can assume temporary authority over the sittee, while still being subjected to their own (or their charge's) guardian.
 Adult books and videos
Erotic fantasy novels about punished babysitters date back to the 1970s with Spanking the Babysitter by Anton Van Dam (Dover Press). In recent years, online bookseller Amazon.com has been marketing digital e-books such as Spanking the Babysitter by Alice Everly and Punishing the Babysitter by Mia Roeth.
Spanking-fetish videos include:
- The Cheeky Babysitter (House of Richard Windsor), M/F
- The Evil Babysitter (Dreams of Spanking), F/M
- Strict Babysitter (Spanking Bare Butts), F/F
- Veronica’s Babysitter Spanking (Spanked Sweeties), F/F