Re: how much to pay babysitter?
I would ask her what she is expects to get paid, and see how it stacks up according to other momma's in your area. I think it really depends on where you live and the specific person doing the childcare.
Many years ago...LOL...when I was in high school I charged anywhere between $7-$10/hour. My rate depended on how many children were in the home, the age of the children, and how much I liked the family.