nikkiwinnerblog

We were absolutely blown away by all of the amazing entries for America’s Top Sitter 2014. When it came time for the judges to select our top ten finalists, they had quite the challenge. After pouring over hundreds of entries, they picked a handful of outstanding caregivers to make it to the next round. Then, it was up to YOU to tell us who should be America’s Top Sitter. And boy, did you tell us.

We are thrilled to introduce you to Nikki O’Neal, the winner of America’s Top Sitter 2014!

Nikki, a Chicago-based caregiver, rocked it with 1,600 votes! Described as kind, patient, gentle, funny and wicked smart, Nikki is known for being an incredible artist. From strumming her ukulele to teaching baby sign language, Nikki is a phenomenal example of an outstanding caregiver!

Take a moment and get to know America’s Top Sitter 2014.

1) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an artist or painter. I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember.

2) How many years have you been working with children?

Around age 11-12 I was the neighborhood sitter in my community. I have always used that as a source for extra income throughout my high school and college years. It wasn’t until I was 24-25 years old when I decided to take childcare seriously as a career. Fun fact: I actually got my first job on Sittercity which lasted for about a year and a half until the family moved to a different state.

3) What’s your favorite activity to do with kids on a rainy day?

Definitely cooking or making something in the kitchen. This includes everything from making play-doh, or homemade finger paints, to baking muffins and making other snacks. There are endless possibilities. I am a nanny for 16-month-old twins at the moment and it’s a great way to get them to explore different textures and smells. I love watching them learn from their experiences.

I’m also a big fan of finding puddles to jump in when its warm enough!

4) What is the most creative thing you have done while babysitting/nannying?

When I was a nanny for a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, one activity that comes to mind was creating a puppet show out of one of their favorite books (Pout Pout Fish). We created all the characters in the book and went as far as creating the stage from scratch and performing the book for their parents.

5) Who is your favorite TV/Movie babysitter?

Mary Poppins. Is that too obvious? However, she was and still is the most magical and creative nanny there ever was! My friends always poke fun of me because my purse is similar to hers, just short a couple of lamps.

Find your Nikki by visiting Sittercity and browsing our amazing caregivers today.