We’re often scrambling to find sitters for date nights. It can be tough to find someone who’s available on weekends, and texting a bunch of different sitters (and waiting for their replies) can take ages, so…

Recently we tried Date Night Now, the new on-demand service from Sittercity. The Date Night Now website helps you easily find a sitter for a Thursday to Sunday night. Before booking, you can view each sitter’s experience and even watch video interviews. All sitters have gone through extensive screening and background checks, and you can read reviews from other parents.

A couple weekends ago, we booked Sheila. She arrived right on time and was lovely and playful. Anton, who tends to be very shy, warmed right up to her and showed her all of his favorite toys—bus, taxi, guitar and basketball—and didn’t even notice when we left! (That’s unprecedented.)

Date Night Now is a lifesaver for busy parents. There are no subscription fees, and I was really impressed by the caliber of their sitters online. (And you can book your favorite sitters again and again.) Another big bonus was paying online; Alex and I are usually hunting for cash after getting home from dinner, but with Date Night Now, your sitter just records her total hours and you get an email with your receipt. So. Easy.

Sittercity is available around the country, and Date Night Now is available in Chicago and New York, with other cities coming soon.

Bonus: Date Night Now is offering all first-time users a FREE night of babysitting—up to four hours—using the code CUPOFJOCHI (for Chicago) or CUPOFJONYC (for Manhattan and Brooklyn). For real! Can you believe it? Please enjoy! Thanks so much!

(This post is sponsored by Date Night Now, a service we’re so glad to have discovered. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo)