3 reasons why your next babysitter should be a guy

When choosing the perfect person to take care of your children, your instinct might tell you to choose a woman. However, there’s a growing demand for male nannies and babysitters, and some very compelling reasons to give a ‘manny’ a chance the next time you need a break: Using a male sitter from time to time teaches kids that men are equally capable of looking after them, and that both men and women can assume traditional caregiving roles. That’s a lesson we want our children to learn, right? Both boys and girls need strong, positive male role models. This is …

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7 Signs That The Car Belongs To a Parent

We’ve been out doing a bit of Flyering this week in North and South-West London which was fun, cold and character building… As well as coming out with thicker skin, mild frost-bite, and loads of useful feedback on our app, the exercise also got us thinking about the different ways you can tell if a car belongs to a parent. Here’s what we came up with. Essentially, you know the vehicle is parent-owned when: There’s an assortment of random  – for want a better word –  “crap” on the dashboard; a spoon, a sock, crumpled bits of A4, a rubber …

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Parents reveal their date night horror stories

In the spirit of both Halloween and the return of date-night, we asked parents on bubble to share with us their funniest, cringiest and strangest date night horror stories. Speak to most parents and couples, and getting out of the “dating scene” is definitely seen as a major perk of settling down. And taking a look at some of the anecdotes that came back to us, it’s easy to see why… Here are 10 of the best for you to enjoy… 1. She tried to use the fake emergency phone-call to make a swift exit, but her phone rang whilst …

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3 Awesome Things We Saw For Parents This Week

Thought a lazy Sunday afternoon relaxing in the local café was a thing of the past? Think again! Here are three awesome things we saw last week, which as parents we wanted to share… Bear & Wolf Cafe Remember those heady days of spending hours in a local café, sipping coffee while casually working your way through the Sunday Papers? Like you, we thought they were a distant memory until making our way last week to the Bear & Wolf café in North London. Great coffee, delicious food, a lovely place to sit and a fab playroom for the kids …

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5 Date Night Alternatives

In case you hadn’t heard, date night’s back. And while dinner and a movie is always good, if you’re looking for something a bit different, we’ve picked out some alternative options where the thought alone is bound to impress the other half… 1. Pick up a bat Bounce in Holborn is a restaurant and bar with a difference. When you ring up asking for a table, you’re not talking about dinner and drinks, you’re talking about playing ping-pong (though the dinner and drink are pretty good too!). Just be warned, things get competitive pretty quick. 2. Get arty The great …

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9 great date night restaurants in London

Parents are using bubble to book babysitters for all kinds of things, with plenty using their new found sense of freedom to finally try the restaurants they’ve been eyeing up for a while. Here are nine we really love and recommend. Perfect for date night. Polpo Awesome tapas and a bustling, energetic vibe. They don’t take bookings but it’s worth the wait. Café Murano Some of the best food in London in a laid back but romantic atmosphere. Not a cheap meal but it won’t break the bank either. Great for a special occasion. Palomar Exciting Mediterranean dishes and a …

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3 awesome things we’ve seen for parents this week

Parenting’s a tough old gig – immensely fun and fulfilling – but tough! Which is why we’re always on the look out for anything new that’s making all our lives easier. This week it’s these three… Squeak We came across Squeak this week. It’s a daily email that keeps things super-simple by giving you just one bite-sized family/parent/kid related recipe/ product/event worth checking out. Their home-made baked bean recipe this week is a winner. Sign up for it here. Tantrum XYZ This is a very cool website for parents to keep tabs on the latest tips, trends, fashion, events and …

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Helping Parents & Sitters Just Say Yes!

We’ve just put out a new version of our app and it’s one we’re really excited about. This is mainly because amongst the many fixes and improvements is new functionality allowing our sitters to schedule their availability for the next fortnight. Now, sitters will only show up in a parent’s search if they’ve told the app they’re available on that day and in that time slot (“daytime” & “evening”.) We’re excited about this for two reasons: It’s something both parents and sitters have been asking us for since day one. Parents understandably only want to see the babysitters that can …

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Parents on bubble are doing what?

Having survived the summer, and now having successfully navigated back to school week, parents have been using bubble to arrange themselves some well-earned “me time”. We thought we’d share some of the things that the app’s allowed them to get out and do: Book a 7 am sitter for a rare Saturday morning lie-in; Take a 2-hour trip to Tesco in peace and quiet; Get to the cinema for the first time in years; Take out the bike for a 50m ride; Meet friends for an impromptu & overdue night out; Get to the gym to work-off some holiday excess It’s been great …

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Annoying parent habits: ‘Surprise’ Pets & Tipsy Parents

As you can probably guess, we’ve spent a fair bit of time talking to parents and sitters about the ‘fun’ that comes with organising a babysitter. Every tiny nugget of information and insight continues to be a massive help in developing bubble, but we thought why should we keep this to ourselves? So here it is, fellow parents – our top 10 most annoying habits according to the sitters we asked (186 to be exact) who were just too nice to tell you themselves. Is it cheeky or the result of tired people being ‘over-enthusiastic’ on a rare night off? …

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