For Parents

Coping with colds

A guest post by angels & urchins – home to great parenting advice, reviews and much more. Parents (and kids) always dread the onset of colds and flu and now is when bugs are rife, so any little gadgets that might ease a situation or bring relief to discomfort is always welcomed. Here is a selection of some great products that you should have in your medicine cabinet and some that are perfect for travelling. Nuk Nasal Decongester: Successfully get rid of a snotty/blocked nose when baby isn’t old enough to blow it. £3.99 nuk.co.uk NEW Brother Max 6-in-1 thermometer: This brand

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Getting kids healthy – food hacks and our top tips

Jump to a section: Is there a childhood obesity crisis? Getting kids healthy – the obstacles Healthy food hacks for kids Other tips for getting kids healthier Summary Over the last few years, the healthy and fitness industry has exploded. From Lucy Bee’s Coconut Oil to Joe Wicks’ world domination, we are now, like never before, inundated with cookbooks, fitness DVDs and lifestyle blogs aiming to change the way we eat, exercise and feel. This is all well and good for us grown ups, but what about the little ones in our lives? We can’t, as much as we would

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Win a Big Fish Little Fish family ticket!

We hope you’ve got your dancing shoes at the ready, because we’re teaming up with family rave pioneers, Big Fish Little Fish, to give one lucky person a FREE family ticket to one of their dance floor extravaganzas. If you haven’t heard of BFLF before, your traditional family weekend is about to change. Say goodbye to quaint walks in the park and hello to some acid house infused parachute games. There’s music from top DJs, craft and play areas, face painting, bubbles and much, much more.  It’s an arena for us, the post-rave generation, to relive our glory days in the

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Our New Charity Partner – Tommy’s

We’re so pleased to launch our charity partnership with Tommy’s, an amazing organisation, not only carrying out ground-breaking research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth but also providing critical support to parents and families affected. Now, parents using bubble to book their babysitters are able to add a “Tip for Tommy’s” when paying for their sit, and whenever they do, we’ll be donating our £3.50 booking fee to the charity as well. Tommy’s operates four research centres across the UK investigating the causes and treatments for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. The centres also host clinics where pregnant women at

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8 top tips to keep the kids amused

Let’s be honest. Whilst we love our kids to bits we could all do with a bit more quiet time. So for National Quiet Day, we’ve devised a list of 8 top quiet saves to keep the kids calm and occupied, using items that you either already have around the house or are easy to pop in the shopping trolley. 1. Paper bunting All you need is string, paper and colouring pencils. Cut the paper into triangles (your job is now done). Ask the children to prepare the bunting for an event that you may have coming up such as

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WIN A YEAR OF HOSPTER & £50 WORTH OF BABYSITTING

We’ve teamed up with innovative app Hopster to give you lucky readers an absolute gem of a competition. What’s up for grabs? A year’s membership to Hopster and £50 worth of babysitting via bubble. What is Hopster? Hopster is a children’s development app for ages 2 – 6 where they’ll find books, games, music, their favourite TV shows, and more. They pride themselves on curating quality kids’ content and pairing it with interactive learning and development games. That means when Hopster is on, you can rest assured you’re child is watching something meaningful and being immersed in a unique, creative,

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How to find a babysitter at short notice

Jump to a section: How to find a short-notice babysitter bubble’s Express Book Getting comfortable with a last-minute sitter How much does a last-minute sitter cost? Summary We’ve all been there. You’re in the midst of a hectic day when you get a call from a friend, “still on for tonight, hope you haven’t forgotten?!” “Of, course – as if I’d forget.” You lie. Now, back in your pre-parenting years, this wouldn’t have been a problem – you’d get home, change and head on out. Today, however, is different. There are extra mouths to feed and little people to get

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DBS & CRB checks – all the information you need

We’ve all heard of CRB and DBS checks – they’re ubiquitous terms in the childcare sector. But what do they really mean and how should they be used? This article will take a look at what CRB/DBS checks are, how babysitters can get one, their strengths and limitations and more importantly, the additional steps parents can take to ensure that their kids are in safe hands. What is a DBS check? ‘DBS’ stands for ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’. A DBS check is essentially a report of somebody’s criminal record. There are different types of DBS checks, which we cover later

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Express Book is here

We’re really excited about a new feature we’ve just released called Express Book. Express Book, allows a parent in need of a babysitter at short notice (today or tomorrow) to post up their sit requirements. They then get a shortlist back of willing babysitters, and confirm the sit with the one that’s right for them. It also allows for local babysitters to bid for the work in real time. It’s early days, but so far, on average, Express Book has been providing potential babysitters to parents in less than one minute – 43 seconds to be precise! You can watch a video

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Face painting: a go-to-guide

Let’s face it – whether it’s at parties, fetes, Halloween or weddings, our children are ALWAYS drawn to Face Painters. We suspect they may have a sixth sense, or they know that as parents, we love nothing more than a long, gruelling queue. We have been to countless events where we have had to wait, whilst one Face Painter works his way through a succession of children, until finally, our beloved kids get their go. It’s normally at this point you realise that the face painter is nearing exhaustion, and his face paints have been getting progressively worse as he

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