For Parents

WIN our Ultimate Parent’s Christmas Hamper worth £500!

We’ve teamed up with some friends to offer you an absolute whopper of a competition this Christmas: We’re giving away an Ultimate Parent’s Christmas Hamper worth £500! To enter, all you need to do is like our Facebook or Instagram page AND comment on our Facebook or Instagram giveaway post – it really is that easy. So, what’s in the hamper? TIBA + MARL BACKPACK Tiba + Marl have been redefining the staid tradition of baby changing bags since 2015 and boy, have they been doing it in style. Parents are no longer having to make the time-honoured compromise of function over

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Screen time for kids – what’s right, wrong and recommended?

Jump to a section: Screen time: a bad thing? Official recommendations The benefits & wider picture Screen time: a redundant term? Content & Context Tips for parents Summary FACT: parenting is hard. Take the summer holidays for example, 6 weeks of being a constant source of entertainment for the little ones – it’s tiring, especially when paired with work and all of the other things life throws at us. It’s times like this when the calling call from the big (or little!) screen is at its most tempting. Tablets and TVs have, we say cautiously, lent some parents a helping

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London’s most explosive firework displays this Bonfire Night

The clocks have turned their backs on us: it’s dark when we wake up for work; and even darker when we get back. Not to mention the painfully crisp autumn air… Well, it’s not all doom and gloom, as Bonfire Night is fast approaching! So, gloves on and sparklers at the ready, as we all prepare to gather round, etch our names in the dark, and watch an explosive display of mesmerising colours. If you’re out and about in London this week, we’ve got some must-visit firework shows for you to check out that are sure to end with a

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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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