When my first kid Zeb arrived, amidst all the fun and excitement, I do remember thinking to myself that parenting was just too hard! Atara and I used to laugh about it but in all seriousness, for all of the innovation we’ve seen since the dawn of the internet, parenting’s not really gotten much easier to the extent that it has for almost everything else we do.

The idea for bubble only came a couple years later and in helping parents find a babysitter easily, I’d like to think we’re doing our bit, but we’re not the only ones – below are five apps that help us parents save time and keep things running.

TaskRabbit

A dad’s best mate these guys. TaskRabbit finds you handymen on-demand. I’ve used them for building ikea shelves, clearing out boxes and numerous other chores that were making me look bad. Their booking app also makes it easy to get it all sorted while you other half’s not around…I’d get away with it except that the quality of the handywork is normally a giveaway that I’ve had some help in.

Deliveroo

Deliveroo is great not only because it makes getting dinner sorted so quick and easy, but it brings you food from the types of places you used to enjoy sitting in before the little terrors angels arrived.

Laundrapp

For me, ironing is a pointless exercise. My shirts end up looking worse then when I started and by the time I’m done, I’ve missed that meeting anyway! So Laundrapp’s proved a bit of a joy. They’ll come and collect your shirts before dropping them off the next day – and you can get it all sorted in a few taps. It’s pretty good value as well because they’re often running promotions that reduce the cost.

Bloom & Wild

Amidst all of the chaos, being as good and considerate a son/husband/brother/friend as you once were becomes increasingly difficult. Bloom & Wild can help because their app lets you order and send great flowers in a matter of seconds.  What’s really clever is that the flowers are packed in a way that lets them be posted through a letterbox so the person you’re sending them to doesn’t need to be around to get them.

Hoop

Deciding what to do with the kids in London on a Sunday’s frustrating because a: it’s normally cold and raining and b: you’re sure there must be loads of stuff going on around you but finding it all is tough.  Not anymore. Hoop’s app not only lists all the events around you, but you can filter by times, price and the ages they’re suitable for. We’re big fans of YPlan at bubble so it’s great to see something like this created for families now too.

If you’ve got other apps that you can’t do without then let us know in the comments section or via twitter.

Thanks,

Ari