6 tips for booking your first babysitter

Our kids are the most important things in the world to us. Therefore choosing a babysitter – especially if you’ve never used one before can feel like a big, even daunting decision. It’s also a personal decision, and nobody is a better judge than you in terms of what’s best for you and your kids. As parents ourselves, having spoken to many others on the subject and having seen how thousands of parents are booking babysitters on bubble, we’ve compiled a list of the things mums and dads are doing to help them get comfortable when booking a babysitter for …

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Alternative gifts for Valentine’s Day

  Love it, loathe it or not too bothered by it – wherever you stand on Valentine’s, it’s ultimately a great excuse to treat that special someone in your life, but how about this year, doing it a little bit differently? We say, for 2018, leave the clichés at the door and go alternative instead. Here’s our guide to help you out. 1. Book a class with Obby If we’re talking alternative, booking a class with Obby has got to be at the top of everyone’s list. Wherever your partner’s interests lay, you can be sure Obby has a class …

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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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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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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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The school half-term survival guide for parents ‘too cool’ (cough) to plan

  Been too busy to think about school half-term, let alone plan anything? And you don’t want to waste a lovely family Bank Holiday weekend frantically ‘Googling’ educationally and emotionally fulfilling kids’ days out, or booking ridiculously expensive family mini-breaks? We don’t blame you! These days the pressure is on to plan every second, so if you’re an organised mum or dad who’s already got half term mapped out, then hats off. And if you’re the one who’s escaping to work next week, we salute you. But if you’re the parent who’s been head down and – BAM! – half-term has just hit …

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How to deal with a 1 year old heckler!

Hatty Ashdown – a comic and mum from South East London and MC of Screaming With Laughter, the original London lunchtime comedy club for parents and babies – describes the perils of mixing comedy and kids. “Everyone knows dealing with a heckler is one of the biggest challenges for a stand-up comic – well, how about when that heckler is 1 year old! I took over running Screaming With Laughter from comic Lucy Porter (the one off the telly) earlier this year, and MC’ing these shows is different to any other gigs I’ve done. It’s an amazing, unique challenge as …

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Introducing Babysitter Background Check

We’ve just released a new version of our app and amongst the many improvements, we’re really pleased to have our new Background Checks in place. Now, every babysitter on bubble is cleared through an identity check and an online background check before their profile goes live. This is part of our mission to build a platform and community that offers parents and sitters the safest, most trusted way to arrange their babysitting. We’ve partnered with a cutting-edge technology platform that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to screen individuals for some of the world’s biggest banks and financial institutions. The …

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Babysitting rates: what should you pay a babysitter in the UK?

Jump to section: Babysitting rates in the UK What might the rate depend on? Wrong amount of cash at the end of the night? It’s a personal choice Average Babysitting rates across the UK City Average babysitting rate p/hr Bath £8.50 Birmingham £9 Bournemouth £8.50 Brighton £9 Bristol £9 Cambridge £9.50 Canterbury £8.50 Cardiff £8.50 Edinburgh £9 Leeds £8 Leicester £8.50 London £10 Manchester £8.50 Newcastle £8 Nottingham £8 Oxford £9 Sheffield £8 Southampton £9 Southend £8 Taken from bubble babysitting data, download the app here Since we all need a break from looking after the kids from time to …

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7 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

Every January, we make a number of unrealistic resolutions for the new year, from learning a language or travelling to new countries to volunteering or running a marathon. Instead of adding to your to-do list, make 2017 the year you get more rest, let go of parental guilt and make some more time for yourself. Here are 7 resolutions that every parent needs to make this year (and you can always do that marathon too if you really want to…): Put aside some time each week to do something just for you. Not work. Not spending time with the kids. …

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