Advice

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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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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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 Since we all need a break from looking after the kids from time to time, you could argue that babysitters pretty much prop up our society. They’re lifesavers that keep us sane. But finding a good, reliable babysitter isn’t without its problems. In general, when it comes to sorting out babysitters, there are 2 problems: where do you find a good babysitter and how much should you pay your babysitter? This article

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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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Meet the Sitter – Episode #2

In the process of getting bubble off the ground, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet and talk to lots of fantastic babysitters, boasting all kind of talents, backgrounds and experience. It made us think that we’d like to showcase some of the hero sitters we’re lucky enough to have on the app, so we decided to start a regular feature on the blog – Meet the Sitter.  This time, we caught up with Mary Savvides; Events Manager, First Aider and Master Baker…   bubble: Hi Mary, to kick off why don’t you describe yourself in three words MS: I’m bubbly, positive

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