Not just for Saturday nights: 5 other reasons parents book a babysitter

There’s nothing we love more than seeing how parents make use of the little bit of extra Me Time that bubble affords them. Often, the thought of booking a babysitter instinctively makes people think about Saturday night’s out (which is super important and worthwhile of course!)  but it turns out the parents on bubble can be way more resourceful than that, booking sitters so they can… Make that meeting Working Mums in particular use the app to book in ad-hoc childcare when they need to work from the office or from home – because trying to hit a deadline from your …

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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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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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What’s your parent dating style?

Becoming a parent doesn’t just change who you are as a person, it inevitably changes your relationship too, with some parents finding it hard to get time alone together without the kids. We’ve been chatting to loads of parents and have found that, while we’re not necessarily doing all the same things we did before, we’re finding new ways of having fun together, and that’s pretty great too. 1. Ain’t no party like a PTA party It may not have been your idea of a wild night out before you had kids, but you get to drink (warm) wine and …

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Annoying parent habits: ‘Surprise’ Pets & Tipsy Parents

As you can probably guess, we’ve spent a fair bit of time talking to parents and sitters about the ‘fun’ that comes with organising a babysitter. Every tiny nugget of information and insight continues to be a massive help in developing bubble, but we thought why should we keep this to ourselves? So here it is, fellow parents – our top 10 most annoying habits according to the sitters we asked (186 to be exact) who were just too nice to tell you themselves. Is it cheeky or the result of tired people being ‘over-enthusiastic’ on a rare night off? …

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A failed experiment

Here’s something you probably knew: us parent’s don’t really like sharing our babysitters. Even your most solid, selfless all round do-gooder friend that’ll drop everything for you 99% of the time can be found wanting when asked for the phone number of the amazing sitter that helped them out last week. The same one they instantly regretted ever mentioning to you as soon as they saw your step spring and eyes light up. What’s more, this behaviour is in no way frowned upon, even by the person on the receiving end of it. “Fair enough, I’d do the same” is …

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