Being a Mama is FULL ON. What if I told you you could have more time to yourself? My kids are 8 and 2, and my husband and I are yet to get a night off. Recently I was asked to try the new bubble babysitting app and I was probably far too enthusiastic to try it out, but this Mama misses time off! The way the app had been described to me was like tinder for babysitters and I can sort of see why - you swipe through prospective babysitters and choose the one you thinks suits you best.
Obviously I was wary. I’m sure no-one would try a new babysitter without having some element of doubt, but I decided I’d try it out by using some time to get things done at home while the kids were still in earshot. That way I wouldn’t have to worry, but could use the time to do all the things I like to do in peace like prepare lunch, pee and put some make up on.
On downloading the app it's really easy to see how to book. You have the option to put in the day and time you want and see who’s available or you can let people offer the ‘sit’ time you request. You can then have a look over their profile and accept or decline. You can also ask any questions you may have. Simple! I chose to search through- cos I’m nosey- and by luck I could straight away see who my friends had used in the past and left reviews for. This was a no brainer for me and I quickly booked a 21 year old medical student called Giorgi who my lovely friend vouched for.
Lewis – my 8 year old is very sociable and was really keen to have someone new to play with but I was slightly concerned about Joy as she can be extremely shy with new people. When our sitter came it was a lovely day so she suggested playing outside while I got things done upstairs. The fee for my sitter was £8.00 and hour and you only pay for the time they are actually there. If you let them go early you end sit and it’s stops charging you. This is really handy - if you were out and enjoying yourself it means, if your sitter was happy to stay on, you wouldn't have to rebook. You can just end the sit when you arrive home.
Our sitter was really chatty and straight away at ease with the kids (even the very apprehensive Joy). She read them stories and entertained them fully for the 4 hour duration. I didn’t want to get in the way but I could hear lots of happy noises from both children and she even offered to make them lunch. At one point I heard Lewis try his luck asking for endless sweet supplies and Giorgi confidently told him no as they hadn't had lunch. At that point I knew she was a keeper.
We've just moved house so I managed to get a lot of unpacking done as well as enjoying my own lunch in peace. Even as a complete worrier I’d be happy to leave my kids with Giorgi so I could go out. The great thing is as I know my friend uses her it’s no different to any other recommendation for childcare, but the app just makes it a whole lot easier to book.
After my sit I left a very positive review so that my friends can see how much we liked Giorgi and can feel confident in booking her themselves. For me word of mouth is the best thing when it comes to childcare and bubble shows any connections you have with friends and sitters which I think is a fab idea.
The price of a sitter ranges and sitters have a little blurb about their interests etc and you can see a picture. You can also see which sitters are PVG checked and who has first aid training which is really handy. If you have the basic package there is a £3.50 booking fee for each sit but if you upgrade you don’t pay the fee. I was pleasantly surprised that there were so many sitters available in my area as I live quite far out of Edinburgh. Its not the easiest to get to but I had 25 to choose from.
In this month’s mamaME box there is a £10 voucher for the bubble all so get dropping hints for a box so you can start browsing for babysitters. I’m sure we could all benefit from just that little bit more ‘me time’. Regardless of whether its a date night you need or just 2 hours to enjoy a coffee alone I’m a firm believer in time off from the kids. I’m a definite bubble convert!
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