Anti-social media: When does it become TMI?

How much do you share of your life online? Do you share every little bit with the entire world, or just a few select snapshots with only close friends and relatives? How much is too…

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Baby bucket list: 17 things couples must do before becoming parents

You’ve thought long and hard about it and finally come to the decision that it’s time to take the leap and try for a baby. You’re already talking about what names you like, what kind…

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When is the right time to have a baby?

Is there such a thing as the perfect time to start a family? Can you break it down into an equation that creates the perfect balance of time spent enjoying being single, time spent enjoying…

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20 things pregnant mums need to know about the first trimester

Women have a lot to cope with during the first trimester of pregnancy. A lot is going on inside your body as it grows and nourishes the tiny life inside of you. It’s pretty amazing…

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Just one of those days

Sometimes you can just tell it’s going to be one of “those days”. I’ve cracked open one eye and seen the time is 4.30am. The baby is crying down the hallway and my toddler is…

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NEWS: 30 hours of free childcare will cause bills to soar

Parents may face more expensive childcare bills after the 30 hours free care scheme launches next month, an education charity has warned. A survey by the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA) found 74 per cent of…

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11 things venues need to be family-friendly

What makes a place truly family-friendly? For me, it takes more than just offering chips and ice cream on the menu. Taking young children to a play centre, restaurant, cafe or, dare I say it,…

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The invisible mum

When I take my baby to visit friends and relatives I frequently find myself wondering if I’ve developed the power of invisibility. Everyone excitedly chatters around the baby, makes observations on what she’s doing and…

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Little Loves: August edition

With August being a bit of a washout in terms of weather I guess we can count on September being a little chilly. But that’s ok because I’ve got some beautiful clothes already for my…

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How to stop putting your goals on a pedestal

There are many times in my life where I’ve been guilty of putting my goals on a pedestal. I can’t get onto that course. I’ll never manage to do that exam. That job is well…

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50 things expectant mums need to know before having a baby

Having a baby is fun, beautiful and life-changing. But it’s also a huge upheaval. Nothing can really prepare you, but it’s good to have an idea of what to expect. These are the 50 things that…

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Parenting with a hangover: 10 reasons it’s a struggle

It’s a dilemma on a Nelly and Kelly scale when you get the chance for a night out when you’re a parent. Why? One word. Hangovers. On the one hand, you need some grown-up time,…

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The real phases of labour

If we can blast human beings into space – where there is no oxygen or gravity – in a tin can and bring them back down again safely, why haven’t we made birth any easier?…

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10 movies that make me ugly cry since having children

Having children has made me a bit of a blubbering wreck. It’s not just hormones. A parent’s love for their child is so strong that if you even imagine something bad happening to them it…

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What mums go through in the first year of feeding a baby

The first year of caring for a baby is a bit like signing up to Weight Watchers, but in reverse. Every time you see a health professional they want to weigh the baby. You find…

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