Bringing up baby: Google is not right, you are

I spent months worrying I was doing everything wrong with my first baby. I would spend far too long huddled over my smartphone as I searched on Google for answers to every teeny niggle I…

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Colic Awareness Month: What to do when your baby won’t stop crying

There’s a reason the sound of a baby’s cries is used as a stress noise during SAS training. The relentless wails of an infant in distress can break even the toughest of tough guys and…

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10 baby products new parents don’t need

When you’re riding the high of impending motherhood, it’s easy to get a bit carried away. Visiting the shops to look at baby gear becomes a weekly outing as you decide what buggy, car seat,…

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Keeping your cool: 10 tips for stressed mums

It’s hard to keep your own frustrations under control when you’re under pressure from tiny humans. They’re irrational, always speak their mind, always hungry, always want what you don’t have in the cupboards and always…

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What to do with my maternity clothes

There’s a bag of clothes by the front door. It’s sitting there like an unanswered question and the longer I try to ignore it, the more it bugs me. It’s an impossible one for me…

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Gender neutral clothes: What’s the point?

The gender neutral argument is starting to lose its way and the plot. I’m a feminist, I want equal opportunities and I absolutely hate gender stereotyping, and for that matter stereotyping of any kind. But…

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50 things I love about being a mum

There are way more things I love about being a mum than I hate. But taking a look through my blog posts I realise I whinge about it quite a bit! Yes the long days…

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How to survive the first 8 weeks of breastfeeding your baby

It’s absolutely the toughest bit of nursing your baby. Having gone through it with two, it’s not hard to see why a lot of women quit or simply cannot physically go on past the first…

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Surviving the 4th trimester: What to do when your newborn won’t be put down

You’ve just had a baby who will not be put down for more than two minutes without crying inconsolably. It’s crazy how after three trimesters of pregnancy during which our bodies are pushed to the…

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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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