Why reading is magic for babies and toddlers

When I was still pregnant with my first baby my shopping addiction spiralled a bit out of control. It’s such a rush when you get past the first 12 weeks and feel you can start…

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A letter to my darling babies, from an imperfect mum

To my babies, I am not the perfect mum, but no one will ever love you like I do. I make the ugliest pancakes, but I make them because i know you love them, and…

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How to stop rocking your baby to sleep

The early weeks with a newborn are all about survival. You do whatever it takes to get them to sleep before they hit their limit. When you miss the sacred “nap window” you end up…

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Living on the edge: 10 extreme parenting moments

It’s hardly an extreme sport, but us parents have our own unique ways of taking risks. We don’t need to hurl ourselves off a cliff to get an adrenaline rush, we’ve got all kinds of…

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21 tips for surviving the first six months with two children under two

Once you’ve coped with one baby, becoming a mum for the second time is a lot easier. But you didn’t have a toddler pulling at your sleeve every five minutes with your first, so it…

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10 things you need to know about the 30 hours free childcare

Parents could double their free childcare hours from next month. Some families will be able to apply for 30 hours of free childcare a week – double the current offering of 15 hours for all…

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The joy of parenting: When mums have to fake it to make it

Being a mum isn’t all nursery rhymes, rainbows and fairytales wrapped up in a cute little gurgling package of joy. Sometimes it’s tears in the shower, poo on your clothes and endless nights of pacing…

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Essential guide to staying in hospital after having a baby

Everyone always talks a lot about what labour is like and what to do once your baby is home. But there’s not much said about the 24 hours or more you may end up spending…

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Surviving the first month after having a baby

You’ve had no sleep due to a long labour, you’re sore, you’re feeling emotional and your entire body aches. But there’s no time to rest because you have a tiny human relying on you for…

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NEWS: Number of cot deaths reaches record low

The number of unexplained baby deaths has dropped to a record low for the second year running. Figures show the number of Sudden Infant Deaths (SIDS) fell from 216 in 2014 to 191 in 2015.…

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100 ways to keep mum happy

Us mums ride a rollercoaster of emotions as we try to juggle a million and one different things. Some days are pretty close to perfection and we’re buoyed by the enormous love we have for…

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Five-step action plan for handling a defiant toddler

I used to be the only one who could do everything right in my toddler’s eyes. Now it seems she’s changed her mind and everything I’m doing is wrong. This defiant streak she’s demonstrating right…

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NEWS: Number of babies brain-damaged at birth hits record level

The number of babies suffering brain damage at birth due to medical blunders has reached record levels. Cases against maternity units for mistakes that left children with life-long disabilities rose by a quarter in the…

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The price of fun with a toddler? £1,000 and counting

How much would it cost me to keep my kids entertained at local theme parks and other attractions every week for a year? After totting up the entry costs it came to nearly £1,100. Is…

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I’m ready to quit breastfeeding – so why do I still feel guilty?

Mum guilt has paralysed me again as I wrestle with indecision over quitting breastfeeding. The stats and advice about infant feeding keep creeping up and whacking me over the head. But I want to quit.…

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The big returning to work dilemma

I’ve spent the last three years making babies and keeping them alive. There was a return to work for about eight months in the middle of that. But I am not one of those glowing…

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NEWS: Baby boxes to be given to Scottish mums

Cardboard boxes that can be used as a crib for newborns are to be delivered to new mums in Scotland from today. The boxes also contain a mattress, clothes and books. The Scottish government says…

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The hospital bag: What you need & how to pack it

Have you started packing your hospital bag yet? Worried about how you’re going to fit everything in, and if you’ve got everything you need? Don’t  worry, I’ve got you covered! After having two babies I…

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Siblings: It’s a love/hate relationship

I didn’t expect my two girls to develop a love/hate relationship quite so soon. When I found out I was having another girl my mind immediately sprang forwards to the teenage years when they might…

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Review: Cuddledry SPF50+ poncho towel

With the summer sun gracing us with its presence far too rarely this month, when it has come out we have wanted to make the most of every second. When it gets really warm that…

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