Dear smartphone: It’s not you, it’s me

To: My smartphone CC: My tablet device Subject: Break Dear smartphone, I love you, but I don’t like you right now. You take up a lot of my time at the moment mobile phone, and…

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Is helicopter parenting really such a bad thing?

They say children need to fall so they can learn to pick themselves up. The problem is behind every child who falls there’s a nervous mum who was wincing and yelling at them “be careful”…

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Quiz: Are you ready for a toddler?

When couples discuss if they’re ready to have a baby they rarely get into the nitty gritty of what comes after the first year. There’s a lot of talk about changing nappies, sleepless nights and…

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Could an app save your child’s life in an emergency?

Would you know what to do if your child had cut themselves? Pressure and then a plaster, right? That one’s easy. What about if the bleeding wouldn’t stop, if a plaster wouldn’t cover the cut.…

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5 reasons a ‘month of silence’ after birth wouldn’t work

Twilight actress Nikki Reed and her husband Ian Somerhalder have vowed to take a “month of silence” following the birth of their baby. Nikki and her Vampire Diaries actor husband welcomed a baby girl last…

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Newborn girl wardrobe for late summer babies

Expecting a baby in the next few weeks? It’s a bit of an awkward time of year, as you potentially have just a few days left of summer once the baby arrives. We all know…

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Why it’s good to break the routine

I was such a routine freak with my first baby. I seemed to spend my days on the edge of my seat counting down the minutes to the next “thing” that had to be done…

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Are my kids smarter than me?

I don’t consider myself to be a stupid, naive or easily manipulated person. I’m wise to scams – particularly after that £1million I was promised from a long lost relative in Nigeria never turned up…

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Midwives to end campaign for “natural births”

A campaign pushing for more mums to have natural births is being axed because it made women feel like failures. The official midwifery body says midwives will change the way they talk about childbirth to…

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When early pregnancy isn’t ‘normal’

What is normal? Is there any such thing? Certainly when it comes to pregnancy I’m sure it’s a bit of a fine line. It’s a question that I asked constantly when I was seven weeks…

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Why I love wooden toys

Getting new toys for my kids is probably something I enjoy more than they do. They generally just like to rip open the box, have a short play, then ask when Peppa Pig is going…

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TGIF! Why I still get that Friday feeling

Being a mum on maternity leave means weekends are pretty meaningless. It’s not like I’ve left the office for two days. I’m still in what is my office – which is generally the floor of…

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Ultimate new mum gift wish list

Being a new mum brings you a lot closer to your postman. There he is knocking on your door every day with an exciting surprise. Who’s it from, what’s it going to be? I remember…

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Taking vitamin B3 could prevent miscarriage, claims study

Miscarriages and birth defects could be prevented if mums-to-be take Vitamin B3, according to researchers. The team behind the study has hailed it as a breakthrough, claiming the ramifications of the study are “likely to…

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Birth plans: Do we really need them?

The midwife looked at me with sheer horror as I repeated myself. “You don’t have a birth plan?” She replied aghast, as if I had just told her our soon-to-be newborn would be sleeping in…

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Judging mama

They say you shouldn’t judge anyone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. I say you shouldn’t judge a fellow parent until you’ve been sleep deprived because of a tiny night owl for six…

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What women do and don’t need to know before giving birth

I confess to skipping NCT. It’s never been in my nature to ditch class, but I just wasn’t up for the NCT courses on giving birth. Plus there wasn’t a group running near enough to…

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When will my baby sleep through the night?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I honestly believe when Charles Dickens wrote this as the opening line in A Tale of Two Cities, he was writing about being…

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5 totally embarrassing new mum moments

Just when I think I’ve maxed out on embarrassing moments another child-related incident smacks me in the face – which promptly turns bright red. Those embarrassing and cringe-worthy moments are part and parcel of being…

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Cornwall: The perfect family-friendly staycation

When we think of summer holidays our minds drift to sun, sea and sand. I used to always think that meant catching a plane to somewhere exotic. But the truth is you can catch plenty…

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