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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NEWS: British mums-to-be among world’s worst for causing harm to baby by drinking

Pregnant mums in the UK are among the world’s worst for harming their unborn baby by boozing. A study found four times more British children suffer alcohol-related birth defects than the global average. The UK…

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Goodbye little white lies

Honesty is the best policy. But sometimes little white lies are essential to surviving the day. The trouble is now my daughter is hurtling towards the age of three at an alarming rate, she’s getting…

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The B Files: Debunking baby myths

I’m channeling Mulder and Scully and setting out to debunk the myths that surround parenting a baby. We are bombarded by a lot of useless, silly and barking mad information in the first months. It…

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16 steps for going cold turkey from breastfeeding

Stopping breastfeeding abruptly is not easy, comfortable or stress-free but sometimes you have no choice. About two weeks ago my baby bit me, on both nipples, so hard it bled. I have no idea why…

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Treating baby eczema

Witnessing a baby scratching frantically at already red and raw skin is awful. As a parent eczema makes you feel completely powerless, like you’re doing something wrong. I’ve been so frustrated these last eight months…

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Baby products that would solve everyday parenting issues – if only they existed

Parenting is hard. Not quantum physics hard. But sitting in ratty pyjamas, leaking milk, rocking a wailing infant frantically, trying to placate a screaming toddler while cooking dinner and worrying if you’re reading to the…

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Should we feed babies peanut butter to beat allergies?

Feeding babies peanut butter from six months can help to prevent potentially deadly allergies from developing, according to new medical guidelines. Peanut butter is not on my weaning list of foods to give my eight-month-old…

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NEWS: Britain’s breastfeeding capital unveiled

Britain’s breastfeeding capital has been revealed as Lewisham. The South London borough has three times as many babies who are breastfed compared to the borough with the lowest rate – Knowsley in Merseyside. New figures…

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NEWS: Doctors warn against ‘vaginal seeding’ babies after C-sections

New mums should not embrace the trend of “vaginal seeding” their baby, doctors have warned. The practice exposes children born by C-section to bacteria that could have coated their bodies if they had been born…

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Unique baby shower gift ideas

It’s tough to know what a new mum really needs unless you’ve had a nose through the nursery she’s been steadily filling with stuff for the baby. I found it even tougher before I became…

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Babies to face Cambridge Uni interview questions in overhaul of nine-month review

Babies undergoing their nine-month health review are to be tested with questions inspired by Cambridge University’s gruelling entrance interviews under a shake-up by the NHS. Tots will be expected to compare and contrast the painting…

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NEWS: Safer Down’s syndrome test introduced for pregnant mums

A safer test for Down’s syndrome is to be introduced for pregnant mums in Wales. The Welsh Government has announced the more accurate non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) will be offered from 2018. The decision by…

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Amal Clooney should be congratulated for more than just her “post-baby body”

Women know how to thrive under pressure. Throw us 10 tasks to get done today and we get them squared away by midday and move on to tomorrow’s to do list. We are a formidable…

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Some assembly required: Wrap rage

Parents pay good money for stuff that makes their life easier. We fork out a fortune on products that promise to miraculously cure sleep problems and ones that vow to take the stress out of…

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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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