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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Maternity wards closed to pregnant mums hundreds of times

Expectant mums were turned away from closed maternity wards hundreds of times last year, according to hospital figures. More than 40 per cent of maternity wards in England closed at least once in 2016, according…

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Bedtime routine tips for two under two

Bedtime routines should be a peaceful affair. But keeping bedtime relaxed can be pretty much impossible when you have two under two. I love that there is a small age gap between my two children.…

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10 ways to diffuse a toddler tantrum

Much like diffusing a bomb, stopping a toddler from going into meltdown can be a tricky and nerve-wracking experience. How do you cope when you’re in public? What do you do when it happens just…

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A reminder for when I lose my mojo

Dear mojo-less me, Right now you’re stuck in a bit of a rut. You’re alternating between staring at the wall and going through the motions with the kids. You can’t muster any real enthusiasm for…

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10 times I’ve had to rein in my inner Monica

It’s a shame Friends ended when it did. I would have liked to see Monica handle twins with her OCD for cleaning. I’m not as extreme as the character but I definitely like a clean…

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Family friendly recipe: Chicken, olive and caper ragu

I thought I would share a dinner we had last week as it was so out of this world amazing. On paper this should be a winter warmer reserved for the colder months. But something…

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