The amazing bottomless changing bag

All of us mums have to be pretty much superheroes to organise the chaos that is family life. We’re woken up at 6am, if we’re lucky, and then are expected to enthusiastically navigate our way…

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Schools should teach children about breastfeeding, say doctors

Schoolchildren could be taught the “breast is best” mantra in class, under recommendations aimed at driving up breastfeeding rates in the UK. The country has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world,…

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Babies will now be offered Hepatitis B vaccine with routine jabs

From today all babies born in the UK will be offered the hepatitis B jab as part of their routine immunisations. Public Health England hopes the move will help battle viral infections that cause cirrhosis…

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Not a crafty Pinteresting mum

Art was one of my favourite subjects at school. Not because I was good at it. I can’t draw a stick man! It was because it was the most chilled out lesson on my timetable.…

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10 things my children do to make me well up

I wasn’t cold as ice before having kids but I didn’t used to well up at adverts on television (even the John Lewis Christmas ads didn’t crack me!). Now with two kids, anything can get…

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Why summer holidays suck for maternity leavers too

There’s been a lot of talk about the hell of school holidays as we enter the six-week summer break. As someone with two kids under three I have all this yet to come. I look…

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What it’s like to cut out dairy when breastfeeding

As a new mum I do very little that is just for me. I occasionally escape the house child-free to get my hair done or meet a friend. For the most part choices are taken…

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How I increased my blog traffic five-fold in four weeks

When I launched my blog I had no idea what a passion it would become in such a short space of time. I’ve been going for just over seven weeks now and I am still…

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Sexist clothing teaches our girls they’re just a pretty face

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, right? I admit, we appear to have a lot of different approaches to things. Like to me a pile of dirty dishes is a priority chore…

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Why parenting advice needs a disclaimer

Nothing else gets you unsolicited advice like having a baby. Everyone has a little pearl of wisdom to share. Even people who don’t have children like to wade in and give their two pennies’ worth…

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Fitbit Flex 2 fitness band review

We’re very lucky to live a stone’s throw from the Thames Path and so I have no excuse not to get out every day. There are times when this has been both a blessing and…

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Confessions of a baby clothes shopaholic

Rewind four years ago and shopping was all about what would look great on that night out, that day at Royal Ascot or that wedding. Then it morphed to what would make my bump look…

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Family friendly recipe: Macaroni and cheese with peas

This is one of my favourite weaning recipes as it’s quick to cook and the cheese means it’s popular with small children. My youngest daughter is doing brilliantly with solid food, much to my delight.…

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A plea for teething intervention to the Tooth Fairy

Dear Tooth Fairy, I just wanted to express my gratitude for the hard work that you do. What a task it must be collecting up all those baby teeth and hiding money underneath the pillows…

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The shame of mummy rage

It happened again the other day. It hit so suddenly I didn’t even realise what had happened until it was over. The wave of rage that sweeps over me when it’s all got too much.…

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