Amy Packham
Lifestyle Writer at The Huffington Post UK covering parenting.

Entries by Amy Packham

Babies Are Being Tested For Alcohol After Concerns Regarding Women Drinking During Pregnancy

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2016 | (13:26)

Newborn babies in Scotland are being tested for alcohol after concerns have been raised about pregnant women drinking regularly.

Researchers at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow are testing newborn babies' faeces for molecules of alcohol.

In early testing of just 200...

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Toddler's Heartwarming Friendship With Her Pet Bulldog Proves They Have A Bond Like No Other

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2016 | (12:54)

The friendship between a toddler and her pet bulldog is being documented in a heartwarming Instagram account.

Two-year-old Erin Craig, from New York, and her dog Harvey have been inseparable since Erin was a baby.

Everything the pair does together is documented on Instagram...

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Bullied Children Need Support Not Anti-Depressants, Mental Health Campaigner Warns

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2016 | (11:05)

Children are being wrongly prescribed anti-depressants as a result of being bullied, a leading mental health campaigner has said. 

The Department for Education's mental health advisor, Natasha Devon, said kids need support from bullying, rather than being prescribed medication.

"If a child is being...

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Holly Willoughby Reveals Cover Of Her Parenting Book, Mums Can't Wait To Get Their Hands On It

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2016 | (10:29)

Holly Willoughby has revealed the cover of her upcoming parenting book and it seems mums can't wait to get their hands on it. 

The 35-year-old, who announced in February she was releasing 'Truly Happy Baby' for new mums, said she is excited to share...

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Mum Invents 'Hands-Free Parenting' Gadget 'LapBaby' To Allow Parents To Multi-Task

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2016 | (09:32)

A mum has launched a new baby product that allows mums and dads to parent "hands-free".

The seating aid securely straps a baby onto an adult's lap, freeing up a parent's hands to eat, write or type. 

Chloe Roberts, 42, came up with the idea of 'LapBaby' two years ago while on maternity leave with her eldest child, who is now three.

"I was at my kitchen table wrapping a gift and needed use of both hands," she told The Huffington Post UK.

"My baby was grizzling in her bouncer and I wanted to comfort her, I tried slings and carriers but they often became hot, were bulky, restrictive and uncomfortable to wear, particularly when seated."

Roberts said she wanted something that would provide freedom for both the parent and child when seated, but also comfort.

She came up with the early concept of LapBaby with the help of an old hoodie and a sewing kit, before working on the final product. 

"I quickly adopted this prototype into everyday life: whilst socialising, working, and even on a flight to Greece," she added.  

"It made daily activities manageable for me and enjoyable for my daughter."

The product states it "enables parents to carry on with everyday activities, whilst nurturing and comforting their baby". 

The product description reads: "LapBaby frees both hands so that the parent can easily interact with their child to aid early cognitive, physical and social development.  Ideal for multitasking.

"It also presents a range of other advantages to the parents, providing a simple solution to ‘one-handed’ mealtimes, working from home, and socialising with friends."

The product - which will be available to buy from 1 May 2016 - is created for babies aged three months and upwards. 

Roberts is currently appealing for funding from Virgin Media's business awards 'Voom' to help get her idea off the...

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Beyoncé's Daughter Blue Ivy Celebrated The Release Of 'Lemonade' In The Cutest Way

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2016 | (08:56)

Beyoncé's daughter Blue Ivy found the cutest way to celebrate the release of her mum's latest album 'Lemonade'.

The four-year-old was photographed by her grandmother, Tina Knowles, wearing a patterned dress covered in lemons.

"My beautiful granddaughter celebrated her mum's Lemonade visual album," 

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Diabetic Alert Dog Sensed Four-Year-Old's Blood Sugar Drop From More Than Five Miles Away

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (14:07)

A four-year-old girl with diabetes was saved by her alert dog when her blood sugar levels dropped at school - even though the pair were five miles apart.

Sadie Brooks, who has Type 1 diabetes and Down's syndrome, relies on her dog, Hero,...

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LEGO-Based Therapy: How Colourful Bricks Are Helping Kids With Autism Improve Their Social Skills

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (12:10)

Playing with LEGO can be more than just a way to prevent boredom, for some children it has the power to boost their social skills and build self-esteem.

LEGO-based therapy is a social development programme for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or related social communication difficulties. 

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Toddler Adorably Protects Dad In Family Pillow Fight: 'It's Okay, I Got You'

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (11:13)

An adorable toddler had his dad's best interests at heart during a family pillow fight.

When his brother and sister start jokingly hitting theirdad...

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Little Girl Walking In Her Mum's Coat Shouldn't Be This Funny (But It Is)

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (10:44)

A little girl created the optical illusion of a walking coat when she decided to raid her mum's wardrobe. 

Drowned with oversized sleeves and with her legs completely covered, the little girl waddles along with a stern look on her face.

But it's when she turns her back and you can't see her face it's the funniest

So simple, yet so entertaining. 


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Mum In Shock After Car Runs Red Light And Narrowly Misses Daughter Crossing Road

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (10:09)

The shocking moment a speeding car ran a red light and nearly hit a child crossing the road has been caught on CCTV.

Katie Jennings and her two daughters, aged six and eight, approached the road...

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Kim Kardashian Face Swaps With Daughter North, Thinks It's The Cutest Thing Ever

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (09:45)

Kim Kardashian now has an image of what she thinks her two-year-old will look like when she grows up, thanks to Snapchat

The mum-of-two used the latest Snapchat filter that enables you to face swap with any photo in your camera roll.

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Mum Who Unexpectedly Gave Birth On Jetstar Asia Plane Names Newborn Son After Airline

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (09:02)

A woman who gave birth on a plane decided to name her newborn son in honour of the airline.

Saw Let Htu, who was flying...

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Three-Year-Old Demonstrates Recovery Position, Puts Us All To Shame

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (15:23)

A three-year-old has proven you're never too young to learn the basics of first aid.

Some of us might have to rack our brains back to our school years to remember how to put someone in the recovery position.

But this toddler perfects the safety method...

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Parents Urged To Vaccinate Against Measles, Mumps, Rubella As 24,000 Kids Aren't Immunised Each Year

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (13:58)

Parents are being urged to vaccinate their children against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as it has been revealed approximately 24,000 kids miss out on being immunised each year.

Public Health England (PHE) state...

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Smacking Children 'Does More Harm Than Good And Leads To Mental Health Problems', Study Finds

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (11:30)

Children who are spanked or smacked are more likely to exhibit aggression and mental health problems as they grow up, a large-scale study has found.

Researchers from the University of Texas and University of Michigan did a meta-analysis of five decades of...

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Feisty Four-Year-Old Refuses To Accept Dad's Rule That She Can 'Never' Have A Boyfriend

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (10:46)

A four-year-old refused to back down when her dad told her she could "never" have a boyfriend.

John Tierney, from South Lanarkshire in Scotland, filmed...

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Boy With Autism Breaks Down In Happy Tears As He Watches Coldplay Perform For The First Time

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (09:37)

A boy with autism was moved to tears when he watched his favourite band Coldplay perform live for the first time.

The boy's father, Luis Vazquez, filmed his son's joyous reaction during the performance of 'Fix You' in Mexico City. 

"Something my wife and I decided to share with the whole wide world," the dad wrote in a caption on YouTube

"Let's keep looking to share these kind of things! #autismspeak."

The video was viewed 2.7 million times within seven days of being posted on 19 April. 

The video also reached Coldplay, who retweeted the video with the words: "This kind of thing makes it all worthwhile."


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'Booster Seat Ban': Changes To Child Car Seats To Be Introduced In December 2016

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (08:59)

Stricter rules for children's booster seats will come into force later this year, limiting the use of backless booster seats to older children. 

Under the new rules, backless booster seats will only be approved for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg, according to...

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Watching 'One Born Every Minute' Doesn't Put Me Off Having Kids

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (00:00)

One Born Every Minute is high up there with one of the programmes I religiously watch (and genuinely look forward to) at 9pm on a Tuesday night.

I'm 25, I don't have kids and although I do plan on having them one day, it's not going to happen any...

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