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Breast Or Bottle: A Dad's Perspective

Nigel Higgins | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nigel Higgins

There always seems to be a lot of argument and debate over what is best, but rarely have I seen a post by a dad on the subject of breast or bottle fed babies, so I thought I would give my view on what appears to be a controversial subject. I have to say that I'm not passionate about either.

Parenting - Who Said It Was Easy?

Katie Woodland | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In fact, give yourself a break, because not only are you trying to figure out what you want, you're also trying to figure out what another human being wants, when they don't even know themselves...

Easy Tips And Tricks To Help Your Baby Love Bath Time

Jen Barton | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Parents

Splashing around. Playing with bubbles. Soaking in the warm water. Pretending you’re a superhero duck trying to rescue the other ducks from a fierce...

The Minefield Of Miscarriage

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

Well you never know what support, or lack of support, will be offered to you. You have no idea whether those around you will say helpful things or hurtful things, so as you are walking on this uncharted and terrifying path you are constantly waiting for a bomb to be detonated.

My Secret Miscarriage

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

So those are my reasons. That is why I didn't tell anyone we had lost our first baby for quite some time, in fact it wasn't until we lost our third baby that we became much more open about our journey to have children.

Are Dads Undervalued At Birth?

Chris Newman | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Chris Newman

Around the time my little baby was born I was getting quite bad chest pains so much so that we called the non emergency number as it was around 7pm. There was an ambulance at the door within 10 minutes to check me over. The pain had already reduced by the time they arrived and I didn't need to go to hospital (I think it was just stress).

Devices for listening to your baby's heartbeat at home: False reassurance

Helen Miller | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

I urge all pregnant to think before you making a purchase. Midwives and doctors are trained to use these devices. For a health professional, listening to a baby's heartbeat needs to be understood along with the physiology of pregnancy.

Why Shouldn't Janet Jackson Have A Baby At 50?

Jay McCarthy | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jay McCarthy

When news broke that Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana had welcomed a healthy baby boy, I was delighted for them. Yet, despite the world's good wishes towards Janet, who reportedly "had a stress-free, healthy delivery", it was sad that most people seemed more concerned about her age.

Understanding Why New Motherhood Can Be So Lonely

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

I can now treasure these simple moments of just baby, moonshine and me, but those first months of motherhood were tinged with loneliness: a surprising predicament that I hadn't prepared myself for

When Breast Is Not Always Best

Stacey Oakes | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

There is no support for mums who bottle-feed. There, I said it. I constantly see articles about how we need to have more support and help for breastfeeding mothers and how it needs to be more socially acceptable to feed your baby wherever you choose to.

Three Person Babies: Who Do We Recognise As Parents And Why?

Lisa Webley | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Webley

English law provides that the person who gives birth to the child is automatically the legal mother, and the man who undergoes fertility treatment with that woman is the legal father regardless of whether it was his sperm that was used to create the child.

Why I'm Glad I Forgot The Advent Calendars

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

Then Advent begins and with it a renewed duty to my family to get out the house. Having failed to get an Advent calendar, I need to think on my feet. We've got a little Christmas tree but it's fairly bare, awaiting hand-me-down decorations.

An Apology To My First-Born Child

Laura Pearson | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Pearson

I am sorry that everyone, me included, expects you to be enthusiastic about sharing. Not just your toys, but your parents, too. And while we all know it's a good lesson for you to learn, to you, it just means getting less. And who is going to put their hand up for that?

Boob To Bottle... The Challenge

John Hibbs | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

For the first 6 months or so I was pretty much redundant when it came to feeding Littlest View From a Daddy. With Mrs VFAD nursing our newest addition, it meant that I needed to take on other key roles that are essential when a little human arrives in the house: changing nappies, getting the washing sorted, taking charge of the family meals etc.

Why 'Procreation' And 'Pleasure' Should Go Hand In Hand When It Comes To Falling Pregnant

Emily Street | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

Through no fault of their own, for many couples who have been trying to conceive for a long period of time - often for many months and even years - the actual physical act of sexual intercourse can become quite perfunctory or regimented.

Surviving Playgroups

Vicki Coombe | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Coombe

They are also pretty intimidating at first though; walking into a room of strangers, fears of cliques and the fact you are transported back to an irrational school child fear that no one will like you

Mourning My Maternity

Deb Bunn | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

It's a lot of things to miss about being with M all the time, and I guess it's a kind of grief that I'm experiencing. Mourning my maternity leave. But then, I'm so very grateful, that I have those things to miss. That I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a mummy, and to spend 9 blissful months with my girl.

Miscarriage - It Happened To Me

Joanne Martin | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Joanne Martin

The words ring in your ears. Everything around you slows down and blurs. The words feel heavy on your skin as they sink in. You can feel your heart beating fast and loud and your chest begins to hurt. Your eyes swim with tears. You feel a slow numbness creep up your body from your toes, until you can't feel yourself anymore. You're hot and numb.

What I Wasn't Told About Breastfeeding!

Gemma Jade | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Jade

Looking back, I wish I had known these things to help make me feel "normal" instead of having people tell me to stop and give up because I wasn't giving my baby what he needed when in fact he put on lots of weight very quickly and is a healthy and happy baby!

It's Inevitable, We All Become Our Dad

Tom Walters | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tom Walters

I am my dad. I am him dancing at a Caravan Club get together in 1997 swinging my hips and arms side to side to the Bee Gees. It has happened. The dad dance has arrived. I am no longer in control of my limbs.

Dear First-Time Mum Me,

Deborah Pryn | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

My second baby reaches the 8-week mark this week and I can't believe how much faster it's gone this time round. Although I feel a bit guilty saying this, I'm enjoying having a baby so much more this time round.

The Emotional Dad

Tom McIlvenny-Cox | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tom McIlvenny-Cox

bmm banner.jpg I'm going to have to reign it in the coming years... my boy doesn't need a blubbering mess of a dad at his school plays. Or maybe that is exactly what the boys of the future generation need? To teach them they can be emotional if they want to be.

Remember When You Thought You Had It Bad...

Zeyna Sanjania | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Zeyna Sanjania

Do you remember? Remember when you thought you had it bad? When your food got cold because you had spent too long trying to get a good Instagram shot of it?

Bringing Up Kids In An Unstable World

Tom Walters | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tom Walters

It is an indescribable feeling seeing someone you embrace with love so deep it makes you nauseous, developing and changing with the passing weeks. That you've somehow managed to create this gentle creature that is untouched by the bitterness and cynicism of modern life.

Can You Love Your Baby Too Much?

Deb Bunn | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

When I was waiting for my miracle baby, I was desperate to be a mUmmy. It was a real biological need to have a child. My friends had already started their families and being with their children and my nieces and nephews cemented my belief that I would enjoy being a mummy, but I had no idea that I'd love it this much!