#Baby

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!

Are All Babies Obsessed By Trees?

Oli Reed | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

Don't get me wrong, I like trees too, but this is something else. As soon as we emerge from beneath the canopy, his little face crumples again, before we dash to the next one and repeat the process. There doesn't seem to be a trunk of timber in England that won't get him revved up, and he certainly isn't species-biased either.

Desperate To Fall Pregnant? I Know It's Hard, But Try Not To Stress It

Emily Street | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

But as a practitioner of complementary therapies, like hypnotherapy for fertility, it's my overwhelming belief that keeping your stress in check is vital for women either looking to fall pregnant naturally or for those who are going through IVF.

Eight Things Not To Say To A New Mum

Hattie Harrison | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Hattie Harrison

So, what should you say? Before you get mournful and buy an 'in loving memory' card for their fanny just have a word with yourself. Tell them they look great, they're doing really well and make them a brew, just the same as before they were a new mum really.

I Didn't Sleep

Michelle Gant | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Gant

For the six months that you lay beside me in your crib, wrapped in the bedding that I hoped would replicate the warmth of my arms. I woke night after night and watched you breathe, my hand gently hovering above, feeling the rise and fall of your chest, the sweet wisp of your breath on my arms.

Why We Need To Extend Statutory Maternity Leave For Mothers Of Premature Babies

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

Premature babies are babies for longer. Born early they develop according to their 'corrected' age, which is calculated according to their due date rather than their birth date. This sees parents returning to work when their babies are still physically and emotionally less developed in comparison to babies born on or near their due date.

Why We Need To Extend Statutory Maternity Leave For Mothers Of Premature Babies

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

Premature babies are babies for longer. Born early they develop according to their 'corrected' age, which is calculated according to their due date rather than their birth date. This sees parents returning to work when their babies are still physically and emotionally less developed in comparison to babies born on or near their due date.

Baby Led Weaning

Donna Mills | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Donna Mills

Your baby might not be ready by 6 months - on their 'half birthday' they will not arch their back and spew a rainbow whilst shitting butterflies to alert you of their readiness to recieve solid food stuffs. If, like me, you don't have X-Ray vision, you won't be able to visually tell if their gut is ready, so you'll just have to wing it.

Pigeon Pair And Wanting A Third

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

I've found parenting difficult and I'm certainly not the earth mother I had imagined myself to be. I've had PND, had a breakdown and have come out the other side, but I can confidently say I've been a good mum, caring mum, loving mum and my children are flourishing. I want another baby, not yet, but in a few years' time and this baby will complete our family as five.

When Parenting Reality Kicks In

Michelle Gant | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Gant

Up until my daughter had been diagnosed with eczema, our parenting path had been as expected, with sleepless nights and nappy explosions and projectile vomiting and earth-shattering screaming. All standard baby behaviour. But the eczema had caught us off guard.

Advice I Would Have Given My First Time Pregnant Self

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

I was so scared about the possibilities of bringing a child into this world and how I would cope as a parent. What kind mum did I want to be? How would I parent? Would I try and breastfeed? I found all the information from parenting books, NCT antenatal groups and other people's advice overwhelming and confusing.

Why I Wish Geri Was Having Twins...

Angela Corpe | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Corpe

I was kind of hoping it might be twins, if only for the headline "Geri-hat-trick!" though that would of course, have raised the issue of IVF and that's a whole other can of worms to open up (again!)

How The Myth Of The 'Good Baby' Is Damaging Breastfeeding

Amy Brown | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Being a new parent can be one of the biggest, scariest responsibilities you will ever take on. Growing a whole new tiny person and keeping them alive can be anxiety inducing even for the most laid back. Am I holding them ok? Why are they crying? Am I doing any of this right?

Life Isn't That Black And White

Laura Moore | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

Last nights BBC2 documentary 'A World Without Down's Syndrome?' has already raised a lot of questions before it was even aired and although my son doesn't have Downs syndrome it is still something which affected me during my pregnancy and the issues surrounding it continue to affect me today.

Your 20 Week Scan: So Much More Than A Gender Reveal

Aimee Foster | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

The 20 week anomaly scan is one of the pinnacle moments of any pregnancy. In the majority of cases, when the baby is healthy, it is the second and final time you'll see your baby on screen before you meet face-to-face.

Problems Getting Pregnant Second Time Around?

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Geetha Venkat

It is not uncommon for couples to want to extend their family. However, it is not unusual to experience infertility when trying for a second or third child. The situation can be stressful and upsetting and also difficult to process, especially if the first pregnancy went without a hitch.