How Combining Fostering and Adopting Provided My Son With the Loving Care He Needed as a Baby

Phil Smith1 | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Phil Smith1

We had to approach this process appreciating that if it was possible, it would be the first choice for any baby. We would know we had been a vital safety net for the child, that we had minimised upheaval in the child's life and provided stability and love.

Poring Over Poo Is Yet Another Example of Increasing Policing of Pregnancy

Clare Murphy | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Parents
Clare Murphy

We support babies by supporting pregnant women. We support pregnant women by fostering an environment of trust where a woman who is struggling with any issue in her pregnancy knows she can confide in those caring for her, and receive non-judgmental support.

Surviving Life With a Newborn and Toddler

Liz Lowe | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

I had a baby. The last time I had a baby was just over two years ago, around the same time that we began watching Game of Thrones. Interestingly, I can remember virtually every storyline of Game of Thrones and yet I had forgotten many of the details of life with a newborn.

The Six Faces Your Weaning Baby Pulls - and What They Really Mean

Hattie Garlick | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents
Hattie Garlick

Weaning isn't anything to be frightened of. Neither is it a definitive, military operation, governed by strict rules and riddled with pitfalls and potentially calamitous consequences.

Baby Vests - Did You Know This?

Deborah Hitchins | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Hitchins

Maybe one of the best forms of advice is to throw that baby manual right out of the window. Listen to advice given and if it's not right for you then take it with a grateful pinch of salt. Wing it, your own way.

First Birthday Party - A Survival Guide

Lisa Roberts | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

With Princess Charlotte approaching her first birthday the world's media spotlight will be focused on how the palace decide to celebrate her birthday. No doubt Kate will have an army of party planners to help her create a stylish and stress free event but for the rest of us the idea of planning a first birthday party can be daunting.

'Double Trouble': Working in the European Parliament With a Little One

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

In February I gave birth to my second child, a little girl. I'm grateful to my constituents for their patience, as I've had to reduce the pace of my work a bit as a result. Nine weeks on, last week I made my first trip back into the parliament for the Strasbourg 'plenary', when all the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sit together for key votes.

How Do I Know If I Have Post Natal Depression?

Rachael Jones | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Parents
Rachael Jones

So you may have heard of Post Natal Depression, but do you know the symptoms? One in seven women and 1 in 10 men suffer from it but awareness of this illness tends to be after diagnosis rather than in the lead up to having a baby. So if you're trying for a baby, pregnant or a new parent here are the key symptoms to look out for in yourself and your partner.

Demystifying The Harmony Test for Down Syndrome

Kypros Nicolaides | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Parents
Kypros Nicolaides

The Harmony Test screens for Down's syndrome and other more unusual chromosomal abnormalities such as Edwards syndrome and Patau syndrome. It is more accurate, and less invasive as opposed to more traditional testing methods.

One Single Lady, a Donor and a Potential Baby

Nicky Miles | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Miles

I started to feel pressure. Pressure a lot of women feel in their 30s. I felt that I had to be like all my friends. I literally felt my biological clock ticking away loudly in the background. I'm pretty sure some of my boyfriends did too. I became obsessed with finding 'the one'.

Stress Awareness Month - Why You Should Reduce Your Stress When Pregnant

Angela Spencer | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

Stress has become part of every day life and many of us can find it hard to deal with and look for ways to de-stress. However, many people are unaware that stress levels naturally become amplified in pregnancy, as our bodies are out under increasing pressure thanks to an influx of hormones.

The Fourth Trimester - Why Newborns Hate Being Put Down

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

The first three months of parenting are often the hardest. A quarter of all babies in this age group are diagnosed as suffering from colic, a diagnosis given when doctors don't know why a baby is so unhappy and parents are unable to stop their tears.

Attention, Please Get Your Breasts Out for Inspection!

Michelle Tan | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Tan

Inspired by Jamie's attempts at "unpacking" breastfeeding data and launching a much needed campaign to support women all around the world in the correct use of their mammary glands, a group of hard nosed Breastfeeding Militants have come together to form the "Breastfeeding Boobs Squad" (BBS).

New Baby - New Body - But Not the One I Wanted

Joe Sexton | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Parents
Joe Sexton

Exercise wise, I didn't put any pressure on myself to start doing big lengthy gym sessions. I done little workouts in the house when I had a second and I made sure I eased back into it slowly.

The Secret Diary of an Eighteen-Month-Old

Sarah Turner | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Turner

08:30: Tipped the toy basket over. Didn't fancy anything in there. Mummy tried to simulate car racing on the floor with tiny cars but she does it all wrong. Got cross at Mummy's toy car ineptitude.

Gareth Bale Announces Birth Of Daughter With Sweet Photo

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

Gareth Bale is now the father of two little girls. The Real Madrid footballer announced on Instagram that his partner Emma Rhys-Jones had given birth ...

Six Common Baby Sleep Myths - Busted

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

New parents are inundated with unsolicited parenting advice and no topic is more eagerly discussed than sleep. After countless sleepless nights, the exhausted state many find themselves in can make it harder to separate fact from fiction. So here, for the benefit of tired parents everywhere, is a list of baby sleep advice you can safely ignore.

The Weaning Of Life

Neil Ransome | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents
Neil Ransome

After eight hours in the hospital jettisoned into the outside world, newborn in one hand, exhausted and stitched up fiancé in the other. The only other thing missing was an instruction manual.

The Secret (Food) Diary of a Mum-Of-Two

Katherine Lowe | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Parents
Katherine Lowe

The hazy new-baby honeymoon period was over and I was ready to take action. My goals were to tone up, eat a healthier diet with no mid-week alcohol, and consume considerably less sugar.

Birth: Let's Lose the Fear

Deborah Pryn | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

Many people told me their horror stories of birth. Many people rolled their eyes or laughed at me when I said I wanted a homebirth for my first baby. Many people told me I was being naieve or foolish. And many people close to me thought I wouldn't be able to do it: that I wouldn't stay at home the whole time, not for my first baby, or that I wouldn't cope without strong pain relief.

Beatrix Potter, Nostalgia and the Importance of a Child's First Cuddly Toy...

Lisa Roberts | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

When our babies are first born, choosing a comforter is not the first thing we worry about and it can be after baby has chosen something entirely unsuitable to fall in love with (like a cuddly toy with wobbly eyes all set to fall off or a unique toy found at a car boot sale or even like one of my friends little boys, blue tack!) that we realise we should have encouraged a safe, replaceable and machine washable toy.

Mum Claims To Have Captured Ghost On Baby Monitor Footage

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Parents

A mum got a fright when she spotted a strange shape hovering over her daughter's cot on her baby monitor screen. Jade Yates shared the recording ab...

Valentine's Day - A Celebration of Love

Lisa Roberts | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

Nothing can prepare you for the fierce, unconditional love you feel for your new-born baby, a powerful love that deepens with every passing day as you grip tightly on board the roller-coaster of those first few weeks.

'There's Something Wrong With Your Baby's Heart' - Seven Words That Changed Our Lives

Aimee Foster | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

We made the heartbreaking decision to withdraw her life support. It was the kind thing to do. She had fought such a brave fight but now her little heart couldn't cope. Our little girl died because her heart was too big. At least we were able to have one cuddle without wires and machines as she died. She died in the arms of parents who loved her so much. I hope she felt that love.

Wakeful Windows?

Lucy Shrimpton | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Shrimpton

In a nutshell, a wakeful window is the average amount of time your little one can stay awake in any one stretch. Knowing your child's optimum sleep window can make a huge difference to how easily they settle to sleep and how long they stay asleep- think of it as your bedtime window of opportunity, paving the way for a much smoother bedtime or nap time routine!