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Night Feeds - When Still Waters Run Deepest

Eleanor Mason | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Parents
Eleanor Mason

It's difficult to rouse myself as his cry pierces through the silence, and I beg him to go back to sleep, without daring to glance at the time. At every single wake up I wish we were formula feeding so that my husband could get up and deal with him, leaving me to roll over and go back to sleep.

Why You Shouldn't Judge A Book By Its Cover

Kevin Morhen | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Kevin Morhen

I run the Gentlemen's Dads Club and I'm part of The Parenting Chapter as a dad expert, I had a life that looked perfect on paper, but after the births of my two children I struggled to cope. Here, I explain how I overcame postnatal depression and why it spurred me on to help other men in the same position

Hardcore Sexit

Rebekah Smith | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

I wish I could remember when it happened; the moment I was switched off and I lost all desire to do 'IT' anymore. I definitely wanted to do it the day I conceived my first child, so at least that is somewhere to start...

Young Mum Love - Because You Deserve It

Lianne Freeman | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Lianne Freeman

I'm not a young mum myself as I had our first, Archie, when I was 31. My mum was a young mum - she had me at 19 - and also my nan had my mum at 18. As a mum you make so many sacrifices and put things on hold until your little ones grow up.

Helping Your Newly Single Mum Friend

Rebekah Smith | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

Friendship: A chance meeting that develops into fun, memories and a million WhatsApp messages. Your only agenda for being there is because you want to be, it's a bond built on pure appreciation of a particular person. Maybe that's why a friends pain can sometimes feel like a personal attack.

A Day In The Life Of An NICU Mum

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

When I went in to give birth to Elijah, I didn't just become a mum, I became a NICU Mum. This was not in the birth plan. I never considered in a million years that there would be something wrong with my baby, let alone I would watch him fight for his life in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for nine days before we could finally bring him home.

The Birth Of A Sleep Paranioac

Kate Belshaw | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Belshaw

Isla. Slept through 7-6 since 9 weeks. Amazing. But weird to the extreme: refuses Big Girl Bed (must be the only 3 year old who ONLY wants a cot), sleeps with half of London Zoo in her bed (sorry cot), has a recurring dream about a 'Big Tyyyger' every night...

The First Weeks Of Being A Parent. I Missed Out

Tamara Spurway | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

When will I learn? I made the mistake of watching One Born Every Minute today. Sometimes it has no effect on me at all but I must be tired because I cried and it wasn't even a really emotional one.

Our Last Baby

Lianne Freeman | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Parents
Lianne Freeman

We always said we only wanted two babies and also wanted them close in age. So with 14 months age difference we now have our two babies, our family is complete. We still have no plans to have anymore.

To The Doctor Who Heard My Silent Scream

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

You thought I was silent, but I was screaming so loudly it deafened my ears. A silent scream... a scream someone can only produce when their world has just imploded in front of their eyes. A scream so loud, so powerful it cannot be heard by human ears.

Childbirth... It Can't Be That Hard - Right?

Tina McGuff | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Interestingly enough every time I spoke to the midwife about this she always smiled sweetly and said: "please keep an open mind Tina" - I scoffed knowing full well I did not need an 'open mind' as it was all going to go just beautifully thank you very much!

The Childless Mother

Sharron Phillips | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

For 12 years, my husband and I have been trying for children. It's such a simple aspiration, something so natural. To have a family. When the simple becomes a nightmare, it can take over your life and result in feeling like a total failure. To do the simplest thing, to know that my body is letting me down so badly is hard to process.

Sleep Deprivation: How To Survive And Still Adore Your Baby

Michelle McHale | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle McHale

Sleep deprivation kills motivation, desire, and mood and is often the biggest challenge to enjoying your child as opposed to getting through the day (and night). The lens of sleeplessness colours our world very differently because sleep is the first step to coping.

Six Unexpected Emotions As A Parent

Wendy Zhang | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Wendy Zhang

Becoming a parent brings with it an absolute sackful of new emotions; some of which makes you feel on-top-of-the-world amazing and some just make you want to drown yourself in a bath of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lifting The Lid On Simple Steps To Improve Childhood Oral Heath

Sara Keel | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sara Keel

More and more health experts are concerned about babies and young children sucking from spouts or from no-spill seals, and say this sucking habit, (not to be confused with the breastfeeding 'suckle'), is implicated in problems such as rotten teeth and orthodontic issues.

Children's Car Seat Safety. Are We Behind In The UK?

Helen Miller | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

Whilst I was reading about the new law, I learned that in the UK it is recommended that infants should remain in their rear facing car seats until they are 15 months old! Group 0+ car seats are suitable for weights up to 13kg.

Adventures In Sleeplessness... And How To Cope When You Don't Get The Sleep You Need

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffiths

We married when munchkin was about five months old, and I think I walked down the aisle surviving on about three hours sleep. I felt exhausted and looked rubbish, but felt compelled to glide through the day smiling. I wouldn't recommend it.

How To Stop Breastfeeding Gently

Vanessa Christie | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK Parents
Vanessa Christie

Weaning off the breast doesn't have to be an all or nothing event and it also needn't be a conscious parent-led decision. If you and your baby are happy the way things are, then you may consider continuing to breastfeed until he or she decides that time's up and weans themselves naturally. On the other hand, if taking charge of the weaning process is the right decision for you, it's ideal to take it gradually and as gently as possible.

Postnatal OCD

Stacey Oakes | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

I never really thought of myself as someone who suffers from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). I mean, I do weird things like never walk on the pavement cracks, run back to the kettle before it boils and clicks off and always have to beat the person walking behind me to the next lamp-post, but everyone does that right?

Mum Praises M&S Staff Member For Holding 'Restless' Baby Through Checkout

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents

A mum praised a staff member at Marks and Spencer for the “excellent service” she received when shopping with her baby boy. Lauren Walker, from Gl...

Blood Donors Gave Me The Chance To Be A Mum

Charlotte Wise | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Wise

I had slumped down in a chair and was unaware of the commotion, as a swarm of doctors and midwives surrounded me and hoisted me up onto a bed. A short time later, I opened my eyes to find myself breathing through an oxygen mask and shaking uncontrollably. All I could hear repeatedly were the words, 'We need blood!'

Why We're Not Equal- A Controversial Look At Gender Inequality

Deb Bunn | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

It's now 3am and she's awake again. It must be her teeth. I read somewhere that the pain can be worse at night. But baby M doesn't want Calpol. It takes me 45 minutes to coax it into her and 15 minutes later she's back in her cot and I'm crawling into bed. Mr MBAW is snoring.

Aren't Babies Meant To Sleep?!

Kate Belshaw | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Belshaw

Let me explain. The Curse was created by a particularly malevolent baby and is activated the moment you become smug about your baby's sleep. Beware. Smugness can be implicit - it doesn't have to be spoken out loud - but once you have a smug thought, you are doomed.

My Online Mummy Squad

Lianne Freeman | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lianne Freeman

I speak to these ladies everyday in some shape or form. We share our highs and lows without judgement.  They are my go to ladies with just about everything. There is always one of us there day or night to help celebrate or a shoulder to cry on or talk things over.

How Do You Know When Your Family Is Complete?

Bec Cousins | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Parents
Bec Cousins

That was seven years ago. I always felt that by now I would have had my three. That the gap would be smaller. That my family would be complete. And now on the verge of turning 40, I am beginning to have to question my younger self. If she was here now, this younger self of mine, I would be having quite a debate with her I can tell you!