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Relief It's Over? The First Day Back At Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

So, it's done. The long anticipated day has come and gone. I did it, I left my beautiful girl and went back to work. When I woke up this morning, I fe...

Mummy's Heart - The End Of Maternity Leave

Deb Bunn | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

Just 18 short months ago my heart was breaking because it was looking like I would never be a mummy. Having spent years of loving my nieces and nephews and waiting my turn, I was facing the reality that I might not ever have a child of my own. I was sad and getting sadder.

Building Lives: Bonding With Your Baby

Tessa Baradon | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents
Tessa Baradon

There is much discussion about environments these days: how to preserve our environment and exposure to the damage that thoughtless human activity is causing. 'Environment' refers to the surrounding in which we live. Babies' environments are the relationships they have with those who care for them.

10 Normal Thoughts After Giving Birth

Stacey Oakes | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

Having a baby is probably one of the most life-changing events of anyone's life and although not everyone will experience the same feelings, these are common ones that I have experienced personally as well as friends and family.

One Week Countdown

Deb Bunn | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

I got in quite a flap the other day, and to be honest I had to have a word with myself! You see, these feelings are primarily me feeling sad for myself. There is of course a significant feeling of worry about how baby M will take to me not being around after nine months of a 24/7 relationship, but I know really she'll be fine.

Does Anyone Really Sleep Through The Night? The Myth Of Solid Foods And Infant Sleep

Amy Brown | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

One of the most common questions asked around sleep is whether giving a baby solid foods will help them sleep through the night. The idea that introducing solids to a baby early, or giving a baby more food, especially before bed will help them sleep is certainly appealing, but sadly a myth

When Does A Baby Become A Toddler?

Oli Reed | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

I've looked up a few definitions of what a toddler is on Google today. Some people suggest it's when they turn one, another website suggested between 2-3 years old, a very common opinion is when they start walking unaided, and my favourite suggestion so far is that your kid only becomes a fully fledged toddler once they start stealing your car keys.

Mummy's Back At Work

Deb Bunn | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

In my line of work I deal with a fair amount of long term staff absence and pride myself on supporting colleagues back to work through phased returns and other appropriate flexible and supportive arrangements. I recall a colleague asking for a phased return from maternity a couple of years back.

The Buggy Stages

Hattie Harrison | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Parents
Hattie Harrison

The wheel that fell off first was directly under the handy side-basket. Designed, I believe, for your shopping, and not, as I use it, for your other children who are refusing to walk. Only a week ago my three year old was slung in there after a 10 minute walk turned into a 40 minute amble punctuated by whining about his legs hurting and the sun being too bright.

Stem Cells: The Miraculous Blood In Your Baby's Umbilical Cord

Kerstin Vintila | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kerstin Vintila

My husband and I were at a Baby Show recently and walked past a stem cell storage bank display on our way to the popular pram and cot displays. At the time, we didn't really stop to think about it, however we did make a mental note to have a look into stem cells later on as we weren't too sure what storing stem cells actually entailed or the process involved.

Shared Parental Leave - Two Years On

Hannah Cottam | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Cottam

On the second anniversary of a revolutionary policy that gives parents the opportunity to split time caring for their new born baby, studies have revealed that as little as one percent of men have so far taken up the opportunity to do so.

Is It Normal To Feel Sad On My Baby's Birthday?

Wendy Zhang | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Parents
Wendy Zhang

My little man will be turning one next week and just like the cliché, I'm wondering where this past year has gone. His cake smash photo shoot is booked, the special day outfit has been pressed and a neat stack of presents are waiting in the cupboard. I am certain that the photos will capture our smiles and laughter, I just hope no one sees how devastated I feel inside.

Fertility And Age: Knowing Where You Stand

Dr Geetha Venkat | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Geetha Venkat

At the Harley Street Fertility Clinic, we use a number of methods to evaluate a woman's fertility health. It really is crucial to undergo fertility health-checks in order to know where you stand and if you need to take steps to preserve your fertility (such as egg freezing) for the future.

Don't Mention The 'S' Word - Sleep!

Lauren Godfrey | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Godfrey

You could have heard a pin drop before the torrent of remarks flew towards me. From being told that sleeping too much will stunt her development and that the sleeping habits wouldn't last to being terrified with potentially incorrect SIDS facts and how cruel the 'cry it out' method is - admitting that AB was sleeping well was a bad move.

Living With Postnatal Depression

Sarah Caldwell | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Caldwell

Nearly nine years ago I was induced and gave birth to my son. Then he turned three. That's all I remember. I missed three years. I remember parts, but I couldn't tell you what his first words were, when he first rolled over, what his favourite food was, or what we did together.

When It Feels Like The World Is Asking For Too Much

Eleanor Mason | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Eleanor Mason

Give yourself a break. You work so hard every single day, of course one day you were going to burn out. Take some duvet days. Leave the music class 'til next week. Watch a film and don't move from the sofa all day. Go for a long walk in the fresh air, listen to music and just get a bit lost. You can't be switched on 24/7 for 6 months without needing new batteries occasionally.

Embracing Motherhood

Michelle McKenzie | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle McKenzie

That moment our lovely midwife Maria placed him on my chest was something so magical and surreal. After more than nine months of growing inside of me, we finally encountered our tiny creation. The mental and physical exhaustion, shock, tears and fear subsided and a gentle calmness suddenly filled the room. We had become a three and had our very own sheet of blank paper to fill in.

Miscarriage: My Little Angel With Wings

Kathryn Whittaker | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kathryn Whittaker

The physical pain I was in was nothing compared to the emotional pain that hit me like a train. I cried and cried and felt like a failure. I apologised to Paul who was with me the whole way through this traumatic experience. Of course he told me I had nothing at all to apologise for, which I now know is true. The doctors were really helpful and empathetic.

When Your Friend Has A Baby

Lorna Farrell | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lorna Farrell

When you have a baby your whole life changes, it's overwhelming and exhausting and amazing all at once. Some people want to retreat and process that privately but a lot of people want to know that they aren't on their own, that their friends and wider family still care for them and are there for them to celebrate and support them. Mamas want to feel loved, and to feel that their baby is loved.

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.