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Missing My Mother, As She Becomes A Granny

Christopher McGuire | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Parents
Christopher McGuire

I was (just) 20 when she died. Looking back on it all I can see that I was a kid, nothing more. So immature, so tied to the apron strings, so lacking in any meaningful life experience. My parents had managed to shield me from the worst of what life had to offer, which, I think, is a big part of your role, as a parent.

Be Kind To Yourself

Kerry Thomas | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Parents
Kerry Thomas

A big worry of mine is how my mental illness is going to impact on my daughter and will my bad days affect her.

What To Say And Do When Someone You Know Experiences Baby Loss

Caz Taylor | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caz Taylor

We have three children's birthdays in my house: three that we remember and mark every year. But only two of them come with the reams of presents, the frenetic energy, the birthday tea and dressing up games. That's because the third birthday is for our much-longed for and loved middle child who tragically became an angel baby.

Is Post-Natal Depression A Millennial Issue? Thoughts For World Mental Health Day

Emily Tredget | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Parents
Emily Tredget

You wouldn't be alone in wondering whether PND was an illness of the millennial generation as they start to become mothers - with the statistic that mental health issues effects 1 in 5 mums (and 1 in 10 dads) but most of the baby boomers not having come across many mums who struggled in their time.

Godzilla Attacks And Other Stay 'N' Play Lessons

Christopher McGuire | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Parents
Christopher McGuire

I'd been watching, with growing horror, as one little boy - at least 6 months older than Sam - wreaked havoc in the vicinity. This child, who seemed to be part human, part concrete - seriously he was built like the proverbial brick lavatory - was roaming among the (much smaller) other kids with a gleefully sadistic look on his face.

Her First Birthday And Our Strong Day

Kerry Thomas | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Parents
Kerry Thomas

Your baby's first birthday is supposed to be a special moment. The excitement of splashing out on presents and decorations. Having cake and a big number one balloon. Having family and friends round with music and party food.

What Is Sleeping Through The Night? Why New Parents Get Little Sleep And How You Can Get A Few More Zzzzs

Sarah Beeson MBE | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Beeson MBE

Newborn babies are all about feeding, feeding, feeding and they don't know what time of day or night it is. Their urgent need for milk at all-hours means in the early weeks of parenthood there is not a lot of sleeping for anybody.

Dear Baby Boy: A Letter To My Unborn Son

Lizzie Griffiths | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Parents
Lizzie Griffiths

So here we are two weeks from your due date. It seems like an eternity since the moment I first saw you at the 12 week scan. A tiny bean bouncing up and down with innocence and happiness. The relief I felt, I will never forget. You were real and you were mine.

Is Letting Your Baby Feed Themselves The Secret To A Happy, Healthier Eater?

Amy Brown | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

But what if there was a different way? What if babies didn't need a timetable and special foods and books seemingly complicating what parents have been doing for thousands of years? Well it's already here, having quietly crept into the baby feeding world around ten years ago and gathering speed and tens of thousands of followers ever since.

Five Ways To Help With Postnatal Depression

Ross Hunt | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents
Ross Hunt

Another thing that research showed was that it was important to have a supportive co-parent. Those who felt that their co-parent had confidence in them were also less likely to experience stress and depression. I know you'll both be going through an awful lot of stress when this baby comes, but it's important that you try and do it together.

The Realities Of Being A Mum: Our Body Changes So Much And Pretty Much Everything Is A Struggle!

Kerry Thomas | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Parents
Kerry Thomas

The days of fitting into my size eight skinny jeans have gone. I am lucky if I could get them past my thighs now. I am trying to rock the curvy figure. I think I'm finally happy with my body as I have come to realise I won't get my pre baby body back - so sod it!

'Look At Him Watching You Eat, He's Desperate To Join In!'

Amy Brown | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Just when you feel you've got the hang of giving your baby milk feeds, suddenly everyone becomes an expert on introducing solid foods. Alongside the questions of what you're going to give and how, a particular favourite topic is when your baby will start.

Having A Second Baby? Eight Things You Need To Know

Celine Bell | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

For baby number two, everyone is too busy with their own kids to tell you what it's like. I'd tell my mates that it's really, really tough, only I've got to put a wash on and go to the supermarket. When we catch up, we are beyond talking about pooey nappies and sleepless nights, and instead debate Love Island and where does the best holiday babysitting service.

Cheeky Newborn Twin Sticks His Tongue Out At Caesarean!

Helen Turier | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Turier

My three (twin girls and a boy) are way past the nappies and bottles stages, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a cute twin picture from time to time...

The Grief, Hope And Reality Of A Special Needs Parent

Maggie Murray | Posted 27.08.2017 | UK Parents
Maggie Murray

I spent so long getting excited about what life was going to be like with my new little sproglet. Oh the adventures we were going to have and memories we were going to make. But, it didn't go to plan and there's absolutely nothing I could do about it.  I realised, that what I had spent months and months planning, was in fact, nothing but an attractive infatuation.

Childhood Eczema - 10 Top Tips How To Beat It

Charlotte Wise | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Wise

I was extremely lucky to find a healthcare professional at one of my local baby clinics who recommended a cream and was able to prescribe a rolling prescription for me there and then. After listening to her advice and using the cream regularly, my son's eczema is now non existent.

When I Breastfed You - A Letter To My Baby

Lyndsey Richardson | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Richardson

And now, with both my freedom and your first tiny bit of independence from me almost in reach, I find that I'm crying. This is the first time I have really seen my baby grow a little older and it's the first of many bittersweet moments to come as you grow into your own person.

Is 'Me Time' Selfish As A Parent?

Samantha Glass | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
 Samantha Glass

It's easier said than done. As simple as it sounds, not everybody finds it possible to relax. Chores that still need doing or the murmuring coming from your child's bedroom as they sleep, can be stressful. There are many ways you can learn to relax!

Relationship Reality: After A Baby

Samantha Glass | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
 Samantha Glass

You may have heard the phrase, "having a baby won't fix your marriage/relationship" - and quite rightly so. In some cases, bringing new life into the world may make the bond between you and your partner stronger in the long run, but first you have to get through the challenges that come with a new baby!

When It Comes To Your Kid, We Don't Need To Talk About Kevin

Conor Drum | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Conor Drum

I think the real problem is that James is settled now and I am not. That is his life, and it's different to mine. I think my irritation at the baby talk is more soreness at my own life than resentment at his.

Should We Reconsider Assigning Gender At Birth?

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Helen Webberley

As a non-binary transgender person, Doty explains that they never truly felt they fitted in with the image of those men/women they were surrounded by as a child, which led to feelings of isolation and alienation - something they were keen for their child to avoid.

You've Heard Of The Babymoon - Now There's The Baby Storm To Prepare For...

Conor Drum | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Parents
Conor Drum

Baby storms are a welcome new excuse to get together, and the trend is about to take the world by storm, baby storm. After a few successful test runs, the idea has now become the standard among my peers, and I can't recommend it enough. Below are my ten essential rules for the perfect storm.

What To Expect When You Become Unexpectedly Pregnant

Lizzie Griffiths | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Lizzie Griffiths

The overwhelming surge of love I felt for the tiny foetus inside me was overwhelming. I felt protective of this tiny being. The maternal instinct I wasn't sure I had suddenly kicked in. I had wanted to make a change in my life, who knew that in 2017 it would be having a baby.

Why I No Longer Worry About My Mummy Tummy In Formal Wear And Have Embraced My Working Mumbod

Amelia Mustapha | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Parents
Amelia Mustapha

mum bod My working mum body is pure function. I no longer feel tiredness or pain in the same way (I can hold a wee through a two hour meeting whilst barely registering the discomfort) and any worries I had about my mummy tummy in formal work wear were long ago overtaken by those of leaking breasts and sneezing with a weakened pelvic floor.

The Baby Shopping Minefield

Halima Khatun | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Parents
Halima Khatun

Speaking to my mum and other non-generation X mums is a huge reassurance. They had none of this brand spanking gadgetry, and I, along with my peers, turned out just fine. Speaking to my midwife. She's pretty good with a no-nonsense approach and will help me suss out the necessities from the marketing BS.