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!

24 Things Friends Need To Know When They Next See Us

Andy Johnson-Creek | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents
Andy Johnson-Creek

Remember what we were like before our baby? Fun, spontaneous, up for a drink, probably awake? Well forget all that. We are now over-tired, under-fed, vaguely with it parentals. Yet you want to come and visit us, or have insisted we come to yours, anyway. To see the baby. I get it. Regardless of who is visiting who, you need to know the following...

Mummy You Need To Look After You Too - An Open Letter From The Ankle Biters

Lianne Freeman | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lianne Freeman

When we wake up you fill our bellies with organic cereal and fresh berries,  full of goodness. You sit there and drink coffee and grab a biscuit. You need to have goodness and be healthy too mummy.

Four Fascinating Reasons Why Your Child Wakes At Night

Michelle McHale | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle McHale

If you want to make parenthood truly lousy then hold in mind an expectation that your baby should sleep through the night. Or your toddler. Or your pre-schooler. Marry unmet expectations with sleep deprivation and you have a potent dose of guilt, failure and worse still, resentment.

When 'I Need A Wee' Becomes More Than Desperate

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffiths

The morning after I gave birth, I got out of bed, and a cascade of wee followed. I had lost all my bladder control. It was so humiliating, and really embarrassing to try and get the nursing staff to come and clean up.

An Open Letter Plea To The NHS From An Allergy Mummy

Lianne Freeman | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lianne Freeman

I'm totally shocked and appalled at the proposals the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) has made to ban writing certain prescriptions for dairy free formula in some areas in the UK. If this had been brought in to place when Archie and Frankie were babies I know that we would not have been able to afford £608 a month in formula for Frankie's Neocate milk.

A Mother's Heartache Of A Baby With Dairy Allergies

Lianne Freeman | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lianne Freeman

Both the ankle biters have milk allergies. Archie is lactose intolerant and had mostly outgrown this at 15 months old.  The only thing he can't have now is an actual glass of milk but can eat all foods containing milk and lactose, which is amazing.

Cardboard Box: The Ultimate Baby Toy

Oli Reed | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

If he's making a bit of a racket and needs calming down, I plonk him in the box. If he's looking a bit bored and in need of stimulation, I place it in front of him and watch him pummel it with delight. If he's being a bit cheeky, I close the flaps over his head so he's cocooned inside, then whip them open a few seconds later to see his grinning face staring manically back at me.

Valentine's Day And IVF (Not Tonight Honey - I'm Watching My Ovaries)

Rachel Cathan | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Cathan

I once imagined that having a baby would be a pretty romantic affair. I figured that we'd conceive this baby on holiday or following a candlelit meal. I fantasised about how I would tell my husband, maybe by wrapping the pregnancy test as a gift, or spelling out the news in Alphabetti Spaghetti on his plate.

A Letter To My Friend - I'm Sorry

Becky Clark | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Becky Clark

Dear Friend, I'm sorry that our friendship has changed. I was naive to believe that becoming a parent wouldn't change me. For a while you were concer...

Dodging The Baby Shower

Stacey Oakes | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

Okay so maybe the title is a little exaggerated to get your attention, I mean I like attending them, I would just never want one myself... totally backtracking so I still get invited for free cupcakes and Prosecco.

Where Do You Go To Get Great Parenting Advice?

Katie Woodland | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

They can both be super helpful when you need a quick fix of information to deal with a situation in the here and now, but using these to radically transform the way your family is interacting...

Top Tips For Pre-Pregnancy Parents-To-Be

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

Right. Now you're paying attention, I'm going to relay the three things I personally wish someone had told me whilst I was working towards getting sprogged up. They are rather general, I grant you, but are meant with the sincerest of intentions and I hope they prove useful.

Here's How To Identify Baby Skin Problems

Jen Barton | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents

For new (and even experienced) parents, a baby’s sensitive skin can be full of mysteries. Are those red bumps heat rash or something that’s contag...

When You Just Can't Cope With Your Child Anymore...

Katie Woodland | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

The second thing you need to do is to stop listening to everyone else telling you that you did this, that, or the other thing wrong. You can't change the past (well unless you have a time machine and if you do then I'd love you to give me a call there's a few things I'd like to erase).

10 Struggles With Baby Poo That Only Other Parents Will Understand

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents

All parents know that the true marker of entering the new parent club is surviving your first explosive nappy change. How one tiny person can make so ...

Breast Or Bottle: A Dad's Perspective

Nigel Higgins | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nigel Higgins

There always seems to be a lot of argument and debate over what is best, but rarely have I seen a post by a dad on the subject of breast or bottle fed babies, so I thought I would give my view on what appears to be a controversial subject. I have to say that I'm not passionate about either.

Parenting - Who Said It Was Easy?

Katie Woodland | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In fact, give yourself a break, because not only are you trying to figure out what you want, you're also trying to figure out what another human being wants, when they don't even know themselves...