When you have a baby you think that you and your other half will immediately be in tune with each other. That you will be the dream co-parent duo. Other couples will be amazed at how well you are coping. Cue two weeks in and you are screaming "IT'S YOUR F*CKING TURN TO CHANGE THE NAPPY" and throwing a sterilisation bowl off their head. So here are a few ways I have survived the last five years being in charge of small children... with another adult.
From the moment your child is born, he/she is naturally being exposed to a huge number of bacteria and viruses every day. Your baby's immune system is able to cope with this and as a result becomes stronger. Compared with exposure to germs in the natural environment, responding to vaccines use only a tiny proportion of the infant's immune system...
Purdie isn't receiving death threats because she's opening up a family friendly cafe, is she? Because with the tonnes of cafes with small play areas for kids (including Peter Andre's), I've never known any of them to get hit with criticism.
Instead of being happy for her, congratulating her and sending their well-wishes, some people have decided to comment on the first photo she's shared of herself and her daughter as being "self promotion". Basically all people can talk about is her boobs.
Yes you have read the title correctly, in this post I will be digging deep and finding some silver linings around the perceived dark cloud that is the end of your child's daytime naps.
Both my boys were born by emergency c-section. Both births were filled with drama for different reasons. Both births lives were at stake, both theirs and mine. But then, after the dramatics of my emergency c-section with the Baby the husband put his foot down and said no more babies.
Sleep. Sweet, blissful sleep. Usually enjoyed pre parenthood in 8 to 12 hour chunks of uninterrupted, duvet snuggling. Have a child and your nights become punctuated with one, two, three, four (more?) wake ups and getting three continuous hours feels akin to heaven.
Wherever you want to give birth - at home, at hospital, in a birth centre or in the woods (only joking...), you'll want to be as cosy and comfy at hom...
There are a few things however that aren't essential and don't revolve entirely around the baby, well, not as much! Sometimes it can feel that you are no longer a person but rather just a carry unit for the baby that everyone is so eager to meet. Here are 5 little things to do for yourself before your baby arrives.
Millions of parents around the world are making one very simple, but huge, mistake that is potentially inhibiting their child's sleep and contributing to difficult bedtimes and frequent night waking.
I'm now 15 weeks pregnant with baby number two and although many things are different second-time round (mainly that I was more sick and tired during the first 12 weeks) certain feelings, conversations and comments are cropping up all over again...How many of the below have you experienced?
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.
It's OK if you can't remember things when people ask. If you're not sure what day it is. If you didn't hear what your other half said after four repetitions. If you find yourself staring at your laptop. It's OK if you get flustered. It's OK to feel overwhelmed.
As soon as Jamie Oliver opened his mouth, it was open season for bashing the breastfeeding supporters once again. To be fair, his choice of words was poor. 'It's easy, it's more convenient, it's more nutritious, it's better, it's free,' he said. Well, it's certainly free.
I wrote about the various myths surrounding breastfeeding, which stem from Chinese Whispers passed from generation to generation. Frustratingly, breastfeeding is still widely misunderstood by both society and also by many health care professionals - another subject I raised in my article.
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.