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Best ways to celebrate baby’s first Easter

Easter conjures up images of bunnies, chocolate eggs, and lambs grazing on grassland. But this year is different. Forget stuffed toys – you’ll have the cutest bunny of them all. Yes, this Easter you’ll be holding a very real, very adorable tiny human. And even though your little one is too wee for chocolate and sweets galore, you can still celebrate this holiday in a meaningful and memorable way. It’s the perfect occasion for gathering with family, starting traditions, capitalising on cute photo opportunities, or simply celebrating new life. Here... Read More


How can parents alleviate bullying?

According to a shocking new survey conducted by the YMCA, over half of the children in England and Wales are bullied. Bullying has always been prevalent amongst young people, but since the dawn of the all-seeing, all-commenting, all-tweeting eagle eye of social media, this behaviour now has the capacity to be even more pernicious and harmful. The effects of bullying can be devastating; its known to affect school performance, cause low self-esteem, and trigger anxiety and depression. Needless to say, bulling can be immensely upsetting for child and parent alike.... Read More


How to deal with a clingy toddler

Clinginess will blight most toddlers in varying degrees. Perhaps your little one is always firmly rooted in your lap, or follows your around the house 24/7, to the extent you can’t even do laundry alone, let alone use the bathroom? Oh, and play dates – you can forget them. She’s not fussed as long as you are there. Basically, if you’re not within eyesight, the waterworks are switched on pronto. So, what can you do if your tot suffers from separation anxiety? Fortunately, as with most developmental stages, your child’s... Read More


Going on holiday? Here’s the ultimate travelling checklist for your toddler

Family holidays call for relaxing, bonding, and escaping the toils of modern day life.  Besides packing your summer dresses, sandals, and sunnies, you’ll also need to do a lot of prep if you’re travelling with a tot. In fact, you may be surprised to learn just how much it takes to keep your munchkin amused and happy. To simplify things, we’ve created the ultimate travelling checklist for your toddler.  Food and drink Bottles, beakers and sippy cups Bring your little one’s favourite drinking apparatus to encourage her to drink plenty... Read More


Thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts for mums-to-be

If you’re pregnant this Mother’s Day, we think you should still honour the occasion with some kind of celebration. Okay, you’re not ‘technically’ a mum yet, but you are carrying around living, breathing, human life in your belly – and we think that counts. Plus, it’s another excuse to indulge and put your aching feet up – something all mums-to-be need a little more of during pregnancy, right? So, if you’re so inclined to, pass this onto your nearest and dearest. In our opinion, here are some of the most... Read More


Breastfeeding positions and techniques: discovering what works for you

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to breastfeeding your little nut. Every woman is different; every baby is different. And your differing needs mean you’ll need to play around with a range of positions to find that sweet spot. From the cradle-hold to the rugby ball, there is a slew of breastfeeding positions and techniques you can practice. With a little patience and a fair amount of wiggling and jiggling, you’ll find what works for you in no time.  Before we dive in, here are some things to be mindful of: Always support... Read More


Pregnant with twins? Here’s what to expect

Nothing compares to the moment you find out you’re going to be a parent. Safe to say, it truly is one of life’s great joys. So when you’re pregnant with twins, that feeling your might burst with happiness doubles, right? Well, it certainly does in part. Being pregnant with twins comes with a smorgasbord of rewards: not only does it call for double the fun, snuggles, and love, but you also get two babies in just one labour. Brilliant! That being said, carrying twins for nine months is very different... Read More


Perfect pregnancy pancakes

With Pancake Day around the corner, we thought it only fitting to share our favourite recipe with you – one, we might add, you don’t need to feel an iota of guilt about tucking into, either. To give your insatiable self – and your little nut – tons of energy and nourishment, we’re prescribing our healthy, oh-so-fluffy perfect pregnancy pancakes. Thanks to their high protein and fibre credentials, and low sugar and fat content, these treats are made for pregnancy. There’s no sugar or refined flours here, either. Best of all, it... Read More


Early symptoms of pregnancy: everything you need to know

The female anatomy is pretty incredible. You see, while it may be too early to take a pregnancy test, your body can start displaying signs as early as two weeks after conception. (Amazing, or what?) Sure, you may pick up on some of the more tell-tale symptoms – breast tenderness, a missed period, or morning sickness – but there are subtler changes to your physical and emotional appearance that might surprise you. Let’s find out: what are the early symptoms of pregnancy?  Nausea Queasiness was always going to show its... Read More


Labour hacks: your guide to giving birth

Let’s not beat around the bush here: labour is challenging. And it can have a sizeable impact on your physical and emotional wellbeing. Of course, it’s immensely exciting, too – it’s the final leg of your pregnancy journey before you can meet that beautiful little nut you’ve been carrying around for 9 months. Typically, most first-time mums will spend around 8 hours in labour. To make the experience less painful and more joyful, it’s important to lay some of the groundwork before your due date. Here are 5 labour hacks... Read More