Karen Tyler

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Keeping Little Ones Cool in the Summer

With summer approaching in just a few days (21st June 2018) there brings a promise of a warm and hazy sunshine filled days. Whilst it’s a lovely season to enjoy for most of us, for babies and small children the heat of the season can be quite frustrating as they can’t regulate their own temperatures like we can. Here’s my top tips on how to keep your little ones cool in the heat; 1) Wear minimal clothing There’s nothing worse than wearing too many clothes in the sunshine and that goes... Read More

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Top Tips for Surviving a Baby and a Toddler

I knew it was going to be tough; it’s why I put it off for as long as I did. There are, in fact, fleeting moments when I think ‘I’ve got this’, and allow myself a metaphorical clap on the back for bossing life as a mum of two. However, the rest of the time is basically the equivalent of swimming against the tide and paddling just to stay afloat, often feeling all at sea, and occasionally plain drowning in the sheer relentlessness of life with two small – and... Read More

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Coping in the Workplace after Maternity Leave

When you’re on Maternity Leave, especially those first few months, all you’re thinking about is your newborn baby, and maybe when you’ll find the time to sleep ever again. Most mums aren’t thinking about what their next step is, they’re enjoying being a Mum and learning everything about their newborn. So when the time actually comes, making a choice if you’re returning to work is quite a daunting feeling. For some, they already know they can work from home, or their partner can hold the fort with most of the... Read More

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Breastfeeding – Managing Expectations

Breastfeeding. Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. Or is that just what we are lead to believe as a first time mum? It can be really hard listening to conflicting advice from midwives, health visitors, and even friends and family. You hear stories from people you know who cried in agony attempting to breastfeed their little ones, while others tell you of their blissful breastfeeding journey. Midwives will tell you how important it is right after giving birth while health visitors will encourage you to breastfeed your baby... Read More


Guide to Twin Pregnancy

Week by Week Guide to Twin Pregnancy By So you’re about to become a Mum of twins. A happy surprise that sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Having twins is common, 1 in 63 births consist of twin pregnancies. But not many Mums experience this on their first try. When you are finally pregnant with twins, you probably have a lot of questions about what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen. We’ve developed a week by week guide to your twin pregnancy (shown... Read More

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The Importance of Having Support as a Mum

Having had my first child almost eight years ago, and with three children in tow, you might think I have this mum thing down to a fine art by now. But the truth is, I still feel like I’m winging it most days. When I had my first baby, I had only just turned twenty-one and I felt completely and utterly unprepared. To be honest, I don’t think you are ever truly prepared to become a parent. No matter what age you are. But I was in shock for a... Read More


How Dads can help with Breastfeeding

Deciding to breastfeed your new baby is special and wonderful for so many reasons. With benefits which go way beyond nutrition. But it’s not always plain-sailing – in fact it’s very often fraught with obstacles. I feel quite passionately that this should be spoken about more, so that women are better-prepared for the very normal experience of difficulty establishing a latch, and ultimately – eek – bleeding nipples. While it’s not normal or acceptable in the longer-term, it’s almost inevitable when your baby is a tiny newborn. But every mama... Read More


First Family Holiday

Written by Mrs Shilts Going on holiday with a baby can be really exciting. With lots of memories to make and lots of firsts to enjoy. But it can also be incredibly daunting. In my experience, the key to a fantastic first family holiday is all in the preparation before you go. Where to go Whether it’s abroad or more closer to home, picking a suitable location for a family holiday can make or break your time away. If you’re planning to go abroad, consider a family friendly location with... Read More


An Introduction to the Teenage Years

By Susanne from Ghost Writer Mummy When my eldest was born, my life was literally turned upside down. As a parent you’ll understand what I mean. Nothing- and I mean, nothing– really prepares you for the arrival of a brand new person into your life. I spent the whole nine months so focused on being pregnant that (and it sounds silly now) I paid very little attention to actually having a baby and being a mother. Then all of a sudden, there it was. Motherhood. In all it’s wonderful, scary... Read More


Essentials You Really Need in the First Six Weeks

Written by Mrs Shilts When you’re expecting a baby, it can be overwhelming thinking about all the stuff a newborn needs. In reality, they don’t really need that much stuff; they just need love (plenty of cuddles), warmth (appropriate clothing), milk (obviously) and security (somewhere safe to sleep). But what about all the other things parents need in their first few weeks of looking after their little one. Having very recently been through those first six weeks (my little boy is just 9 weeks old). Here’s a list of my... Read More