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7 tips to help your child sleep in their own cot

If you’re reading this, you most probably co-sleep. The risks, the benefits, the safety advice of co-sleeping, it’s all there to be read up on. The opinions of others, also there to be welcomed, or ignored. There are some parents that absolutely love co-sleeping and will do it for as long as they need to. But if like me and you no longer love it and have now become a little tired of getting kicked in the ribs at 3 in the morning. Or you might just want to get... Read More

08/02/2019

Your essential maternity hospital bag

It’s nearly time to meet your little one. You’ve made the final touches the nursery. You’ve decided on a name. And you’ve taken all your NCT classes. But have you packed your hospital bag yet? Ideally, you should have everything prepped by 33 weeks. As you can imagine, bringing a new babe into the world requires a long list of essentials. Don’t worry; help is at hand! This checklist will help you prepare everything you and your tiny munchkin will need on the big day. Once packed, keep this bag... Read More

01/02/2019

Best pregnancy breakfasts

Jumpstarting your day with a nourishing breakfast is a must in pregnancy. Growing a bun in the oven is exhausting stuff, after all. Plus, your little bean is counting on you to deliver all the nutrients she needs to become big and strong. Brekkie should pack 15-25% of your daily food intake, and supply a slow-release of energy throughout the morning. Sorry, that croissant and latte combo ain’t gonna cut it anymore! Here are our best pregnancy breakfasts.  Poached eggs and smashed avo on toast Sure, it’s a millennial classic,... Read More

25/01/2019

Veganism in pregnancy: the ultimate guide

Veganism has entered the zeitgeist in full force recently. People are turning to this plant-based diet for a host of reasons: personal growth, health, environmental factors, as a stand against animal cruelty, or simply to jump on the #vegnauary hype. There’s no doubt this regimen is as healthy as they come (hello clear skin, trim waist, and bags of energy); but concerns have been raised over its place in pregnancy. Critics of the diet worry about safety. And understandably so, you are growing a tiny babe, after all – and... Read More

18/01/2019

Pregnancy and Exercise: What’s Safe?

Hitting-up the gym may take an extra dose of oomph and motivation in pregnancy, but trust us when we say the well-being dividends will pay off. A regular exercise regime will support sleep, minimise constipation, reduce nagging aches and pain, and even lower the risk of gestational diabetes. Plus, working out floods your body with endorphins – those ‘feel good’ hormones that boost your emotional well-being and strive to keep pregnancy and postnatal mood disturbances at bay. Here’s your guide to pregnancy and exercise: what’s safe?  Will exercise harm my baby?... Read More

04/01/2019

New Year’s Resolutions for Pregnancy

That time has come around again: the New Year. And, as everyone will tell you; there’s no better occasion to implement positive changes than a brand spanking new year. But instead of vowing to hit the gym, be more frugal, or to simply get more organised – admittedly, resolutions we all make but fail to keep – why not make your promise a little more, well, pleasurable? You are pregnant after all. And growing a tiny human is hard (ahem, ahem: morning sickness, sore feet, and fluctuating hormones). In fact,... Read More

20/12/2018
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Baby’s First Christmas – How to Survive

This year we’ll be celebrating Baby’s First Christmas with our second son, Freddie who has just turned 11 months old. Having enjoyed a first Christmas with our first son, Olly back in 2013 I have a little experience on my side and this year things will be a little different. Sometimes, the most pressure we feel is the one we put upon ourselves so this year here’s four things I’ll be doing this year… Don’t set your expectations too high Babies under the age of one don’t know what day... Read More

07/12/2018
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Top 5 Essentials for Weaning

When it comes to weaning your baby, it can be really exciting with all the new flavours and textures they’re about to try and in all honesty, it can be rather daunting too. It’s a huge milestone so you’ll want to do what is right for both you and your baby. My youngest little boy Freddie is currently being weaned and at the age of 9 months, he’s now 3 months into his exploration with food. Here’s my top five essentials that I recommend you’ll need when it comes to... Read More

06/12/2018

How to Survive and Thrive With a Winter Pregnancy

By now, you probably know the drill about staying safe during pregnancy. No blue cheese. No tipples. And no smoking. But what about surviving those inclement temperatures, or battling cold and flu season? In true Games of Thrones fashion, winter is here and this means following some important ground rules. With these in place, you can very easily survive and thrive with a winter pregnancy. Wrap up, grab a warm beverage and get ready to take note! Use a humidifier When temperatures plummet outside, it can be tempting to crank up... Read More

30/11/2018
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10 Signs your Baby is Turning into a Toddler

I probably speak for a lot of first-time mums when I say that one day my tiny newborn was cooing and gurgling on his back, the next he was following me into the toilet. There certainly wasn’t any preparing for it, and now it’s happening, you just have to sort of go with it! Although there’s nothing better than seeing my mini me bloom right before my eyes, I can’t help but think, time, please slow down. Like with every development stage, that as a mother you frantically search the... Read More