The 6 step guide to teething

This is a collaborative post. Now that my girls are a little older, I often look back fondly on their baby days. Soft skin, baby cuddles, lazy days, nobody answering back… But the one thing I don’t miss is teething. For us, grumpy babies and nappy rash came hand in hand with new teeth. You may recall that my two girls were so different in the way their teeth came through that we ended up Googling ‘can babies have dentures?’. So, I’ve teamed up with Nelsons Teetha to produce a guide to teething. No two babies are the same, but…

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The facts about Group B Strep

This is a collaborative post.  There is literally nothing worse as a mother than seeing your child unwell. And when that child is a tiny baby struggling to fight an infection, it must be horrendous. Sadly, this can be the reality for parents of babies who contract Group B Strep during childbirth. What is Group B Strep According to the NHS website, Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacteria that many people carry with no negative effects. In fact, one in five pregnant women are thought to carry it in either their vagina or their digestive system. During birth, babies…

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9 reasons why newborn babies cry

This is a collaborative post. I’ve never written my birth stories on my blog, although I have mentioned them in passing. The truth is, neither birth went the way I wanted it to. I’d heard from friends before I had the girls that giving birth was empowering. It wasn’t for me. I was induced with both babies. My first birth was frightening and ill-informed. The second was lonely, with nobody there to fight my corner over the type of birth I wanted when the midwife wouldn’t listen to me. So when each baby finally came along, all I wanted to…

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The day we asked Google whether babies could have dentures

This is a collaborative post. I’m not one to shy away from admitting my parenting fails. And let’s face it, there have been a few. But perhaps one of our most ridiculous moments as parents came when my youngest daughter was around 11 months old and still showing absolutely no signs of teething. Can babies have dentures? In our defence, our eldest daughter cut her first tooth at around three months old. I remember being unsure as to what was wrong with her. She seemed so unsettled and her little face was hot. But she was so tiny, it didn’t even…

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Coping with baby feeding issues – reflux and constipation

Advertorial Feature. When I had Libby, I was shocked at how much I didn’t know about baby feeding issues. I remember the nights we spent listening to the Carpenters because my husband got it into his head that calming music would help her to nod off. And in my sleep deprived state I thought he might have a point. The cluster feeder After a few nights of that, I realised that Libby was a baby who just wanted to feed all night. I’d start feeding her at around 5pm and some nights she’d feed until 5am before having a good few solid…

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Offers and advice from Tesco Baby Club

This is a collaborative post. On 20th and 21st January 2017, Tesco are hosting a Baby Club event for parents to be and parents of babies and toddlers. I went along to our local one this morning to find out what it was all about. About Tesco Baby Club If you’re a parent to be or have a baby or young toddler, it is well worth signing up to the Tesco Baby Club. They’ll send you a selection of offers tailored to the age of your child. You can also win prizes and access expert advice on everything from caring for…

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Dear mummy, cuddle your baby

Dear mummy, I know you’re tired. Pregnancy is tough and birth never goes to plan. It feels like you haven’t slept in weeks. Your newborn is crying in her basket, and all you want to do is sleep. You’ve read all the parenting books. Your baby is clean and dry, she’s not hungry or thirsty so they tell you to leave her, you’ll make her clingy by picking her up. But those other parenting books tell you to hold her. They tell you that all she needs is comfort, to be close to her mum. But don’t cuddle her because…

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