Despite the WHO’s recommendation that donated breast milk is the next best alternative to breastfeeding your own baby, many people don’t know that it is an option. Others find it strange, which seems odd, given that we rely on others for blood donations, stem cells, bone marrow and organs. There are currently 17 milk banks … More How it Feels: Using Donated Breast Milk and Becoming A Donor
Many of our posts over the last year and a bit have mentioned the African proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and I’ve previously talked about the importance of having a tribe and a ‘mayday mama‘. Now I don’t live in a traditional tribal village. Neither do I have my extended family close … More It’s a village, girls, but not as we know it…
It’s no secret that we love pretty much anything published by Pinter & Martin here at TFTMS. They’re (partly) responsible for bringing us The Positive Birth Book, which Jo reviewed back in the summer, as well as The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – the La Leche League book that contains everything you could ever wish … More Review: Growing Up Pregnant
It’s been a year since the launch of Tales from The Mother Side and what a year we’ve had. Those of you who’ve been with us since the beginning will remember our pledge not to consign ourselves to the cyber graveyard of blogs gone by, and we’ve stuck to it. However, there have been inevitable … More Happy Birthday to Us!
Christmas, books, Christmas, books…two of our favourite things! So we’ve been to the library and chosen a few children’s Christmas books to road test with our toddlers. Here are their favourites (and not so favourites). Lauren: Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd This is a lovely book by the author of Hairy Maclary from … More Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Books for Toddlers.
When we were preparing Primrose for Wilf’s arrival, we tried to cover all bases. You can read about it here, if you like. This paid off. From the moment he arrived, she was besotted. She ‘reads’ to him, shows him toys, lays with him, sings to him, makes him chuckle, and her first question in … More Toddler See, Toddler Do
We are BIG fans of Sketchy Muma here at TFTMS. She always seems to release an image at *just* the right moment to resonate with our current mood or feelings. Anna has been so kind in letting us use her sketches to accompany some of our posts and her work has provided Jo with the … More Q&A with Anna Lewis AKA ‘Sketchy Muma’
Did you know the phases of the moon can wreak absolute havoc on your child’s sleep and, just to warn you, according to NASA, ‘Tonight’s Full Moon is the Frost Moon, the Cold Moon, the Long Night Moon, or the Moon before Yule.’ (UK) So, what might this mean for you and your babies? It … More Toddlers, or Tiny Lunatics?
This is a bittersweet post for me. As ever with raising children, some days feel incredibly tough, none more so than those that make up the ‘Fourth Trimester’ (the first three months of your baby’s life). However, I look back on the past three (and a bit) months and wonder where they went. Already, Wilf … More Farewell, Fourth Trimester
As many of you will know, both Lauren and Jo took hypnobirthing classes with The Wise Hippo. Whilst there are practitioners throughout the UK, we both used Kirsty at Fertile Future (Buckingham, UK). It goes without saying, therefore, that we are huge proponents of the practice, as we both felt we had ‘the right birth(s) on the … More Everything you need to know about hypnobirthing.