Jo: “I first met Cathy at a Baby Show. She was calm, friendly and listened to me banging on about how she has the BEST job! When I organised an event with the La Leche League recently, Cathy was one of our stallholders and, again, her warmth and enthusiasm about positive birth experiences made me think she’d be … More Doulas: Why Bother?
I’m scared of needles. And, quite frankly, after reluctantly watching an episode of One Born Every Minute, I sat there thinking how excruciatingly painful labour must be for someone to actively CHOOSE to have a rather large epidural needle stuck in their spine. “Holy sh*t”, I think, were my precise words. That show and my … More My Birth story: Lauren
Yesterday was Save the Frogs Day. It’s a US initiative but we couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to share our favourite frog books with you. Frogs are endlessly fascinating to children. It’s no surprise, then, that some of our favourite books feature these creatures. Of course, there’s frog from Julia Donaldson’s ‘Acorn Wood’ series, Arnold … More Ribbit! 🐸
I’d never heard of Baby Led Weaning (BLW) until my old boss came to meet Primrose and thrust the book at me. “Do this!” she told me. Usually, that kind of order would annoy me in the world of parenting, but she went on to say why… She and her husband, like Phil and I, … More Baby Led Weaning: A Beginner’s Guide
Yesterday marked the start of Allergy UK’s Allergy Awareness Week 2017. Mother Sider Lindsay is a real inspiration to us, and to all parents dealing with the ignorance surrounding allergies. We’re not talking intolerances here, though they come with their own set of hurdles; we’re talking serious, scary, life-threatening allergies. Both her girls have them … More How it feels: To Have a Child with Life Threatening Allergies.
When asked if we were prepared for our impending new arrivals, we were similar in our responses: – Yes, all prepared for the labour, thanks to our hypnobirth sessions. – Yes, we have a car seat and a pram and the nursery is almost ready. – Yes, we have lots of lovely clothes all freshly … More Ready, Steady… Boob!
Time for a slightly different kind of guest post today. Charley is a good friend of Jo’s and MUA extraordinaire! Whilst we salute any mamas who go make up free, neither of us feel ‘human’ without a swirl of blusher to bring some colour to our cheeks, and Jo can’t really cope without mascara(!) In addition … More Good Morning Sunshine!
After Prim’s birth, I was reluctant to share my birth story. At postnatal classes, we were asked to introduce ourselves, our baby, and our birth story. By the time it got to me, four other ladies had talked about emergency C-sections, a forceps delivery and an episiotomy. Each of them looked somewhere between resigned to … More My Birth Story: Jo
With getting on for 550 followers on our Facebook page (thank you!) and almost 10k views here on the blog (thank you again!) we have a hit a small snag in the road… We are very passionate about certain elements of parenting. Indeed, our initial desire to set this blog up was to give support, … More The Mother Side: A Disclaimer
Wondering why your baby is a bit cranky, not sleeping, wants more cuddles, to be carried more, or to be left alone? Has your smiling, bouncing small person suddenly switched personality? Have you been through the usual list of wind, teething, discomfort, tiredness, full nappy etc and nothing seems to be working? Yep, sometimes there … More Cranky and sleep averse baby? It could be a developmental leap…