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This is our secret nightly ritual - why I love co-sleeping with my toddler
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Why I love co-sleeping with my toddler

Isla Buchanan

Letting my children sleep in my bed is something I vowed never to do. My bed was a place of sanctuary. It was a place where me and my husband could sleep (hopefully uninterrupted) and a place we could call our own.

Baby led weaning first foods - check out these top 31 best finger foods for baby to start weaning
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Top 31 baby led weaning first foods

Starting finger foods is an exciting time on your baby’s weaning journey. So we’ve put together a list of our top 31 baby led weaning first foods to help you get started with your weaning journey.

Dear daughter forgive me when I fail
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Dear daughter, forgive me when I fail

Sophie Anderson

My days of perfect parenting can be counted on one hand. The ones where everything goes smoothly from start to finish and we spend a relaxed and happy day together without so much as a disagreement.

You will always be my baby girl - a mother's letter to her grown up daughter before she leaves home
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You will always be my baby girl

Claire Henderson

No matter how big you grow, you’ll always be my baby girl. No matter how big you grow I’ll always have a place for you in my arms. No matter how tall you are I’ll always try to get to your level and listen.

Toddler biting what does it mean - find out why toddlers bite and what causes the bad behaviour
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The real reasons behind toddler biting

Toddler biting can be a huge concern for parents. No one wants their child to hurt another and biting can produce some pretty big emotions. Understand why they bite and what it means when they do.

How to be an amazing single dad - single dad tips to help them through parenting
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How to be a great single dad

You might be the best dad in the world but now you have to figure out how to be the best ever single dad. And that means getting used to all sorts of new rules and facing some hurdles and setbacks along the way.

Baby led weaning foods by age - see which foods are best for baby at each stage of weaning - help them to enjoy finger foods
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Baby led weaning foods by age

Baby led weaning has risen in popularity over recent years with more and more parents adopting the approach. Find out which foods are the most appropriate for baby at each weaning stage, and which you should avoid altogether.

complete beginners guide to car seats - car seat safety and how to choose the right car seat
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The complete beginners guide to car seats

Deciding how to choose the right car seat for the first time can be utterly confusing. We’ve put together a complete beginner’s guide to car seats to help you navigate your way through the minefield.

stages of weaning - the 3 stages of weaning explained - how to introduce those first foods to baby
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Stages of weaning: explained

Over their first year babies move from a diet of just milk to eating 3 meals a day with a wide variety of foods. Of course there are several steps along the way as they get used to eating solid food and trying different tastes and textures. Here are the 3 stages of weaning explained.

10 best first foods for baby - start weaning with these great stage 1 weaning foods
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10 best first foods for baby

We’ve put together a top 10 of the best first foods to try. All can either be pureed if you choose to start with spoon feeding or cut up and given as finger foods, if you decide to do baby led weaning.

advice for new parents - 9 myths of motherhood debunked
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Real advice for new parents – 8 cliches debunked

Giving birth is the best day of your life. Cherish every moment. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Some advice for new parents can make you want to cry. Don’t. Instead know that so many of these things are just not true.

SPD in pregnancy left me in crippling pain in pregnancy
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SPD in pregnancy left me in crippling pain

Hannah Price

Pregnancy is not an illness but when you have SPD it certainly feels like one. As mamas-to-be you want to feel strong and empowered and womanly. Having SPD makes you feel weak and distanced and fragile.

school routine - school morning hacks to help kids get ready sooner
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12 Great morning school routine hacks

The getting ready for school routine in the mornings is the worst! We’ve put together some top tips and genius hacks to get you all more organised and to make the school morning routine a little bit easier.

Baby number 2. Welcome to level two. Out of Depth Dads life has changed with the arrival of baby number 2
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Welcome to LEVEL TWO. Life with the arrival of baby number 2

Chris McGuire, The Out Of Depth Dad

They say that ‘pride’ comes before a fall. As a SAHD to my two-and-a-half-year-old son, we’d got things into a nice routine, and nothing (poo, puke or my pathological hatred of Peppa Pig) could rock our little boat.

postnatal depression in dads - what you didn't know about paternal postnatal depression
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6 myths of postnatal depression in dads debunked

Viren Swami

After the birth of my son, I was diagnosed with postnatal depression. As a dad but also a social psychologist, I began writing about my experiences to try and better understand what I was going through.

Postnatal anxiety - the postnatal condition no one talks about
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Postnatal anxiety, what we don’t talk about

Katie Scott

It first happened a few days after giving birth, when I was chopping carrots for an evening meal. It was like a sudden vision, a flash across my mind’s eye. As I drove the knife down into the carrot

mess up as parents - 12 parenting fails you'll almost definitely experience
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12 ways you’ll almost definitely mess up as a parent

There’s no such thing as a perfect parent and, if truth be told, everyone is bound to mess up as a parent and make mistakes along the way. Let’s just hope our kids forgive us somewhere down the line. In our defence – we REALLY didn’t mean it.

gender neutral parenting - a tale of two extremes - has gender neutral parenting gone too far
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Gender neutral parenting – a tale of two extremes

Natasha Mahtani

There are a new generation of parents however who are choosing to raise their children gender neutral. Some do this by not assigning their child a gender for fear of their child imbibing the self-limiting beliefs and/or stereotypes of either gender.

Breastfeeding - no one tells new mothers that breastfeeding is hard
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Breastfeeding – what no one tells new mothers

Natasha Mahtani

Everyone warns you about the symptoms you’ll experience during your pregnancy, the braxton hicks, the labour pains. But not one person sat me down and said “breastfeeding is going to be hard.

Reaching out - a restaurant trip with Abel - autism
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Reaching out

I was in a packed restaurant, enjoying lunch with my two closest friends. Our children were happily eating and chatting all around us. All of a sudden everything had became a little ‘theatrical’.

children share - sharing - kids sharing - children sharing
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Why I don’t make my children share

Sally Johnson

Growing up with two siblings, some of the biggest fights I remember were when we fought over a favourite toy. I still remember vividly an almighty row in the back of the car I always flashback to that day when I am told that we should make our children share.

sibling - siblings - sibling love - sibling rivalry
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Sibling: the gift of each other

There are two photos on my mantelpiece. Both photographs are perfectly-captured moments of a sibling bond. Both make me believe that I have given my girls the greatest gift of all – the gift of each other.

hand to hold - mum life - motherhood
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My favourite hand to hold

Sally Johnson

It was a haze of hospital beds, nurses and bleeping machines when suddenly you were here, with that first exhilarating cry. I reached out and you wrapped your tiny hand round my finger and held on tight.

toddler - toddler life - tots - young children
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8 life lessons my toddler teaches me

Anna Woodson

Spending your days hanging out with a toddler is exhausting and maddening and funny and wonderful and on some days can drive you to the brink. But toddlers can teach you so many important life lessons.

newborn visitors, visitors after having a baby, keeping newborns safe
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10 rules to set for newborn visitors

Welcoming a new arrival in the family is such an exciting and wonderful occasion. It’s lovely to share the joy that your baby brings but newborn visitors can sometimes cause you a lot of stress.

increase breast milk - breastmilk production - breastfeeding problems
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8 superfoods to increase breast milk production

A good diet will ensure that you get plenty of nutrients to nourish your body and help you balance the demands of breastfeeding. There are also many foods that you can include in your diet to aid and increase breast milk production.

pets in pregnancy - will my pets harm my baby
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Will my pets harm my baby?

Often before you become a parent you already have some precious babies in your home. We take a look at pets in pregnancy and how pets can be bad (and good) for your baby.

give birth - birth plan - baby arrives
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What kind of Birthing Mama are you?

There are so many things to think about when it comes to giving birth. Whether you’re into hypnobirthing and fancy a natural labour or are more of a bring-on-the-drugs kind of mama, it doesn’t matter.

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