Baby’s First Year

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HOW your baby crying in sleep can mean a number of different things and can be normal
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How your baby crying in sleep may not be a bad thing

As a new parent you quickly come to recognise your baby’s cries in the night. But what do you do if your baby starts to cry in the night, suddenly and as if in distress but doesn’t wake? Are they having nightmares? Are they hurt or poorly?

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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The 3 stages of weaning – a step by step guide

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.

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

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.

Play with newborn baby - these 12 fun games and activities are perfect for bonding with baby as well as helping with baby's development
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First games to help your newborn thrive

We’ve put together a list 12 great games you can play with newborn baby that you can do every day. They help with baby bonding and with baby’s development by letting them discover new experiences and skills.

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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.

attachment parenting - the pros adn cons of attachment parenting - is attachment parenting right for me
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Is attachment parenting right for you?

It’s an increasingly popular approach with an emphasis on baby wearing, breastfeeding and co-sleeping but does attachment parenting make happier babies and, just as importantly, happier parents?

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How your baby sees you

In the first year your baby might not be able to verbally say the words “I love you” but they show you in so many ways.

Mum and baby having fun on a picnic mat
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9 fun activities for you and baby

Your first year with baby is a magical, and often a very tiring, time. Doing any activity can seem difficult. Know that actually there are a lot of fun baby activities that you can enjoy together.

Dad and baby - Dad and baby touching knuckles symbolising dad and baby bonding
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8 great ways to start dad and baby bonding

Dad and baby bonding matters. Studies have shown that babies who develop a strong bond with their dad do better at school, are more able to form secure friendships and relationships and feel more self confident and secure within themselves.

Tips for new mums - Mum doing yoga with baby. Practicing self-care. Tips for new mums
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5 self-care tips for new mums

Caring for your baby includes caring for yourself, after all it’s true what they say that a happy mum makes a happy baby! Here are a few self-care tips for new mums that will help you through those first weeks.