8 Reasons to Avoid Sleep Training Your Baby

Crying Baby

All parents have limits. Even the most patient, connected, attached parents can reach the point when they are ready to hurl themselves out of the window from sheer sleep-deprivation-induced insanity. Anybody who has me on their facebook friends list will know that recently I have been dealing with … [Read more...]

Gentle Sleep Solutions For Babies

Gentle Sleep Solutions For Babies

If your baby is having trouble sleeping and you hate to hear him or her crying into the night, there is another way. Gentle sleep solutions will ease your child into a deep, relaxed sleep, which will help to ensure you have a happy, healthy baby. Gentle sleep solutions are becoming increasingly … [Read more...]

A Letter From a Sleep-Training Baby

Sleep Training Baby Crying

Dear mommy, I am confused. I am used to falling asleep in your soft, warm arms. Each night I lay snuggled close to you; close enough to hear your heartbeat, close enough to smell your sweet fragrance. I gaze at your beautiful face as I gently drift off to sleep, safe and secure in your loving … [Read more...]

6 Things They Never Told You About Motherhood

6 Things They Never Told You About Motherhood

Baby magazines, books and leaflets available to pregnant women are full of tips, advice and pointers for women who are just beginning their parenting journey.  However, these little titbits just don't give you the full picture.   Allow me to fill in the gaps :) #1 – Your views will change as your … [Read more...]

For Sarah: Gentle Sleep Solutions, Part Two

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In my last post, I addressed Sarah’s issues with her high-needs daughter’s sleep. Although Sarah is happy to meet her night-time (and nap-time) needs via nursing and co-sleeping, she is understandably worried about how her daughter will fare when she goes to nursery in four months time. Before we … [Read more...]

For Sarah: Gentle Sleep Solutions, Part One

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I recently received an email from a very tired mama who is struggling with her 5 month old daughter’s sleep habits. She kindly consented to allowing me to address her issues and suggest gentle sleep solutions to help the situation via a public post, so that the information may be of use to others, … [Read more...]

The Joys of Baby-Led Weaning

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As mum to a thriving one year old who has been BLW since five and a half months, I always relish the opportunity to explain the benefits to other parents. Thus I decided to write this quick and dirty guide to the basics of BLW. What is Baby-Led Weaning? Babies, if allowed, will naturally teach … [Read more...]

The Babymoon

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  Congratulations! After months of waiting, your bundle of joy is finally here. Now begins The Babymoon – the first couple of weeks of blissful elation as you ease gently into parenthood… apparently. In reality, the Babymoon, although wonderful in many ways, is a huge culture shock – … [Read more...]

Hold Your Baby

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At the breastfeeding group that I volunteer at, the most common non-breastfeeding-related concern (or rather, the most common indirectly breastfeeding-related concern) the new mums have is that they are holding their babies too much. This is an open letter to them, and to all mothers who worry that … [Read more...]

You Know You’re A Mother To Young Children When…

1. The songs that are stuck in your head are no longer the latest chart hits. Instead you whistle or hum the theme tunes to In The Night Garden, Show Me Show Me and Big Cook Little Cook. 2. A trip to the hairdressers is not just a nice treat – you sit down in the comfy chair, sip the hot coffee, … [Read more...]