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Free Baby Knitting Patterns

Have you been cooing over the photos of the new little royal princess this weekend. I so have, she's such a cutie isn't she? And how gorgeous was that little baby bonnet and receiving blanket when Kate brought her out of the hospital?...

Breastfeeding Advice from Real Mums

Breastfeeding is wonderful. Or at least it can be wonderful! I breastfeed for 15 months and value that time so much. At its best it was the most beautiful time to be with my daughter. But first off I didn't find it easy. Anything but....

Beautiful Baby Blankets & Swaddle Cloths

Baby blankets are special. My 5 year old still takes hers to bed every night and I wore my own into pieces I loved it so much! So it is worth taking the time to find something gorgeous you'll be happy to have as a permanent member of your household :-) Luckily there are loads of beautiful baby blankets now available in contemporary colour ways rather than just the same old pink and blue. Hurrah!...

Natural Cure for Cradle Cap

As a baby and toddler my daughter had recurrent bouts of  cradle cap. We tried a whole bunch of different products ... none of which I have to say were great. And so as always I scoured around for tips and made myself a list of everything I could find. But when the cradle cap came back recently I knew we needed just two things from the list. ...

Free Baby Clothes Patterns

Babies grow out of clothes sooo quickly! Which can make it seem a total waste of time to drag the sewing machine out and start sewing stuff. But there's loads of gorgeous baby clothes you can make very easily, and after they've been passed on pre-loved through siblings, cousins, friends and more, they've certainly earned their keep. Plus if you use

Baby Sleep Tips

Sleep. Precious sleep. Baby needs it. You need it. Neither of you is getting enough. What do you do? Turn to an expert who says follow me & all will be well. Of course. Having religously followed one sleep "guru" ... to disasterous effect ... the biggest baby sleep tip I can share is no single approach to sleep works for all babies. Or all mums! But I do think there are some practical tips that help most babies sleep. ...

Ectopic Pregnancy

A guest post by Emily Greentree.  Emily is a nurse who blogs on all aspects of motherhood at Tealady Mumbles She gave birth to her first daughter in 2013, 12 months after suffering an ectopic pregnancy. She has written extensive, moving posts on her experiences during the ectopic pregnancy and her fear of getting pregnant again following it.  In this post she shares her thoughts on how she coped following the ectopic pregnancy.  ...

Introduce Solids With Baby Led Weaning

Introducing baby to solids can be so stressful! What should they be eating? When? Are they eating enough? How come they are not eating what little Jonny down the road who is two days younger is? Then there's the mess. Oh the mess! And the joy of producing a freezer full of mush that they steadfastly refuse to eat .... But weaning can be much less stressful if you ditch those pesky purees ... and let baby take the lead with the baby led weaning approach to introducing solids. ...

All About C-Sections

Contrary to press scare stories, not many women have "give me a c-section" on their birth plan. I certainly didn't have it on mine. But increasingly  - unfortunately - a c-section is what many of us end up with. ...

Easy Tips for Raising a Green Baby

Going green with new baby on the way can seem like an expensive option. And some organic baby products really are pricey but these tips show how easy it is to go green and actually save money at the same time. ...

The Best Books for Babies

When my daughter was born we were treated to two great big bags of books. One was a set of 10 Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd and the other included Julia Donaldson's Room on the Broom. These were new to me and I thought, from the look of them, they were books to save for later. But my aunt and my mum-of-three friend who bought them assured me, we could start reading them almost straight away. To my great surprise they were right! From the early months, we read stories as part of a bedtime routine and right from the start my daughter was absorbed and entertained by Hairy Maclary and Room on the Broom. ...

Introducing Your Baby to Solids – What You Really Need …

At four months you're finally getting the hang of it. Colic and reflux have - hopefully - gone. Baby is sleeping. You're feeling ever so slightly less crazy. Then suddenly everyone's talking about the when, what and how of weaning and exactly what kind of latest super stylish, incredibly whizzy high chair they're going to buy. Help! Yet another topic on which you are meant to master over night expertise! ...

Essential Baby Toys for Baby’s 1st Year

Most babies are inundated with toys. But within that deluge, I found we ended up with lots the same that didn't keep up with the lightening speed at which new interests and skills develop in baby's first year. I also discovered some toys were one month wonders whilst others that supported the same skills lasted the year and in some cases are still played with 3 years later. So what are the essential baby toys that will support each stage of baby development's during their first year? ...

The Big Decisions Every Mum Must Make

Back when my daughter was about ready to start solids, another mum asked if I was going to "do" baby led weaning. My blank stare revealed the horrible truth. I hadn't a clue what she was talking about! Uh oh! Somehow in my sleep deprived fog, I had completely missed one of those whopping big decisions about which all mothers are meant to have intelligent, insightful and well informed opinions! ...

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