The funniest dad jokes in the world…as voted for by the world’s funniest dads

Becoming a father for the first time is, in so many ways, a life changing event. But while every new dad quickly develops his own, unique parenting style, there is one quality that inextricably links us all…our instinctive and deep-seated love of dad jokes. For years, dad jokes have undoubtedly had a bad rep. Viewed by generations of embarrassed offspring as cringe-worthy, bad taste or just downright crap, so-called dad jokes have never received the comedy kudos they so thoroughly deserve. But today, all that is about to… View Post

Ask the Expert: Hypnobirthing…the birth technique everyone’s talking about

Exclusive interview with hypnobirthing guru Miriam Greaves When I first heard about hypnobirthing, I was sceptical, to say the least. With only a passing knowledge of the subject, at first glance it appeared to be a bit ‘wishy-washy’, somewhat ‘hippyish’ and, dare I say it, kind of unbelievable. After hearing countless horror stories from new parent friends and watching more episodes of ‘One Born Every Minute’ than I’d care to admit, the concept of a calm, serene and pain free labour seemed too good to be true. Nevertheless,… View Post

5 thoroughly thoughtful gifts that all new parents will love

There’s nothing quite like the arrival of a baby to make you realise just how generous your friends and family are. After the birth of a new babe, its parents are literally inundated with thoughtful gifts for their little cherub. From hats, baby grows and muslins, to teddies, toys and blankets, newborns today have never been luckier. But as a first time parent myself, I know from first-hand experience that, while every present is wholly unexpected and extremely generous, the gifts which really stand out from the crowd… View Post

Paternity Leave: a Mr Men guide for new dads

If you thought that paternity leave was merely an exercise in sleep deprivation, nappy changing and tea making, think again! As someone who has just completed two full-on weeks of parental leave, I’ve come to realise that the role that new dads play in this pivotal period is infinitely more than that. Which got me thinking. Which Mr Men characters can new dads look towards for advice on being the perfect dad during paternity leave? Unfortunately on closer inspection, it quickly became apparent that the existing group of Mr Men were wholly… View Post

A Wrist Watch like no other – Review and COMPETITION!

When I was recently invited to try out an innovative new wooden wrist watch from JORD, the request couldn’t have been more timely. You see, as a dad-to-be in the final weeks of pregnancy, and now as a real life father, time has never been more precious. During the latter stages of pregnancy, I always felt that time was running out. It seemed there was never going to be enough time to prepare our home and buy all the kit we would need before our new baby’s arrival.… View Post

Our Birth Story – the day our lives changed forever

It was Thursday 25 August, eight months into our first pregnancy and everything was going perfectly to plan. We’d been in hospital the day before for our 36 week midwife appointment and all was well with the world. The baby was engaged and in the right position. We’d filled out our birth preferences in our maternity notes. And we’d even taken a tour of the amazing Birth Centre at Chelsea & Westminster hospital, thus cementing our grand plans for a natural, instrument and epidural-free water birth at some… View Post

SNAPPY SUNDAYS – 20 more reasons to come follow us on Instagram

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Instagram and the amazing pictures and photographers you can find on the App, especially among the parent blogging community. So, in case you are new to this blog or to the photo sharing website itself, welcome back to our regular feature, Snappy Sundays, in which I share some of my favourite Instagram posts from YOU THE DADDY over the past month. And as you might have noticed, it’s been a life changing few weeks, to say the least! If you like… View Post

Baby news…it’s a boy!!

I am incredibly excited and immensely proud to formally introduce you to our new baby boy, our son, Teddy, who was born on Saturday 27 August at 4:31am. So eager to meet you all, Teddy arrived much earlier than expected (three weeks and four days before his due date, on the first day of my wife’s maternity leave, no less!). But despite this, he weighed in at a healthy 7lbs (3.1 kg) at birth, which was a massive relief given his premature status. For any pregnant couples who… View Post