The best baby carrier for active parents – top picks for mums and dads

After weeks of festive frivolities, something’s gotta give. No longer can we continue gorging ourselves on pigs in blankets, mince pies and mulled wine. Our waistlines simply can’t take the strain. Nor can we justify spending half of our waking day in front of the tellie watching re-runs and dubious Christmas specials. Our bum-shaped dent in the sofa might never come out. No, no. As much as it pains me to say it, the time has come to put down the TV remote and step away from the… View Post

Teddy’s Winter Warmers – our favourite baby clothes and accessories to keep your little one warm this winter

With morning frosts, biting winds and snow on the way (I hope), the winter season is now well and truly upon us. Which means it’s time to turn up the central heating and dust off your winter woollies (if you haven’t already) in preparation for the chilly months ahead. But while we adults can warm our cockles with cups of hot chocolate, a draw full of thermal undies and bucket-loads of mulled cider, our little ones aren’t so fortunate. What with their weak necks, feeble attempts at grabbing and general inability… View Post

Time for a change – why dads need and deserve proper baby changing facilities too

Let’s cut straight to the point. Baby changing facilities for dads in the UK are an absolute joke. Despite the fact that there are nearly 700,000 new fathers made every year in this country (and a further million dads with kids under two), only a fraction of men’s toilets in the UK have baby changing facilities. In fact I’d go as far as saying that, as a dad, locating somewhere while out and about to change your baby, that is both private and hygienic, is about as easy… View Post

Know a great dad? Don’t delay…tell them how special they are today!

I know, as men, we are extremely lucky. Sure, some of us smell, have hair growing out of our nostrils and, as a sex, are statistically more likely to pop our clogs nearly a decade earlier than our female counterparts. But we still have it pretty good. We earn more (on average), aren’t discriminated against in the workplace based on our gender or because we’re a dad, and we never have to personally experience periods or the dreaded menopause (every cloud…). However there remains one major area where men are overlooked by society on an almost daily basis:… View Post

10 essential baby items that got us through our first month of parenthood

As every new parent knows, during the latter stages of pregnancy, we are all bombarded with countless lists of essential baby items that we simply ‘must buy’ before our little one’s arrival. For the first timers among us, at around the 36 week mark, beset by a dangerous combination of confusion and fear, we dutifully set about buying anything and everything we can to ensure we are as prepared as possible for life with a new baby. Unfortunately this often results in over-buying; wasting money on things that… View Post

Ask the Expert: How to introduce your new baby to your dog

Throughout my entire adult life, I’ve dreamt of getting a dog. Man’s best friend…a tail wagging, always happy to see you, epitome of unconditional love. But being a Londoner with an intensive full time job, I was convinced by countless doggy owners that the time wasn’t right. “It’s cruel! You can’t leave a puppy in doggy daycare! Wait until you move out to the country” they said, “or at least until you have kids, so you or your wife can dedicate more time to looking after it.” So… View Post

Our Breastfeeding Story – big tits, occasional tears and little triumphs

Let me be straight from the start. I’m not here to extol the virtues of breastfeeding, of which there are clearly many. As celebrity chef Jamie Oliver discovered recently, you can get into serious trouble if found guilty of ‘mansplaining’ to mums about what they should do with their nipples… Discussing the topic on LBC radio earlier this year, he (I believe, well-intentionally) claimed about breastfeeding; “It’s easy, it’s more convenient, it’s more nutritious, it’s better, it’s free.” For some new parents, this may well be the case. But from our… View Post

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