Fantastic cold remedies and where to find them

The last thing any parent wants at the start of January (easily the most depressing month of the year) is a debilitating winter cold. Take it from me. As the father of a tiny snot monster, who sports a constant blocked nose, every day is a challenge. Not only am I forced daily to remove bogies from his tiny nose with a weird sucky contraption that any ‘non-parent’ would mistake for a miniature beer bong. But every day is also a constant battle to ensure I don’t contract said… 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

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

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

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

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