New Parent Debate: will our new baby take after Mummy or Daddy?

I’m pleased to launch today a new weekly feature on YOUTHEDADDY called New Parent Conversations, revealing the silliest exchanges that all new parents have with each other during their first pregnancy. This week, we’ll be looking at the hot topic of inherited traits and the debate over who the baby will take after most – Mum or Dad? Will your new baby inherit the best qualities of both parents, or (God forbid) all of the worst?! As it turns out, great minds don’t always think alike… Which of… View Post

Week 8 of pregnancy – what to expect

For new parents like us, every new week of pregnancy brings a world of new experiences, emotions and eating habits. But nothing quite prepared me (and my poor wife) for the highs and lows she went through during week 8 of our pregnancy. Saving the best ’til last though, let me fill you in on the low points first… Having worried previously about why my wife’s morning sickness was slow to start, in week 8 the classic first trimester nausea has come along in leaps and bounds (quite… View Post

15 of the most unbelievable baby products on the market today

As expectant parents, we are bombarded with lists of must have items we simply have to buy to prepare for our new baby’s imminent arrival – each more outrageous and unbelievable than the last!

But can you spot the real items from the fakes? Scroll down to reveal the answers…… View Post

We’re pregnant! But shhh, it’s still a secret!

It’s halfway through week 8 of our first pregnancy, and still much too early to announce our exciting news to the world. But bloody hell, the secret is eating us alive…it’s just too big to keep to ourselves. As a couple, we’ve made a (weak) pact that we’ll wait until after the 12 week scan to tell our family and close friends that we’re having a baby. Meanwhile we’re still debating whether to wait until after our 20 week anomaly scan before telling the rest of the world, and whether or… View Post

10 unexpected perks of being an expectant dad

For those of you who read my recent post on early pregnancy symptoms, you may be excused for thinking that the first trimester is defined by months of mood swings, morning sickness and mandatory foot massages. But I’m pleased to report that there are in fact a wealth of widely unreported and largely unexpected perks of being a dad-to-be during the first three months of pregnancy, 10 of which I will exclusively share with you now. DISCLAIMER: Every pregnancy is different, and perhaps I’ve just been extremely lucky… View Post

Pregnancy mood swings and how expectant dads can help reduce them

As we enter week 8 of our first pregnancy, the heady euphoria of the past two months has been replaced by something altogether more sinister, as the most unpleasant pregnancy symptoms officially take hold. You may recall from my blog last week, “Life as an impatient Dad in waiting”, I was desperate for the morning sickness to kick in (sadistic, I know), just to give us both some outward sign that the pregnancy was progressing as it should. But let me tell you, this week the nausea has… View Post

Is it safe to eat sushi during pregnancy? Fact or Fiction?

After extensive research and decades of expectant mothers (and supportive fathers) shunning sushi during pregnancy, I have discovered that this is in fact one of the most widely misreported pregnancy myths out there – read on for the full story!… View Post

Too early to announce you’re pregnant? My top tips for throwing everyone off the scent!

As anyone in a long term relationship will attest, there comes a stage in every couple’s life when at each and every family or social occasion, someone will say, “I suspect it won’t be long until we hear the pitter patter of tiny feet?!” or the more threatening alternative, “You’ll be next!“ Now, I won’t go into my well-trodden rant about why that line of questioning is just so inappropriate and insensitive (at least not yet), but as newly pregnant parents-to-be, 7 weeks in, it’s getting harder and… View Post