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Cartoon Kate

April 16, 2014
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I love being a cartoonist. And I loved drawing cartoons about pregnancy and birth for my latest book Bump. I had so many ideas for cartoons back when I was pregnant, but had never got around to drawing any of them. I did no useful work at all when I was pregnant. It was...

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The Greatest Advice Ever Shared By Mum’s By Stylist Magazine

April 11, 2014
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The Greatest Advice Ever Shared By Mum’s By Stylist Magazine

We love this article from Stylist Magazine  and wanted to share it with you! What’s the best advice your mother has given you? To read the full article, click here

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Retreat Yourself

April 8, 2014
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Eliza Guerrini

Today’s blog post is written by Eliza Guerrini, the lady behind Retreat Yourself, which provides weekend breaks especially for pregnant women in the heart of the Cotswolds. Here, she tells us her story and how the idea for Retreat Yourself was born… Perhaps I should have realised – I’m an occupational therapist after all...

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Have you noticed anything different about your baby?

March 21, 2014
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Today marks World Down Syndrome Day, which aims to raise awareness of this often misunderstood genetic condition and give those living with Down Syndrome a louder voice. Today’s blog post is written by Andrea Newsham, mum to beautiful Millie Elizabeth who was born with Down Syndrome a year ago. In her touching story, Andrea...

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In Praise of the Staycation

March 3, 2014
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Today’s blog post has been kindly provided by Luxury Family Hotels, experts in child-friendly holidays across several stunning UK locations. As the Easter holidays loom ever larger, many parents will be taking to the internet or poring over holiday brochures in the hope of booking a ticket to the sun. But going abroad at...

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Guest Post: Very Intelligent Princess

February 24, 2014
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Today’s blog post is written by Rachel Collingwood, co-founder of Very Intelligent Princess, an online club that aims to inspire girls to reach their full potential without being constrained by the ‘norms’ of society. To find out more about this fantastic initiative, please visit veryintelligentprincess.com. This Online Club is to inspire girls to value...

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Guest Post by Robin Hanbury-Tenison: The devastating effect of ‘development’ on tribal people

February 12, 2014
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Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Today’s guest blogger is Laura Tenison’s uncle, the great explorer, Robin Hanbury-Tenison. He is also a co-founder of Survival International, an organisation that tirelessly champions tribal peoples around the world. Survival International works to protect the world’s tribes from exploitation by industrialised society through education, research and campaigning. To learn more about the struggles...

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How to Keep Bugs at Bay

September 19, 2013
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It’s time to say goodbye to summer and get out our hats and scarves. Winter is fast approaching and that means flu and snotty noses are on their way. Children are great carriers of bugs, and at this time of year GPs and hospitals will be filling up with sick children with coughs, colds...

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The Outer Hebrides: A perfect family holiday

July 29, 2013
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sarah buchanan baby birth

I thought I’d veer away from childbirth to show you how splendid my girls look in their JoJo Maman Bebe wetsuits. We are playing on Harris in the Outer Hebrides, and for those people who may think Britain does not have good beaches, then you’d be hard pushed to find a beach as vast and as...

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Putting Baby to Bed…when it’s Hot Hot Hot

July 18, 2013
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Phew!!!  As I write this the weather is, let’s face it, ‘HOT!’.  That said, I suspect by the time this goes live our brief spell of summer may have gone, but certainly the last few days has got me recalling how tough it is as a new mummy tucking baby up for bed, when...

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Introducing Lazy Daisy

July 3, 2013
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lazy daisy

I am so chuffed that we have been asked to author a series of antenatal and baby blogs for the guys at JoJo, not least because as a mum of 5 I am a frequent visitor of their Bury St Edmunds store.  Our micro scooter is the current favourite thing with my 3 year...

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Help Create and Curate the World’s Largest Art Show

June 28, 2013
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Richard Reed

Brian Cox recently made the point that the inspiration and firing up of the imagination that art can trigger is universal: we all benefit from being exposed to art.  But less than 10% of the UK population visit an art gallery in an average year, even though we live in a country with a...

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Is she, isn’t she? A Royal HypnoBirth

June 24, 2013
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baby-birth

For months there have been rumblings within the birthing community, that the Duchess of Cambridge could be using Hypnobirthing to help her with her labour. Last week was the first time I’ve seen this being reported in the main stream press. The Times – ‘Kate considers hypnosis to help her through the pain of...

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JoJo Boys’ Clothes Review

June 12, 2013
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So finally, someone took the lid off and let the sunshine in, marking the start of the summer and also the start of a string of ‘occasions’ in our household. First of all there was Auntie Jean’s 80th, a family gathering for a Sunday Roast at a nice golf club, a perfect occasion to...

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Travelling with Babies and Young Children

June 5, 2013
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Travelling with children can be great fun if everything goes well, but can quickly degenerate into a stressful disaster if things don’t go according to plan. As long as you’re realistic, and spend a bit of time making plans, you should be on for a good time. Plans Firstly, try to fit your travel plans in...

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Review: BabyBjorn Potty Chair

May 13, 2013
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Dominic is now 2 and a half years old and to date has shown little interest in using a potty.  I think this is partly because I am pregnant and he wants to cling on to being a baby – he keeps referring to himself as a baby even though I keep telling him...

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When should we get cracking with cutlery?

May 9, 2013
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rosie-wright

As with most things baby related, at some point it dawned on us that our son had got over the first few hurdles of being introduced to solid food and that he might be ready to start using cutlery. This came to the fore when my son was about 17 months and we had...

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Looking After Babies and Children in the Sun

May 7, 2013
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Finally it seems like the long cold winter is behind us and summer is on its way. Whether you’re staying in the UK this summer or venturing further afield, it’s important to make sure your baby is safe in the sun. The main risks to babies during hot weather are sun burn, dehydration, heat...

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What is a Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC)?

April 22, 2013
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baby-birth

How was your experience of giving birth in the UK? I hope it was positive but for many women it isn’t. There are many advocates who work towards dramatic, coherent and permanent improvements in how the UK’s maternity services are managed and practiced but is this endless work making a difference? Can we, the...

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Exercise During Pregnancy

April 8, 2013
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Many people think that exercise during pregnancy is dangerous and that women should put their feet up and rest as much as possible. This may sound appealing (at least for a couple of days) but generally exercise during pregnancy, as long as it is done sensibly, is beneficial to both the mother and the...

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Top Tips For Pregnancy, Labour and Birth

March 19, 2013
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baby-birth

Giving Birth Should & Can Be An Amazing Experience When you feel in control you are better able to mentally manage the stages of labour. Even if special circumstances mean you need medical assistance, by being a part of the decision making process, you retain an element of control whilst understanding the importance of...

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What Is HypnoBirthing?

January 23, 2013
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baby-birth

‘When your mind is free of fear and tension, your body can be free of pain and will function as it was created to do so.’   This sentence was said by Marie Mongan, founder of the HypnoBirthing Institute and HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method, and because I’m one of her practitioners, it is...

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How my business was created – mementobox

December 20, 2012
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I am a mum to two boys (and a dog!) and writing to share news of the new app I have just launched; mementobox, a ‘virtual’ baby journal. I have worked on the app with my husband (a consultant IT Project Manager), and whilst it has been a long journey from the lightbulb moment...

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Toy Review!

December 19, 2012
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Toy Review!

Ever Earth Ramp Racer – Instant hit! This toy was beautifully packaged in recycled board and I loved that there wasn’t tonnes of excess packaging or plastic ties to work through to get the product out, especially with two expectant boys eagerly waiting to see it. Once out of the packaging the Ramp Racer is ready...

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Breastfeeding Doll – inappropriate or an important educational toy?

December 17, 2012
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baby-birth

There are some topics which will always cause opinions to fly and so last week it happened again with the launch of this product – The Breast Milk Baby. Designed for young girls, this toy has predictably caused a storm. Girls wear an apron on which the nipples are represented by flowers and by...

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Cot to Bed

November 30, 2012
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Ethan in his new bed!

With tall parents it wasn’t going to be long before Ethan outgrew his cot, so with his second birthday looming (on Christmas Day!) we decided to try moving him from his cot to a bed. My sister very kindly passed on my nephew’s first proper bed, which has the advantage of being in three...

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What To Expect When You Are Not Expecting

November 21, 2012
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sarah

Most people reading this blog would have heard the news that Lance Bombardier Lynette Pearce went into labour during her 34th week of pregnancy and gave birth to a baby boy on 18th September, whilst serving in Afghanistan. One can hardly imagine the range of emotions she must have experienced during this peak physical...

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Fundraising Fun times!

November 14, 2012
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Me and the Kids

It’s been 24 years since I applied for University but my headmaster’s words still loom large: ” If you’re going to get to university you must learn to say NO to the extra-curricular activities…..!” Organising a fundraising Fun Run (try saying that after a sleepless night) is probably more “labour of love” than “extra-curricular...

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The Shadow Cutter

October 25, 2012
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I remember the first time I saw my own child’s silhouette portrait. Casting my eyes over the delicate cut black paper, I was amazed at each little detail the artist had made using only a tiny pair of scissors. Then the moment came of recognition of my child, even though it was just his...

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A little bit of Magic Dust

October 23, 2012
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tammy

When I’m not having fun with my 2 gorgeous daughters, Gracie & Haddie, I run a wedding planning company called Magic Dust. Launched in 2006 after leaving the crazy world of magazine publishing – I was Commercial Director on Grazia when it launched in the UK – we have always sought to be refreshing,...

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Not baby blues but weaning woes…

October 3, 2012
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rosie-wright

Following my blog about when (and how) to stop breastfeeding, once you feel you and your baby are ready, I wanted to write about the challenge that some women face when they do decide to stop, as some find themselves feeling down or even depressed when they stop breastfeeding. I first heard about this phenomenon,...

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From Little Seeds Grow

September 14, 2012
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Mel Face

Before I had my daughter Lyla (now 2), I was jokingly known as ‘The Fixer’. I ran events of all shapes and sizes all over the world and I always knew a man who knew a man; if I needed something, I knew where to go and got it done. The bigger the challenge,...

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Miranda Kerr – What Is The Fuss About – It’s Her Child!

August 15, 2012
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sarah

I never buy glossy magazines but with the hoo ha about Miranda Kerr’s interview in the July edition of Harper’s Bazaar, my husband was dispatched to dutifully search and return with a copy. I wanted to read first hand what Miranda had said and what struck me straight away is ‘context is everything’. These...

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Caesareans – some essential, many not.

July 31, 2012
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sarah

The highest caesarean section rate recorded in a hospital in England (2011), Scotland (2010) and Wales (2011) was 36.3%, 32% and 34.3% respectively. This is high – very high. And although the World Health Organisation officially withdrew its recommended caesarean percentage rate of 10% – 15% in 2010, with these rates more than double...

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It’s breast to stop, now!

July 25, 2012
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rosie-wright

I have decided to write about stopping breastfeeding (after 6 months and once it has become firmly established and part of yours and your baby’s routine), and particularly my own experiences, as this is a little talked about issue. Most of the bump out there is about starting breastfeeding, not stopping, and it isn’t...

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Kirsty McCabe – Back to Work

July 17, 2012
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Kirsty BBC

Being a working mum is the ultimate juggling act. Trying to balance the demands of work and family often leaves me feeling tired, guilty and like I’m just keeping my head above water. But while part of me would love to stay home with Ethan all day, I know that I wanted to get...

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When to wean?

June 28, 2012
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rosie-wright

We all know the Department of Health’s advice that we should start weaning our darling sprogs when they reach 6 months and not a moment before. Even if our little ones are performing impressive contortionist acts in order to get to our cake (in my experience mums do eat a fair amount of cake...

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The Breastfeeding Quandary

June 22, 2012
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sarah

There are some topics which cause such a furore that even as an industry professional I’m left staggered by the range of opinions, so goodness only knows what a woman who’s just given birth may feel. Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, everyone has an opinion on how you should be feeding your...

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Is it eww to chew your baby’s food?

June 13, 2012
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RRWW LOGO 2 (2)

There has been a fair amount of controversy in the world of weaning in the last month after Alicia Silverstone released a video on her website that shows her feeding her eleven month year old son directly from her mouth to his. You can view the video here: http://www.thekindlife.com/post/home-video-breakfast-with-baby-bear If she was looking to...

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Kirsty’s African Adventure

June 8, 2012
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Kirsty’s African Adventure

Travelling with a toddler is pretty daunting. Not only do you have to survive the flight (12 hours to South Africa in our case) but for a small person they sure pack big. The items we’d earmarked as essential for our visit to the in-laws were car seat, buggy, travel cot and high chair....

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Ten Top Tips for Home Water Birth

June 1, 2012
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sarah

You’ve decided on a home water birth – excellent – but how do you prepare for it and what equipment will you need? Nowadays choosing to give birth at home in water is a viable, safe and popular option for most women. 1 – speak to your midwife about your wish to have a...

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Have we all lost sight of the bigger picture? Isn’t WHAT we feed our babies more important than HOW?

May 15, 2012
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RRWW LOGO 2 (2)

I recently wrote a blog for Jojo about baby-led and traditional weaning and was surprised by the amount of debate about which was the ‘correct’ method, with parents arguing very strongly for both camps. While most agreed that a mixture of methods was suitable for their babies, a topic that wasn’t mentioned by any...

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Secrets of a Midwife Mummy

May 1, 2012
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baby-journey

The last 18 months have been a crazy and remarkable rollercoaster for me. Probably like a lot of you reading this. I fell (very surprisingly but very brilliantly) pregnant on my honeymoon, and in the blink of an eye I had gone from cocktail-sipping, sun-bathing, retail therapy, career girl about town to Mrs married...

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Daddy Cool? – Why Fathers Need To Be Calm And Confident In The Labour Room

April 17, 2012
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sarah

It’s not often in a man’s life, that he is catapulted entirely out of his comfort zone and thrust into an environment where he does not have a central role. Initially, for expecting parents the physiology of childbirth is the great unknown but for women at least, our role has been defined by nature....

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Baby-led or traditional weaning? Chances are it won’t be your decision!

March 30, 2012
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If you meet with any new parents in the first few months of parenthood, talk will inevitably turn to weaning. Hours will be spent discussing the merits of baby-led against the traditional puree approach, and vice versa, and usually one will be chosen over another. What many first time parents don’t anticipate is that...

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Rainbow Cookies

March 9, 2012
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Rainbow Biscuits

These rainbow cookies are a real treat to make. Not only that, but they’re delicious to eat and a delight to look at. Kids can get involved with this recipe as the cookie dough is a cinch to make and coloured marzipan is just like edible play dough. It’s also a recipe that’s so...

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Opinions on smacking are…….

February 29, 2012
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……..as it turns out, quite like bottoms: everybody has one. However, I’m in the unusual position of having a different one now to the one I had as a younger man (I may have broken this metaphor). I was smacked as a child. Not often, not inappropriately, and I genuinely don’t think it affected...

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