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Pregnancy symptoms you should never ignore

BabyCentre Blog<p>Have you had any pregnancy health scares?Blogger Molly shares her story.<p>Even if you’ve read lots about pregnancy and spoken to other …

Pregnancy

Baby boxes 'save lives by reducing risk of dangerous bed-sharing'

Giving new parents a box for their children to sleep in could save babies’ lives, a new study has found.<p>Handing out ‘baby boxes’ – cardboard …

Babies

The Dangers of Selfie Culture and How You Can Help Your Kids

Share334<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Pin<p>Tweet<p><i>“I only got 10 likes in the last 5 minutes. Do you think I should take it down? Let me take another selfie.”</i><p><i>– Lyrics …

Parenting

4 Research-Backed Benefits of Outdoor Play

Share1K<p>Pin19<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Tweet<p>“Wow, Mama, what kind of bug is that?” my son asks, squatting in the dirt and peering at a tiny bug that I would have …

Parenting

Wireless Motherhood: When Social Media is the New Village

<i>Hey, mamas, anyone else awake? I’m having a really tough time tonight with anxiety, and have no one to talk to.</i><p>I wrote that when my son was …

Parenting

Meet 8 Dads Who Took Shared Parental Leave

'To say I enjoyed it is an understatement.'<p>Eight dads have opened up about their experiences of shared parental leave in an attempt to dispel the misconceptions many fathers have.<p>From calling it the most “amazing” experience to explaining how it increased admiration for their wives, these dads made …

O'Shea

20 Quick Set Up Sensory Bin Ideas for Toddlers

My daughter loves playing with sensory bins and I enjoy her playing with them – they can keep her occupied for hours! I’m happy to admit that I can …

Working and parenting shouldn't be the death of women 

Last Friday, I got up at 6.45am, mopped up a leaking freezer, breakfasted and dressed myself and two small children, dropped one at school for a sports club and got to the office for 8.30am. I worked an 11.5 hour day, came home, sorted two loads of laundry, ate dinner, washed up and fell, finally, …

Parenting

26 parenting lessons you learn the hard way

You could read the advice books, subscribe to Babycentre and join every single Mumsnet forum but nothing can truly prepare you for the joys and …

When it comes to parenting, be a 'gardener’, not a 'carpenter’

If permission to stop parenting sounds like the solution to surviving the rest of the summer holidays, then Alison Gopnik is your saviour. The US psychology professor and grandmother of three thinks too much “parenting” risks ruining your relationship with your children. It is also churning out a …

Parenting

The 10 Eternal Truths Of Parenting

I have bumbled my way through parenting these past six years and now count myself as a bit of an expert. And by an expert I mean I high five myself …

20 inevitable outcomes of sleep deprivation with a newborn

There are so many upsides to having a newborn baby in the house. There are cuddles on tap, cute gurgles, chubby cheeks and the most beautiful little …

Babies

Baby's sleep – good luck or good parenting?

Shares 0<p>I was totally sleep-clueless when I had my first baby, having assumed they just fell asleep when tired and woke up when refreshed – ha! By …

5 Surprising Truths About Attachment Parenting

Catherine Clifton via The Green Bean<p>Attachment Parenting (AP) isn't something parents can follow - it's simply our default setting. Throw in an assault of ideas, instructions and dogma from those seeking to gain from solving the problem you never knew you had (like your child not sleeping 12 hours …

Parenting

10 Parenting Rules I'll live by with my second baby

by Katie Portman posted in Mum Stories Hindsight is a beautiful thing isn't it? Especially when it comes to parenting. Oh if only I could go back in …

'Have I been selfish?': Parents and children share experiences of older parenting

<b>Singer Janet Jackson has officially confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child, at the age of 50.</b><p>In many countries, it is becoming increasingly common for women to have children later in life. In England, the rate of babies born to women aged 45 and over has climbed by more than a third …

Parenting

Let them eat dirt! Our obsession with hygiene is jeopardising our children's health

It’s a nerve-wrecking time to be a parent. Every week, mothers are chastised with the seemingly endless list of chronic childhood illnesses their little ones might contract, from autoimmune diseases like eczema or asthma to nut allergies, dairy intolerances, to behavioural disorders such as …

Nutrition

Playgroups are hell, chores are impossible, and children repeat everything they hear: what I learned as a stay-at-home father

All you seem to do is sit around with your friends, drink tea, and eat cake all day.<p>I'd said that sentence enough times to my wife that when I agreed to take three months out to be a stay-at-home Dad I was genuinely concerned I was going to put on weight.<p>As it turned out, I lost nearly a stone …

Parenting

Baby Brain Is Real: Pregnancy Alters A Woman's Brain For 'Up To Two Years', Study Finds

'It's an adaptive process to better detect the needs of the child.'<p>Women’s brains change structurally during pregnancy as they prepare for motherhood, a study has shown.<p>The changes, thought to have evolved to help a mother focus fully on the needs of her baby, cause some parts of the brain to …

Diet for a healthy pregnancy

BabyCentre Blog<p>10 ways to sneak wheatgerm into your pregnancy dietCheck out inventive ways to add wheatgerm to your diet!<p>Should I eat differently now …

Nutrition

Are these the best parenting hacks EVER? People share their tips for keeping children entertained (and out of trouble) in a series of hilarious photos

• <b>Parents have been sharing their genius parenting hacks on social media</b>• <b><br>Pictures show how to avoid making mess and even prevent squabbles</b> <b></b>• <b><br>One mum hid</b> …

'Suck it up, guys, and be her dream husband!' Man goes viral with touching post about taking over parenting duties to let his wife sleep

• <b>Imgur user AvidClimber shared a heartwarming photo showing him caring for his baby as his wife naps next to him</b>• <b><br>He explained in the post that 'real</b> …

Parents' mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

<b>An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.</b><p>More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.<p>And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, …

Education

They raise the world's happiest children - so is it time you went Dutch?

Two toddlers have just chased each other to the top of a climbing frame and are jostling to get down the slide first. Their mothers are lost in conversation on a nearby park bench. In the distance, a dog barks and a little boy ambles along on his balance bike, trailed by his grandfather who is …

Parenting

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These Australian photographers perfectly capture the moment newborns arrive

1/<p>River Bennett and Bel Pangburn both have freelance photography companies of their own.<p>Pangburn runs her own business called Trigger Happy Images, …

The Shitty Guilt Fairy

Not everybody knows this but when you give birth to your first child you also give birth to a little fairy. She’s kind of like Tinkerbell but WAY …

Maternity Leave

'The Toddler Whisperer' reveals the best thing to do when your child has a tantrum

David D/Flickr<p>Dr. Tovah Klein knows a thing or two about tantrums.<p>As the Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of …

I was overjoyed by the relaxing idea of being a stay-at-home dad. How foolish I was

If you'd asked me at 20 where I expected to be 30 years later, I'd probably have said deep-sea diving on Europa; my friends placed bets on Hendon …

Parenting