Before you’ve had a baby it’s easy to raise an eyebrow at the mama in the supermarket handing her little one the end of the baguette she hasn’t paid for yet, just to keep him quiet. But it’s a different story when it’s your hungry tot – and it’s your sanity. Here are our favourite ...

You can help protect against stretch marks in pregnancy – and we know or thing or two about that – but if you do get them, then what? Well, try not to worry too much – you got a lovely baby out of it! Then follow our five steps to help minimise them…   Act ...

Have you started the new year with a new baby? It’s a challenging time – so the odd worry is par for the course. Try and remember that each obstacle you overcome allows you to add to your pot of experience which will make you better at coping next time. Here are our top five ...

Before you became a mama, a dose of the winter sniffles meant a day at home with a big box of tissues, a DVD box set and a large dose of self-pity. These days, it’s all different…   The thing about being ill when you have little ones to look after is that they don’t ...

It seemed crazy impossible that I would ever forget the magical moments of my son’s 18 months.  The day he first spoke, the day he first walked, what he ate, what made him laugh, the funny things he started saying as his speech capacity caught up with his mind.   But I have forgotten so ...

By Clare Hitchings   DESPITE a grade ‘C’ in GCSE Textiles and years of occasionally successful home baking attempts, I was never prepared for what was to be expected of me as the mother of a one-year-old.   In your first few months of motherhood you can get away with most things because you have ...

A lot of us go for brand-new when we have our first baby. But in an age of recycling – and credit crunches – does this really make sense… especially when all the nice things get pooed on anyway…?   When you get pregnant, it can feel like a whole new world of retail therapy ...

We are so used to feeling in control. Striving, planning, implementing so much of our lives is about control.  I think that can be one of the hardest lessons to learn with having a baby, that ultimately we are no longer in control.   It always makes me smile when I hear women talking about ...

Breastfeeding is all sorts of fabulous – challenging, rewarding, great for you and your baby. Oh and convenient, free… the list goes on. But the one thing it shouldn’t be is painful.   If your nipples are sore when you start breastfeeding, it might be that they’re just getting used to the hungry sucking of ...

A beginners guide to Halloween   Halloween is the weirdest and best holiday EVER!  You get to dress up in totally ridiculous escapism costumes and you get to ring doorbells of strangers and they will give you candy.  That combines fashion, socialising and sugar: three of my favourite things! Trust me, you need to start ...