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Debate: Nanny vs Nursery – 3 months later

Debate: Nanny vs Nursery – 3 months later

Three months later, and some childcare anxiety on both sides, we wanted to update you all on our childcare situation – and why we have made the decisions we made! As a reminder – you can see the original debate here. Em chose to have […]

ABC Book by Shutterfly

ABC Book by Shutterfly

One of The Boy’s favourite first birthday present was the personalised ABC book we made him using Shutterfly. It was such a fun project to make and he loves looking at all of the pictures, especially of friends and family we don’t see too often. […]

A review of the Happy Birth Club: an alternative to NCT

A review of the Happy Birth Club: an alternative to NCT

What is the Happy Birth Club? Hosted by Beverly Turner, the Happy Birth Club is a ‘ collection of antenatal classes in Chiswick with a difference’, most notably on top of the classes there is ongoing support from a midwife including a home-visit after the […]

Top tips for travelling overseas – without your baby!

Top tips for travelling overseas – without your baby!

Both of us have been lucky enough to have trips stateside recently – for work (Em) and for a family wedding (Kate). Whilst we both had a great time, leaving our kids for the first time was terrifying! So much to think about – from […]

To christen or not to christen?

To christen or not to christen?

You may not have realised it, but across the UK fewer and fewer children are being christened. The rate has fallen by nearly 80% since 1900 and in cities such as London fewer than 1 in 10 children are christened. This is despite almost 60% […]

Infant Shuddering Syndrome or Shudder Attacks

Infant Shuddering Syndrome or Shudder Attacks

What is it?  Infant Shuddering Syndrome, Shudder Attacks or Shudder Syndrome is a relatively common, but little known movement disorder that can happen to babies. It has no long term affects and can be considered “normal” although as a parent whose child had it – […]

Why we buy stuff for our babies secondhand?

Why we buy stuff for our babies secondhand?

One of the things that brought Kate and I together is our joint love of a good bargain! Both of us have mainly bought our children equipment, toys and clothes secondhand. So why? Where do we buy things? And what are our top tips for […]

Gina Ford for 0-6 month olds

Gina Ford for 0-6 month olds

This is the second in a series of posts about Gina Ford – you can read the first one here. A short recap from the first post: Gina Ford is a controversial ‘sleep trainer’ in the UK that advocates for a routine approach to feeding […]

What you need to know about having a joint first birthday party

What you need to know about having a joint first birthday party

With The Boy and The Girl born just ten days apart, and having many of the same friends, it was a no-brainer to hold a joint one year old birthday party. We planned a relaxed brunch party with around thirty (!) of our closest friends and […]

Review: Hamax Caress Bike Seat

Review: Hamax Caress Bike Seat

The past few weekends we have been loving the sunny weather and in particular taking The Boy out on our bikes on his snazzy new bike seat. It seems like a long time ago, but pre-kids The Boy’s Dad and I used train for triathlons and spend […]

Going over 40 weeks: elective induction or wait it out?

Going over 40 weeks: elective induction or wait it out?

We all know that a baby’s ‘due date’ is really just an educated guess — only 4% of babies are actually born on their due date. Nevertheless, it’s a really important marker used to assess the baby’s development and to give you an end date! […]

Science Museum: How suitable is it for one year olds?

Science Museum: How suitable is it for one year olds?

We were inspired by @clemwallop‘s post on The Motherhood about museums in London for babies so we started visiting a few ourselves! The first: The Science Museum in South Kensington.

Top 5 places to visit in Yorkshire with under 5’s when you are solo parenting

Top 5 places to visit in Yorkshire with under 5’s when you are solo parenting

*Guest Post* Thanks to Kathryn from A Mum Like Me for this guest post! -Kate & Em

All you need to know about Breast Pumps

All you need to know about Breast Pumps

This week it’s all about the guest posts! Thanks to @livyloowho for commenting on Instagram about your experience with pumping and prompting this joint guest post. There are A LOT of breast pump options available, often with a hefty price tag. It is also an […]

The Boy’s Birth Story

The Boy’s Birth Story

So I never thought I’d be the kind of person to share a “birthstory” – far too personal for me! But here we are… The Boy is 1 tomorrow and Kate says it’s a good idea so I am ready to step outside my comfort […]

Teething: What helps and what doesn’t

Teething: What helps and what doesn’t

When our kids started teething, we bought every remedy the pharmacy sold — why would we let our kids experience pain if we could do something about it?! As we quickly learned, it’s not as simple as that! Here’s what we found helped and what […]

A review of Rocks Lane Soft Play in Chiswick

A review of Rocks Lane Soft Play in Chiswick

There are a handful of soft plays in the Chiswick area (Piccolo, Rocks Lane, and Gymboree) and in Hounslow (Snakes & Ladders). How suitable are these to one year old, or younger? We wondered the same thing! Along with what it is really like, the […]

Day in the life of Em

Day in the life of Em

Before I had The Boy I found day-in-the-life type posts fascinating to see what life actually is like with a kid. I hope you find this one interesting! To recap The Boy is nearly one, we have a nannyshare 4 days a week and I […]

Can you ever have too many toys?

Can you ever have too many toys?

As you may have seen on Instagram, Kate and I were both intrigued to read about The Toy Box in CityKids magazine Spring edition. The Toy Box service offers a monthly toy subscription for children – they send you a box of age-appropriate toys each month, […]

The Girl’s Birth Story

The Girl’s Birth Story

One year ago today, The Girl was born. 10 April 2017 at 3:40 pm, weighing 3.71 kgs/8lbs 2 oz. Today I took her for her one-year check: she now weighs 8.6 kgs/19 lbs. 10 pounds heavier, and I’m hopefully 10 pounds lighter — this last […]

How (and why) I fixed my baby’s sticky-out ears

How (and why) I fixed my baby’s sticky-out ears

Just like his Dad, as The Boy got older we found that his ears started to stick out. A lot. Whilst The Boy’s Dad is obviously a complete hottie I started to worry about what sticky-out ears would mean for The Boy. Would he get […]

Should your one year old be allowed to eat sugar?

Should your one year old be allowed to eat sugar?

Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a visit from the Easter Bunny with some chocolatey treats. But do you allow your toddler to eat Easter Eggs? The abundance of treats got me and Kate arguing again – should you restrict how much sugar your kid has? […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Gina Ford

A Beginner’s Guide to Gina Ford

Gina Ford has a mixed reputation amongst UK mums – she’s either loved or loathed. I can’t think of any other individual who can ignite such passion (negative and positive) in a circle of mummy friends – even the media has picked up on it.

Five things to do with your animal obsessed toddler

Five things to do with your animal obsessed toddler

The Boy is a complete animal lover.  It’s so cute to see his face light up when he sees a puppy or a flock of birds. Having unfortunately lost our own cat to a traffic accident when The Boy was 8 weeks old, we have […]

Breastfeeding vs Formula during the first 6 months

Breastfeeding vs Formula during the first 6 months

The World Health Organisation, the UK NICE guidelines and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend that babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months. We won’t get into the health benefits here, but if you’re interested, the sources at the end of […]

Bach to Baby: A classical music experience

Bach to Baby: A classical music experience

Based in the UK, Bach to Baby is “The critically acclaimed classical concert series for baby and you.” As Miaomiao Yu explained at the first concert I attended, she started Bach to Baby because she wanted her children to appreciate and be exposed to classical […]

Em’s top tips for babyproofing

Em’s top tips for babyproofing

Before The Boy could crawl I was seriously annoyed by all of the people that told me “Enjoy it because once he’s on the move it’s going to be difficult”. My precious boy found it so frustrating to be stuck in one place – I […]

Debate: What is the best age gap between children?

Debate: What is the best age gap between children?

“When do you want to have a second kid then?” We were both shocked when our husbands wanted to discuss having a second child when we were barely out of the delivery rooms. And it wasn’t just our husbands – everyone seemed to want to […]

Mommy MOT: What is it and do you need one?

Mommy MOT: What is it and do you need one?

What is it? So if you’ve recently given birth (in the UK!), you know that the GP offers a 12-week check up where you’d hope they’d look at your stitches (unless you were lucky enough to not have any!), check your tummy muscles and anything […]

Why we hired a sleep consultant – and was it worth the money?

Why we hired a sleep consultant – and was it worth the money?

The Boy is and has always been a horrible sleeper. Getting to sleep, Staying asleep, he hates it all!

Debate: Nanny, Nursery or Childminder?

Debate: Nanny, Nursery or Childminder?

Here in Chiswick (aka yummy mummy land), nanny or nursery is a hot topic of conversation. It is an emotionally-charged, purse-draining minefield decision.

The Girl can walk! But I wasn’t expecting to feel this way…

The Girl can walk! But I wasn’t expecting to feel this way…

The Girl is nearly 11 months old and she started walking two weeks ago! Totally unexpectedly, right before bedtime, she haphazardly walked 10 steps to my husband. It was nothing short of amazing! To say I was elated is an understatement – I messaged almost […]

Mother’s Day Special: What others have taught us about being a mum

Mother’s Day Special: What others have taught us about being a mum

Well, it’s our first Mother’s Day! The lie in (for Em) was as good as she had imagined it would be for the last year and the hour of peace (for Kate) in the morning whilst The Girl was on a walk was simply wonderful. […]

Em’s favourite websites and apps for pregnancy

Em’s favourite websites and apps for pregnancy

Unlike Kate I am not a book person. I prefer to rely on the internet for advice and information. I mean it’s not like people lie on the internet right?! So here are the websites and / or apps I relied on to get me […]

Debate: The best time to return to work?

Debate: The best time to return to work?

Returning to work after having a baby is such a huge debate and everyone has a strong opinion! It’s also something that we have both debated between ourselves – Kate returned after a year and Em after four months. The bottom line: it’s a personal […]

THE HAPPY SONG: It will change your life.

THE HAPPY SONG: It will change your life.

What is the Happy Song? No, it isn’t Pharrell William’s ‘Happy.‘ The Happy Song is a song and music video that is meant to encapsulate everything a baby or toddler loves – for example laughing, blowing raspberries and trains. As the creators put it, it’s […]

How to manage your baby’s constipation

How to manage your baby’s constipation

It’s true what they say – you talk about poo so much when you have a baby. And now, I guess I also write about poo. What happened to us?

Winner winner, all the chicken dinner!

Winner winner, all the chicken dinner!

There’s nothing worse than putting the baby to bed after a long day at work and realising you still have to cook dinner. We’ve all been there! Meal prepping is your answer ladies! It’s a lot cheaper than that Deliveroo and it’s healthier too.

Why we don’t show our kid’s faces

Why we don’t show our kid’s faces

Whilst we are both social media junkies and love nothing more than scrolling through cute baby pics on instagram one thing we have always agreed on is not sharing baby pictures on our blog. So why?

Robeez: socks that actually (sort of) stay on your wiggly baby’s feet

Robeez: socks that actually (sort of) stay on your wiggly baby’s feet

The Girl is a wiggler – she has been since she was born. Once she started crawling, I REALLY struggled with getting her socks to stay on. In the summer, this wasn’t much of a problem. Once autumn started, I wasn’t sure what to do.

All hail the Sleepyhead!

All hail the Sleepyhead!

It’s hard to describe how much love I have for a Sleepyhead. It’s a love that is complex and so sacred.  When I told my husband that The Girl had grown out of it, he said “We should frame the sleepyhead and put it on […]

Kate’s top 5 books for expectant, first-time mums

Kate’s top 5 books for expectant, first-time mums

I’m a reader (Em isn’t!) — and my friends know it. I was gifted no less than 15 books (!!) from friends and family when I shared I was pregnant. In no particular order, here’s the ones I found most valuable: French Kids Don’t Throw Food […]