more than one way to raise a child

Month: March 2018

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?