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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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?

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 […]