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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 […]

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% […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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, […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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?