Arriving Sept 2017,” the family confirmed that the UK’s biggest family was about to get even bigger. In news that could mark the end of the traditional 2.4 children, Britain is now home to more families containing four or more children since the early 1970s.
New data from Childcare.co.uk has revealed the UK regions that have the highest average hourly rates for childcare services and its no surprise that childcare costs in London are higher than anywhere else in the UK. The south east is the next most expensive region in the UK for childcare, with an average hourly rate of £7.16. On the other end of the scale the east Midlands offers the cheapest childcare, at just £6.09, well below the national average.
Experts have long been informing new mums about the benefits of breastfeeding. New research published in the journal Pediatrics has revealed that babies who were breastfed have the same cognitive development at five years old as their bottle-fed peers. The behaviour, vocabulary level and cognitive ability of 7,478 children was measured at age three and five and analysed in relation to whether or not they had been breastfed.
A fair number of famous faces have already given birth this year. Although many have kept their children’s names well under wraps, the likes of Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Marion Cotillard have told the world all about their new additions.
For many new mums breastfeeding can be fraught with hurdles and insecurities. It’s little wonder, therefore, that new research has revealed that though almost three-quarters (73%) of women in England start breastfeeding after giving birth, less that half (44%) are still doing so two months later. The survey of 500 mothers commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) found that fears about breastfeeding included that it could be painful (74%), prevent them taking medication (71%) and be embarrassing in front of strangers (63%).
Introducing baby Romeo and Juliet! Is this the cutest coincidence ever? In the cutest coincidence ever two babies called Romeo and Juliet were born in adjoining hospital rooms just hours apart. Morgan and Edwin Hernandez’s baby boy, Romeo, was born at Blufton Hospital in South Carolina on Saturday 18 March.
Speaking to Good Morning America he admitted that pre-kids he sympathised with parents who were desperately trying to keep little ones quiet on a flight. “I was always like ‘God that’s hard’,” he told Good Morning America.
While not everyone can or wants to nurse their newborn, for many mums breastfeeding their baby can be one of the most memorable moments of motherhood. From subtle, delicate inkings, to colourful scenes that span across entire bodyparts, the hashtag #breastfeedingtattoo on Instagram is awash with breastfeeding ink from women keen to symbolise the time they spent nursing their babies.
First little hat, first booties, hospital nametag…But Rochelle Humes has chosen something a little bit more unusual to celebrate the arrival of her second daughter by opting to have her newborn’s umbilical cord turned into art work and framed. The 27-year-old singer and TV presenter who welcomed her second daughter, Valentina Raine with husband Marvin Humes last week, took to Instagram to share an image of her baby girl’s dehydrated umbilical cord arranged into the word ‘love’ alongside a pot of placenta capsules. According to some experts placenta pills are said to aid recovery after birth, and provide post-birth nutrients to new mums.
“Last night, having a meal at 7 in a nice pub and a parent got their child to use the potty by their table,” she wrote on the forum. “Why not take the potty to the toilet and put the child there, they are learning to use the toilet, so parents should do that.
The Government has been promising to do more to help working parents in this area for some time now and yesterday the Chancellor outlined their plans for this trickiest of parenting areas. In his budget speech Philip Hammond announced that two million households would be eligible for tax free childcare by the end of the year. Working parents of three and four year olds would be entitled to the extension of free childcare hours from the current 15 to 30 hours, later this year.
When any new mum heads out the door with her newborn, her changing bag will likely be laden with baby essentials. Because while it is common practice to toilet train a child of toddler-age and above, some parents are choosing to go nappy-free a heck of a lot earlier. The yoga instructor and freelance journalist refuses to put her two-week-old daughter, Chloe, in nappies and instead has been potty training the little one since birth.
If you need proof that not everything is always what it seems on social media, then look no further than Chrissy Teigen. In a refreshingly honest personal essay for Glamour magazine for their March cover interview, the model and presenter opens up about how life wasn’t quite how she pictured it would be after she and her husband, John Legend, welcomed Luna into the world 11 months ago. “A year ago, in April, John and I started our family together.
Speaking on BUILD, a live interview series, the author who is married to musician Tom Fletcher spoke about being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and how she fell quickly after taking fertility drugs metformin and clomid.
The 36-year-old who is mum to Harry, seven, Belle, five and Chester, two, revealed in a rare interview about her family life that far from setting out to climb the career ladder, parenthood was always her biggest goal. The ‘This Morning’ presenter, who recently celebrated her 36th birthday in a cottage with family, also opened up about the work/life juggle and how she finds a balance between her busy career and home life.
The latest celebrity to find himself on the receiving end of some rather critical dad-shaming is Peter Andre. “I love breast feeding its normal and beautiful but Not for social media,” one follower commented.
Aside from the fact that they’re going to get through a fair few of them, new parents often don’t give a second thought to the size of a newborn nappy. The new Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers have been specially designed to protect the fragile skin of premature babies, while also helping to encourage healthy growth and development. The World Health Organisation reports that around 15 million babies are born prematurely every year.
Well, ok you don’t necessarily lose all your mates the minute you give birth, but you may find you’re no longer on the same page as your besties. What you need is some mummy mates to help support, guide and gossip your way through the motherhood minefield. Well, step forward new app Peanut, a sort of Tinder for new parents which aims to help hook up mums with similar interests and experiences.
Experts have long been waxing lyrical about the amazing qualities of breast milk when it comes to feeding a baby. Not only does it offer them the perfect blend of nutrition, but breast milk also contains antibodies that can boost your child’s immune system. While, studies have also revealed this to be true, seeing the incredible powers of breast milk with your own eyes, is pretty darned amazing.
Sharing the image to her own Instagram, the daughter of Formula 1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone, offered praise to the photographer for capturing the touching image. “Thank you @ivetteivens for capturing this beautiful moment this is by far my favourite photograph but mainly thank you for spreading this message,” she wrote. Thank you @ivetteivens for capturing this beautiful moment this is by far my favourite photograph but mainly thank you for spreading this message.
A mum is hoping to press charges after a childcare worker was allegedly caught on video breastfeeding her son without permission. The mum from North Carolina claims to have recorded the video from security footage inside her three-month-old son’s nursery. According to ABC7 the clip shows the worker adjusting her top before bringing the child to her chest to breastfeed him.
Beyoncé just officially broke the Internet. Taking to her Instagram on Wednesday clad in her smalls and an oversized veil, Queen Bey casually broke the news that she and her music mogul hubbie Jay Z are set to welcome not just one, but two babies into the Carter family.
Forget a buggy, for some mums the only way to carry their baby is in a sling or baby carrier. Because while many parents are glad to be able to pop their children into a pushchair when they start walking, there is a growing number of mums who are happy to continue ‘wearing’ their little ones well into the toddler years and beyond. “Most slings and carriers on the UK market are weight-tested to 4 stone, which covers the majority of children that people want to carry,” Emily Taylor, director of Coventry Slings C.I.C, a sling hire and consultancy service told Daily Mail.