An NHS Trust has advised parents to ditch the nicknames they adopt to describe private parts to children.
To celebrate Real Nappy Week we've rounded up 5 totally reasonable reasons to rethink reusable nappies.
According to the parenting support site, 60% of parents have taken floral inspiration for their daughters’ names, while 40% opted for names themed around trees. The top three baby names for boys this spring are Owen, Maxwell and Neo, while Denver, Brooke and Skye also make the top 10. “Interestingly, the results from our poll show that for girls, the seasonal theme of spring has a far greater influence on the baby naming process, than for boys,” Faye Mingo, Marketing Director at Emma’s Diary told The Sun.
Baby-proofing your home is part and parcel of parenting, but by going overboard on keeping your baby bump-free are we stopping them learning their natural boundaries?
A new survey by ChannelMum.com has revealed that a quarter of new mums admit to feeling 'disappointed' about the gender of their baby.
Easter = chocolate right? Especially when it comes to over-excited small people. But, if you want to side-step the inevitable sugar-rush, stuffed little faces and sticky fingers, here’s our round up of the best non-chocolate Easter Gifts for kids.
Is it time to stop apologising for our children’s behaviour? When I end up in one of those awkward ‘you go, no you go’ stand-offs with a stranger, despite the fact it’s nobody’s fault, I’m the first to offer my humble apologies for getting in their way. Surely, motherhood could cure me of my loose-lipped apologies, but somehow having children (twins) has made me up my sorry game even more.
The image shows a white babygrow with the words “This shirt is daddy-proof” emblazoned across it as well as arrows pointing to where the baby’s arms and head should go. “See, this could be funny if it wasn’t singling out dads,” she wrote.
Fans of the ancient practice hail swaddling as an easy and effective way to soothe babies and help them get a good night’s sleep. Experts believe some infants enjoy being swaddled because the cosiness mimics the close comfort of their mother’s womb. What’s more, swaddling is also believed to reduce the effects of the Moro reflex, the sudden jerky movement of their arms and legs that babies have until they’re around four months. In fact, the traditional practice can be pretty divisive, even among parenting experts.
The attacker ran over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, attacked and killed a police officer with a knife, and was later shot and killed by security services. The video footage and images weren’t easy for grown-ups to digest, let alone children, and the temptation for many parents, like me, was to switch off the TV in a bid to protect little ones from learning the truth. “It is good to talk to your children about events like yesterday’s attack for two main reasons,” says Emma Kenny, psychologist at Make Your Switch. “Firstly, if you don’t talk to them about it someone else will and they won’t necessarily know how to deal with that information.
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.
If you’ve recently entered the weary wonderful world of parenthood, you’d be forgiven for thinking the sleepless nights, lack of decent diet (coffee for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and utter exhaustion can only have a negative impact on your health. Research published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that by the age of 60, the difference in life expectancy of parents compared to childless adults may be as much as two years. Could parenting help you live longer?
If the responses to a recent Mumsnet post are anything to go by the subject of whether its ever ok to leave a child alone in a hotel room is a controversial one, with many parents divided about the rights and wrongs of it. “I would never dream of leaving my children in a hotel room all by themselves regardless of staff assurances etc,” she wrote. Some parents were equally horrified that parents would opt to leave their child alone in a hotel room.
“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.
Forget Mr Tumble, nothing can hold a child’s attention quite like a YouTube vid of a person unveiling that little yellow egg inside a Kinder Surprise. Clearly, there is something in this whole unwrapping-by-proxy thing, but what is it that children find so enthralling?
Amanda Diesen and Todd Krieg just released what might be the best pregnancy announcement we’ve ever seen. The hilarious announcement photo features Diesen holding a sonogram photo and Krieg, a paraplegic, sticking his tongue out and giving a thumbs up with the words “It still works!” above him.
When single mum, Whitney Kittrell, heard that her son’s nursery was going to be holding a dads day, she went the extra mile to ensure her little boy wouldn’t miss out. The mum-of-two took to Facebook to explain that though her sons don’t see their dad, she was determined her little boy wouldn’t be excluded from the ‘Dads and Doughnuts’ day at his school. “Trips alone, teaching my son how to play catch, killing bugs with minimal screaming and countless memories.
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.
Parenting expert, Justin Coulson, has written a blog explaining why he doesn’t believe homework is necessarily beneficial and why he won’t be letting his six daughters spend time doing it. Dr Coulson said that while most parents ‘endorse’ homework, few enjoy it and many teachers are not ‘fond of the extra work’ either. “Surprising to many parents (and teachers) is the growing body of evidence that indicates that homework for primary school-aged children is not helpful and may actually have a negative impact on their learning outcomes,” he wrote.
When you’re a grown-up you’re totally within your rights to take some time off work, even if that might mean spinning the odd little white lie to your boss, but what about children? What do children do when they’re feeling a little meh. Taking to the Scary Mommy website, the parenting blogger admitted that if one of her children is showing reluctance about going to school, she will allow them to stay off and have a relaxed day at home.