• You won't believe how much kids are getting from the tooth fairy these days
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    Krista Thurrott

    You won't believe how much kids are getting from the tooth fairy these days

    Remember as a child saving up your tooth fairy earnings in exchange for a bag of your favourite penny candies or a plush toy? It turns out kids are cutting a bigger deal with the tooth fairy in exchange for their baby teeth these days. The Irish study, which was conducted by Jack N’ Jill Kids, interviewed 1,000 parents and concluded that there has been a 289 per cent increase compared to what the parents themselves got from the tooth fairy.

  • 13 celebrity mums who've got real about motherhood
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    13 celebrity mums who've got real about motherhood

    Before you have kids, you sort of think the journey into parenthood will be all twinkle twinkle little stars and fluffy bunnies. Thankfully, the pressure to keep up the motherhood myth has eased somewhat of late and a growing band of celebrity mums have ditched the sugar coating and instead are choosing to reveal the truth about parenting – baby vomit, stretchmarks and all. Unofficial leader of this honest mums pack is Giovanna Fletcher, who having recently spoken about spoke out about the judgement mums face over their post-baby bodies is now tackling another postpartum problem – hair loss.

  • Peter Andre is dad-shamed for sharing intimate picture of his wife breastfeeding
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Peter Andre is dad-shamed for sharing intimate picture of his wife breastfeeding

    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.

  • A photo showing the incredible powers of breast milk is taking the Internet by storm
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    A photo showing the incredible powers of breast milk is taking the Internet by storm

    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.

  • Tamara Ecclestone heavily criticised for continuing to breastfeed her toddler
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Tamara Ecclestone heavily criticised for continuing to breastfeed her toddler

    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.

  • Childcare worker accused of breastfeeding baby without the mum's permission
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Childcare worker accused of breastfeeding baby without the mum's permission

    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.

  • Parents fined £1000 for taking child out of school to attend wedding
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    Nisean Lorde

    Parents fined £1000 for taking child out of school to attend wedding

    School attendance may help contribute toward a student’s overall success, but should parents be charged if their child misses a class? Ross and Samantha Woodland say that their son Ewan was out of school for a total of eight days last year to attend the family functions, which reportedly took place about 700 miles away from the school. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Ross states that they filed the relevant paperwork for leave of absence, but the school didn’t see it as an exceptional circumstance.

  • Would you allow your children to have a duvet day?
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Would you allow your children to have a duvet day?

    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.

  • Helen Skelton told to leave playground after son's tantrum: "Worst day of my parenting life"
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Helen Skelton told to leave playground after son's tantrum: "Worst day of my parenting life"

    The moment your toddler has PM (that’s Public Meltdown) so epic you’re forced, or sometimes even asked to vacate the building. The presenter who now lives in France with her rugby player husband, Richie Myler, had initially shared a sweet snap of her little one walking into his new playgroup, admitting she was nervous about his first day.

  • Why an app letting commuters know if a woman is pregnant is a real necessity
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Why an app letting commuters know if a woman is pregnant is a real necessity

    Yesterday we wrote about how a tech company were trialling a new app that could alert commuters if a pregnant lady needs a seat. The idea being that it would not only eliminate the awkwardness of having to assess whether they thought someone was pregnant but also help those head-down, blinkers-on commuters to notice that someone really needs that seat they’re hogging. It’s not that they don’t care about that pregnant lady, who’s desperately trying not to vom as she’s squished under someone’s armpit.

  • Mum takes a nap during childbirth, wakes up to her newborn son
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    Jessica Ankomah

    Mum takes a nap during childbirth, wakes up to her newborn son

    Alice Payne, 23, said she didn’t feel a thing and “napped” while doctors ushered her first child, Philip, into the world on Dec. 18, 2016. Alice and her husband John were relieved at the healthy arrival of 6 lbs 4 oz Phillip, who was born just as Alice awoke.

  • How old is too old to carry your child in a sling?
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    How old is too old to carry your child in a sling?

    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.

  • The dos and don'ts of working out while pregnant
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    The dos and don'ts of working out while pregnant

    For many mums-to-be the very thought of working out while pregnant is enough to make them want to waddle back to the sofa for a well-deserved rest, but for others exercising with a bump is a must. The Made in Chelsea star recently shared a video of herself working out in the gym with her 1.1million followers. “Trying to maintain fitness and strength during pregnancy by doing small modified workouts but often,” she wrote.

  • Watch this mum's hilariously stealthy bedroom exit after putting son to sleep
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    Jessica Ankomah

    Watch this mum's hilariously stealthy bedroom exit after putting son to sleep

    Parenting a young child often means finding new ways to conquer everyday tasks. Like morphing your hand into a spaceship at feeding time, or soothing tears with cringeworthy Wiggles impressions.

  • Blake Lively tops best dressed list at People's Choice Awards in semi-sheer, short dress
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    Alison Coldridge

    Blake Lively tops best dressed list at People's Choice Awards in semi-sheer, short dress

    Blake Lively may’ve only given birth to her second child four months ago, but that didn’t stop the former ‘Gossip Girl’ star from stepping out in a semi-sheer, short frock and winning the best dressed accolade at last night’s People’s Choice Awards (in our eyes, anyway). The 29-year-old actress wore an assortment of Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, including statement earrings. Blake carried a bejewelled Roger Vivier clutch.

  • What if you change your mind about your baby's name?
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    What if you change your mind about your baby's name?

    Whether you spend hours perusing baby name books or you turn to your favourite soap character for inspo, naming an actual human being is a big responsibility. One such mum is parenting blogger Sophie Cachia. The now mum-of-two happily live streamed the birth of her second baby, a daughter, Betty Cachia, on Saturday.

  • A lesson in flawless red carpet maternity style, by Natalie Portman
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    Alison Coldridge

    A lesson in flawless red carpet maternity style, by Natalie Portman

    We thought Natalie Portman had nailed maternity chic the first time round, but during her second pregnancy she’s taking her maternity style to a whole new level. In addition to a number of Dior looks (she is a spokesmodel for the brand, after all), the actress has upped her fashion game in The Row, Alexander McQueen and Rodarte. She’s kept to her signature, demure sense of style but experimented with prints and patterns – and even the odd mini dress or two. We can all learn a thing or two for dressing for weddings/parties/glam events while pregnant from this Hollywood actress

  • Do children need a father figure? January Jones doesn’t think so
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Do children need a father figure? January Jones doesn’t think so

    January Jones won’t be joining Tinder any time soon. The Mad Men star has been single since giving birth to her son Xander, now five. Speaking in the February issue of Red magazine, the actress has opened up about being a single mum by choice, and why she doesn’t feel her little boy needs a father figure in his life.

  • 'Welcome to the world baby Wigbert': The poshest baby names revealed
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    'Welcome to the world baby Wigbert': The poshest baby names revealed

    Choosing a baby name is one heck of a minefield. Do you play it safe and go for something popular – so what if there are six little Lily’s on the nursery register? Or do you go down the celebrity route and pick something a little off the wall – we’re looking at you Gwynnie, Kim K et al?

  • In praise of the mumcation
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    In praise of the mumcation

    Sam Faiers has revealed that since his birth a year ago, she hasn’t spent a moment apart from her son, Paul. And while I totally admire the reality star for her unwavering dedication to being with her little one at all times, I can’t say that I share the same sentiment about being away from my own brood.

  • Is it ever ok to leave your children in the car on their own?
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Is it ever ok to leave your children in the car on their own?

    You need to nip to the shop/pay for the petrol/grab a quick caffeine hit but you have the children with you in the car. One woman who very much falls into the ‘take them with you’ camp has penned a post about the moment she confronted a mum who left her children in the car to get a takeaway coffee. Melinda Ayre from Australia wrote that as she was eating breakfast with a friend she noticed a mother park her car beside her and leave her three young children inside while she went to buy a coffee, only to return around 15 minutes later.

  • Why shouldn't little boys play with dolls? Dad blogger explains why he'll be buying his son a toy pram this Christmas
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Why shouldn't little boys play with dolls? Dad blogger explains why he'll be buying his son a toy pram this Christmas

    The parenting blogger from New South Wales, Australia wants the world to know that it’s perfectly fine for his son to be getting a toy pram from Father Christmas this year. The dad-of-two who writes the popular DaDMuM Facebook page, has penned a blog post about why he’s happy to encourage his son, Knox to play with dolls.

  • 15 festive kids' jumpers for Christmas 2016
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    Alice Sholl

    15 festive kids' jumpers for Christmas 2016

    It’s less than two months until Christmas, and kids and adults alike are already excited to get their advent calendars opened and fairy lights up. So let’s not forget the most important thing of all in the festive run up – Christmas jumpers. Whether you tend to go for a chic and tasteful jumper or a gloriously garish one, here are the best of kids’ Christmas jumpers 2016 so your little ones can rock the look too. 30 delightfully alternative advent calendars This is what people think of the John Lewis Christmas advert

  • Mum warns about dangers of co-sleeping after son's tragic death
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    Erica Rae Chong

    Mum warns about dangers of co-sleeping after son's tragic death

    Healthy babies with cautious, loving parents don’t just die, do they? But that’s exactly what happened to Amanda Saucedo who lost her one-month-old infant to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome. The second-time mum was woken by baby Ben who was fussing, so she brought him out of his cosleeper to change his diaper and breastfeed him. Shortly after he latched on, Saucedo drifted off to sleep. When she was woken by her 8 a.m. alarm, she found Ben cuddled up against her like he loved to do. But something wasn’t right. “His face was pale and his nostril was stuck halfway down. ...

  • Chrissy Teigen's baby daughter has eczema — here's what she should do
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    Kristine Solomon

    Chrissy Teigen's baby daughter has eczema — here's what she should do

    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s daughter, Luna, is suffering from eczema — a really common issue with babies. If you’ve ever seen a baby with ultra-rosy cheeks, odds are it’s baby eczema. The National Eczema Association says this skin condition affects about 10 percent of all infants — and Luna Legend, daughter of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, apparently is one of them.