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  • Getting a good sleep pattern as a parent

    I’m a parent.  How can I get back a good sleep pattern? Sleep deprivation can be the hardest part of parenthood. Parents say that they average 4.4 hours night time sleep during a baby’s first year. That can stop us enjoying a wonderful time, is risky for our mental health, and may start a pattern of poor …

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  • Summer holiday essentials for a British (Hopefully sunny!) beach holiday

    Summer holiday essentials for a British (hopefully sunny!) beach holiday! Heading away over the school hols? Here are some of the essentials we will be taking! Crossing everything for sunshine! Packing Cubes There are various versions on Amazon. I love these for separating clothing items by type, or by family member if you are bag …

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  • How to Make Your Birth Better

    The Positive Birth Company Review

    I used the Positive Birth Company digital pack, the book and the app. My partner read the book (as did I) “Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better” (he is more of a reader) and I bought the Freya app which I used from about 30 weeks pregnant for relaxation and then during birth to …

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    Mama essentials

    My mama essentials… When you have a baby you might find that certain things in your wardrobe become redundant or certainly get a lot less use. Comfort and practicality moves up the list. Little things that you might not have thought about are more difficult like holding an umbrella while you are pushing a pram …

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    What is maternal mental health?

    What is maternal mental health? Maternal, or ‘perinatal’ mental health describes mental health in the period starting in pregnancy up to one year after the birth. We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. What are the signs of a maternal mental health problem? Here are some common signs of maternal …

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  • How the menstrual cycle affects mental health…

    The last thing we want to hear when we’re feeling particularly irritable or short-tempered while on our period is “is it your time of the month?” It’s a question that mostly evokes rage in the person being asked it, and so if we weren’t feeling angry before, we definitely are now! In modern times, it …

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  • Building a baby bookworm

    Baby reading with a Tidy Books Box Photo credit @themrsproject There are books from your childhood that stay with you for the rest of your life.  I can still remember my first experience of being read to as a child. It was at school, when I was five or six, and the book was Charlie …

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  • Blue and white dress

    Spring Summer dress edit for maternity and beyond

    For maternity and beyond… because it makes sense! Here’s my pick of some Spring / Summer dresses from some lovely independent brands and a few from the high street that you can wear in pregnancy and beyond. I’ve chosen dresses that are not maternity, so some may not fit you right till the end, unless …

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  • How will I know when my child is ready for shoes?

    How will I know when my child is ready for shoes? There is something so adorable and precious about soft squidgy feet isn’t there? It’s no wonder so many parents get a twinge of excitement at the prospect of buying their baby’s first pair of shoes and why so many go on to keep this …

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    10 Easy Eco Swaps

    My Instagram is full of adverts and posts about eco alternatives to our everyday living and I have to say it’s worked in making me think about what I can do as an individual. I first started considering eco swaps last year and I am slowly making transitions. It’s not something you can do overnight …

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