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This post has been rattling around in my head for a while now, and I was keen to get people’s thoughts on this particular topic too.  I was originally going to call this post ‘the joys of being pregnant at 21’, but I didn’t want you all to think I was encouraging 21 year olds to run out and have kids.  I decided that talking about ‘when is a good age to have a baby’ might be a better angle. I was actually 21 when I was pregnant with my

One of my favourite countries to visit with the family is Spain.  As well as the gorgeous beaches and warm weather I really love their food and attitude to family life.  They love fresh ingredients and good old fashioned home cooked meals.  I love how you will struggle to eat a processed diet in Spain and there is a distinct lack of fast food restaurants in the traditional towns and villages. I think it’s safe to say that this approach to food and family life is very similar across the

Some campaigns catch your attention don’t they, and the “1 Pack = 1 Vaccine” program that works hard to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus around the world is one of them.  Everyday I am grateful for living in a country with an accessible health service and free from war and conflict.  Whilst, we certainly do have issues in the UK, when you compare them against third world countries there are many blessings to count. Pampers and UNICEF make it so easy for all parents to make a difference to other families

Did you know that babies spend around half their time asleep? Those precious hours aren’t just important for their mood, but they also have a positive impact on their development, too. Which is why I am so excited that Pampers are launching a brand new innovation and upgrade to UK parents’ #1 nappy choice: introducing 3 Absorbing Channels. New Pampers Baby-Dry feature a revolutionary nappy design with 3 Absorbing Channels and unique Micro Pearls™ that distribute wetness more evenly and lock it away for up to 12 hours. With less

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Dorchester Hotel to find out what has been happening with ASDA Little Angels Nappies.  A group of Mummy bloggers sniffed, tugged and generally put the new nappies under rigorous scrutiny whilst enjoying the luxurious surroundings of the Dorchester Spa.  Not bad for an afternoons work, hey?

There comes a point as a parent where we start to think about how to make the home safe for baby.  I’ve sat and listened to many new parents who are desperate for baby to start rolling over, crawling around and get on the move.  I completely understand how parents want to see their children develop but there really is no rush. As soon as baby is on the move you are faced with a whole new set of challenges.  They are into everything and a complete danger to themselves

Everything about this year is reminding how quickly my babies are growing up.  My 2 year old is developing so fast, talking more and more each day.   She’s well and truly saying good bye to the baby days as she is wanting to do so much more for herself.  My 4 year old will be starting school in September and can’t wait to get into her uniform, even though it’s only June.  At the very other end of the spectrum, my big baby has left school and will starting University

Personally, I believe that parenting is one of the toughest jobs you can ever do.  The responsibility of bringing a baby into the world and raising a child is huge.  Once you take on the task of looking after a child, that role is always with you in some form or other.  There’s no asking for a transfer or applying for another job.  Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, there are no get out clauses or notice periods.  Fortunately, one of the first terms of the parenting contract is to

Back in December I had the awesome job of donating a grant from Pampers to a cause that I felt would make life #BetterForBaby.  Pampers were keen to support local community projects or initiatives to help as many babies in the UK as possible.  I was delighted to be asked to help with the allocation process and I thought long and hard about where I thought the grant would make the most difference.

Having a baby can be very overwhelming and there are lots of stories in the press about how much having a baby will cost you which are even scarier.  I’ve read some of these estimates and I’m not quite sure where they get their figures from if I’m honest.  People have babies all the time from all walks of life, and with a whole range of budgets.   All those babies are still very well cared for and have everything they need.  If you keep your feet on the ground and don’t

As soon as you get a positive line on your pregnancy test, you’ll no doubt be full of a mixture of excitement and nerves. Having a baby is a life changing experience, and both mums and dads will no doubt be overwhelmed by the amount of advice out there. However, it’s important to relax when you’re expecting a baby, and being prepared will give you peace of mind. Here are 10 tips that any parents can follow when they’re expecting a baby.

I remember a time when I used to have thick long dark hair.  Somedays it would verge on frizzy, but when it was under control it was sleek, long and shiny.  My only issue with it was the ongoing debate about what colour it was.  For some reason I would get most upset if someone called it black.  In my eyes it was a very dark brown, definitely a few shades away from black.  Those were the days!

Would you try Moony Nappies? Nappies are an interesting thing aren’t they?  They are a bit like bank accounts in some ways.  Bear with me, and let me explain.  We find some nappies we like and our baby or toddler seems to get on with and we rarely change to a different type or brand.  That’s OK, but does that mean we are missing out on finding a great nappy for our children?

What does a baby see must be one of the most pondered questions by parents everywhere.  When all of my children were born I was fascinated by what they could see around them and how all of their senses helped them to survive.  Sight is one of the most important and precious senses to your new baby.  Sight is key to a baby’s development and it can be really useful to understand how a baby’s sight evolves, especially in those first 12 months.

WaterWipes are chemical free baby wipes, that claim to be the world’s purest and also carry the Allergy Friendly kite mark.  With big claims like this, I was keen to find out more about WaterWipes so jumped at the chance to meet the people behind the brand when they invited me to London.  Here’s why I was so impressed I’m now using WaterWipes for my children, and there’s no going back!

Right guys, you gotta help me out here.  I’ve been having some really crazy thoughts recently.  Some of my friends have been showing off their gorgeous newborn babies, and oh my word, it’s making me feel broody.  It’s completely insane, as rationally the thought of going throw another pregnancy is just too much like hard work.  Having a 3 year old and a 1 year old is also hard work, but it is getting easier.  Throwing another baby into the mix would just be ludicrous. If you were reading this

One thing I find really hard about having children of such different ages, is writing about them on the blog all equally.  I guess featuring them all equally is difficult when they are at such different stages of their lives, and possibly a tall order. So that’s where the idea came from for the family update.  It means I can talk about each of them, knowing they have all got some air time on here, and there is something for us all to look back on.  There’s been a lot

That is it, our baby days are over.  Where did they go?  They’ve slipped by so quickly.  It’s a shame our life wasn’t a little easier these last 12 months, but nothing could have stopped me enjoying watching you grow into the gorgeous little tot you are now. You’re in your second week of nursery, and you’ve taken to it far better than your big sister did at first.  You have a little cry when we leave you, but when we peer through the window you’re tucking into your breakfast.

Since I’ve been back on the Mummy circuit, I’ve heard a lot on first time Mum’s talk about their fear of labour and giving birth.  It’s completely natural to feel this way as you’ve not been through it before.  I’d even say it’s pretty common to feel a little nervous even if you have had children, because until you get to hold your baby in your arms, you still worry about everything going OK. There’s lots of things you can do to prepare for labour, and reduce your fears and anxieties

My heart literally lifts when I find out someone is pregnant. It can be a friend, an acquaintance, a colleague or anyone really. To know that another family is going to experience the joy of bringing life into the world is just magical. With that in mind, Pampers know that every beautiful baby is a prince or princess to their parents. They’ve obviously been reading my blog and have heard about my own little Princess! She is one of 2,000 babies born every day in the UK and each one

A teething baby has been a constant feature in our house since Little Pudding was 3 months old.  She started dribbling really early on, and although I was surprised I knew it was her teeth bothering her. I was proved right when she had her first two teeth by 5 months old.  This was the earliest any of my children had cut teeth.  Her older sister had been around 10 months before we saw any sign of the breaking the gum. Since those first two teeth, the rest have been

I am absolutely honoured and delighted to introduce Burble Baby as my main sponsor for Britmums Live 2015.  When Karen, Mumpreneur and Business Owner contacted me to discuss a sponsorship arrangement between Zena’s Suitcase and Burble Baby I knew this was a brand I really wanted to work with. Karen launched her quality gift brand in September 2014, and is rapidly going from strength to strength.  I love supporting new ventures on Zena’s Suitcase and I’m really excited to be working with Karen over the coming months. It was obvious

Babies can throw you all kinds of challenges when you least expect it.  The more children you have the more it throws you, as you get right on in that comfort zone of ‘I’ve done this before’, then your little one decides things are going to be very different.  This has caught me out with breastfeeding in the past and now it’s weanings turn. My son was weaned very differently to my daughters as the advice was to start much earlier back when he was a baby.  It was a messy

Right, stop the press. Prepare yourselves readers, I have an astonishing announcement to make. It may surprise you all to know that I am not a perfect parent.  I know, I had you fooled didn’t I! I can make this declaration safe in the knowledge that I have got many things wrong in my parenting journey, but rest assured my children have survived and come out the other side relatively unscathed but on a daily basis it does present some challenges.

My baby is 7 month’s old.  It is flying by and she is growing and changing so fast.  She’s so happy and laid back and gets smiles and comments wherever she goes. She is a pleasure to be around, and we all love her so very much.  Some members of the family however are still coming to terms with their jealousy, but love is there too, fortunately. She isn’t a text book baby though, and we are facing some challenges in the weaning stakes and her sleeping pattern is deteriorating,

This year Christmas has presented me with a real dilemma for baby.  Having got 2 girls under 3, they have all the toys they need.  We have no room for anymore toys, as we are already drowning in stuff for a baby and a toddler.  We haven’t been able to clear anything out as we have known it will get used again for little Pudding in no time at all. This is why making a treasure basket is absolutely perfect for little Pudding this year,and I know she is going to get

Recently I was lucky enough to be sent the Cantaloop Nursing and Pregnancy Tank Top to review for the blog.  I really like Cantaloop maternity lingerie and have already tried out their nursing bra which I love. The Cantaloop nursing tank top is suitable for both pregnant and nursing Mums and it’s definitely something I would have used when I had a bump. The first thing to say is that the breastfeeding top is super comfortable.  I literally did not know I was wearing it it fitted so well.  There

Wow! Here we are already little Pudding is a whopping 6 months old.  It feels like it’s gone in the blink of an eye but it’s been an eternity all at the same time.  It’s difficult to imagine a time when she wasn’t here now, not that I’d want to but it is an interesting test. It’s hard work, it’s pretty tiring but it’s the most amazing thing to have children around.  I feel we enjoy life more, as we seek out as many interesting experiences to expose them to

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