All hail the oat cream, avocado and weird ‘cheese’

Raising a refluxy baby can be a bit dispiriting when it comes to charting their growth. Regular readers will know that Albie gives new meaning to the phrase ‘tiny baby’, with everyone who meets him for the first time saying how ‘dinky’ he is. Tracking along the 0.4th centile (the lowest line on the week-by-week…

Top five toys for your baby

Having a baby can be expensive – but if you’re a savvy shopper, it doesn’t have to cost  a fortune. No matter your intentions, though, the attraction of that must-have toy is likely to tempt you to part with your hard-earned cash. I imagine this doesn’t improve with age, as your baby’s babbling will turn…

Parenting and journalism phrases which should be banned

Before I became a parent a particular phrase really irritated me. It was words to the effect of: “You’ll understand when you’re a parent.” Always uttered by a parent, I was intrigued to know what superior mindset would come over me when I joined the elite club. I would often hear this in relation to…

Baby and Daddy sniffles: Hay fever or cold?

Summer is in full swing and so is my hay fever. No matter the treatment, it’s usually no match when opposed by a high pollen count. It was so bad tonight that as the water streamed from my agitated eyeballs, I had to reassure Hanna that I wasn’t balling over the last few minutes of…

Weaning is going well…

  Despite the apparent evidence above, I’m delighted to report no-one pooed themselves. Even better, no-one vomited everywhere – a welcome feature since we’ve been on a largely food-based plan of attack in recent days. It’s no less messy, though, especially if Mummy doesn’t put the high chair together properly! The water bills are going…

Learning from experience: Our ear defender party regret

Meeting up with a friend who’s getting married in a couple of months at the weekend, I tentatively asked: “Will you be having a DJ?” In hindsight this was a stupid question. Don’t all weddings have DJs? I’ve only ever attended one wedding and they had one, so I’ve got no precedent to contradict my…

Learning from experience: 12 birthdays a year

Babies and the Queen have at least one thing in common. Multiple birthdays. This month I will be 27-and-one-month old. Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? If you’re a baby, though, celebration of each month you’ve made it through is practically cause for a party. They even make special cards for the occasions and if you’ve not…

A shout-out to the mums

Albie loves his Mummy. That was apparent tonight, if not already, as he desperately tried to crane his neck around Daddy to see her as Daddy tried to spoon an unknown combination of pureed fruits into his distracted baby’s gob. Maternity leave mums have it more difficult than we sometimes give credit for. As I…

Why bank holidays might be a bonus – but are actually a bit of a pain

Bank holidays are great for boosting precious family time – but if you have a refluxy baby, the extra day comes with added risk. While maximising magic moments, the extra day increases the odds of being struck by projectile puke by a third – and it’s not like they need the invite. They’re perfectly capable…

The headlines behind Headline Spews

It was a university open day when the course leader (wisely, it turned out) showed us a picture of a Ferrari…and told us to forget about owning one if we chose to study journalism. The somewhat odd introduction didn’t ultimately sway me away from pursuing the job I had dreamed of since secondary school. You…