Tag: advice

Getting out of the house with a newborn

Am I the only one who thinks the term “babymoon” is a terrible choice? Comparing the first few weeks after your baby is born to newlyweds on holiday seems just slightly bizarre. Unless cracked nipples and staying awake for 18 hours straight are now the things to do on your honeymoon. Of course I get it – the idea is that you spend your honeymoon wrapped up in your new spouse…

How to wean your baby off formula (onto breastmilk)

Let’s talk about mixed feeding. One of the things that annoys me about conventional breastfeeding literature is that it can come across as pretty all or nothing: either you nurse and express breastmilk until kingdom come or you resort to formula. It is often portrayed that only one bottle of formula is enough to wreck your breastfeeding relationship for ever. What a way to put pressure on mothers, no? Especially…

Don’t get any toys

Having read this article on the connection between business and the mommy wars, I’ve been thinking about how so many posts on parent blogs are geared towards getting people to BUY stuff. I’m therefore starting a little series called “Don’t get…” offering a light-hearted look at some of the things new parents perhaps don’t need quite so badly. One of my most persistent Christmas memories is going through the Obletter Christmas catalogue. For those who didn’t…

Don’t get a wrap

Having read this article on the connection between business and the mommy wars, I’ve been thinking about how so many posts on parent blogs are geared towards getting people to BUY stuff. I’m therefore starting a little series called “Don’t get…” offering a light-hearted look at some of the things new parents perhaps don’t need quite so badly New parents are suckers for marketing. We buy into everything: hypnobirthing? Yes, of course I’ll have a completely…

Don’t get a crib

Having read this article on the connection between business and the mommy wars, I’ve been thinking about how so many posts on parent blogs are geared towards getting people to BUY stuff. I’m therefore starting a little series called “Don’t get…” offering a light-hearted look at some of the things new parents perhaps don’t need quite so badly. So you’re pregnant. Hormones come, hormones go and one morning you wake up and decided you simply have…