Tag: stuff

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…

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…

Four things I never thought I’d need (and now use every day)

It seems unbelievable that this time a year ago I was already 6 months pregnant and getting pretty excited about the arrival of my baby boy. A quick look at the archives makes it clear that one of my main concerns was what I did and didn’t need to buy for his arrival. I remember being so frustrated by the advice I found online. It was either exceedingly vague (your baby will…

How to write with a baby

“Newborn babies sleep up to 16 hours a day”. Which pregnant mum-to-be hasn’t read that, made a quick calculation and marvelled at the hours and hours of free time awaiting her once the baby arrives. Maybe she could write a novel? Or learn how to paint? Or bake homemade bread everyday. Little do we naive, first-time mums realize that for many of these hours we are either sleeping ourselves or actively…