Tongue tie: If your baby has one then you should read this

I’ll say this upfront: If your baby has a tongue tie, get it sorted asap, regardless of what the midwives say. My son had a tongue tie when he was born. The midwives identified it straight away, but told us that it was a minor one and that it wouldn’t cause him any problems. And…

Think you’ve got a sleep/eat pattern? Think again

So my son is almost four weeks old and we’ve declared a sleep/eat pattern about five times. Every time we think we’ve nailed it, and every time it is disproven.  Your baby always sleeps more in the evenings? Soon he or she will be shouting the house down during Countryfile. Cluster feeding at lunchtime that…

When the milk first comes on people should back off

I shudder at the thought of Day 3. Soon-to-be-Dads, take note. And already-Dads, stop reading. The memories will be too much. Day 3, or whenever the milk comes on, will be the worst day you will have in a long, long time. Essentially it’s the day that the breastmilk taps turn on and with it…

We’re visiting you? 16 things you should know and accept

He’s going to shit himself at some point in your house. Possibly to leakage levels, inevitably to social indecency levels One of us will be emotional The stay at home parent has not slept in 2017. The working one caught some sleep about a week ago… Annoyed the baby is 3 months old and it’s…

Visiting my baby? 8 things you need to know, do and bring

Bring food. Preferably ready to eat, or at worst super easy to prepare (microwave, removing a lid, possibly putting on a plate) And your washing up skills You WILL take the baby. Staying longer than an hour? See you later, we’re going to sleep. Not staying long? Hold him whilst we wee, stretch, clean off…

Being kept awake means you’ll get into random sport

Because being on a night shift alone means TV becomes a political hot potato. You can’t watch any of the box sets you are watching as a couple. FML! And you don’t really want to start something new in case it’s good and your better half wants to watch it, too. Double FML! New films,…

My three week old son is a Justin Beiber fan…FML

Seriously. There are various levels of upset that Feline goes through. And each level requires a different technique to calm him down. At peak cry, I usually find myself bouncing around the room throwing some ridiculous shapes and singing anything and everything to try and sooth him. It can’t be my voice – as that…

Don’t Chloroform your baby, no matter how sleep deprived you are… 

When it’s 4am and you’ve not slept you WILL consider anything to sooth or quieten him… It can be the worst. Literally the worst. Super upsetting, you feel like a failed parent, you slightly hate him for continually crying, and you’ll want to walk away from it all.  But it’ll pass eventually. Although right there…

Tiny baby poo #1: Meconium = Black tar of doom

This is one potent poo. Essentially, this is all the poo the baby has ever created in the womb, all distilled into one concentrated black, tarry, stinky substance which is called meconium. It’s the first poo your baby will do and the midwives always say its Daddy’s job to deal with it. Well, considering what…

Dry skin? Baste your child in olive oil

Many, many babies come out with dry skin. Particularly those that are late and overcooked. Some just get a few dry flaky patches – usually around the head or crotchal region – whilst others look like a snake shedding its skin. When our baby arrived he was already quite a flaky chap and we were…