Diary of a Mum: (1) Wadding Waxing and Wailing

Claire Bates is basking in the beautiful glow of an idyllic pregnancy. Kinda. In the first of our series of the ‘Diary of a Real Mother’ she muses the ‘joys’ of waddling, waxing...

Expecting the Unexpected

When Tracey and Jonathan Shelton were looking forward to the birth of their second child, they never imagined that she would arrive fourteen weeks earlier than planned... Tracey and Jonathan’s first baby, Harvey, was...

Diary of a Night Nanny (Part 5)

The Story so far... I have successfully completed a placement with Lucy and James, leaving them once their daughter Isabelle had learnt to sleep through the night at 12 weeks.  Whilst I was there,...

Diary of a Mum: (6) The glamour of motherhood

We’ve followed mummy-of-three Claire Bates through pregnancy, birth, teething, toileting and tantrums. It ain’t been pretty. Think her life is getting back on an even keel now her third’s almost a year? Er...Kinda. I’ve...

Diary of a mum: (7) Too many willies

We’ve followed Claire Bates through three pregnancies, three births, breastfeeding, walking, talking and toddlerdom in triplicate. You think she’d be getting better at it. Not a chance. There are too many willies in my household....

Diary of a Mum: (8) To party bag or not to party bag?

We’ve followed Claire Bates through every birthing, feeding, weaning, and potty training trauma imaginable – in triplicate. Now her three boys are no longer babies, what could be so hard? To party bag or...

Make Mine A …

In London these days, around every corner there's a resident Mixologist just dying to whip you up a nice cold Mojito. But for mums to be and those still nursing, these tasty, albeit tempting numbers are...

Diary of a Mum: (9) New Home

We’ve followed our diarist Claire Bates through tears, tantrums and toilet training in triplicate. Now, with Number Three no longer a baby, Family Bates needs a new home

The Stem Cell Debate

In recent years stem cell therapy has been able to help treat more and more people suffering from life threatening conditions. At the forefront of this research has been cells taken from umbilical cords. Traditionally...

The Diary of a Mum – Party bags

To party bag or not to party bag. That, is the middle class mummy question