Sitting up is an important milestone for babies and one many parents look forward to. In this post we’ll explore how to teach baby to sit up, when you should expect the sitting milestone to happen, if there are things you can buy to encourage siting up and how to teach baby to sit up […]
Life with Babies and Toddlers
I found the baby years challenging to say the least. I had postnatal depression, struggled to bind with my babies and found the sleep deprivation very hard to cope with. Both of my babies had colic which meant hours of screaming every night and one was particularly sicky so I smelt of vomit for a good six months.
By the time they were toddlers I was coping a bit better but still found parenting relentless. As an introvert, I need a certain amount of alone time to function and unfortunately toddlers, who like to keep you company even on the toilet, don’t really allow for that.
Despite the challenges, we did have some good times. After my second was born I knew it was important for me to get out of the house so started attending a toddler group. I made friends and eventually ended up running the group which gave me a sense of purpose.
Society still pushes the image of women who are happy and fulfilled simply because they have had a baby however this isn’t the case for most women. Motherhood manages somehow to be both the hardest thing I’ve done as well as being mind numbingly boring for much of the time.
There is a big difference between loving your baby and loving motherhood. While I did slowly fall in love with my babies, I’ve never fallen in love with motherhood, and that’s ok. There are a hundred different ways to be a good mum, finding parenthood so tough in the early years has taught me not to judge others and I hope people afford me the same courtesy.
I found that the best way to cope with motherhood was through honestly and humour so many of the posts in this section laugh at the challenges or give honest accounts of them along with some advice on how to cope.
Some toddlers love to climb. You can’t take your eyes off them because if you do they’ll be half way up the nearest bookcase before you can stop them. Others have absolutely no interest in climbing at all, either because they are content at ground level or worried about falling, climbing just isn’t for them. […]
A rocking chair is the classic type of chair to sit in for feeding a baby but not all rocking chairs make good nursing chairs, there are some other options to consider when choosing a rocking chair for a small nursery. While a rocking chair is the classic choice, many parents now choose glider chairs […]
When you have a baby to look after it’s easy to feel a bit stuck at home. While one year olds don’t necessarily need to get out and about, it’s likely that you as an adult do. If you’re struggling to know where to go, check out these places to take a one year old. […]
A Bumbo is a soft foam seat designed so that babies can sit upright in it before they have the strength to sit independently. The right age for a Bumbo Seat depends on the type you choose. The manufacturer’s recommended age for the Bumbo Floor Seat is from 3 months to 12 months. There is […]