Bumbo

We bought it when our now five year old daughter was four months, most likely because I had seen it listed as an essential on some parenting website, browsed during those early sleepless nights, long before Instagram. It arrived just before Christmas and we positioned it in front of the Christmas tree, wedged her in […]

Tattoos

In a plastic bag shoved behind the bedside table in our spare room lies a little girl’s dream treasure trove. Unceremoniously bundled together is the pound shop’s finest – bubbles, stickers, tattoos, whoopee cushions, coloured pencils, fairy wings and pirates’ eye patches all waiting patiently to be gifted. Except, unfortunately, they’ll be waiting a long […]

Cups

It’s funny, and you probably won’t remember this – but before you had children, a cup was something you got out of the cupboard, filled with water (or another beverage of your choice) and sipped from at your leisure. Now, when I even hear the word every single muscle in my body tenses and I’m instantly filled with […]

Washing machine

Warning klaxon!! This post teeters between the mundane and the pathetic. I must confess, if I’d read this post five years ago, I would have despaired for this sad lunatic who delivered this ode to laundry. Please don’t read this post if you a) don’t have kids, b) are vaguely cool or c) either like […]

Comforter

Why would you call a sleep consultant? I can’t speak for others, but here were my reasons for caving with my second: •I was determined not to fall again into the sleep black hole that is still our first child •I wanted to start on the right foot this time •It’s the only advice anyone […]