Baby and Toddlers

A range of advice, heart-warming real life stories and support for parents of babies and toddlers in Dorset

Our Survival Squad is made up of local bloggers in Dorset. Here they will share their experiences, highs, lows and lots of great information for Parents in Dorset. Our Survival Squad has members who are trying to conceive, going through IVF to young toddlers who need taming!

Breastfeeding – pressure or support?

Does telling new mothers it’s ok to stop breastfeeding prevent postnatal depression? A few months ago I was listening to an interview with a very well respected mental health academic. The topic was Peri-natal mental health and as the discussion moved onto the...

The 4 basic elements of parenting!

Being asked to write a guest blog is both amazing and scary. Who am I writing for? What should I write about? How clean do I have to keep it? I will start with a little about myself. I am a Dorset based dad, who likes to blog intermittently about the adventures, wins...

Twins – In the beginning

Despite a fairly difficult first year with baby number one, it was decided that we did not want him to be an only child. We began the process of again trying to conceive; months started to pass and I began to remember the feelings of failed pregnancy, sad scans and...

Give Parents a Break

I’m writing this on my lunch break on my first day back at my full-time job after a year maternity leave. You don’t get a lunch break when you’re caring for children on your own.    Having a break has given me the freedom to be creative. This feels like a luxury as...

My Duties As A Stay At Home Mum

Being a stay at home Mum, I always feel that society is judging me. I feel pressure and a massive weight on my shoulders to get out and ‘get a real job’. I’ve felt this pressure since my children were just a few months old. Now I’m only a few months off my youngest...

Real Life Birth Story

Real life positive birth story from Jo Lloyd The experience of a life time!! Positive Birth?  Positive Birth? What makes something a positive experience for one person in life is not the same as what makes it positive to another. In fact as we live our lives we differ...

I’m built for this, right?

Real Life Birth Story by Kelly Tobin As I stare at my 37 week swollen bump, I remember distinctly thinking “if she doesn’t come out soon, I’m going to smoke her out!   I had had a horrible last few weeks. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had the start of...

4th Trimester

The Fourth Trimester I’m frequently contacted by new mums, worried about their new born baby, often in tears thinking they’ve done something wrong or that there’s something wrong with their baby. The most common concerns are: ‘He won’t sleep unless he’s on my chest’...