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Feeding

  • Batch cooking - preparing meals in advance for your family
  • Help your family to get their seven a day - tips for encouraging children to eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Fish for your family - tips for introducing fish to all the family
  • Sugar - what every parent should know about the sweet stuff
  • National Baking Week - Celebrating baking in 2013
  • Organic September - why you may want to consider going organic
  • Food Intolerance - what every parent should know
  • Feeding children on journeys - top tips for the best travel snacks
  • Seasonal food for June - food that's best to eat in June
  • Focus on eggs - the ultimate convenience food
  • The pitfalls of processed foods -  investigating processed foods and how to avoid them
  • A healthy diet for breastfeeding - tips on how to make sure you are eating properly when feeding your baby
  • Vegetarian month - feeding a vegetarian child
  • The best burgers - Recipe for nutritious burgers
  • National Baking Week: Information about national baking week and a simple recipe to enjoy with your children
  • Is my child overweight?  Tips and advice on how to assess whether your child is overweight and how to prevent childhood obesity
  • Breakfast made easy: Ideas for family breakfasts
  • Developing appetite: What to do when your child doesn't want to eat
  • Easy ways to include fruit and vegetables in your family's diet: Gina's tips on how to ensure your family get their five a day
  • Sweet Treats: Gina's top tips for healthy, nutritious desserts
  • Family Meals: Gina's top tips for getting together for meals with all the family
  • New Year, New Nosh: If it's nutrition you're concerned about, our regular expert dietician and nutritionist Fiona Hinton has put together some excellent advice on how to eat healthily as a family.
  • Top Tips: How to express milk successfully
  • Nutrition Q and A - November 2010: expert dietician and nutritionist Fiona Hinton is here to answer your questions. She discusses whether it's OK to give your toddler organic oven chips, looks at the links between sugar consumption and problems settling to sleep and gives advice on how to assess portion sizes.
  • Top Tips - Introducing solids
  • Top Tips - How to bottle-feed successfully: These tips will be handy for anyone who is bottle-feeding whatever stage you may be at.
  • Nutrition Q and A - February 2010: Our expert dietician and nutritionist, Fiona Hinton, gives her advice on what to do when your baby will only take a bottle from you.  She looks at the benefits of long-term breast-feeding, and discusses how to deal with cow's milk allergy
  • Delia's Christmas: Food is a big part of what makes Christmas so special, and Delia Smith gives advice on planning for Christmas and seasonal cooking.
  • Nutrition Q and A - December 2009: Our expert dietician and nutritionist, Fiona Hinton, gives advice on food additives and E-numbers, on choosing a commercial baby food and on vitamin D supplements for breast-fed babies.
  • Top Tips - Dealing with wind: Gina's top tips for dealing with wind for both bottle-fed and breast-fed babies.
  • Top Tips for Successful Breastfeeding by Gina Ford: New mothers don't always get the help they need when trying to establish breast-feeding, so we hope that Gina's top tips will give some pointers to anyone who is struggling with feeding.
  • Gina's top tips - preparing to introduce solids and the first stage of weaning:Gina offers some advice on how to deal with weaning. We hope that this feature may be of real benefit to

    anyone who is struggling

  • Menu planners for baby and toddler from The Contented Baby with Toddler Book: These menu planners are taken from The Contented Baby with Toddler book. We hope these planners will be a help for those of you dealing with weaning a baby as well providing your toddler with tasty, nutritious meals.
  • Gina's top tips for fussy feeding in the first year by Gina Ford: This is the first article in Gina's top tip series.Where Gina takes a look at fussy eating in the first year with some insights into what can cause the problem and how to deal with it.
  • Nutrition Q and A - June 2009 by Fiona Hinton: Fiona Hinton,expert dietician and nutritionist, gives her advice on the use of herbal supplements to increase milk supply, changing from formula to cow's milk and preventing constipation.
  • Grown in Britain Book: Our extracts from 'Grown in Britain' explain what food is in season this month and what to look for when you are buying it.
  • Top breast-feeding tips: To celebrate National Breast-feeding Awareness week, we have put together a special feature with answers to some

    of the most common questions about feeding from Clare Byam-Cook, a leading expert in the field, who has given her advice to Contented Baby members.

  • Could your milk save someone else's baby?: We've taken a look at breast milk banks, and have answers to some of the most common questions about donating milk.
  • Developing Taste by Fiona Hinton: Fiona, our regular expert dietician and nutritionist has taken a look at the fascinating subject of

    how babies develop their sense of taste.

  • Nutrition Q&A: February 2009 by Fiona Hinton: Fiona answers questions on milk intake, weaning and explains all about carotenes and vitamin A.
  • Make your own Valentine's Day Chocolates: There's nothing like a home-made gift for showing someone how much you care. Take a look at our delicious chocolate recipe!
  • My Weaning Journey - From First Tastes to Family Meals By Laura Simmons: Laura has written a useful article about her journey through the weaning process.
  • Practically Perfect Picnics by Gina Ford: Gina offers us this excerpt from Feeding Made Easy with some lovely picnic ideas.
  • Nutrition Questions and Answers- July/August 2008 by Fiona Hinton: Registered dietitian Fiona Hinton looks at goats' milk formula, alternatives to hydrolysed formula in cereal and introducing spices into your baby's diet.
  • Q & A about Nutrition - May 2008 by Fiona Hinton: Fiona discusses sufficient protein intake for 9-12 month-olds, advice for anaemic toddlers and how to add variety in a fussy toddler's diet.
  • From Bottles to Beakers by Laura Simmons: It can be hard for parents to keep up with little ones, and to realise when it is time to institute new routines or actions, such as the switch from bottle to beaker. This extremely helpful feature outlines how one of our members, Laura, made the change.
  • Nutrition Q&A - March 2008 by Fiona Hinton, Registered Dietitian: Fiona looks at the issues of snacking whilst out and about in cafes, the suitability of tinned fruit and vegetables for babies and non-dairy alternatives for lactose-intolerant babies.
  • The Importance of a Healthy Diet Whilst Breastfeeding by Lucinda Miller: A healthy diet is always important, and is even more vital if you are breastfeeding. This feature answers the many questions on new mums' minds, such as how much should one eat, ways to boost the milk supply and what one ought to avoid.
  • Salt and Our Children by Laura Simmons: Laura, one of our long-standing members, has examined exactly how much hidden salt there is in the everyday foods we feed our children.
  • Nutrition Q&A - January 2008 by Fiona Hinton, Registered Dietitian: Fiona looks at maintining energy levels in small children, low-salt stock cubes and suggestions for sandwich fillings.
  • December Recipes: These delicious recipes include three very easy meals and a couple of more indulgent ideas, which are all perfect for when time is short and everyone needs something to eat.
  • Nutrition Q&A - November 2007 by Fiona Hinton, Registered Dietitian: Fiona looks at the importance of breakfast, a change in appetite during illness and delaying the introdution of cows' milk until an illness has passed.
  • Vegan Recipes by Kim Busby: Kim shares some of her favourite Vegan recipes with us - that can also be enjoyed by those trying to omit dairy from their diet.
  • Additives - What's What? By Vardit Kohn: Our nutritionist, Vardit Kohn, has put together an informative and useful piece outlining the basics you

    need to know about additives and colourings.

  • Going dairy-free for my baby By Kim Busby: Kim has written an interesting account of her change in diet following the recent birth of her son, Kai.

    In this article she also gives us some food ideas for a dairy-free diet.

  • Nutrition Questions and Answers - September '07 By Fiona Hinton, Registered Dietitian: Fiona provides answers on: the safety of alcohol in cooking, constipation and increasing fibre in the diet and how to make the most of snacks.
  • Postscript to Breastfeeding: Second Time Around By Christina Hopkinson : This piece should provide much encouragement for those parents expecting their second child as Christina has added a final paragraph to her article about breastfeeding the second time around, having found that the reality of second-time breastfeeding has gone more smoothly than expected.
  • Q & A about Food by Audrey Dunne : Chef Audrey Dunne answers your questions concerning food and preparing meals.
  • Q & A about Nutrition - July 2007 by Fiona Hinton, Registered Dietitian: Fiona Hinton answers questions on Himalayan salt, using formula milk in cooking and preventing dehydration.
  • Making Meals Matter By Vardit Kohn: Nutritionist Vardit Kohn has written this insightful piece on the importance and benefits of sitting down to eat together, including some great tips on how to make this a relaxed, stress-free occasion for everyone, including the cook!
  • Nutrition Questions and Answers April 2007 By Fiona Hinton, Registered Dietitian: This month Fiona answers your questions on how to encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables as finger foods, providing a good balance of different carbohydrates and when it is safe to offer your child honey.
  • Q & A about Nutrition - February 2007 by Fiona Hinton, Registered Dietitian: Fiona answers questions about yoghurt, puree consistency and safe levels of salt intake.
  • Failure To Feed by Christina Hopkinson: Christina is a freelance features writer and in this article, she describes the agony they went through with their newborn baby, when breastfeeding went badly wrong.
  • Breastfeeding: Second Time Around by Christina Hopkinson: Knowing how much time is spent breastfeeding with a new baby, Christina gives us plenty of advice on how to entertain your toddler whilst breastfeeding your baby.
  • Top Tips for a Merry Christmas in the kitchen by Sarah Whitaker: Sarah is one of the small group of approved Aga-Rayburn demonstrators, and has put together Ten Top Tips for a Merry Christmas in the kitchen.
  • Extract from the CLB Book of Weaning : This is an extract from the revised edition of 'The Contented Little Baby Book of Weaning', Published 6th April 2006
  • Successful Breastfeeding by Abigail Pope: Abigail, a valued member of our Community, describes her different breastfeeding experiences with each of her babies, how she got it right the second time around and how, with the right advice and support, there can be light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Breast-feeding: Common Questions and Answers by Clare Byam-Cook: As breast-feeding is not always easy or possible - even the second time around - Clare Byam-Cook, our resident breast-feeding expert, has written up some of the most common questions and answers that she has to deal with.
  • Breastfeeding your second baby by Clare Byam-Cook: Clare gives welcome reassurance that breastfeeding a second baby is totally manageable and offers valuable tips on how to achieve this, while still coping with the changing needs of your first child.
  • Breast Feeding - An Introduction by Clare Byam-Cook: Clare Byam-Cook is a specialist breastfeeding counsellor and author. In this introductory article, she discusses breastfeeding within a routine.
  • Weaning Guidelines by Gina Ford: This is an extract from the newly revised edition of 'The CLB Book of Weaning'.
  • Feeding Questions and Answers by Paul Sacher: Paul Sacher, a specialist dietician at Great Ormond Street Hospital answers some questions about growth, fussy eating and hunger in young infants.
  • Feeding with Love by Alison Spencer: Alison describes the heartache she went through when her new baby failed to gain weight while breastfeeding.
  • Food Allergies and Intolerances in Children by Sarah Purcell: Sarah gives us some valuable advice concerning common food allergies and their diagnosis.
  • Q & A about Nutrition - July/August 2010 Fiona Hinton is with us, answering some of your questions on identifying cow's milk allergy, on replacement "plant milks" and on when you can introduce pork, sausages, bacon and seafood into a toddler's diet.
  • Q & A about Nutrition - April 2010 by Fiona Hinton: Expert dietician Fiona Hinton gives advice on allergies and intolerances, vitamin drops and whether they are really worthwhile and the maximum recommended salt intake for our children and how to monitor it.
  • Q & A about Nutrition - October 2009 by Fiona Hinton: Expert dietician Fiona Hinton gives advice on nutritional issues raised by members. She considers the use of fish oil supplements, fruit juice concentrates in snacks and gives the low down on sausages.
  • Q & A about Nutrition - February 2009 by Fiona Hinton: Fiona answers questions on milk intake, weaning and explains all about carotenes and vitamin A.
  • Q & A about Nutrition - December 2008 by Fiona Hinton, Dietician and Nutritionist: Fiona, consultant dietitian and nutritionist, gives some valuable advice on olives, breakfast alternatives and fussy feeding.
  • Q & A about Nutrition - October 2008 by Fiona Hinton, Dietician and Nutritionist: Fiona gives her expert views on suitable drinks for toddlers, sandwich fillings and finding the right milk for your little ones when you're away from home.
  • Nutrition Q&A by Fiona Hinton: Anyone with questions on nutrition can turn to Fiona Hinton for advice. This month Fiona tackles questions on toddler milk, omega-3 fats and textures in homemade food versus ready-made meals
  • Your Questions about Milk and Convenience foods by Fiona Hinton: Fiona Hinton, consultant Dietician and Nutritionist answers questions on follow-on milk, when to introduce cow's milk and the use of convenience foods.
  • Q & A by Fiona Hinton: Our third main feature this month is by Fiona Hinton, Consultant Dietician and Nutritionist. Fiona answers three of your questions on formula milk, toddler eating patterns and milk equivalents. Fiona's approach is practical and user-friendly; so do take a look at her sound advice on these common issues.
  • Your Nutrition Questions Answered by Fiona Hinton: Also on the site this month is a first feature from Fiona Hinton, who is a Registered Dietician and Nutritionist. We have noticed a number of questions on the boards about your children's diet and nutrition, and we know that this is an area of interest to many of you. In response, Fiona has cast her professional eye over three of your queries and answered them in her feature.
  • What to do about fussy eating by Gina Ford and Paul Sacher : This feature contains some tips Gina compiled along with a specialist dietician at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Paul Sacher.
  • Healthy Snacking by Gina Ford: We're taking a look at healthy snacking with advice from an expert dietician from Great Ormond Street Hospital, Paul Sacher. This is taken from 'The Contented Child's Food Bible' and considers snacking habits along with suggestions for healthy snacks.
  • Lunchboxes Made Easy by Gina Ford: If packing your child off to school involves packing a daily lunchbox, then this extract from Gina's book Feeding Made Easy will give you a few suggestions.
  • Soy - to Eat or Not to Eat? By Vardit Kohn: Natural nutritionist Vardit Kohn, has written about incorporating soy into the diet and how to use it in a healthy way.
  • Glycaemic Index foods: Choosing wisely to feed your family by Vardit Kohn: Vardit looks at how to use GI foods in your family diet.
  • Organic Milk for Life by OMSCo: Linked to the issue of healthy food, Omega 3 enhanced foods have been much in the news recently and a number of you have expressed an interest in finding out more. In response to this, we approached the Organic Milk Supplier Cooperative (OMSCo) for information and they kindly agreed to write a feature for us this month. Find out more about this interesting topic under 'Organic Milk for Life'.
  • Baby Rice and Sweet Potato Causing Tummy Problems by Gina Ford
  • Hungrier Baby Milk by Gina Ford
  • Low Formulae Milk Intake by Gina Ford
  • Overfeeding After 6 Months by Gina Ford
  • Petit Filous by Gina Ford
  • Portion Sizes at 7 Months by Gina Ford
  • Revised Weight Charts by Gina Ford
  • Solids After the Bath by Gina Ford
  • The Poo Problem by Gina Ford
  • To Wean or Not to Wean Before 6 Months by Gina Ford
  • Top Up Milk Feed Before the Lunchtime Nap by Gina Ford
  • Weaning From the Breast and Starting Solids by Gina Ford
  • Weaning Worries at 6 to 7 Months by Gina Ford
  • Dangerous Advice Related to a Baby's Bowel by Gina Ford

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Development

  • Top tips for toys for babies - inspiring ideas for toys for young children
  • Top tips for boosting self-esteem and confidence - helping to build your child's confidence
  • Encouraging development through play - development through play in the early days
  • Starting potty training - tips to help you assess when your toddler is ready to start potty training
  • Poor growth - a guide for parents
  • Getting rid of the dummy - top tips for getting rid of dummies
  • Music for babies and toddlers - Q and A with Caroline Crabb of Jo Jingles
  • Important milestones in your baby's first year: Jo Waters reminds us that although there are published guidelines, it is important to remember that each child develops at his own pace
  • Reading to babies and toddlers: Mem Fox answers questions and discusses how and when to read to your child.
  • Concerns about young children watching too much television: An interview with Dr Aric Sigman, a member of the British Psychological Society, who has been highlighting his concerns about the impact of too much television on children for some time.
  • How to make sense of your child's friendships Author Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer gives some expert advice on how to understand and support your child as their friendships develop.
  • How to communicate with children effectively is written by author Adele Faber and was our interviewee this month.  Adele believes her methods can be useful for all ages, from babies through to teenagers, and we asked her to explain how she believes parents can improve the way they talk to their children.
  • Absorbent Minds: How Montessori Education Works by Kate Brian: Once little ones are ready for some kind of pre-school education there are a variety of options available, and one which is increasingly popular is the Montessori method. If you are looking for the right learning environment for your child, take a look at this interesting and informative piece.
  • Child Development Q and As April 2008 By Child Psychologist, Dr Elizabeth Collins: Dr Collins looks at how to improve the concentration span of a 15-month-old, how to help a 20-month-old to deal with negative emotions and how to overcome a three-year-old's hair-washing phobia.
  • Using Time Out Effectively By Dr Richard Woolfson: Dr Woolfson gives direction on when time-out is a useful technique if used sensitively and appropriately - and also indicates when it is unsuitable.
  • Child Development Q and As January 2008 By Child Psychologist, Dr Elizabeth Collins: Dr Collins looks at the issues of obsessive compulsive toddlers, wanting to be a baby again and being scared of strangers.
  • Specific Phobias in Children - and some ideas of what to do! By Elizabeth Collins: Child psychologist Elizabeth Collins has written an extremely useful piece outlining some ideas of how to deal with specific phobias. It is good to be able to deal with fears before they develop into long-held phobias, and this feature will provide you with the tools to start to make a difference.
  • Fears and Anxiety in Children By Elizabeth Collins: All children develop fears and worries at some stage, and it is useful and reassuring to know what is

    normal, and what to expect at different ages. Elizabeth's feature should help us understand our children's fears and how to reassure them.

  • The Naughty Step - its use and the alternatives by Gina Ford: I am often asked about children's behavioural issues. Most parents are familiar with the famous "Naughty Step", and this article discusses what it is used for and other ways of accomplishing good behaviour.

  • First Year Milestones: Your Baby's Development by Jo Waters: Jo is a freelance writer, specialising in health. In her article Jo discusses what to expect in the first year of your baby's development.
  • Life Coaching for Parents - Discipline by Maria Sweetman: Maria Sweetman, life coach, discusses the emotive subject of instilling discipline in your young child.
  • Life-Coaching for Parents: Making reward charts a success by Maria Sweetman. When they are used properly, reward charts can be very effective, and our life coach, Maria Sweetman, has some tips on how to make them work.
  • It's Not Fair! By Kate Bouverie: Those of you with toddlers and older children will definitely appreciate Kate Bouverie's article 'It's Not Fair!' - a very familiar expression and sentiment that we can all relate to!
  • Smacking by Gill Macaulay: Meanwhile, Gill Macaulay, one our regular contributors and part of the Editorial Team at Contentedbaby.com, considers the controversial issue of smacking. Whatever your view may be on this contentious subject, I am sure you will find Gill's feature interesting.
  • Violent Behaviour in Children by Dr Richard Woolfson: We have focused, in particular, this month on the issue of discipline. To start us off, Dr Richard Woolfson has tackled the problem of violent behaviour in young children. This is not an easy subject to either deal with or talk about, and many parents are at a loss as to how to solve their child's biting or kicking. But Dr Woolfson has a calm and pragmatic approach to the problem; so whether or not this is an issue that directly affects you, do take a look at his valuable advice.
  • Discipline - The Practical Approach by Pauline Kell: Taking a more practical approach to the whole question of discipline, Pauline Kell, mother of four, reveals her tried and tested methods and offers a wealth of practical tips if you feel discipline is going awry in your family.
  • No! Doesn't Mean Have a Go! By Briony Jenkins: If you are feeling at your wit's end with a challenging little one, and are weary of saying 'No' to your toddler, you will appreciate Briony Jenkins' feature, which will remind you of the power of positive reinforcement for your children.
  • Life-coaching for parents - Setting boundaries - pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again By Maria Sweetman: Maria discusses setting boundaries for children and how to deal with this.
  • How to prepare for the first day of school Kate Brian looks at what you can do to ensure both you and your child are ready and know what to expect.
  • Starting nursery by Gina Ford: Gina offers some of her tips for preparing your child for nursery.
  • New Website Helps Get Children Excited About Reading & Writing: The Website KidsStoriesOnline.com, set up by Karen Wade, will be of interest to parents who are keen to help their children develop a love for books from an early age. Karen tells us more about it.
  • Languages for tots - Could your toddler benefit from foreign language classes? by Kate Brian: Kate's feature looks at how old children have to be to benefit, and takes a look at some of the advantages of early language lessons.
  • Back to school by Gina Ford: Gina offers her excellent advice for parents whose children are starting school.
  • Education and Early Years Questions and Answers - September 2008 By Lizzy D'Anna: Lizzy looks at anxiety about starting school, extra-curricular activities for kids and the value of fairy tales.
  • Education Q&A by Lizzy D'Anna: Teacher Lizzy D'Anna looks at being left-handed, parallel-playing and investigates recent research on reading-readiness.
  • Absorbent Minds: How Montessori Education Works by Kate Brian: Once little ones are ready for some kind of pre-school education there are a variety of options available, and one which is increasingly popular is the Montessori method. If you are looking for the right learning environment for your child, take a look at this interesting and informative piece.
  • Best Days of Your Life by Dawn Fozard: Our editor, Dawn Fozard, reflects on letting go as children move into the world of school in her piece The Best Days of Your Life?
  • Prepare your child for school by Helen Likierman and Valerie Muter: September is a life-changing month for so many parents as they prepare to send their children back to school, perhaps even for the first time. Indeed two members of our team, Dawn Fozard and Yamini Franzini are in the midst of this exciting experience themselves with their eldest children. With this fact in mind we have a very interesting article 'Prepare your Child for School' written by psychologists Helen Likierman and Valerie Muter, who have brought out a wonderful book called: Prepare Your Child for School: How to make sure your child gets off to a flying start. Dawn and Yamini have both found this book very beneficial and I think it will be a useful read for many parents as their contented babies are now of school age!
  • How far would you go to get your child into the primary school of your choice? by Kate Brian : Kate's article should be very useful if your little one hasn't quite reached school age, but perhaps you are beginning to think about schools in your area.
  • How to help your children with maths by Carol Vorderman aims to demystify the subject.
  • The Nursery Debate by Christina Hopkinson: Yet another great feature this month is by Christina Hopkinson, entitled 'The Nursery Debate'. Some of you may have been concerned by the latest research highlighted by Steve Biddulph and Penelope Leach on the effects of nursery attendance on very young children. In response, and to allay your fears, Christina has taken a more balanced view. Don't miss her valuable contribution to this controversial subject.
  • How to Nurture your Child's Creativity By Fiona Campbell: Fiona offers us a host of creative ideas for you and your children.
  • The importance of reading by Dawn Fozard: Staying with books, don't miss yet another new feature this month, 'The importance of reading' by Dawn Fozard. In her article, Dawn shares her own happy memories of reading as a child and reveals how she has passed on her love of books to her two boys. Reading can be a lifelong pleasure, so be inspired by Dawn's words of advice.
  • Autumn Days in the Garden By Sarah Bloom-Davis: Our gardening expert, Sarah Bloom-Davis, has some lovely suggestions for ways to involve little ones in the garden in the Autumn, as well as some fun indoor gardening ideas.
  • Gardening Fun with your 'Little Petals' By Sarah Bloom-Davis: Sarah Bloom-Davies, garden designer, has written a lovely feature on how to encourage children to become keen gardeners from an early age. Even if you have only a kitchen windowsill to spare, Sarah has some super ideas for getting those green fingers in action.
  • Springtime and Easter fun - Creating Happy Moments to Cherish by Kate Bouverie: Kate Bouverie is a new member of the Contentedbaby.com team. In this article, Kate has come up with a variety of activities you may like to do with your children at this time of year, looking back at her own childhood for inspiration.
  • Valentine Gifts Your Child Can Make To Say 'I Love You' by Briony Jenkins: Briony shows us a wealth of wonderful ideas of things to make for Valentines Day with your little ones.
  • Christmas craft activities: We have put together some suggestions for Christmas craft activities to keep your toddlers occupied and help them get into the spirit of the season. We've also included some activities that older children will enjoy.
  • Family Easter activities: We've put together a guide to some traditional Easter activities you could introduce to your children at this time of year.
  • Theatre for toddlers - Interview with Patrick Lynch: More and more productions designed with toddlers in mind are appearing at venues across the country, and we've spoken to one of the leading experts in this field, Patrick Lynch.
  • Babies, Children and Weddings - a Survival Guide By Annabel Falcon: Annabel's feature gives you lots of useful advice on surviving weddings with children, based on her own experiences with her four small children.
  • Flying long-haul with a baby or toddler by Kate Quarry: Kate Quarry is a new contributor to Contentedbaby.com. Kate has travelled extensively with her twin daughters and in this article on long-haul travel with small children she share her experiences and tips.
  • The Camping book by Ed and Kate Douglas: The Camping Book by Ed and Kate Douglas aims to take the stress out of camping, helping you to make sure that you all stay dry and sleep well. We're featuring some extracts from the book with tips for family camping.
  • Skiing with young children - Q and A with Betony Garner of the Ski Club of Great Britain: Parents often assume that skiing holidays aren't suitable for young families, but Betony Garner of the Ski Club of Great Britain gives some expert advice on when children can start to ski and how best to go about it
  • Days to Remember by Gina Ford and Dawn Fozard: Being a spectator in life can be fun, but there is nothing better than taking part. Our first new feature this month is 'Days to Remember'. In this article, Dawn Fozard and I take a look at the value of happy family days out and give tips and suggestions on where to go and how to get the best from your day. The main thing, now that summer is here, is to get out and take advantage of whatever opportunities might be available in your area and enjoy memorable times with your lovely children.
  • Travel Tips by Pauline Kell: Once you are on your way, you may find yourself worrying about all the things you might have forgotten - particularly if this is your first major holiday with your little one. To avoid this anxiety, read Pauline Kell's 'Travel Tips' before you depart! Pauline is both an experienced mother and an experienced traveller, so borrow from her and set off cool and organised.
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  • A Special Break - with the Little Ones By Kate Bouverie: If you feel like treating yourself and taking a little break away from daily life, read this wonderful feature where Kate gives us some great suggestions of hotels to visit for a bit of indulgence with your children.
  • Bringing up an only child: Q and A with Bernice Sorenson
  • Only children - interview with Ann Richardson of Being an Only: We've spoken to Ann Richardson, a counsellor and psychotherapist who runs an organisation called Being An Only. Ann works with adults who grew up as only children and she discusses the consequences she has observed.
  • Living on the edge by Briony Jenkins: This leads me on to our first new feature, 'Living on the edge' by Briony Jenkins. Briony has gathered together some wonderful tips and ideas from mothers around the world on how to cope with the stress of children and focus again on the joy that they bring.
  • Author Interview - Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall: Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall has written three books about being a grandparent, and now she even runs a website for grannies. She talked to us about the secrets behind the Good Granny's success!
  • Interview with Penny Oates, Author of 'How to talk to your child': Penny has written a fascinating book about communication in families, called How to talk to your child. This article contains some useful advice from her book.
  • Mummy told me not to tell by Cathy Glass: The latest book in the series about her experiences as a foster parent.
  • Working successfully with a parent coach by Linda Russell: If you are considering calling in an expert to help you deal with parenting issues, do take a look at Linda's feature first.
  • Life Coaching for parents - Managing Christmas: Life Coach Maria Sweetman considers how to manage your children's expectations when you are planning Christmas on a budget.
  • Getting ready for Christmas: A little forward planning can help make sure you enjoy Christmas yourself and prevent you getting overwhelmed and trying to do too much.
  • Life-Coaching for Parents: Have yourself a merry little Christmas By Maria Sweetman: Maria Sweetman explains how to cope when your partner's parents don't share your views on how to look after children and their routines, and her suggestions should help you all to have a happy, calm festive season.
  • Some things you may not know about Christmas by Kate Brian: Kate looks at some of the more unusual aspects of the season, and you're sure to find something here that you can surprise your friends and relatives with over the holiday period.
  • This Christmas - More Stuffing and Less Stuff! by Dawn Fozard: Dawn, as a mother of two young boys, has written 'More Stuffing, Less Stuff', which is a very personal piece about how to make Christmas fun and memorable, without drowning in the sophisticated commercialisation of it all. I am sure you will find all of these features interesting and helpful as you strive to create the Christmas you want for your families.
  • Be prepared... to enjoy Christmas by Gill Macaulay: Gill Macaulay tackles the subject of preparing for Christmas. Her personal survival tips on gift shopping, food preparation and pre-planning should prove invaluable - just don't leave it too late before you read it!
  • How to remain calm when you are hosting Christmas: Life coach Maria Sweetman offers some advice.
  • How to put the magic back into Christmas: As we get older Christmas can lose some of its magic...
  • Life Coaching for parents - Relationship difficulties by Maria Sweetman: When you're focused on a new baby or young children, you may find that you don't make time for your partner and in our regular life coaching session for parents, Life Coach Maria Sweetman looks at how to deal with relationship troubles.
  • Making time for you: It's not always easy when you're busy with a baby or toddler, but our special feature Making Time for You will inspire you to recharge your batteries so that you can be prepared for anything!
  • Life Coaching for parents - The importance of being good to yourself By Maria Sweetman: Our Life Coach, Maria Sweetman, explains why it is so vital to find some time for yourself in your schedule, and gives some helpful advice on how to achieve this.
  • Thrifty Chic - Interior Style on a Shoestring by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell: Our featured book Thrifty Chic gives some advice on new looks for your home. It explores the latest trend in interior design, and covers ways to update your decor on a tight budget. We've spoken to one of the authors, Liz Bauwens, who gives some tips on interior style on a shoestring.
  • Spring Cleaning: This feature aims to inspire those of you who may be wondering where to find the time or energy for a major clean, with tips to help you sort through your clutter and give your home a fresh, new feel.
  • 'Family Garden - simple steps to success' by Lia Leendertz : We're featuring a lovely Royal Horticultural Society gardening book called Family Garden, which looks at how to create a garden for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Mother's Day - a great idea, but where did it come from? Although we're all familiar with how we celebrate Mother's Day, this feature takes a look at how the idea of Mother's Day came about in the first place.
  • 1001 Ways to Get in Shape by Susannah Marriot Susannah looks at the ways you can get fitter and more active as part of your daily routine. Here are some tips from her book.
  • Become your own cash cow: How to make a success of being self-employed by Briony Jenkins: The idea of trying to set up your own business can be daunting but Briony runs through the things you may need to consider before going ahead, and includes lots of useful tips, advice and contacts.
  • Life-Coaching for Parents: Teaching children to value money - Happiness is the journey, not the destination by Maria Sweetman: Our life coach has some ideas to help young children learn to have a healthy respect for money.
  • Money Saving Tips: Here are some of the things you can do to relieve the pressure on your bank balance whilst still enjoying life to the full.
  • Make your own Valentine's Day Chocolates: There's nothing like a home-made gift for showing someone how much you care. Take a look at our delicious chocolate recipe!
  • Life coaching for parents - Beating the Winter blues by Maria Sweetman: Maria Sweetman offers help and advice to anyone suffering from the New Year blues on how to build up your enthusiasm for 2009.
  • Top Tips for Managing your Day by Contentedbaby.com members: We have compiled this very useful feature from members' suggestions. You'll find some great tips on how to get through the household chores, cooking and cleaning as quickly and efficiently as possible, which should leave space to make a little time for you somewhere in the day.
  • Top Tips from the Contented Baby Community: Of course, it is not only our guest writers who are in a position to offer advice. In 'Top Tips from the Contentedbaby Community', we have extracted some of your best tips on travel, housework and a variety of baby issues for members to read again and benefit from. The message boards are such a valuable source of information and advice that it would be negligent not to highlight some of your gems of wisdom.
  • Your Questions by Frances Howard-Brown
  • A Day in the life of a Nursery nurse: The nursery nurse explains how her nursery works, and gives an inside view of the busy life your children may be leading when you leave them for the day.
  • Choosing Childcare - safe in their hands? by Briony Jenkins: Meanwhile, on the site, as your little ones grow and develop, we are aiming to include more features and questions on toddlers over the next few months. We also plan to take a closer look at parenting issues that I know are of concern to you. Our first new feature of the year is 'Choosing childcare' by Briony Jenkins. In this comprehensive article, Briony examines the different types of care on offer and takes a detailed look at the questions you, as parents, should be asking before making any childcare decisions. I know a number of you are considering your arrangements as you prepare to return to work and I am sure this article will be helpful to you. It will also be of interest to mothers who may be considering using a nursery or childcare for the first time, so do take a look if you are at this stage.
  • Should Someone Else Look After Your Child? by Christina Hopkinson
  • Green Parenting by Christina Robert
  • Eco House Book by Terence Conran: This feature focuses on The Eco House Book by leading designer and retailer Terence Conran. The book is packed with tips for having a greener home whether you're just doing a spot of redecorating or considering major alterations, and we've taken a look at some of the suggestions.
  • Calculate your Child's Carbon Footprint by Briony Jenkins: Instead of counting the monetary value of raising your child, why not consider the environmental cost and calculate your child's carbon footprint? Briony provides lots of tips for easy ways you can make changes in your daily life, to reduce your child's carbon footprint.
  • Play for Better Behaviour by Charlie Taylor: Charlie Taylor, Author of Divas and Dictators, Head teacher and father-of-three explores the importance of play.
  • 26 Secrets for Perfect Playdates by Briony Jenkins: Briony's article is full of ideas to make sure your child's first play dates are a roaring success, and you won't be stuck for things to do after reading what she has to say.
  • The Importance of playing with your child by Elizabeth Collins: Elizabeth discusses the importance of adult playtime with children. In this article she also provides some pointers on appropriate playthings for children at various stages.
  • Rainy Days and Mondays by Briony Jenkins: Briony Jenkins' lovely article "Rainy Days and Mondays" is full of suggestions on how to bust boredom when you and the children are cooped up inside together.
  • Birthday Parties (For the Faint-Hearted) by Gill Macaulay
  • Birthdays for babies and toddlers by Gina Ford: Gina writes about how to be flexible with routines for birthday parties.
  • Fears and anxiety in children by Dr Elizabeth Collins: everyone, both adults and children experience feelings of fear and anxiety.
  • Child Development Q and As April 2008 By Child Psychologist, Dr Elizabeth Collins: Dr Collins looks at how to improve the concentration span of a 15-month-old, how to help a 20-month-old to deal with negative emotions and how to overcome a three-year-old's hair-washing phobia.
  • Life Coaching for parents - Encouraging Confidence in your toddler By Maria Sweetman: Maria, our life coach, looks at how to deal with a shy child, and gives some tips to help understand his character and nurture his confidence.
  • Child Development Q and As January 2008 By Child Psychologist, Dr Elizabeth Collins
  • Fears and Anxiety in Children By Elizabeth Collins: All children develop fears and worries at some stage, and it is useful and reassuring to know what is normal, and what to expect at different ages. Elizabeth's feature should help us understand our children's fears and how to reassure them.
  • Television: Are you damaging yourself and your children? An interview with Dr Aric Sigman by Dawn Fozard: We have a fascinating interview to share with you this month. In 'Television: Are you damaging yourself and your children?' Dawn Fozard interviews Dr Aric Sigman, author of the controversial book 'Remotely Controlled'. Dr Sigman reveals some unnerving facts about the effects of television on both children and adults; so don't miss this stimulating feature, which has relevance to us all.
  • Less Television - More Time and Space by Dawn Fozard: Then, moving on to the area of self-discipline, Dawn Fozard has followed up on last month's fascinating interview with Dr Aric Sigman, author of Remotely Controlled. In 'Less Television - More Time and Space', Dawn describes how, in the light of Dr Sigman's advice, she reconsidered both her own and her family's television viewing habits. Find out how the changes went down with her two boys in this insightful article.

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Parenting

  • The Mouseproof Kitchen - author Saira Shah talks to Contented Baby about her novel about life with a profoundly disabled child.
  • Q and A with TV presenter Alexandra Hill - TV presenter Alexandra Hill talks to us about being a Contented Mum
  • Words of Wisdom - Briony Jenkins has put together some tips on coping with being a mum
  • Calm Kids - could your child benefit from relaxation techniques?
  • Mummy told me not to tell: Cathy Glass's latest in her series of books about her experiences as a foster mother.
  • Setting up your own school: Q and A with Toby Young
  • The only child: Q and A with Bernice Sorenson
  • How to remain calm if you are hosting Christmas: Maria Sweetman guides through the day.
  • How to put the magic back into Christmas: It can lose its magic as we get older.
  • Home spa: you don't have to spend a fortune.
  • Life coaching for parents: Maria Sweetman offers advice for dealing with a wedding invitation and coping with others who do not agree with your views on routine.
  • Get ahead for Christmas: Planning made easy.
  • Gina's Golden Rules: Here are some essential tips to avoid potential problems in the first year.
  • Tips to help when choosing your nursery: Gina Ford looks at things to consider when considering nursery care and how to cope with the early days.
  • Top travel tips we've put together some to help you on your way. They include lots of helpful advice covering everything from what to pack through to coping with the flight or car journey.
  • Baby massage: a lovely way of spending time together, and it can be an enjoyable experience for both the parent and baby.
  • Tips for promoting good behaviour from our featured author Cathy Glass:

    Looking after your own children can often seem an exhausting business, but our Cathy Glass has cared for more than fifty foster children along with her own three. Cathy spoke to us about her books, and gave us some of her tips for promoting good behaviour.

  • Quick and easy gardening projects for children published in association with the Royal Horticultural Society. We've listed some cool and unusual plants that children will enjoy watching grow, such as tickle-me plants and pineapple tops!  Just the thing to encourage your toddlers to get outside and enjoy the Spring weather.
  • Top Tips for dealing with anxiety in babies which can be a problem, especially if you are returning to work and leaving your baby at nursery, or with a nanny or childminder, for the first time. My suggestions are aimed at easing what can be a difficult period.
  • Gina's top tips for playtime and keeping your baby amused: Even quite young babies can get bored, so Gina has included lots of ideas for ways to

    ensure your baby gets all the stimulation he needs.

  • How to entertain your toddler whilst feeding your baby by Gina Ford: Feeding your baby can take quite some time, especially in the early days. Gina offers some advice on how to keep your toddler happy whilst feeding your baby.
  • Play for Better Behaviour by Charlie Taylor: Charlie Taylor, Author of Divas and Dictators, Head teacher and father-of-three explores the importance of play.
  • Only children - interview with Ann Richardson of Being an Only: We've spoken to Ann Richardson, a counsellor and psychotherapist who runs an organisation called Being An Only. Ann works with adults who grew up as only children and she discusses the consequences she has observed.
  • Baby's first holiday: Our feature offers lots of advice on different types of accommodation, travel and the all-important issue of what to pack!
  • Family Days out by Dawn Fozard: This list contains suggestions from members for family days out right across the UK, and we hope you'll find something that would be fun for your family.
  • Life Coaching for parents - Gaining a perspective on your worries by Maria Sweetman; Life Coach Maria Sweetman explains that most parents worry about their children, and looks at some ways of dealing with your concerns.
  • Baby Signing with Emma Finlay-Smith: The idea of communicating with babies through sign language is becoming increasingly popular. We've spoken to baby signing teacher, Emma Finlay-Smith, who explains how it works, and we also feature the experiences of a mother who signed with both her babies.
  • The art of Contented Baby swimming by Fiona Campbell: Fiona Campbell explains why it is so important to get your young children accustomed to the water and has a look at some of the types of swimming lesson available for babies and toddlers.
  • New Website Helps Get Children Excited About Reading & Writing: The Website KidsStoriesOnline.com, set up by Karen Wade, will be of interest to parents who are keen to help their children develop a love for books from an early age. Karen tells us more about it.
  • A Day in the life of a Nanny
  • The right childcare for your family
  • A Day in the life of a Nursery nurse: The nursery nurse explains how her nursery works, and gives an inside view of the busy life your children may be leading when you leave them for the day.
  • A Day in the life of a Maternity nurse: The maternity nurse talks us through what she does during the day, and how she gives parents the confidence boost they need for successful parenting in the future.
  • Author Interview - Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall: Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall has written three books about being a grandparent, and now she even runs a website for grannies. She talked to us about the secrets behind the Good Granny's success!
  • Interview with Lucy Jolin, Author of 'Coping with Birth Trauma and Postnatal Depression': Lucy's personal experience gives her an insight into PND that not many experts have, and she offers advice for anyone who may be struggling.
  • Life Coaching for Parents : Coping with more than one child by Maria Sweetman: Maria looks at how to manage your life to make sure all members of the family get the attention they need when you have more than one child.
  • Breastfeeding in Public: Do you 'NIP' or not? by Christina Hopkinson: This is a subject which can garner extremely polarised points of view according to culture so Christina's piece should bring forth some interesting opinions.
  • The Art of Contented Family Travel By Fiona Campbell: Fiona's article should help you to plan some very contented holidays.
  • Real Nappies : A user's guide By Fran Lyon: Fran has written a very useful piece on real nappies. If you are thinking about making the switch , it should be a very interesting read.
  • Life-Coaching for Parents: 'I feel like a stranger in my own home' - a father's perspective By Maria Sweetman: Maria looks at the feelings of a new father when the new baby arrives.
  • Mary Questions the Health Visitor By Sophie Hannah: This lovely poem by the poet Sophie Hannah is guaranteed to raise a smile to your face.
  • Life Coaching for Parents: Reasons To Be Cheerful by Maria Sweetman: Maria encourages parents to enjoy the wonderful things their child has achieved rather than worrying about what they ought to be doing.
  • Mind the Age-Gap by Christina Hopkinson: Although most babies come along when they are ready, and can be hard to plan, the issue of the ideal age gap is often a concern among parents who nevertheless try to plan the spaces between children. This feature takes a look at the issues involved in planning age-gaps between births, and discovers there is no single answer.
  • Leaving Your Baby Behind for the First Time by Annabel Falcon: Annabel is a firm believer in the benefits of some time away with her husband, despite her initial misgivings, and writes about her experience of leaving her nine-month-old baby to stay with grandparents for the first time.
  • An Activity a Day Keeps Boredom Away: 31 Ways to Have Fun this Month by Briony Jenkins: If you need to entertain toddlers, read Briony's 31 excellent suggestions of things to do!
  • Education and Early Years Questions and Answers by Lizzy D'Anna: Lizzy D'Anna is an experienced Primary and Early Years teacher who will answer questions concerning education and early years' welfare. This month she looks at how to encourage a three-and-a-half-year-old to show an interest in books, whether or not to teach a three-year-old to read and coping with homework.
  • Exotic Travel with Children by Kate Quarry: If you are thinking of planning a holiday, and wondering about taking little ones to distant locations, take a look at Kate's feature which has many useful tips.
  • The Importance of playing with your child by Elizabeth Collins: Elizabeth discusses the importance of adult playtime with children. In this article she also provides some pointers on appropriate playthings for children at various stages.
  • No! Doesn't Mean Have a Go! By Briony Jenkins: If you are feeling at your wit's end with a challenging little one, and are weary of saying 'No' to your toddler, you will appreciate Briony Jenkins' feature, which will remind you of the power of positive reinforcement for your children.
  • Autumn Days in the Garden By Sarah Bloom-Davis: Our gardening expert, Sarah Bloom-Davis, has some lovely suggestions for ways to involve little ones in the garden in the Autumn, as well as some fun indoor gardening ideas.
  • Cloth Nappies By Chloe Longley : Chloe is a co-ordinator for the Cloth Nappy Network. Her informative feature will encourage many

    parents to give them a try. You would certainly be doing the earth a huge favour by switching to this more environmentally-friendly option.

  • How far would you go to get your child into the primary school of your choice? by Kate Brian : Kate's article should be very useful if your little one hasn't quite reached school age, but perhaps you are beginning to think about schools in your area.
  • Babies, Children and Weddings - a Survival Guide By Annabel Falcon: Annabel's feature gives you lots of useful advice on surviving weddings with children, based on her own experiences with her four small children.
  • Flying long-haul with a baby or toddler by Kate Quarry: Kate Quarry is a new contributor to Contentedbaby.com. Kate has travelled extensively with her twin daughters and in this article on long-haul travel with small children she share her experiences and tips.
  • Grandparents Are Great by Briony Jenkins: Grandparents can be a marvellous part of children's lives and Briony's article truly celebrates their value.
  • Gardening Fun with your 'Little Petals' By Sarah Bloom-Davis: Sarah Bloom-Davies, garden designer, has written a lovely feature on how to encourage children to become keen gardeners from an early age. Even if you have only a kitchen windowsill to spare, Sarah has some super ideas for getting those green fingers in action.
  • Life Coaching for Parents: Being a Contented Working Mother by Maria Sweetman: Juggling work, motherhood and home is not an easy task, but Maria's suggestions can help make it an enjoyable and fulfilling combination.
  • Springtime and Easter fun - Creating Happy Moments to Cherish by Kate Bouverie: Kate Bouverie is a new member of the Contentedbaby.com team. In this article, Kate has come up with a variety of activities you may like to do with your children at this time of year, looking back at her own childhood for inspiration.
  • Mother Talk: Celebrating Motherhood by Briony Jenkins: To celebrate Mothering Sunday, Briony Jenkins has put together a charming collection of thoughts from many different mothers.
  • Valentine Gifts Your Child Can Make To Say 'I Love You' by Briony Jenkins : Briony shows us a wealth of wonderful ideas of things to make for Valentines Day with your little ones.
  • Parenting: Mind, Body - and Spirit by Dawn Fozard: In this beautiful article, Dawn discusses the spiritual and moral side of parenting.
  • Rainy Days and Mondays by Briony Jenkins: Briony Jenkins' lovely article is full of suggestions on how to bust boredom when you and the children are cooped up inside together.
  • Shared Parenting by Christina Hopkinson: Christina Hopkinson talks about co-parenting and whether it's really possible to share everything equally with your partner.
  • Best Days of Your Life by Dawn Fozard: Our editor, Dawn Fozard, reflects on letting go as children move into the world of school in her piece The Best Days of Your Life?
  • Prepare your child for school by Helen Likierman and Valerie Muter: Psychologists Helen Likierman and Valerie Muter, have brought out a wonderful book called: Prepare Your Child for School: How to make sure your child gets off to a flying start. This article is based on their excellent book and is a very useful read for many parents of school-age children.
  • Is three a crowd? by Dawn Fozard: Our editor and contented mother of two, Dawn Fozard, wonders about another baby in 'Is Three a Crowd?'
  • Top Tips from the Contented Baby Community: In this feature, we have extracted some of our members' best tips on travel, housework and a variety of baby issues for members to read again and benefit from.
  • Tots Bots - The revenge of the 'real' nappy by Gina Ford: In this piece, Gina focuses on a Scottish company called Tots Bots, whose reusable nappies have proved extremely popular with the Contentedbaby.com community.
  • Choosing Childcare - safe in their hands? by Briony Jenkins: Briony examines the different types of childcare on offer and takes a detailed look at the questions you, as parents, should be asking before making any childcare decisions.
  • Home Truths: a tale of two births by Dawn Fozard: Dawn Fozard tells of the very different birth experiences she had with each of her boys.
  • Seven Steps to Sanity by Briony Jenkins: Briony Jenkins summarises how to juggle more than one child, while still remaining sane and happy. She offers some excellent and down-to-earth advice, which anyone can follow.
  • Attachment Parenting by Briony Jenkins: In this interesting article, Briony examines the concepts behind Attachment Parenting and what makes AP so different from the CLB approach. Briony also makes a case for respecting the many different and valid approaches to parenting.
  • Smacking by Gill Macaulay: Gill considers the controversial issue of smacking children. This feature should be interesting to read, whatever your view may be on this contentious subject.
  • Violent Behaviour in Children by Dr Richard Woolfson: Dr Richard Woolfson has tackled the problem of violent behaviour in young children. This is not an easy subject to either deal with or talk about, and many parents are at a loss as to how to solve their child's biting or kicking. But Dr Woolfson has a calm and pragmatic approach to the problem; so whether or not this is an issue that directly affects you, do take a look at his valuable advice.
  • Discipline - The Practical Approach by Pauline Kell: Taking a more practical approach to the whole question of discipline, Pauline Kell, mother of four, reveals her tried and tested methods and offers a wealth of practical tips if you feel discipline is going awry in your family.
  • The importance of reading by Dawn Fozard: In her article, Dawn shares her own happy memories of reading as a child and reveals how she has passed on her love of books to her two boys. Reading can be a lifelong pleasure, so be inspired by Dawn's words of advice.
  • Baby Massage and Baby Yoga by Laura Hinde: Laura explains the benefits of physical activity for babies.
  • Living on the edge by Briony Jenkins: Briony has gathered together some wonderful tips and ideas from mothers around the world on how to cope with the stress of children and focus again on the joy that they bring.
  • Baby Shopping by Caroline Cosgrove: Baby shopping specialist, Caroline Cosgrove, mum of two and founder of Baby Concierge leads us through the minefield that is buying for your baby.
  • What to Buy and When by Caroline Cosgrove: Caroline answers some questions on purchasing for the new arrival.
  • When Two is Better than One by Dawn Fozard: Dawn discusses the development of social skills and the ability to form friendships.
  • Top Tips by Yamini Franzini : Yamini, mother of three and a member of the Contentedbaby.com team, offers some of her handy tips.
  • My Experiences as a Mother by Yamini Franzini: Yamini tells how she coped with a toddler and twins.
  • On Holiday with a Baby by Christina Hopkinson: Christina offers some advice and top tips for travelling with a baby.
  • Your Questions by Frances Howard-Brown: Expert maternity nurse Frances Howard-Brown answers your questions on how to care for babies and young children.
  • Dark Days and Magic Moments by Gill Macaulay: This heartfelt article discusses the ups and downs of parenting and the importance of being positive.
  • Birthday Parties (For the Faint-Hearted) by Gill Macaulay: Gill discusses the minefield of organizing a birthday party by yourself. Every side of having a successful party is dealt with, which makes this article very useful indeed.
  • Green Parenting by Christina Robert: This article has been written especially for parents who wish to go eco-friendly.

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Health

  • Top tips for cleaning baby teeth - all you need to know to keep your baby's teeth clean and healthy
  • National Infertility Awareness Week - are you struggling to have another baby?
  • Stoptober - the national campaign to encourage smokers to give up during October
  • Teeth and Teething - is your baby teething and how you can ease any discomfort
  • Summer feet - the medical pedicure and how to look after your feet during the summer months
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease - what every parent should know
  • Measles - what every parent should know
  • Nursery Nasties - the things you don't want your children to bring home from nursery
  • Sparkly Smiles - the low-down on teeth whitening
  • Could it be asthma - a parents' guide to the signs and symptoms
  • National No Smoking Day - help to quit smoking for you and those around you
  • Rare Disease Day - Childhood Eye Cancer: Childhood Eye Cancer Trust Q and A
  • Rare Disease Day - LPLD: Q and A with Jill Prawer
  • The latest diet trends: the pros and cons of the latest diets
  • Navel Gazing by Anne H Putman: One woman's quest for size normal after weight reduction surgery
  • Thrush - How thrush can affect you and your baby
  • Stammering - What every parent should know about stammering and how to help a child with a stammer
  • Is my child overweight?  Tips on how to prevent obesity and on how to tell when a child is gaining too much weight
  • Pregnancy sickness remedies: Tips to help you get through pregnancy sickness
  • Living with autism: Charlotte Moore's book about life with her two autistic sons George and Sam
  • The Complete Guide To Female Fertility by Kate Brian: Looks at what you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
  • Excessive crying in babies under three months is more often than not diagnosed as colic.
  • Coping with colds and snuffles It is inevitable that your baby will catch a cold in his first year, but it can be worrying especially if you are a new parent.
  • An interview with Dr Pippa Rundle, a children's doctor and counsellor specialising in child and baby development.  Dr Rundle talks about her work with families whose children are having sleep problems and what can be done to help.

  • Jaundice: is common in newborn babies and is often a cause of great concern to parents. Kate Brian's feature provides advice on why babies get jaundice, and what to do if you suspect your baby may have it.

  • Expert advice on nutrition: from holistic nutritionist and TV presenter Gillian McKeith, which will help anyone who feels they need more energy both physically and mentally.
  • Busy parents need to recharge their batteries: Life coach, Maria Sweetman explains how.
  • Cradle cap is a very common condition, affecting many young babies in their first few months. Kate Brian's feature answers questions about the causes of cradle cap, and looks at some suggested remedies.
  • Ten warning signs you should never ignore. It's always worrying when a baby seems unwell, but parents often find it difficult to assess whether their baby is just a little off colour or whether they should be calling a doctor right away. Sarah Purcell lists the warning signs to help alert you to potentially dangerous symptoms.
  • Basic safety rules for fires and stoves from Max Davies, fireplace expert provides advice that can keep your children safe whilst you all enjoy the warmth.
  •  Croup often occurs during the winter months and can be very frightening for parents. Sarah Purcell looks at how to identify croup and what to do if your baby has an attack.

  • The diet guide.  Many of us have after one too many mince pies over Christmas and our New Year's Resolution is to try to lose some weight, and with that in mind we've put together The Quick Diet Guide.  It covers some of the rapid weight-loss diets you may come across, from the cabbage soup to the grapefruit diet, and looks at the pros and cons of each of them.
  • The 15 minute calorie burn workout is ideal for anyone who doesn't have time to spend hours in the gym as it gives exercises you can do at home in just fifteen minutes, allowing you to get back in shape without dramatically altering your daily routine. The idea is to give maximum results in minimal time.
  • First Aid: Many minor accidents do occur at home, and it is important to know what to do if your child is hurt. The Head of First Aid at the British Red Cross talks about basic first aid skills.
  • Baby teeth and teething by Gina Ford: Babies tend to get irritable when they are teething, so here are some of Gina's suggestions to help with this.
  • Swine Flu and your family: : We have put together a special feature on the swine flu pandemic. We explain the symptoms and what to look out for,

    and also give details of how to find out all the latest news and information.

  • Baby Massage and Baby Yoga By Laura Hinde: Laura explains what happens in a baby massage or baby yoga class, and looks at the benefits for your baby.

  • 1001 Natural Remedies by Laurel Vukovic : We're featuring a few sections from Laurel's book that we thought you might find helpful with natural remedies for common complaints such as headaches.
  • Breast cancer- a family affair by Briony Jenkins: Briony has written about her experiences of living with breast cancer. Briony explains openly and honestly how the family coped with her diagnosis, and how those around her pulled together to help her get through her treatment.
  • 50 Fantastic Pregnancy Facts by Briony Jenkins: Briony has discovered many intriguing and little-known facts about pregnancy that should provide you with food for thought.
  • Homeopathic remedies by Sarah Purcell: Homeopathic remedies have proved to be popular with parents over the years, and Sarah's feature looks at some of the remedies often suggested for young children.
  • Looking after your pelvic floor: Although women are often told to do pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy and after childbirth, it isn't always clear why this is so important and our feature gives some helpful explanations.
  • Fertility Forest by Susan Seenan: Susan Seenan's feature looks at this special area of woodland where people can dedicate trees, either to

    commemorate a pregnancy loss or to celebrate a long-awaited arrival.

  • The Wheels on the Rotavirus go round and round by Mindy Cockeram: Rotavirus is a common cause of diarrhoea and vomiting in babies and small children. Mindy explains what happened when her daughter became ill with this and how to prevent it spreading to the rest of your family.
  • Top Tips for Successful Weight Loss: We have compiled some weight-loss tips which may inspire any of you who need a bit of motivation and encouragement with this.
  • Bronchiolitis By Sarah Purcell: Sarah Purcell explains how to identify signs of the illness, and what to do about it. Although it is often fairly mild and most babies make a quick recovery, it can become more serious and knowing how to recognise the symptoms is important.
  • Our Teeth and Dental Decay by Mamta Shah: Mamta, BDS MFDS, explains what tooth decay is and how best to avoid it.
  • Would you recognise Meningitis? by Sarah Purcell: It is vital for parents to be aware of this disease and able to recognise the warning signs. Sarah's article puts all the facts in a row.
  • Does your Child Really Need Antibiotics? By Sarah Purcell: In this article Sarah explains why antibiotics are not always the answer. She provides

    information on how to use them safely and correctly, and also gives suggestions of ways to treat some illnesses without the need for antibiotics.

  • Understanding Glue Ear by Sarah Purcell: Sarah Purcell takes a look at this common problem, explaining what it is, how to recognise it and ways to treat it.
  • The Importance of a Healthy Diet Whilst Breastfeeding by Lucinda Miller: A healthy diet is always important, and is even more vital if you are breastfeeding. This feature answers the many questions on new mums' minds, such as how much should one eat, ways to boost the milk supply and what one ought to avoid.
  • Preparing for a Second (or Third) Pregnancy by Vardit Kohn: In this article, Vardit looks at the ways in which you can maximise your health when you are planning another child.
  • Exercise for Mummies by Fiona Campbell: After the birth of a baby it can be hard to find time to exercise. Fiona has lots of advice and shares her story of how she fitted exercise into her life.
  • Winter Survival Guide by Sarah Purcell: Winter can signal the start of one long round of colds, coughs and sleepless nights, which often results in parents falling ill too. Sarah has lots of advice to help your little one get through the cold and cough season.
  • Christmas Home Safety: Here are a few reminders to help make sure everyone has a safe Christmas at home.
  • Could it be Asthma by Sarah Purcell: This article serves to highlight what asthma is and how it is caused, as well as giving advice on how to recognise it and how to treat asthma attacks if they occur.
  • When the Baby Blues Won't Go Away By Catherine Payne: Our Relate counsellor Catherine Payne has written this very helpful article, looking at how and why relationships can be affected by PND. It should be extremely useful to anyone who has experience of PND themselves or for those trying to help friends through this difficult time.
  • Summer Baby Health Guide By Sarah Purcell: Sarah provides us with lots of essential information on coping with hot weather with babies and toddlers.
  • Secondary Infertility - When Having a Second Baby isn't Easy by Kate Brian: A new contributor to Contentedbaby.com, Kate looks at the issues surrounding secondary infertility and suggests ways in which you can improve your chances of achieving a pregnancy.
  • Coping with Chickenpox by Sarah Purcell: Chickenpox is a common childhood illness that most children will get at some point, so it is important to be prepared for the time when your own little one gets those itchy spots. Sarah's article highlights all the important things to consider when caring for your child with chickenpox.
  • Too Sick for Nursery? By Sarah Purcell: Sarah's article will tell you exactly when you must keep your children at home and when it is appropriate to send them in, including information on when and for how long nurseries will exclude recuperating children.
  • The Best Ways to Sooth Eczema by Sarah Purcell : Sarah offers parents excellent information on eczema medications and some very useful tips on keeping it under control.
  • Coping with Croup by Sarah Purcell: Our health expert, Sarah Purcell, offers a wealth of advice on how to identify croup and how to care for a child suffering from it.
  • Baby and Toddler First Aid by Jo Waters: Jo Waters, a freelance writer specialising in health, has put together an excellent summary of advice for coping with a wide variety of emergencies from febrile convulsions to anaphylactic reactions.
  • Your Questions on Vaccinations Answered by Sarah Purcell: Our health expert Sarah Purcell answers questions about the new policy for immunising babies.
  • Secret Shame by Briony Jenkins: Antenatal Depression (A.N.D) is a much less well-publicised, but equally crippling kind of depression. This article gives a timely airing to an important subject.
  • Keeping Smiles White by Sarah Purcell: Having spoken to members of the dental profession, Sarah gives advice on when to start brushing, the causes of erosion and decay, foods to avoid and the order in which your children's teeth will appear. Getting into a good dental routine with your child now could save many problems in the future.
  • Healthy Travel abroad by Jo Larkin: Here is some excellent health advice from Dr Joanna Larkin on how to enjoy healthy travel abroad with young children. Dr Larkin advises on reciprocal health arrangements between countries, vaccinations and what medicines to take with you, amongst other things.
  • Have a healthy summer by Sarah Purcell: Sarah looks at the various hazards of summer, in particular sun damage, and gives some very sound advice to help ensure that your summer is problem-free.
  • Safety tips for Christmas by Frances Howard-Brown: Frances, with her vast experience as a nanny, has written this feature especially for Christmas, which looks at the additional hazards at this time of year for young children, many of which may not have occurred to you.
  • Baby snuffles and wheezes by Jo Waters: As breathing difficulties can be extremely worrying in young babies, this informative feature includes information on colds, flu and bronchiolitis and will hopefully be helpful to you.
  • Nursery Nasties by Sarah Purcell: Sarah discusses all the illnesses that children may bring home from nursery. Learn to recognise common symptoms and what action to take.
  • How Silent Reflux went Undiagnosed by Ali Kittermaster: Ali describes the heartache she went through when her baby son's reflux was not recognized until he was six weeks old.
  • Ten Baby Health Warnings you should Never Ignore by Sarah Purcell: It is important to remember that babies can develop dangerous symptoms quickly. Sarah discusses the ten warning signs you should always take seriously
  • What every parent should know about cot death by Sarah Purcell: Sarah gives you some simple, vital steps that will help to protect your baby.
  • Could it be hayfever? Some children start suffering with hay fever when they are still young, and it can be distressing and debilitating. Recognising the symptoms and knowing how to prevent exposure to the risks can make all the difference.
  • Could a healthy diet put your child at risk of tooth decay? by Kate Brian: Kate looks at tooth decay. You may be surprised to learn that when it comes to children's teeth, some of the snacks we think of as healthy could do more damage than chocolate.
  • Safety tips for Christmas by Frances Howard-Brown: Frances, with her vast experience as a nanny, has written this feature especially for Christmas, which looks at the additional hazards at this time of year for young children, many of which may not have occurred to you.
  • Things you don't want your toddler to bring home: Unfortunately, many children do bring home nits, head lice or other such problems from nursery, playgroup or primary school, and we have some tips on how to identify them and what to do.
  • Travel sickness - prevention and treatment: Although most children do grow out of it eventually, travel sickness is an extremely common problem. We've put together some tips on ways that you may be able to prevent sickness in this very useful feature.

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Lifestyle

  • Pilates for your health - Q and A with Ellie Brown
  • Turning Forty - Q and A with best-selling author Mike Gayle about his latest book
  • Family days out - ideas for days out with the family
  • Family Camping - how to make a success of family camping holidays
  • Yoga in Pregnancy - Q and A with Natasha Harding
  • Out of Office - work where you like and achieve more by Chris Ward
  • A Home of Your Own by Sally Coulthard - style tips for creating an individual home
  • Retro Home - Katherine Sorrell on how to introduce retro styling into your home.
  • Top tips for managing your day - advice from the Contented Baby community
  • How to stay calm in January - author Cat Williams gives her top tips for starting the year
  • Yoga - How yoga can benefit babies and young children
  • Mum's Lit: Q and A with bestselling author Christina Hopkinson
  • The perfect night in: Tips for creating a romantic evening for two at home
  • Happy Adults: Cathy Glass gives her tips on how to be happy in her new book
  • Tips for making a successful New Year's Resolution: The beginning of a new year often feels like the perfect time to make a fresh start.
  • Beauty Secrets by Coleen Nolan: The mission with this book is to show other women that you don't need to spend hours, or a small fortune, in order to look your best.
  • Q and A with Alli Price, mother of two young children and founder of Motivating Mums. Motivating Mums offers advice and support to mothers who are thinking of setting up their own businesses, and Alli has some inspiring suggestions.
  • Get ahead for Christmas: You may have decided to bury your head in the sand until December.
  • Purls of wisdom by Jenny Lord: The first knitting book Penguin have published since the 1950s, and it aims to be a complete guide for a beginner.
  • Tips to treat yourself to a home spa: A little bit of pampering for yourself
  • Ready, Steady, Grow! is packed with ideas to help inspire you to get gardening with your children.
  • Cut the Clutter by Cynthia Townley Ewer, is a book which aims to help give you the skills you need to have a clean, organised home.
  • The Camping Book is a useful companion for anyone who dreams of getting away from it all, but worries that the reality will be screaming children in a car packed with tent poles or waking up in a rain-soaked sleeping bag.
  • A Slice of the Good Life, edited by Sheherazade Goldsmith looks at how to take small steps towards a more natural lifestyle, doing your bit for the environment in ways that can be simple, affordable and effortless. We've included some advice on going green in the playroom and on choosing safe products for children. 
  •  Feeling dissatisfied and wanting more from life, our Life Coach, Maria Sweetman, gives her views as she considers acts of self-fulfilment.
  • Top Tips for Life compiled by Kate Reardon, has some great ideas to help you with everything from beauty and cooking to work and technology. We've selected some of Kate's tips for life, including advice on raising your self-esteem and boosting your confidence, dealing with getting older and how to stop worrying and enjoy life.
  • Top ten tips for the neglected mum: March brings Mother's Day, which ought to be a golden opportunity to escape from household tasks and relax a little. I know how hard it can be to make time for yourself when you have young children, and author Grace Saunders offers her tips along with five commandments to help you change your approach to 'me' time, which may inspire you to treat yourself now and again.
  • Cleaning tips from the professionals: Cynthia Townley Ewer specialises in home organisation and management, and she's put together advice from professional cleaners on how to clean speedily and efficiently, to help you get through the house cleaning in record time.
  • How to use to-do lists successfully. It's easy to end up with long lists of things you'd like to do which never seem to get any shorter.  Our Life Coach Maria Sweetman gives her ideas on how to make your lists a help rather than a hindrance
  • The secrets of a successful marriage is full of tips from Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, who can offer a wealth of experience on the subject having been happily married for 47 years.
  • Delia's Christmas: Food is a big part of what makes Christmas so special, and Delia Smith gives advice on planning for Christmas and seasonal cooking.
  • Getting ready for Christmas: A little forward planning can help make sure you enjoy Christmas yourself and prevent you getting overwhelmed and trying to do too much.
  • Life Coaching for parents - Relationship difficulties by Maria Sweetman: When you're focused on a new baby or young children, you may find that you don't make time for your partner and in our regular life coaching session for parents, Life Coach Maria Sweetman looks at how to deal with relationship troubles.
  • Making time for you: It's not always easy when you're busy with a baby or toddler, but our special feature Making Time for You will inspire you to recharge your batteries so that you can be prepared for anything!
  • Eco House Book by Terence Conran: This feature focuses on The Eco House Book by leading designer and retailer Terence

    Conran. The book is packed with tips for having a greener home whether you're just doing a spot of redecorating or considering major alterations, and we've taken a look at some of the suggestions.

  • Baby's first holiday: Our feature offers lots of advice on different types of accommodation, travel and the all-important issue of what to pack!
  • Family Days out by Dawn Fozard: This list contains suggestions from members for family days out right across the UK, and we hope you'll find something that would be fun for your family.
  • Life Coaching for parents - Gaining a perspective on your worries by Maria Sweetman; Life Coach Maria Sweetman explains that most parents worry about their children, and looks at some ways of dealing with your concerns.
  • The art of Contented Baby swimming by Fiona Campbell: Fiona Campbell explains why it is so important to get your young children accustomed to the water and has a look at some of the types of swimming lesson available for babies and toddlers.
  • Life Coaching for parents - The importance of being good to yourself By Maria Sweetman: Our Life Coach, Maria Sweetman, explains why it is so vital to find some time for yourself in your schedule, and gives some helpful advice on how to achieve this.
  • Living with a family pet - Q and A with Helen Briggs of the RSPCA: Many parents do worry about their pets being jealous of new babies, or about toddlers getting scratched or bitten, and the RSPCA have answered all these queries for us.
  • Thrifty Chic - Interior Style on a Shoestring by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell: Our featured book Thrifty Chic gives some advice on new looks for your home. It explores the latest trend in interior design, and covers ways to update your decor on a tight budget. We've spoken to one of the authors, Liz Bauwens, who gives some tips on interior style on a shoestring.
  • Spring Cleaning: This feature aims to inspire those of you who may be wondering where to find the time or energy for a major clean,

    with tips to help you sort through your clutter and give your home a fresh, new feel.

  • Family Easter activities: We've put together a guide to some traditional Easter activities you could introduce to your children

    at this time of year.

  • Life Coaching for parents - Being happy in your own skin by Maria Sweetman: Our Life Coach, Maria Sweetman, has some helpful tips on being positive about parenting.
  • 'Family Garden - simple steps to success' by Lia Leendertz : We're featuring a lovely Royal Horticultural Society gardening book called Family Garden, which looks at how to create a garden for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Mother's Day - a great idea, but where did it come from?
    Although we're all familiar with how we celebrate Mother's Day, this feature takes a look at how the idea of Mother's Day came about in the first place.
  • 1001 Ways to Get in Shape by Susannah Marriot
    Susannah looks at the ways you can get fitter and more active as part of your daily routine. Here are some tips from her book.
  • Make your own Valentine's Day Chocolates: There's nothing like a home-made gift for showing someone how much you care. Take a look at our delicious chocolate recipe!
  • Ultimate natural beauty by Josephine Fairley: Here are some quick and easy recipes from Josephine's book 'the ultimate natural beauty book, which will show you how to make your own beauty products.
  • Money saving tips: Here are some of the things you can do to relieve the pressure on your bank balance whilst still enjoying life to the full.
  • Life coaching for parents - Beating the Winter blues by Maria Sweetman: Maria Sweetman offers help and advice to anyone suffering from the New Year blues on how to build up your enthusiasm for 2009.
  • Top Tips for Managing your Day by Contentedbaby.com members: We have compiled this very useful feature from members' suggestions. You'll find some great tips on how to get through the household chores, cooking and cleaning as quickly and efficiently as possible, which should leave space to make a little time for you somewhere in the day.
  • Some things you may not know about Christmas by Kate Brian: Kate looks at some of the more unusual aspects of the season, and you're sure to find something here that you can surprise your friends and relatives with over the holiday period.
  • Life-Coaching for Parents: Have yourself a merry little Christmas By Maria Sweetman: Maria explains how to cope when your partner's parents don't share your views on how to look after children and their routines, and her suggestions should help you all to have a happy, calm festive season.
  • Christmas tips - Part Two By Gill Macaulay: This is Gill Macauley's second part of her two-part series on planning for Christmas. Gill's feature is full of tips to make things run smoothly and miminise the stress and anxiety for busy mums.
  • Christmas tips - Part One By Gill Macaulay: Christmas is often a stressful time for busy mums, but Gill's article is full of useful tips to help you get ahead of the game.
  • Useful Summer Features: A selection of features whch you may find interesting and useful over the summer.
  • How to cheat at camping by Kate Brian: Kate's useful article looks at ways that you can enjoy all the delights of camping without any of the downsides!
  • Emigrating: Making the Most of it by Linda Russell: If you are thinking about emigrating, then Linda's piece should help anyone adapt to a new situation abroad.
  • Life-Coaching for Parents: Adjusting to moving away from friends and family By Maria Sweetman: Moving away can be very tough. Maria's advice should help anyone adapt to a new lifestyle.
  • Could you get rid of your family car? by Kate Brian: Read about families who choose to live 'car-free' in Kate Brian's thought-provoking article on Car-Free Families, and see if you could occasionally choose to walk rather than getting in the car.
  • Life-Coaching for Parents: Love the life you live By Maria Sweetman: Maria focuses on enjoying the moment and appreciating the life you have.
  • Me-Time by Linda Russell: Modern mothers feel under so much pressure to ensure that every minute of their child's days is occupied, and feel guilty if they do try and snatch a few minutes to themselves during the day. Linda shows how you can achieve a little me-time in your busy days.
  • Calculate your Child's Carbon Footprint by Briony Jenkins: Instead of counting the monetary value of raising your child, why not consider the environmental cost and calculate your child's carbon footprint? Briony provides lots of tips for easy ways you can make changes in your daily life, to reduce your child's carbon footprint.
  • Christmas is for Families - not for Stress By Linda Russell: Linda's article provides lots of useful hints on how to ensure that you spend a relaxing time with your extended family over the holidays.

  • How to look Fabulous in 15 minutes by Briony Jenkins: Briony provides heaps of useful tips on how to make the most of a short amount of time in

    which to beautify yourself - extremely handy for the party season.

  • 'Twas the Month before Christmas - How to Ease the Stress by Kate Bouverie: If you find yourself becoming anxious at the very thought of the Christmas holidays, Kate's article has some super suggestions for seasonal activities with children, and ways to reduce the pressure during the Christmas holidays.
  • The Great Green House Clean By Kate Brian: Kate decided to give natural cleaning products a try - see how she got on in this article.
  • Life-coaching for Parents: Managing your Chores By Maria Sweetman: Our Life Coach, Maria Sweetman has put together some suggestions on managing your chores in the house. We hope you will find it very helpful, like we did.
  • Life Coaching for Parents: Finding your Parenting Style By Maria Sweetman: Maria offers advice on how to develop and feel confident with your own parenting style.
  • Life Coaching for Parents: Positive Mental Health - Learning to Relax By Maria Sweetman: Read Maria's piece for some sensible reassurance and suggestions on how to bring back the spring to your step after having a new baby.
  • Caravanning: the New Cool By Kate Quarry: Caravanning is becoming more and more popular and is a great holiday choice for families. Kate's feature is really useful if you are considering caravanning as a possible holiday option
  • Life Coaching for Parents: Adapting to a new baby in the family By Maria Sweetman: Maria's excellent feature looks at the challenges which a family may face following the arrival of a new baby.
  • Let's Talk about Sex - How things can change after the birth of a baby By Catherine Payne: Catherine Payne, from Relate, discusses sex and how this can change following the birth of a baby.
  • Life-Coaching for Contented Parents - Developing with your child by Maria Sweetman: Maria's excellent article is about ensuring you don't neglect your own development whilst you are busy looking after the health and development of your family.
  • A Special Break - with the Little Ones By Kate Bouverie: If you feel like treating yourself and taking a little break away from daily life, read this wonderful feature where Kate gives us some great suggestions of hotels to visit for a bit of indulgence with your children.
  • Communication, Communication, Communication By Catherine Payne: We are very pleased to introduce Relate counsellor Catherine Payne who will be writing on all aspects of relationships, and giving advice on how these can be improved.
  • Life Coaching for Parents: Enjoying Time with the In-Laws By Maria Sweetman: Maria Sweetman has put together some ways in which you can reduce the stress and actually enjoy your time together, in 'Life-Coaching for Parents - Enjoying Time with the In-Laws'.
  • A Contemporary Sabbath - Making Time for Yourself and Your Family by Fiona Campbell: Fiona Campbell, a journalist, has written a thought-provoking piece on taking time out from machines and technological aids and undergoing a 'machinery fast', in her feature 'Contemporary Sabbath: Making Time for Yourself and your Family'.
  • Life Coaching for Contented Parents: How to Get Out of the Rut By Maria Sweetman: Maria Sweetman is a qualified Life Coach, who works with clients, guiding them from where they are in their life to where they want to be. In this article Maria provides Life Coach-focused responses to members' frequently asked questions.
  • From Contented Baby to Contented Marriage by Sali Hughes: Parenting can and will pose a series of challenges to any couple, but by following the experts' nine golden rules, you and your partner can ensure your baby is the greatest thing ever to happen to your relationship.
  • A week in the life of Yamini Franzini: In 'A week in the life of Yamini Franzini', Yamini, a much-valued member of the contentedbaby.com team, shares her busy life with us. Find out what it is like working behind the scenes for Contentedbaby.com, as well as taking care of three children.
  • Is it twins? by Christina Hopkinson: Regular contributor Christina Hopkinson, who is expecting her second baby, shares her thoughts about pregnancy - and the things people say to you - in her piece 'Is it Twins?'
  • Days to Remember by Gina Ford and Dawn Fozard: In this article, Gina Ford and Dawn Fozard take a look at the value of happy family days out and give tips and suggestions on where to go and how to get the best from your day.
  • Travel Tips by Pauline Kell: Pauline is both an experienced mother and an experienced traveller, and her travel tips will help you avoid anxiety as you prepare for your first major holiday with your little one.
  • Travel with Baby by Christina Hopkinson: In this feature Christina Hopkinson focuses on the positive travel opportunities that children bring, rather than the limitations. If you have not yet decided on your holiday destination this year, check out Christina's feature for some inspiring ideas.
  • Less Television - More Time and Space by Dawn Fozard: Dawn describes how she reconsidered both her own and her family's television viewing habits. Find out how the changes went down with her two boys in this insightful article.
  • A Guide to Contentment by Darla Shine: Darla describes how she turned around her domestic life with some positive thinking and a change of attitude.
  • Television: Are you damaging yourself and your children? An interview with Dr Aric Sigman by Dawn Fozard: In his latest book, 'Remotely Controlled', Dr Sigman looks in depth, not only at the serious effects that television has on growing children, but also how it can lead to depression and obesity in adults. Dawn Fozard conducted an interview with Dr Sigman, which we hope you will find insightful.
  • Is there sex after birth? by Jo Waters: Jo Waters attempts to answer some of your questions about post-baby sex that you may be too embarrassed to ask. She tackles issues such as sex drive (or lack of it!), contraception and the delicate issue of stitches.
  • The meaning of Christmas by Frances Howard-Brown: This is a lovely feature dealing with Christmas traditions and how you might choose to introduce these to make Christmas special in your family.
  • This Christmas - More Stuffing and Less Stuff! by Dawn Fozard: Dawn, as a mother of two young boys, has written this very personal piece about how to make Christmas fun and memorable, without drowning in the sophisticated commercialisation of it all.
  • Be prepared… to enjoy Christmas by Gill Macaulay: Gill Macaulay tackles the subject of preparing for Christmas. Her personal survival tips on gift shopping, food preparation and pre-planning should prove invaluable before Christmas time.
  • Your Little Stars: Do your little stars' zodiac descriptions match their characters? We have highlighted some of the typical characteristics of each star sign, and are inviting you to let us know whether your little ones' personalities match up. This is also a chance to meet some of our 'little stars'
  • Recommended Hotels and Restaurants: Here is a list of our child-friendly restaurants and hotel recommendations by our members and team.
  • Mothers-in-Law by Gill Macaulay: In this feature Gill discusses some of the common problems that can occur and suggests ways of improving relationships if things go wrong.
  • Insomnia by Clare de Vries: Clare discusses insomnia, a major symptom of post-natal depression.
  • The Work-Life Balance: Can it be done? by Jackie Ashley: Jackie discusses the juggling act which is combining motherhood with work. She discusses various types of childcare and what the future holds.
  • Should Someone Else Look After Your Child? by Christina Hopkinson: Christina looks at the dilemma parents go through when considering childcare.
  • Breaking The News by Christina Hopkinson: Christina talks about when and how to let people know that you are expecting.
  • What to Consider when Choosing an Au Pair by Ali Kittermaster: This advice has been taken from The Au Pair Company and looks at the various matters parents need to consider before hiring an au-pair.
  • From Here to Maternity by Joan McFadden: The biggest life changing event most of us experience is becoming a parent, but until it actually happens we have no idea how ill-prepared we are. Joan McFadden talks about the miracle that is motherhood.
  • The Shock of Motherhood by Gill Macaulay: Gill discusses some of the downsides of motherhood that are not readily acknowledged, shares her own experiences and offers some excellent advice.

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Legal

  • Maternity Made Simple by Elizabeth Orford: Elizabeth Orford explains exactly what your rights are when you have time off work to have a baby, and goes through all your entitlements and obligations.
  • Returning To Work (updated): Being aware of what protections the law gives you will put you in the best position to obtain what's best for you, your family and your baby. This article explains what your legal rights and obligations are on returning to work after your maternity leave.
  • Pregnancy and Maternity Rights (new) by Patrick Howarth: An update on the article Patrick wrote below.
  • Pregnancy and Maternity Rights by Patrick Howarth: As new family-friendly laws come into effect regarding maternity and paternity leave, those of you expecting babies need to take a look. If you are on your second or third baby, you will find that your rights have moved on since your first, especially those regarding paternity rights.

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Previous Mum of the Month interviews

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My Story by Contentedbaby.com members

  • My story - dealing with a baby with tongue tie. This month, Namrata Kamdar tells her story of having great difficulty breast-feeding her daughter Tara, it took a while to discover what was causing the problem, as she explains
  • My Story - The important role my own mother played in my life.┬áTo celebrate Mother's Day, Gina shares what a source of inspiration and support her mother was to her includes an interview she did about her mother and the influence she had on her life. 
  • My Story - Returning to work and childcare by Kathryn Jenkins: Kathryn tells how she went about finding a nursery for her daughter. She also discusses how the nursery fitted their day around her daughter's routine.
  • My Story - My baby was born with exomphalos By Ruth: Ruth's son was diagnosed with a complex medical condition before he was born. Read her compelling story.
  • My Story: Starting Nursery and Separation Anxiety By Kathryn Jenkins: Kathryn relates how she managed her daughter's separation anxiety on starting nursery.
  • Why my marathon journey took me from London to Zurich By Sarah Parfitt: Following her previous article on attempting to run a Marathon six months after giving birth, Sarah Parfitt has written an update for us.
  • A Wonderful Day By Tracy Roth-Rotsas: Tracy Roth-Rotsas originally posted this article as a thread on the Toddler Forums; we just couldn't resist using it as a feature!
  • Coping with the loss of a twin By Kathryn Jenkins: Kathryn tells us the poignant story about losing one of her precious twin daughters at

    two weeks old.

  • From Giving Birth to Running a Marathon in Six Months by Sarah Parfitt: Sarah had already run eight marathons before becoming a mum, and she then set her sights on the next London Marathon, just six months after the birth of her son.
  • Potty-Trained in One Week by Kim Busby. Kim shares her experience of managing to potty-train her 22-month-old son in one week.
  • When Breast Definitely isn't Best - My Struggle to Breastfeed By Fiona Campbell: Fiona's very personal story narrates the feeding difficulties she encountered following the birth of her son, Leo, and ultimately how she resolved them.
  • Being a Single CLB Mum by Lisa Barwise: This is the inspirational story from Lisa Barwise who, as a single woman, was somewhat surprised to discover that she was pregnant. Lisa shares the heart warming story of her life with baby Josh.
  • Problems with Breastfeeding by Kathryn Coulls: Kathryn describes all the problems she went through trying to breastfeed her baby girl.
  • Tongue Tie by Anonymous: A mother talks about the difficulties she faced, feeding a baby with tongue-tie.
  • PND by Sacha Duffy: This story is about how Sacha faced up to the fact she was suffering from PND, and by seeking help she is gradually overcoming an illness that touches so many new mums.
  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip by Anna Burcombe: Anna Burcombe, mum of Julia and Jessica shares her inspirational story of her two girls who have both been diagnosed with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) or 'clicky hips'.
  • Third Time Lucky by Ruth Randall Good: Ruth describes the difference the CLB routines made, not only to her third child, but also to her life.
  • It wasn't meant to be like this… by Wendy Blakeman: In her touching story, Wendy deals with the painful and sensitive issue of infertility, and the despair and joy associated with IVF.
  • Education - and why we're moving to Australia by Briony Jenkins: Briony is about to immigrate to Australia with her young family and, in her article, describes how the British education system influenced her decision to move.
  • Food and Behaviour by Dawn Beeley: Dawn discusses the link between certain foods and her children's behaviour. She tells us all about the foods that bring out the best in her children.
  • The Bridget Jones Experience by Kim Busby: In this amusing tale, Kim's basic message is, instead of always searching for a happy life, try to find happiness in the life you're in.
  • Separation - Christmas and beyond by Sarah Clough: In this story, Sarah Clough describes the pain and challenge of adjusting to single parenthood.
  • Moving Abroadby Pauline Kell: Pauline describes her feelings on having to move her family from London to Singapore.
  • The Waiting Game by Nishma Shah-Ackroyd: Nishma Shah-Ackroyd's baby son, Kian, has a rare liver disease. Read her story and admire this family's love for one another and their strength to cope with the daily hurdles of looking after a sick child.
  • Protecting us, Nurturing them by Leisa Randall: Leisa tells us about her pregnancy after a miscarriage and making sure her life and relationship was still important after having a baby.
  • Feeding with Love by Alison Spencer: Alison shares her experience of breastfeeding during her son Adam's first few months.
  • How Silent Reflux Went Undiagnosed by Ali Kittermaster: Ali tells how Harry's reflux went undiagnosed.
  • My Experiences as a Mother by Yamini Franzini: Yamini tells how she coped with a toddler and twins.

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Previous 'A Day in the Life of...' interviews

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Case Studies/Miscellaneous

Sleeping

  • Holly, 9 months - sudden night waking
  • Thomas - 6 months - excessive night time waking
  • Ruby - 10 months- early morning waking
  • Felix, 9 months old - night waking
  • Lauren, age 7 months, Night waking
  • Fraser, age 7 months: Early morning waking
  • Lucas, age 2 years, separation anxiety causing sleep problems
  • Max, age 15 months: Early-morning waking
  • Lucy, age 22 months: Resisting Bedtime
  • Megan, age 26 months: Dropping Lunchtime Nap
  • Lucie, age 8 weeks: Problems settling to sleep
  • Alexandra, age 13 weeks: Night waking
  • Poppy, age 10 weeks: Hourly early morning wakings
  • Georgie, age 21 months: Refusal to go to bed and night-time waking
  • Finlay, age 17 months: Early Morning Waking
  • Heather, age 10 months: Early morning waking during the second year
  • Sophia, age 4 weeks: Early Morning Waking and sleepy 10pm feed
  • Ella & Millie, age 6 weeks and 10 weeks: How I solved the Lunchtime Nap
  • Ed, age 6 months: Early Morning Waking
  • Sam, age 7 months: Early Morning Waking

Feeding

  • Emily, 8 months - refusing home-cooked food
  • Erin: 15 weeks - waking and feeding every few hours
  • Patrick: 9 months - fussy eater
  • Theo: Rejecting food at mealtimes
  • Susannah: 7 months - Feeding/sleeping problems due to incorrect quantities and types of food being given during the day.
  • Harry: 10 months - Problems with food textures
  • Polly: 6 months - Low milk intake
  • Daniel: 10 months - Fussy feeding
  • Natalie: 12 weeks - Constipation
  • Catherine: 3 months old - Breast-fed, good milk supply but low weight gain
  • Edward, 8 months: Fussy feeding during second stage weaning
  • Zac, age 7 months: Fussy Feeding
  • Hugh, age 6 months : Refusing Vegetable Purees
  • Thomas, age 18 months : Rejecting lumps in his food
  • Dan and Jamie, age 1 year: Only wanting pureed food
  • Anoushka, age 3.5 years: Still wanting to be spoon fed
  • Poppy & Lara, age 4 and 2: Two Fussy Eaters
  • Giorgia, age 7 months: Refusing milk feeds and fussy with solids
  • Benjamin, aged 28 months: Food refusal due to demand feeding and excessive fluid intake from a bottle
  • Dylan, age six months: Milk refusal caused be introducing certain foods too early
  • David, age seven months: Excessive night-time feeding due to being fed too much convenience food
  • Natalie, age 12 weeks: Constipation caused by premature transition from breast milk to over-rich infant formula

Development

  • Charlotte, age 20 months: Pinching
  • Jack, age 2 years and 10 months: Regression in Potty Training
  • Caleb, age 2 years and 9 months: Withholding Poo
  • Arun & Ravi, age 2.5 years: Potty Training Twins
  • Lucy, age 26 months: Potty Training
  • Luis, age 10.5 months: Aggressive behaviour

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