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How To Cope With Competitive Parenting

Mere days or even hours after hearing those initial cries of your firstborn and it inevitably begins. Someone’s baby is “easiest”, sleepiest, biggest, the best feeder. There’s nothing like hearing other new mums around you discuss their 6 week old sleeping through the night to make you feel like a failure. One mother feels she is accused of making a rod for her own back by co-sleeping while eyebrows are raised as another is viewed as heartless for pursuing a strict routine. The competitive parenting can begin from day one and is such a shock for new parents who until this moment have gone about their daily lives without constant judgment and evaluation. Social evaluation in this highly personal but...

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Parenting expectations vs reality

When I was pregnant with my first child I had so many ideas of what life as a mother would be like. 3 children later it’s not quite as I imagined…… Expectations for sleep My baby would sleep and if not I’d read a book and do some effective sleep training and they’d sleep through early. Reality Nope. I’ve not even read a single parenting book. Surely the answer is on Mumsnet? Nope. Turns out there is no answer. Only survival. Some of mine slept, one didn’t, and I treated them all the same.   Expectations for feeding They’d all be breastfed but happily take bottles too so I’d be able to get my freedom back pretty fast. Reality I've...

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Natural Teething Remedies

With the recent news about teething gels being withdrawn from supermarket shelves and the potential for ill effects we thought it would be useful to give you all a few of our favourite  natural, chemical fee suggestions to help your baby through teething. Keep sticks of cucumber in the fridge for your baby to chomp on. They're cool to chew on and as they consist mostly of water they're generally-considered ok before weaning. If your baby is weaning they may love harder foods such as pineapple, apples, carrots, crusts of bread. Try massaging your baby’s gum with your finger (watch our if they already have teeth though and of course wah your hands before and after). If your partially-weaned baby...

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Our favourite Bricks & Mortar Baby Shops in Edinburgh and East Lothian

We seems to be in period where more and more small shops are appearing and thriving, despite gloomy outlooks for the bigger high street stores. At Yummikeys we love to buy and support local. Here are our favourite local bricks and mortar shops - we hope you enjoy them too. We'll be giving you our favourite online businesses very soon too and of course our top experience gifts. Edinburgh Wooden Toys  Newly opened and based in the beautiful New Town, this is Edinburgh’s first seller of solely plastic free toys - combining a wonderfully unusual range of toys and gifts, often local, a play area and a even a wooden toys playgroup across the city.    Independent Zebra  Independent Zebra is a curated marketplace in Stockbridge...

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