Prepare for baby
There are plenty of pregnancy books around but how many are relevant to NZ mums? Essential Mums readers give their verdicts.
I often hear friends mulling over the pros and cons of getting a dog and how it could be good ''practice'' for parenthood.
Yes, I know, pregnancy is only three trimesters, but in my opinion the postpartum period should count too.
There are rules about posting baby news on social media. Do you follow them?
Tired, heavy, bloated, anxious. The third trimester of pregnancy can drag. Here are a few tips on how to cope.
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Here are 11 breastfeeding tips to think about BEFORE you have have the baby.
McFly singer Tom Fletcher made a very sweet timelapse video during his wife's pregnancy.
Barely five weeks pregnant, friends said to get in quick with nailing down the midwife we wanted.
"I'm expecting a baby. I've discovered he has Down syndrome. I'm scared: what kind of life will my child have?"
So, you get an invitation to a baby shower but you barely know the woman so decide not to go. Next thing you get a 'poem' demanding a present...
There's one rule you should remember when it comes to naming babies - and this mum learnt it the hard way.
Letting older children choose, letting the baby choose, - here are some unconventional ways people pick baby names.
I spent the entire evening on my computer, reading lists of thousands of names. The next day, I read them all again.
Ever wished you could fast forward your way through pregnancy? Check out this cute time-lapse video.
This horror movie-style pregnancy announcement is one of the best yet.
Here's a list of gift ideas that are both practical and thoughtful, that new mums will love.
When you're pregnant you buy all sorts of things you don't realise you'll never use. Here's my verdict on the things I bought.
Expecting a baby is a magical time, but when graphic designer Anthony Stuart found out his wife, Kristi, was pregnant, he took it to a whole new level.
They seem to be the new thing - to be filed under 'super cute' or 'overt cheese factor'?
Forget baby names like Apple or Zuma, apparently 'palindrome appellation' is all the rage when it comes to naming babies now.
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