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5 tips for potty training boys
Keep an open mind and let your son start when he’s ready.
How to potty train
They’re ready, are you? Don’t panic, we found out how to potty train like a pro.
Baby's first swim: how to keep your newborn happy in water
Not every baby takes to the water with joy. Philomena Geary talks tear-free swimming.
Taking your baby to the beach
All you need to know to make those first beach trips ones to remember.
Baby swim bag essentials: what to pack
We asked parents what they wouldn’t leave home for the pool without.
What is enuresis? Your guide to bedwetting
It's easy to get swamped with advice about bedwetting. Here's your need-to-know guide.
Your newborn baby essentials checklist
It’s easy to go overboard on newborn supplies. How do you know which are baby essentials, and which are a waste of money? Read on…
Too scared to poo?
Dread of the toilet is common among toddlers. We don’t blame them. But how to help?
Hospital bag checklist: what do I pack for labour?
We asked NHS midwife Lorna Dow for the ultimate hospital bag checklist.
Teenage bedwetting: “I thought my son would wet his bed forever...”
Teenage bedwetting can be especially distressing. One mum shared her story with us.
How to treat cradle cap: Ask a Midwife
Unsure what cradle cap is, what causes it, or how to treat it? Discover expert midwife Anneke Brown’s tips on what causes it and how to get rid of cradle cap.
9 ways to help manage bedwetting in school age children
The older your child is, the more upsetting night-time accidents can be for everyone. We explore advice on how to manage bedwetting from those in-the-know.
Your pregnancy yoga starter guide
Whether you’ve tried pregnancy yoga before or are new to the practice, we spoke to our expert for the lowdown on the benefits of this prenatal exercise.
How to bond with your baby after birth: A masterclass for dads
Bonding after birth can be just as important for Dads. Discover how our panel of Dads created moments with their babies to help them bond, and get inspired.
Helping to make bedwetting easier for preschool aged children
Night-time accidents for preschoolers are very common and perfectly normal. Learn more about how to support children bedwetting at age 4 and below.
Can you go to the dentist when pregnant?
If you want to avoid tooth decay during pregnancy, you need to get those pearly whites checked by a dentist. Learn about going to the dentist when pregnant.
When is the best time to tell people you're pregnant?
Whether your pregnancy has been long-planned - or a bit of a surprise - you'll want to tell friends and family. But when and how should you announce your pregnancy news?
“What causes bedwetting?” & other bedwetting questions answered
So many questions, so many old wives' tales. We got the real answers from bedwetting experts.
How to help 5-7 year olds wetting the bed
Accidents at night when you’re 5 or over can feel all kinds of stressful! Here’s what you can do as a parent to help.
Fun Water Games for Babies and Toddlers
Stuck for ideas? Over to Ali Beckman, Head Teacher of Puddle Ducks Swim School.
Potty Training Regression
What is potty training regression, why does it happen, and what can you do about it? Sally J Hall went in search of answers.
Baby Nappy Rash: What Does it Look Like?
What does nappy rash look like? How can you prevent and treat this common skin condition in babies? To find out, we spoke to midwife Kate Mundell of Naytal Midwives.
What causes nappy rash and how to treat it
Your baby is fairly likely to experience nappy rash at some time. We asked midwife Heather Morris how to spot and treat it.
Baby's First Bath: How to bathe a Newborn
Your baby’s first bath is an important milestone and a wonderful way to bond, as well as being a necessary task! Discover how and when to bathe your newborn.
How to ease separation anxiety in babies and toddlers
Has your usually contented baby become clingy overnight? It could be separation anxiety. Learn how to spot the signs and what to do to ease the distress.
Bedtime routines away from home
Getting littles ones to sleep away from home can be a challenge. Sally J Hall shares five ways to make it easier.
10 ways to sleep better in pregnancy
Sally J Hall finds ways to make sleeping with a bump good for both of you.
How to calculate your pregnancy due date
Your pregnancy has been confirmed—congratulations! So, what’s the best way to work out the date of your baby’s birth?
Potty training: Is my toddler ready?
Want to know how to read the signs? We asked the experts.
Where to find support for parents-to-be
Parents-to-be, you are not alone. Support (and friendship) is a click away.
What is the pregnancy glow?
You’re pregnant and people keep telling you how great you look! Welcome to the pregnancy glow. Learn about the science behind the phenomenon.
Your first trimester pregnancy milestones
Weary from the first trimester of pregnancy? Don’t worry, in your second trimester the chances are you’ll start feeling a whole lot better!
Baby First Aid Kit: What to Pack and Why
We asked the experts to advise on your baby’s first aid kit essentials to have at home in case of minor injuries or illnesses. Plus, what you can treat yourself and what you’ll need help for.
Second Trimester Symptoms and Body Changes
Your body after pregnancy: The first six weeks
Nine months of pregnancy will see some incredible changes in your amazing body, with the greatest reward at the end. So, what happens to your body after pregnancy?
When can I take my baby swimming?
We checked the rules and got advice from Philomena Geary of 1st Swim School.
Swimming from birth: the real benefits
Unsure about newborn swimming? Water Babies Paul Thompson says just do it.
Potty training on holiday? Easy!
9 ways to keep to a potty training routine when you’re away from home.
10 expert tips to help your newborn to sleep
How can you help your baby get to sleep? We got advice from the experts.
Are alternative therapies safe during pregnancy?
From acupuncture to reflexology, here’s everything you need to know about alternative therapies for pregnancy.
How to change your newborn’s first nappy
Anxious about changing your newborn’s nappy for the first time? We get it. Here’s the fool-proof guide you’ve been hoping for.
Foods to avoid when pregnant
Need to know what you can and can’t eat during pregnancy? Here’s the latest.
Preparing for Fatherhood: Advice From Dads
Buckle up dads-to-be, this is some ride! Parenting editor Jo Maggs asked the real experts to share practical and emotional advice on surviving new parenthood
How and when to start weaning your baby onto solid foods
One of the most exciting stages of your baby’s development is when they start eating proper food. Parenting editor Sally J Hall advises on when, why and how to start weaning.
How to teach your baby to crawl
Can or should you help teach your baby to crawl? We asked expert Justina Perry.
The only potty training kit you need
We shopped around so you don’t have to. Here comes the fun bit.
Outdoor activities for babies
It’s a whole new world out there! Childcare professional Julia Perry shares her favourite outdoor activities for babies.
Depression During Pregnancy: Is it Normal?
You may have heard about postnatal depression, but 12% of women suffer with depression and anxiety during pregnancy too.
What Happens in the First Trimester?
All you need to know about your baby, your body, and your hormones during weeks one to 12 of pregnancy.
Ask a midwife stress-free ways to cut baby nails
Nobody warns you of the terror of trimming your baby’s nails. We sent for help.
Tips for safely cleaning the house for a crawling baby
They’re on the move! Time to make sure wherever your little explorer goes is clean and safe, says Sally J Hall.
How to prepare yourself and your child for childcare
Handing your child over to a relative, friend or childminder for the first time may feel like the toughest challenge yet, but stay calm, says childcare expert Julia Perry.
How to get kids to sleep at a sleepover
Whether it’s sleeping over with family or a party you’re hosting, it pays to think ahead.
What Happens at the 20-Week ‘Anomaly Scan’?
The 20-week scan is also known as the ‘anomaly scan’. Find out what to expect from the 20-week scan and what it can tell you about your baby.
The Dos and Don’ts of Prenatal Exercise
Confused about exercise during pregnancy? You’re not alone. We did the research.
How to Bond With Your Baby While Pregnant
You’ve reached the third trimester of pregnancy. Time to start thinking about the labour and birth experience you would like. Here’s how to write a flexible birth plan.
Morning Sickness: When It Starts and Why
You’re pregnant. Such joy! Except you can’t move for nausea. Parenting editor Sally J Hall finds the answers to your frequently asked questions about this common pregnancy condition.
The #1 rule for staying dry at night
Daunted at the thought of helping your child to stay dry at night? Don’t be. Here’s why.
How to support your child through bedwetting
Dry nights make happy days but getting there can be hard. These tips and ideas can help.
Top tips for school trips if your child isn’t dry at night yet
Toothbrush? Check. Toothpaste? Check. Huggies® DryNites®? Check.
Newborn Baby Acne: How to Care & Treat
Why does your newborn have baby acne and how do you treat it? We spoke to paediatric dermatologist Dr Tim Clayton about this common skin condition.
What Is Skin-to-Skin Contact with Your Baby?
Why is skin-to-skin contact after birth so important? Learn what it is, how it helps and why you should do it.
5 ways to help your daughter stay dry at night
They may be quicker to mature than boys, but girls are still affected by bedwetting.
How long does potty training take
We can’t tell you it’s an overnight job. But we can tell you worrying doesn’t help.
Your 12-week Scan: What to Expect
Your 12-week ultrasound scan is a chance to see your baby for the very first time! Parenting expert Sally J Hall explains what to expect.
How to choose your birth preferences
When will I feel my baby move and kick?
Those first noticeable flutters are magic! Parenting editor Sally J Hall explains when you will first feel your baby move and what to expect.
Your guide to pregnancy skincare
It’s not uncommon to find that your skin changes due to pregnancy. Here’s what to expect and how manage pregnant skin.
What Is Jaundice in Babies and What Causes It?
Jaundice is one of the most common conditions that can affect newborn babies. Parenting editor Sally J Hall went in search of answers to your jaundice questions.
Bedwetting and sleepovers: tips for trips away
Hatch a strategy together with your child for sleepover nights.
8 common potty training problems solved
Potty-training anxiety is a thing. For everyone. We found out how to make it better.
Tried and tested dry skin remedies for babies
What dry skin solutions worked for your baby?
10 tips for stress-free journeys with little ones
On the road for a family day trip, or going further afield? We picked the best ideas from the experts to make your journey part of the fun too.
Baby skin clinic: common problems solved
Parenting editor Sally J Hall provides reassurance on common baby skin care worries.
Do I need to take pregnancy supplements?
Which supplements? We asked midwife Carey Burt for pregnancy vitamin advice.
Can I dye my hair if I’m pregnant?
Highlights? Waxing? Gel nails? Midwife Sonya Brear discusses which beauty treatments are safe while pregnant.
Indoor activities for babies
Entertaining a baby is all about exposure! Childcare professional Julia Perry shares her favourite indoor activities for babies.
Baby massage: the benefits and best techniques
Specialist paediatric physiotherapist Kath Frame shares her magic on how to get started with baby massage.
How to baby proof your home
Your baby is amazing. Professor Lynne Murray takes you on your baby’s route to walking.
Can stress and anxiety cause bedwetting?
Keeping your child free from stress and anxiety could be the route to dry nights.
Bedwetting in 3 to 4 year olds: how to help
It’s a challenge for the parents, but accidents at night are perfectly normal for your children.
5 tips for potty training girls
Fast or slow, let your daughter go with the flow.
When Can I Start Maternity or Paternity Leave?
You’re pregnant, yay! But when to tell your employer? It’s time to find out about your maternity and paternity leave rights. We asked the questions for you.
Potty training boys vs girls
Does gender affect potty-training behaviour? We found out.
Your need-to-know guide to baby cruising
It’s an exciting part of your baby’s journey towards independent walking. Are you ready?
When will my baby walk?
Newborn skin care: the low-down
Your baby’s skin is 30% thinner than your own, and more sensitive. Treat it with respect.
5 ways to help your son stay dry at night
Bedwetting can affect anyone, but it's twice as common in boys as in girls.
10 Months Pregnant? Here's What to Expect
You’re in the home stretch. So just what can you expect from the last month of pregnancy? Our expert midwife Anneke Brown from Komu, explains.
How to nurture and improve mental health during pregnancy
Pregnancy affects heads as well as bodies. Sally J Hall looks into the advice available.
What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions?
You may have heard about a ‘practice’ contraction known as Braxton Hicks but what is this and how might it affect your pregnancy?
Does my child need injections before swimming?
Good news: you don’t have to wait until your baby has been immunised to swim.
Baby Floating Advice: Are Baby Swim Aids Safe?
With the benefits well-documented, getting your baby in the pool is a no-brainer. But do baby swim aids or inflatables help at all? We investigate.
Parenting editor and writer
Senior manager at Kids Inc
Director of 1st Swim School
Sally J Hall
Parenting editor, journalist & author
Head teacher of Puddle Ducks School
Potty Training Academy
Mum to Scarlett & Eugenie
Founder of Water Babies
NHS Midwife and co-founder of Brilliant Birth Company
Specialist paediatric physiotherapist
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