Putting your baby to sleep: some good news

I remember thinking, after my pregnant wife's water broke, minutes after I went to bed, anguishing really, over one thought as we drove to the hospital: "I'm never going to be well rested again."

If there's one thing all new parents wish for, it's a good night's sleep.

Is there an ideal time to have a second child?

I hadn't thought much about how many kids I wanted until my first was born. Immediately I was confronted with decisions: Should I get rid of my maternity clothes? Should I be saving these newborn onesies?

My partner (now husband) and I pretty quickly decided we were all-in on the baby thing and we'd go for another. But when? A friend I asked for advice told me she spent four years blissed out on motherhood with her first until one day she just felt her ovaries screaming, "I need another baby!" Before she was done, she had four more.

Why does my baby want to feed all night?

So often I hear mums say, “My baby wants to breastfeed all evening – I’m worried about my milk supply.”

It’s common for young babies, especially, to cluster feed, meaning they feed very frequently, or almost continuously, over a period of a few hours. This can happen at any time of the day but is common in the evening. It can mean that as your baby feeds almost constantly, your breasts feel ‘empty’.

Not everyone who stares is judging you

It's Saturday morning and I'm enjoying – no relishing- some child-free shopping time.

I have a coffee in one hand and my phone in the other, texting my friend to find out if her soon-to-be five-year-old is still into The Octonauts or if he's moved on to another franchise. It's his birthday party later on and – true to form –I'm doing the last minute present dash. "Story of my life," my friend texts back.

That horrible morning sickness you're having? It's actually a good sign for the baby

The first three months of pregnancy, a time that parenting magazines and Hallmark cards often portray as magnificent and carefree, can actually be a wretched experience for many women.

As many as 90 per cent of mothers-to-be experience some degree of nausea and vomiting, and scientists have long speculated about what, from an evolutionary standpoint, the function of all that unpleasantness might be. The leading theory has to do with food.

When toilet training doesn't go to plan

The books make it seem easy. You start toilet training, and within a few weeks, your child is no longer wearing nappies. In reality, things don't always go as planned.

This is what Jodie* discovered when she was toilet training Keira*.