Mum’s the Word

The low-down from across the globe on lifestyle, parenting and more.

05 Nov Plan your Babymoon- Top picks

You may be tired of thinking and hearing about all the things to do before baby arrives. I must admit, there are a ton of things to do to prepare for your baby's arrival and it can be overwhelming, especially since having to remember it all is quite challenging for women who suffer from what I call, "preggie brain." If you've ever been pregnant, you'll remember how challenging it was to remember anything. "Babymoon" is a trendy term adapted from the more traditional Honeymoon that many couples take shortly after getting married. It's a trip to commemorate the last couple vacation before becoming parents. If you have the ability to do it, you definitely should. Even a quick day trip is a great idea. We have many quick and easy options here at home, in our backyard. Taking an out-island trip or even "island hopping" would be a great option. It's a...

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04 Mar Must Do’s Before the Baby Arrives

It’s no secret that having a baby will change your life forever. Let’s face it, you will have to adjust to a “new” normal. No more, spontaneous trips to New York, or last minute dinner plans, everything will revolve around the baby and organization and planning will be key to functioning smoothly. So before your first bundle of joy, or new bundle of joy arrives, here are a few things I recommend that you do (some of which, you may not have the chance to do for a while!) Read a good book. Most of you will probably be reading everything baby related from the moment you find out you are pregnant. Of course you will want to read about what to expect, how to handle breastfeeding, bed time, teething etc, but do yourself a favor and make the last book you read, something you enjoy, just for you. The last...

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04 Mar Bonding with Dad

We have spoken so much over the last few weeks about mom, baby, grandparents, godparents, support systems, and pretty much everything female. Surely, the men aren’t interested in reading about all of these women and mother conversations, but you may be surprised to know that some men actually feel a little left out during the whole pregnancy journey. First of all, they have no idea what it’s like to be pregnant, feel pregnant or give birth, thank goodness! I don’t think watching a man give birth would be anything close to graceful. I have had the pleasure over the past couple of years to watch the interesting and beautiful dynamic between a new father and his baby . Most of them, aren’t really sure what to do, or say, but they still want to be involved. Involving the daddy-to-be, can start from the gestational period all the way into delivery and beyond....

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04 Mar Finding the perfect baby stroller

One of the most important purchases you will make for your baby is the stroller. Babies spend lots of time in their stroller, so it is important to either transition your stroller or find one that is transitional from birth to the toddler stage. In addition to finding the perfect stroller for your baby, you want to make sure that your stroller fits in with your lifestyle. Even the most seasoned mom has a criteria that must be met, and all strollers are not created equal. Here are a few things to bear in mind when selecting your baby stroller. First, you need to identify what your needs are. Are you looking to up-grade for every stage or are you looking for a quality, long lasting investment. If you are a first time mom, and plan on having other kids, you may want to invest in a multi-functional, good quality, transitional stroller. There...

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04 Mar Get rid of the Mommy Guilt, and take time for you!

In today’s world, knowing how to juggle life’s responsibilities is the key to success (depending on your definition, of course)in life. Mothering and parenting has definitely changed from our parents and grand-parents generations. In this day and age, most households have both the mother and father in the work place. Gone are the days of the happy home maker and domestic goddesses. We have a huge amount of responsibility today. Technology has flung us, fast forward, into a world where time is money and the early bird gets the worm.  We have become more efficient in a much shorter time period, leveling the playing field, and allowing the fastest, strongest and most connected companies and persons to rise to the top. Let’s face it, with connections worldwide, and endless possibilities, we have very little time to sit down, relax, have a cup of tea and parent the old fashion way...

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04 Mar The Unglamorous side of getting knocked-up

We are going to talk about the things that every pregnant woman dreads and no women really talk about. Things that we hope stays between our girlfriends, mothers and health care professionals. So if you are a guy, a daddy-to-be and have been following my articles and all of the joys of pregnancy, you should probably stop.reading.now. Now that we’ve cleared the air, it is no shocker that there is a down side; an unglamorous side of getting knocked-up. Outside of the shallow worries about gaining weight, stretch marks, morning sickness and saggy boobs, there are other side effects that we would just, rather not have. Heartburn, Gas and Bloating…NICE! Although some women can tolerate heartburn; thinking that it may result in their baby having lots of hair when they are born. I hate to burst your bubble ladies, and you know who I’m talking about, but this is not entirely true...

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