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Tuesday 2 July, 2019

'Are those... raisins?': My baby's first year, as told in 12 poos

#7 The one when we started solids.

Tuesday 25 June, 2019

'Milk squirting across the room': 14 mums share their best (and most hilarious) breast pumping stories

‘I plugged in the pump at 1.30am and fell asleep with it clutched to my boob.’

Tuesday 18 June, 2019

'Why does he eat rocks, but not broccoli?' 13 questions only parents of toddlers ask themselves

The kids aren’t the only ones asking loads of questions, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 11 June, 2019

'My son loves dress-up and dolls' houses - but why do I feel compelled to tell you that he plays with trucks too?'

It’s time to start thinking beyond pink and blue, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 21 May, 2019

9 game-changing pieces of advice I wish I'd been given as a brand new mum

First up, throw all expectations of a newborn sleep routine out the window, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 14 May, 2019

Here's the real difference between having one child and two - by someone who's just found out

Your idea of “quality time” with your partner will change A LOT, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 23 April, 2019

10 irrational (but acceptable) thoughts you'll recognise if you're trying baby-led weaning

#2: He’s meant to like the veggie fritters. Why doesn’t he like the VEGGIE FRITTERS?

Tuesday 19 March, 2019

'Are we finished having kids?': How to answer the age-old question of whether to try for another

Mum-of-two Chrissie Russell on the end of babies in her house – and what the experts have to say.

Tuesday 26 February, 2019

11 pieces of newborn kit that are worth the money - from an ear thermometer to a good changing table

Chrissie Russell shares the items that got her through those early days.

Tuesday 29 January, 2019

'Have I damaged them for life?': 9 irrational worries every stay-at-home parent can identify with

‘Should I be making all my meals from scratch while also penning a bestselling novel?’

Thursday 20 December, 2018

'At 4am, scared, she was what I needed': One mum on how a doula helped her through a tough labour

‘She wasn’t going to go off duty, she was there for me.’

Monday 17 December, 2018

What was your best ever Christmas present? 6 people around Ireland share theirs

Bought or made, big or small: We asked people to share the Christmas presents they remember the most.

Wednesday 12 December, 2018

What's the favourite Christmas decoration in your house? 8 people around Ireland share theirs

Old or new? Handmade or shop-bought? We asked people to share their most loved decorations.

Thursday 6 December, 2018

9 people around Ireland share their favourite Christmas traditions

In this week’s Ask The Elves, we want to know about the rituals you follow year after year.

Thursday 29 November, 2018

Ask The Elves: Readers share the Christmas films they watch every single year

The festive flicks that say ‘Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.’

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

10 new parent firsts that the baby books definitely don't mention

Unless your baby book has a chapter titled ‘The First Explosive Poo’.

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

11 handy pieces of breastfeeding kit you may not have thought of

An endless supply of cushions will be your saving grace, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 8 May, 2018

18 everyday things that'll suddenly infuriate you as your due date draws near

Eight months in, my crankiness has turned into general fury, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 24 April, 2018

Bumps in the night: How should I deal with my toddler's frequent nightmares?

My son wakes up terrified about everything from bubbles to CBeebies. Surely there’s a solution, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 17 April, 2018

10 reasons I most definitely don't want a 'push present' after giving birth

I’m due my second child in a few weeks, but I’m perfectly happy without a ‘reward,’ says Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 3 April, 2018

10 excellent hospital bag essentials no-one tells you about, according to a second time mum

Forget the maternity nighties, I’m stocking up on earplugs and snacks, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 20 March, 2018

12 new strains of mammy guilt I've faced since my son started preschool

It’s been three months, and I’m still hazy on what ‘Montessori’ even means, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 13 March, 2018

9 types of parent you'll definitely meet at the soft play centre

There’s a whole soft play realm I never knew existed before having kids, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 27 February, 2018

13 reasons I'm secretly looking forward to breastfeeding again

In two months I’ll be back on the lactation train, but it’s not all bad news, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Stories vs screens: What's the secret to raising a book-loving baby?

And should you care? Chrissie Russell looks at the impact of reading at home.

Tuesday 23 January, 2018

11 truly unexpected things I've learnt during my second pregnancy

Pregnancy books are a racket, and I have zero confidence in my due date, admits Chrissie Russell.

Thursday 21 December, 2017

15 squabbles that are part of every family Christmas

It’s the season of giving. And the season of then squabbling about whose gift was most expensive.

Tuesday 12 December, 2017

24 things nobody tells you about being pregnant at Christmas

#4: You’ll develop a whole new perspective on the birth of Jesus. That crib was woefully lacking in sanitation.

Wednesday 29 November, 2017

14 'fun' children's toys that make life a nightmare for parents

No glitter playdough gets past my front door (again), says Chrissie Russell.

Wednesday 22 November, 2017

8 modern parenting worries my own mum never had to deal with

My parents didn’t care about superfoods or screen time, writes Chrissie Russell.

Wednesday 15 November, 2017

I'm having a second child. What's the best way to tell my first?

Chrissie Russell has a baby on the way and a curious three-year-old. So she asked for some expert advice.

Wednesday 25 October, 2017

How should I talk to my three-year-old son about 'bad people'?

We want our kids to stay innocent – but we also want to prepare them. Where is the right balance, asks Chrissie Russell.

Wednesday 18 October, 2017

29 questions about kids' TV shows that only parents will understand

Why does Miss Rabbit do all the jobs? Why does Thomas the Tank Engine need a driver? And why would anyone vote for Mayor Goodway?

Wednesday 4 October, 2017

Can I have a glass of wine? 8 questions about breastfeeding and booze - answered

There’s a lot of confusion around alcohol and breastfeeding. We spoke to an expert for some clarity.

Wednesday 20 September, 2017

12 solid reasons to ditch the guilt and let your toddler play with your iPad

Let’s not get hysterical about screen time, writes Chrissie Russell.

Wednesday 13 September, 2017

How late is too late for potty training? We asked the experts

Potty training can be a serious challenge, as Chrissie Russell knows all too well. So what’s the best approach?

Wednesday 16 August, 2017

It's my son's third birthday - here's why I'm refusing to give into 'party pressure'

All he wants is a cake but I know other parents will expect more, writes Chrissie Russell.

Wednesday 2 August, 2017

12 mothers share their best (and funniest) breastfeeding stories

“In the throes of passion I suddenly realised I was spraying my boyfriend with a leaking left breast.”

Wednesday 26 July, 2017

The minefield of free childcare: The Grandparents Creche is great, but how do you pay the bill?

Family childcare comes at a price that can be difficult to define, writes Chrissie Russell.

Wednesday 19 July, 2017

9 things I wish I'd known about breastfeeding

Turns out the things I’d learned from TV sitcoms weren’t true, writes Chrissie Russell.