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Yesterday’s News


Monday 16 March, 2020

‘Don’t feel guilty about the TV’: Essential rules for parents working from home this week

Chrissie Russell shares her learnings from five years of freelancing with kids in tow.

Tuesday 11 February, 2020

7 extremely romantic things my husband does for me - from buying oversized pyjamas to cleaning up sick

When you become a parent, it’s a different set of gestures that set the heart aflame, writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 28 January, 2020

'The first time they don't notice you leaving': The emotional parenting milestones that catch you unawares

‘I defy anyone not to get a bit emotional about saying goodbye those tiny first clothes,’ writes Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Meltdown in aisle 6? How to handle public tantrums, from a mum who's been there

First up, always pack snacks, writes Chrissie Russell.


Wednesday 18 December, 2019

'We're at A&E. Can you get here?': 11 disastrous tales from the first night away with no kids

‘Needless to say, I didn’t leave any of my kids again for around seven years…’

Tuesday 3 December, 2019

Should the gifts be wrapped? 8 Santa-related predicaments I'm navigating this year

“How come Santa wrapped Sean’s gifts and not mine?”

Tuesday 26 November, 2019

'At first, he woke every 3 hours': 8 parents on how they finally got their babies to sleep through

‘We forked out €180 for a sleep specialist and it was the best money I’ve ever spent.’

Tuesday 12 November, 2019

8 products that made weaning easier in my house - starting with a goo-repellent bib

Plus, a few items that came highly recommended by friends.

Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Game changers: 7 small but useful baby product hacks I wish I'd discovered sooner

Like the right way to put on baby tights, or the poo-proof way to remove a babygro.


Tuesday 8 October, 2019

'Oh, we'll never give her a dummy': 11 pre-baby promises that every parent will recognise

… And that most parents will break once the baby comes along.

Tuesday 1 October, 2019

9 things I've learned about breastfeeding - that I wish I'd known on day one

Er, how come no-one mentioned that newborns feed *constantly*?

Tuesday 10 September, 2019

14 things that change when you go from one child to two, according to parents who've been there

Getting less sleep is a given, but what else is different in a two-child house? Mums and dads share their experiences.

Tuesday 13 August, 2019

Here's why you'll never see my sons in matching outfits (no, not even at bedtime)

I want to teach my kids to think for themselves – and that starts with the clothes they wear, says Chrissie Russell.

Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Here's what it's like to breastfeed a three-year-old who can walk, talk - and tell you when he's done

“My son self weaned shortly after his third birthday,” writes Chrissie Russell. “I thought I’d share a few things I learned along the way.”


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.

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