I am often asked what I think the most difficult part of being a new mum is. Each time, I reply in the same way. First, I set the disclaimer that it’s all pretty darn challenging (think breastfeeding, post-partum uterine contractions, sleepless nights, colic etc… or do yourself a favour and don’t think about any of that stuff at all). Then, I talk about loneliness. … Continue reading The L Word
When you become a mum for the first time the way you interact with the world changes. Some things begin to make more sense, some things make less sense. As you grapple with this shift in perspective, you begin to notice that something else is off…the world is most definitely treating you differently now, too. It was early on in my journey as a new … Continue reading Thank you, next.
It is no secret that the early post-partum days are extremely tough on new mothers. Well. Kind of. It might not be a secret, but yet it has this amazing way of cataclysmically redefining her life whilst also simultaneously not being talked about enough. Anyway, regardless of whether she knew it was coming or if it b*tch-slapped her right in the face…it really is not … Continue reading 10 Dos & Don’ts of New-Mum Care
Hey there, I’m back! After what seemed like the fastest-moving Christmas period to date, I’m back with more motherhood inspired content at katescradle. I had hoped to start the new year off with a flashy new re-brand and a commitment to being more regular over here but as we all know, time is what you make of it…and I have recently been spending mine in … Continue reading 10 resolutions for 2020
If you follow me on my personal Instagram account (or have ever spoken to me about baby equipment) you might have gathered that we are big fans of the Snug Seat over here. We’ve had this product since Kate was four months old and have used it every single day since. In fact, we don’t even own a highchair and Kate has eaten every single … Continue reading Kate Recommends: Mamas & Papas Baby Snug Floor Seat
Pardon the silence. I’ve had a few blog posts lined up that I’ve been meaning to publish over the past few weeks, but every time I came close to doing it, something stopped me. At first I thought that maybe I was being too harsh a critic of my own work. That the posts were uninspired. I realise now that my hesitation was a result … Continue reading Can I shield you forever?
Some time ago, I was sent a link to a comic strip that depicts what has become known as the ‘mental load of motherhood’. As I read through it, it all felt too real, like the author was inside my head. One of the things that surprised me most about motherhood is the sheer amount of STUFF you need to think about…all the freakin’ time. … Continue reading The Mental Load Of Motherhood
A few months before Kate was born I sat at my laptop pouring over blogs, listicles and Pinterest boards, browsing Amazon wish-lists and scratching my head. I was having my first baby and there was SO MUCH info out there telling expectant mothers that they need ALL the baby gear to survive motherhood. It was a confusing minefield of expensive and cunningly cute stuff, and … Continue reading Kate Recommends: The Muslin Cloth
We all know that becoming a parent changes you in many ways. However, one thing they don’t tell you during the parenthood preparation course is that becoming a parent triggers an innate ability to go full on Navy SEAL at any given moment. Like animals who evolve and adapt to avoid being captured by predators, parents evolve and adapt too. Only instead of avoiding capture, … Continue reading Parent Or Ninja?
Pregnancy can be a stressful time for a number of reasons. I won’t delve into the details here, every pregnancy is unique and unfortunately some are tougher than others. As a pregnant mother, it can be so easy to overthink what’s going on inside of you and worry about all the uncertainties that might lie ahead. Because of this, a mother’s self-care during pregnancy is … Continue reading Pregnancy Self-Care: Mind, Body & Soul