• Sara shares her NICU story for World Prematurity Day

    November 17, 2021Parenting, Real life

    World Prematurity Day (17 November 2021) is a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families.

    On this day Bliss comes together with partners from around the world to talk about premature birth in our countries and to raise awareness about the hurdles babies and parents face, and overcome, every single day.

    Sara is mummy to 8 children: 6 boys and 2 girls – including twins who were born premature …

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  • World Prematurity Day with Bliss and Adèle Petty

    November 16, 2021Lifestyle, Parenting, Real life

    World Prematurity Day (17 November 2021) is a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the sometimes devastating impact it can have on families.

    On this day Bliss comes together with partners from around the world to talk about premature birth in our countries and to raise awareness about the hurdles babies and parents face, and overcome, every single day.

    Adèle Petty, mum to two girls Isla Maeve & Cici James, shares her story for …

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  • How to keep your Baby warm on Cold Winter Nights

    October 22, 2021Advice, How to, Information, Parenting, Real life

    As the weather gets colder, it can feel difficult to know how to keep your baby warm on winter nights. After all, babies and sleep are two words that don’t go together as easily as any new parent would like. Whether they’re newborn or nearing their first birthday, read our guide to help you keep your baby warm and comfortable throughout the cold weather. 

    How to help babies get to sleep on cold nights

    No matter the …

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  • Recipe Roundup: Freezer Friendly Meals for New Parents

    June 25, 2021Uncategorised

    Whether you’re about to be a new mum, or are welcoming your second, third or fourth little one to the family, it’s always good to be prepared with some make-ahead frozen meals for your first week of newborn parenthood.

    Cooking up a storm on the first night as a new parent might not be the first thing on your to-do list, but a batch of homemade, ready-prepared meals can make those early days so much easier. …

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  • All about the milestones that matter when your baby is in the NICU

    June 22, 2021Celebrate with us, Celebrations, Information, Real life

    If your baby is born early or unwell it can make all the difference to celebrate every milestone reached. Families often tell Bliss, our charity partner for babies born premature or sick, that marking these milestones through memory boxes, journals and baby cards had a positive impact at a worrying time. Here’s two parents’ experiences of this time, using Bliss’ milestone cards.

    Our baby boy Alisdair made a very early entrance into the world at 27 …

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  • What to expect from your first week of parenthood

    May 28, 2021Advice, Information, Parenting, Real life

    Your baby is about to arrive and your first week of parenthood will soon begin, so what should you expect? Unfortunately, a lot of the advice that you receive during pregnancy stops at labour, which can leave you literally holding the baby and wondering about exactly what happens next. Keep reading to find the information that you need to help you to make the most of a week that will feel equal parts magical and …

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  • How to bathe a new baby

    March 15, 2021Advice, How to, Information, Parenting

    Bathtime, an early milestone that quickly becomes an everyday essential in your child’s routine. This is a time not just to get your baby cleaned up, but also to bond with each other and to make some (soggy) memories that will last a lifetime. To make it easier for you to enjoy these little moments with your baby, this article is here to cover any question you may have about their bathtime. 

    Before you read on, …

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  • ‘Full term but sick’: Bliss Charity explains the hidden & complex journeys of babies born sick

    February 11, 2021Information, Real life

    My 1st Years is proud to support Bliss, the charity for babies born premature and sick.

    When Bliss was founded in 1979, the charity set out “to support the life of babies in distress at birth”. Since their foundation, Bliss has sought to deliver this for all babies admitted to neonatal care, whether they were born prematurely or at full term. Nevertheless, the common public perception of neonatal care is often something that only …

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