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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# family magazine

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# parents panel
8 mums and dads share the parenting rules they thought they'd never break - until they had kids
‘I swore I wouldn’t be one of those parents who uses bribery to motivate their children…’
# parents panel
10 parents share products that make toddler life easier - from a leash backpack to a folding potty
Bath paints, nightlights and library cards: These made all the difference to the mums and dads we polled.
# parents panel
11 tips for getting better sleep during pregnancy, according to women who've been there
Parents share their advice for sleeping like a baby (while growing one).
# what to expect
'Nothing can actually prepare you': 8 mums share how they dealt with their fears about giving birth
From pre-natal yoga to positive thinking, there are lots of different approaches. Here, some veterans share what worked for them.
# What You Don't See Here
What You Don't See Here: Mum Deirdre shares the reality behind this summer snap - toddler meltdowns included
‘Saoirse had a tantrum because I wouldn’t let her eat the cat food.’
# talking it out
7 things a mum with postnatal depression doesn’t want to hear - and 4 helpful things to say instead
Sheena McGinley recalls the sentences that made a dark time easier, and the ones that definitely didn’t.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by pushing my four-year-old to face her fear of the water?
A divisive reader dilemma for our four experts this week.
# newborn and baby
10 unexpectedly useful items to pack in your hospital bag, according to new parents
Aside from the ‘loose fitting nightdress’, here’s what else to bring.
What You Don't See Here: Mum Rosa shares the reality behind this sunny family photo - sore feet and all
Dublin mother-of-two Rosa Parozci takes us beyond the filter with this Instagram snap.
# this week's best offers
8 unmissable offers and deals to shop now - from 3-for-2 on baby food to a €39.99 bouncer
Shop smart for your little one with these budget-friendly deals.
# parents panel
‘I didn’t know hair could grow there!’ 7 unexpected pregnancy side effects, as told by mums-to-be
We asked expectant mums to share the symptoms they definitely didn’t predict.
# About last night
The difference between hangovers pre and post-kids - starting with the 6am toddler wake-up call
The headache and dry mouth is bad enough without two restless kids to wrangle, writes Sheena McGinley.
# am i being a bad parent?
Am I being a bad parent... by always giving into my picky-eating toddler?
Three Irish parenting experts weigh in on the best way to navigate dinnertime battles.
# What You Don't See Here
What You Don't See Here: Deirdre shares the reality behind this cheerful family snap - mid-morning feeds and all
We get a behind-the-scenes look at this happy Instagram snap.
# this week's best offers
8 fantastic offers and deals to nab this week - from mini tuxedos to half price nappies
Keep your wallet and your little one happy with this week’s best offers.
# this week's best offers
8 brilliant offers and deals to snap up this week - from convertible cots to play pools
All of the best baby (and budget) friendly deals this week.
# What You Don't See Here
What You Don't See Here: Tracey shares the reality behind this sweet sibling photo - dirty nappies and all
We get a glimpse behind the filter on this Instagram snap of Willow and her big brother Billy.
# nappy time
'Are those... raisins?': My baby's first year, as told in 12 poos
#7 The one when we started solids.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by giving my child a family name I really don't like?
Three experts have their say on this week’s reader dilemma.
# back to sleep
9 smart tips to keep your toddler in their own bed at night, according to parents who've been there
Here’s how mums and dads of young kids deal with late-night escapes.
# this week's best offers
9 unmissable offers and deals you can shop right now - from sterilisers to baby's first swimsuit
We’ve rounded up the best online and offline sales, to save you time (and money).
# What You Don't See Here
What You Don't See Here: Mum Yaz shares the reality behind this family photo, chickenpox and all
What’s behind the Instagram photo? Each week, we’ll find out.
# am i being a bad parent?
Am I being a bad parent... by leaving my six-month-old to 'cry it out'?
One reader dilemma – and three different opinions from the experts.
# parenting truths
'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.’
# parents panel
9 childbirth secrets nobody tells you about beforehand, according to new parents
Mums and dads share the things they wish they’d known *before* that first contraction.
# Competition
WIN: A luxury family getaway to Powerscourt Hotel in Wicklow
Plus breakfast, a three-course meal and entry to the kid-friendly Cool Planet experience.
# family event guide
On your bike! 5 kid-friendly cycling routes to check out around Ireland this summer
Spend time in nature and get that heart rate up as a family.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by ignoring my three-year-old's sudden change in behaviour?
This week, one parent is wondering how to handle her daughter’s newfound hatred of the creche drop-off.
# parents panel
Mums and dads share the best evening wind-down routines for restless kids
Our panel share their tips for helping little ones drift off more easily.
# why toddler why
'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.
# family event guide
Another rainy day? 5 fun-filled indoor spots to bring your mini explorers to this summer
Educational days out for curious young minds – from aquariums to dinosaur museums.
# am i being a bad parent?
Am I being a bad sending my child to 'big school' when I know he's not ready?
This week, one parent is worried about the logistics of waiting another year.
# playtime politics
'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.
# parents panel
9 of the best-value outdoor toys for young kids, according to real mums and dads
Here’s the stuff that’s worth the money (and the flat-pack assembly) this summer.
# family magazine
8 of the best parks and playgrounds around Ireland, according to parents of young kids
Fairy woods, zip lines and the best slides around.
# family magazine
'She wasn't ready to share us': How we prepared our toddler for the arrival of a new baby
“When her dad mentioned that she’d soon be meeting her baby sister, she declared, ‘I must fight her with a sword!’”
# Competition
WIN: A fun family getaway to the luxurious Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny
Cycle around the estate’s 170 acres, or head to the leisure centre.
# family event guide
5 free kid-friendly fairs and festivals to mark on your summer calendar
From a sea-themed weekend in Cork to a street performance spectacular in Dublin.
# aibabp
Am I being a bad parent... by thinking it's too soon to have baby number two?
This week, a mum-of-one is worried she’s already at full parenting capacity.
# Win
WIN: One of four Pokémon Detective Pikachu goodie bags
Gotta catch ‘em all!