How to clear a baby’s blocked nose

A baby’s immune system is still developing, making them more vulnerable to the common cold and develop a blocked nose. In fact, babies are likely to get between 4 and 10 colds in the first year. Babies explore a lot, so they are more likely to pick up a cold virus by touching or mouthing…

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Warm Lentil, Halloumi and Clementine Festive Salad

Serves 2 Ingredients 3 clementines 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp wholegrain mustard 200g halloumi 250g Puy lentils 1 tbsp chopped dill 1 tbsp chopped parsley 100g pomegranate seeds Method Roughly chop the halloumi. Grate the zest of 1 clementine into a bowl, and squeeze in the juice. Whisk with the red wine vinegar, olive oil, mustard and seasoning.…

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How to deal with the Santa question

It’s the moment that many parents dread – when your child shows all the signs that she doesn’t believe in Santa anymore. First come the questions, then comes the reasoning and finally, the realisation. Some kids carry on with the pretence in case the presents dry up (!) or for the sake of a younger…

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Having a Large Family: What it’s REALLY like

Mum-of-seven Jen Hogan tells us what it’s like to have a large family in 21st century Ireland: Ever since I was a little girl and for as long as I can remember I have wanted a big family. Surprisingly as a child I was never bothered with dolls especially, but I knew that children were…

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What age is too old to have a baby?

The best age at which to have a baby is a topic that is debated day after day, and the question that almost always arises is: How old is too old? Are we taking risks by not having babies until we are older? Or worse – are we being selfish by not having babies until…

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