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Baby products, so many to choose from. How do you pick the ones you will really need? I remember clearly walking through the baby aisles
during my pregnancy and feeling, ..em, rather baffled at times.

Ok, here we have swaddling blanket, and here are baby sleeping bags. Hold on, what are these cellular blankets, shawls, all these fancy items, that I have no clue what to do with them or whether I really need them.

And that’s just the beginning. What about all the other baby accessories?

Baby at the wedding. A match made in heaven or a combination from hell? What happens when you mix these two ingredients together? Surely, babies can steal the limelight with the cute dresses and smart little outfits, but they can also cause some major distractions, to say the least. My sister got married last year when my baby was three months old. I was so excited. Of course, for my sister getting married but also that my whole family will finally meet my little girl. Living in the UK means that I don’t get to see my extended family in Slovakia very often. So, I was really looking forward to it. My baby was used to sleep and nap with a background noise of music, TV and talking, so I was expecting her to be just fine on the day. Still, I should know by then how predictably unpredictable babies…

What’s the best sleeping position for a baby? Simple question, yet even here you might get various answers from different health professionals.

Here, in the UK, it is widely recommended that babies should sleep on their backs. Ever since I became pregnant, I read everywhere that’s the safest position for a baby’s sleep. Plus, the midwives, health visitors and other health professionals have only confirmed this. You read about the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and it scares many new parents more than anything else.

Choosing a name for your baby? A decision which you shouldn’t take lightly. Your baby will carry it for life. But what if you expect to have your child in a foreign country? In that case, it’s even more challenging, and you may face some real baby name challenge before you pick the perfect name. Add the fact that you and your significant other are from two different countries as well, both other than the country you live in, and the task of naming your baby becomes ever so interesting. Or almost impossible at times, should I say. My other half left the choice of our baby’s name mainly to me, and I was quite happy to do that. He wouldn’t mind giving our daughter a Slovakian or Albanian name (our home countries), as long as it wasn’t too weird, but I wanted something that would work in both countries as…

Bringing another human being into this world is one of the most beautiful milestones in woman’s life. But the actual childbirth is often associated, and rightly so, with pain.

Giving birth or at least spending part of your labour in water can have a massive impact on the overall childbirth experience. Having experienced water labour myself, I know exactly how beneficial water can be in these crucial moments.

When you have a baby, there are lots of decisions you will have to make, and the feeding choice will be one of the first. Breastfeeding was a natural option for me. I didn’t even think for a second about it. The only thing I wish I had known before my baby was born is how difficult it REALLY is. Yes, I heard that if a baby doesn’t latch properly, it may hurt, but boy, what a pain that was. If you want to breastfeed your baby, then I applaud you, because you will give your little one the best start in life. But be prepared, the beginning might be almost unbearable. It will be hard, and it will be most certainly painful, almost to the point when you are ready to give up. Nevertheless, it’s still worth the sacrifice, when I see Little E growing and becoming a young…

Hey, Mama, it’s ok to cry. Being a mum is a tough job. I think every mum can relate to that. We all try to do our best for our children, but sometimes there is just too much on our shoulders, and all you want to do is cry. And that’s ok. Crying is ok. When you are at your witts end, crying seems like the only solution. You feel much better once you let those tears roll down your cheeks. I know I do. Just because you are a mum, you don’t have to be strong and have it all together 24/7. When I was growing up, my parents never shared their feelings with my siblings and me. I never knew when something was bothering them. I want to show my daughter that it’s ok to feel sad, upset and emotional sometimes. When you are a mum, there are so…

Buying baby clothes can get very costly. Babies grow so fast in their first year that stocking up for their first twelve months of life can really hit your wallet hard if you aren’t careful. And if you take into account how cute their little outfits are, it can be hard to resist the temptation of not filling up your whole house with them.

Are you planning to do your baby clothes shopping and want to know where and how to get the best value for your money?

Once you have a baby, you will soon realise that your life is never going to be quite the same as before. And traveling is only one part of it.

Gone are the days when you could peacefully read a book or a magazine, put your headphones on or take a nap. And do you still remember how you dreaded the flight as soon as you saw a mum with a baby sat anywhere near you? I certainly do.

How things have changed. You are now that mum with a baby coming down the aisle on a plane, while others hope you won’t sit anywhere near.

Being a mama abroad? It’s not been an easy ride so far. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Welcome to my blog and my very first post. I have been living in the UK for many years now and got used to a different culture, traditions, and way of life pretty well. Or so I thought. That was until I became a mum. When you become a mum, your life is turned upside down completely. It’s challenging regardless of whether you are abroad or in your home country close to your family. It’s an entirely new, life-changing experience, you need to adjust and put all your energy into your new role of being the best mama for your newborn baby. But when you are abroad, things are slightly different. And maybe a little bit more difficult. Apart from the usual issues, such as sleep deprivation, baby’s crying without any…