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What began initially as a travel blog in 2008 evolved almost by accident into a blow-by-blow diary of my first pregnancy. During one of those blows – a particularly nasty bout of hyperemesis gravidarum that saw me hospitalised for three days – I began to read up on pregnancy and parenting online.
All of a sudden I found my head starting to spin with ideas like home birth, attachment parenting, baby-led weaning and gentle discipline as I soaked up information and knowledge I never even knew existed just months before.
I felt I needed an outlet for everything I was learning, and so Diary of a First Child was born. Over the course of it’s existence, it’s fair to say the site has evolved into more than just an account of my own journey as a parent, but I try to make sure everything I write about – from reviews to recipes – is true to the natural and conscious parenting principles I have come to embrace. I make no secret of the fact that I am still learning myself, and certainly don’t claim to know everything.
It’s important to note that I am NOT a health care professional, nor particularly qualified in the areas of child care – beyond my own experience – but that everything here is based on experience, research and opinion. Nothing written here should be taken as medical advice.
Get in touch…
PR enquiries: I am happy to review products and cover events, especially but not exclusively, those aimed at enhancing natural parenting and living. For more information, GET IN TOUCH. I receive on average between 50 and 90 emails a week with pitches, review offers and event invitations. I cannot respond to everything personally. If I do not respond, please forgive the apparent rudeness. If I am interested it may still take more than a week for me to get in touch, since I check email late at night, mainly.
I do not send copy to be checked before posting live unless you want to pay for an advertorial at market rates. I do not generally accept guest posts, although where relevant to me or my site, I may accept sponsored links.
I love attending events, but with a few exceptions – movies, concerts, entertainment and products I am personally very interested in – I require a £26 transport fee to cover train fare and underground tickets. As I do not receive payment for these types of blog posts, I cannot afford to visit London for every event I am invited to. I entirely understand that there isn’t always budget, but hope you will understand if I cannot attend. Feel free to invite me anyway!
Please be aware that we aim to be WHO compliant, and therefore will not review bottles, infant or toddler formula, pacifiers or other equipment deemed by the WHO to be potentially harmful to a breastfeeding relationship. We do however, support Medela UK.
We do not support any advertising for Nestle, or companies owned or part owned by them, including but not limited to L’Oreal and The Body Shop.
I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for visiting my blog.
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