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The big reveal

George at ASDA recently revealed the results of a survey about how parents choose to break the news of a new baby. Of the people polled, 57% announced their first pregnancy to family in person and 54% told their friends face-to-face. So far so normal right? However, 31% of 18-24 year olds and 33% of 25-34 year olds opted to go online for the big announcement. ...

The Dandy Dad Manifesto (Part 1)

I’m in a bit of a bind. Although I’m overjoyed at the news that I’ll be a father for the first time next month, my inner fashionista is frankly terrified. You see, I’m a bit of an urban exhibitionist. In fact, I own more pairs of shoes than my wife, and I consider my inclusion on the Hackney Hipster Hate blog a badge of honour. ...

To NCT or not to NCT? That is the question…

Whether it is nobler in the mind to bear the slings and arrows of well-meaning but really quite dull parents in your local area... As soon as my wife and I announced our engagement, she had a religious epiphany and declared that she’d been a Roman Catholic all along and that we’d have to get married in a Catholic church. This was certainly news to me; as far as I was concerned, aside from weddings and funerals, we had no business being in a church. “Are you aware of the hoops they make you jump through?” I asked in vain. Anyway, like any sensible fiancé I quickly learned to acquiesce and we soon found ourselves jumping through one particularly large hoop – a day-long marriage course at a local community centre, all for the princely sum of £200. ...

Alternative lullabies

As the father of a young baby, I'm often struggling to justify my existence. Between changing a wet nappy at 5.30am and trying to collapse our ridiculous Rube Goldberg buggy, I often feel as useful as an inflatable dartboard. However, at around 2am this morning - in between sterilising my wife's breast pump and blow drying a damp baby grow ready for the next nappy change - I had a bit of a brainwave as to how I could actually make myself useful around the house....

Who needs another mummy blogger?

A big part of my 9-5 life involves working with bloggers on behalf of big brands that want to piggyback on their popularity. For example, if a blogger with a large following writes about a particular product one day, you’ll see a definite spike in sales the next....