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Annie Ridout is founder and editor of The Early Hour - a digital parenting and lifestyle magazine with articles published at 5am for early risers. She's also a freelance journalist, BBC TV and radio contributor and speaks at live events.

I'm founder and editor of The Early Hour - a digital parenting and lifestyle magazine. Articles and interviews are published at 5am for the night-feeders and early risers. Alongside this, I write articles for the Guardian and Red Magazine, speak about parenting and feminist issues on BBC TV and radio, and I’ll be speaking at Stylist Live this November – about early mornings, women and success. Lastly, but most importantly, I’m a full time mum to my three-year-old daughter and eight-month-old son. If you're up early in the morning - with a baby, toddler, on the commute or just because you're an early bird - you'll love The Early Hour.


According to OK! magazine, Kate Middleton and Cheryl will go head to head in the up-coming Celebrity Mum of the Year Awards 2017, along with Coleen Rooney and Binky Felstead. I’m sure they are waiting with baited breath for the announcement. Or not. Because they are royalty/busy celebrities and – more importantly – MOTHERS who… Read more »

When our daughter was a couple of days old, I walked into the nursery to find her lying half-naked on the changing unit with my husband leaning over her – simultaneously reaching for a wipe, tossing a used nappy in the bin and frowning. He turned to me. “They’re not very good for the environment,… Read more »

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Looking after children in the summer is fun: everyone is outdoors, you can spend half a day in the park – on the swings, running around, having a picnic. A paddling pool in the garden can keep little ones happy for hours. Also, you don’t feel lonely because even if it’s just you and the… Read more »

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Angelina Jolie – discussing First They Killed My Father, the latest film she has directed – described her six children as her best friends. Photo by Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock The journalist asked how she manages the rigmarole of mothering her six children: Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12,… Read more »

Firstly, let’s just clarify what I mean by working mum, because – of course – all mums are working. Non stop. Whether they’re raising the kids full time or doing it alongside work outside of the home (or inside the home, but not of the mothering/domestic variety). So this article is referring to working mums… Read more »

We all read up on pregnancy and childbirth. Maybe breastfeeding, if that’s how we’ll be feeding our babies. But beyond that, the fourth trimester – the first three months of the baby’s life – is rarely mentioned. After a couple of midwife checks, and the six-week appointment with the doctor, we’re left to fend for… Read more »

When my nephew was just over a year old, he came to stay the night at my house. I bathed him with my then two-year-old daughter then lifted him out to wrap him in a big towel. As I dried him, he came towards me, put his head on my chest and wrapped his arms… Read more »

Shall I have a third baby, like Kate and Will?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married a few months before I did. I’m not a massive royalist, but I do remember the day. I’d returned to London from the countryside, where I was living at the time, and the streets were dead as everyone was watching their wedding on telly. (An estimated 2… Read more »

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A very close friend is due to give birth to her baby in a few weeks. She has been phoning me with the same questions I had when I was expecting my first baby: will I need a breast pump and if so, which one? What do babies sleep in? Is it realistic to plan… Read more »

There is something awkward about having a big baby. I think it is surrounding the fact that a big baby, on the whole, signals good health. The mother has probably gone full term, the baby is probably feeding well – so big baby = happy mum. Except when it doesn’t. Because friends, family and strangers… Read more »

baby sleeping

If there’s one thing all parents have in common, it’s that we’re all desperate for our babies to sleep through the night, and not wake up too early in the morning. Am I right? My youngest is seven months old and has started doing the through-the-night thing (except when we were on a recent holiday,… Read more »

Couple cuddling, how to help your relationship after having children

Before having a baby, I wasn’t really aware of the impact it can (and almost always does) have on your relationship. Your first baby completely alters your life – in terms of freedom, sharing love/affection, career. And then there’s the continuous sleep deprivation. But my relationship was rock solid so I knew having a baby… Read more »

breastfeeding tips

Breastfeeding. It’s the most natural thing in the world… apparently. So why is it that every mother I’ve ever met has found it so hard? Whether it’s the lip-biting pain in the early days, recurrent bouts of mastitis, leaking boobs, feeling embarrassed to do it in public or all of the above – it’s rarely… Read more »

If you have a new baby, or are expecting one, and already have a child – you’re likely to face a least a few tricky situations in the coming months. Some older children adore their new baby sibling while others are less sure. Either way, there’ll probably be some jealousy at some stage. You can… Read more »


When we’re wound up, we have one of three reactions. Either, we respond verbally – tell the other person they’ve annoyed us. We walk away silently, deciding to deal with our frustration internally rather than communicate with the aggressor. Or for some people, anger manifests physically and they want to smack someone. For the last… Read more »

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