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Oliver Dearden | 15:55 UK time, Friday, 9 March 2012

By Chris Wands

the joys of parenting



It always surprises me how well I remember this, despite the tiredness, frustration and inability to understand what the hell was wrong. It was 4:15 on a Monday morning, and was the first time that I'd been in charge overnight as until then he'd only been breast-fed. His nappy was fine, he didn't seem to need winded but he hadn't wanted his bottle at the usual time and for two hours the wee man just wouldn't stop crying. Then, for no reason as far as I could understand, he changed his mind, drank his bottle and went to sleep.

That's what's at the heart of Up All Night’s new phone-in. We're aiming it at new parents who don't understand why Jackie keeps vomiting an hour after beginning her nap, why Jimmy won't go back to sleep after his 4a.m. feed and why Sebastian.......well frankly if you name your child Sebastian you may deserve a bit of sleeplessness and frustration.

We've got two people joining Dotun Adebayo in the studio for your questions.

Dawn Kelly is a qualified paediatric nurse, health visitor and lecturer with over 20 years' experience.

Jen Edmondson's a mum of three with some great stories to tell who I found through the Mumsnet website and forum.

The New Parents' Phone-In: Monday from 0130 until 0300 on Up All Night. (That's late Sunday night into early Monday morning)

Call 0500 909 693, or if your child is screaming and you can only spare a thumb you can text 85058 or email upallnight@bbc.co.uk.

Chris Wands is father to a 16 month-old rascal and is a Broadcast Journalist on the Up All Night show.


  • Comment number 1.

    Without a doubt I would say that it is a terrible time to be awake with a baby, but I doubt you will learn anything new that you couldn't find out from a HV or your mates. But could I suggest taking the balls out of the cot, holding the baby and putting something in the bottle so the baby isn't sucking air might be a good start?

    UAN is a fantastic listen but hopefully we won't be losing all those great worldwide reports we have come to love, for the sake of a baby phone in.

  • Comment number 2.

    Just give them time....soon they'll be messing about with the only remnant of what Radio5 used to be ie Rhod Sharp...just wait!

  • Comment number 3.

    UAP used to be a great window on the world, different but complementary to world service. The interminable phone in's are rapidly destroying it. Giles Dilnot was a great new voice when Rhod was away but overall I'm losing the will.....


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