Mums that know how to hack

We’ve all got our own mum hacks that save time or money or are simply just a great idea to have fun. We’re all about sharing the knowledge at Channel Mum which is why we have a special hack series!

After all, as mums, to say our lives are busy is an understatement, that’s why we’re pretty sure that you need these hacks in your life.

We’re proud to be sharing some quick tricks and quirky hacks to make your life easier (and even more cost efficient – don’t forget to watch our money saving hacks video).

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From the playful to the practical, we’ve got it covered. We’ve even got some incredibly easy lunch time ideas in our Lunch Hacks video.

So far our Hacks series has covered everything from Fruit Hacks (we’re still impressed with how simple it is to use a straw to hull strawberries – giving the name strawberry a whole new meaning!), to creative play ideas like Moon Sand and Bubble Snakes and easy, healthy lunchbox hacks.

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We’ve even done a quick hack on how to make your own Playdough. It’s so simple and of course, a great activity for the family!

We’d love to know which of these hacks you’re going to be trying out – and even better – tell us if you have a hack of your own, we’d love to hear it!

Precious moments plus our favourite chocolate

We’re all partial to a bit of chocolate here at Channel Mum HQ so  we’ve been delighted to partner with Cadbury Buttons and we’ve been busy getting our team and the Channel Mum network creating heart-warming videos around the really precious shared moments that mums have with their children. You know, the everyday things that are actually pretty important.Enter to win Cadbury Buttons

We’ve been making vlogs capturing  favourite family moments, and to be honest, watching all the content has made us stop and take the time to reflect on those special things that mean a lot. Beyond just spreading the Cadbury Buttons joy, this campaign has actually made us take a breath and realise how lucky we are to have ‘mum’ as our most important job title.

From reading stories at bedtime to morning snuggles, the chaos of family breakfasts and exploring nature together, the ordinary can really be extraordinary sometimes.

If you see Precious Shared Moments popping up do have a look, if you’re anything like us you’ll feel well and truly warm and fuzzy inside once you’ve heard our mums share the small things. You might even see the Channel Mum team while you’re out and about – we’re so proud our mums are heading up the Cadbury Buttons billboard campaign!

Competition!

To celebrate all the amazing videos we’ve got an exciting competition for you to enter.

The Prize
We’re giving away five fabulous prize bundles containing a state of the art digital camera worth over £150 and a box of delicious Cadbury Buttons.

How to Enter
We’d love to see your precious shared moments with you and your family. Tell us, or show us, YOUR precious shared moments using the hashtag #TasteLikeThisFeels and tag us in using @channelmum on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to enter our competition. All entries received by Wednesday 6th July will be entered into the free prize draw. For full competition rules click here.

Win digital camera with Channel Mum

 

We still can’t decide which part of the prize we’re most excited about, camera or Buttons…camera or Buttons…

Good luck!

 

Orgasmic birth – it’s a thing!

6% claim an orgasmic birthTHERE are lots of things us mums shout out in labour – from ‘owwww that hurts!’ to ‘I don’t think I can do this!’ But ‘yes, yes, yessss!’?

Well an incredible six per cent of mums have revealed they found giving birth intensely pleasurable – and even had an orgasm! That’s the stunning result from the latest Channel Mum survey, with our friends at the positivebirthmovement.org

Overall, a quarter of the 2,209 mums we spoke to said they  ‘love’ being in labour – with 67 per cent describing birth as ‘a very positive experience.’ In a world where the only news seems to be bad news – even with birth stories – we feel this is an important message to share.

So many mums-to-be only hear the negative stories that it’s easy to get worried about bringing your baby into the world, and the fear can mar what should be a lovely pregnancy and an exciting time in your life.

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Lucy Roberts amazing birth story

So what’s even more encouraging is that our study showed a quarter of mums said giving birth was much easier than expected, compared to just one in five who found it harder than they were prepared for.

And the best bit?  Mums’ favourite part of giving birth is just as the baby is being born, preferred by 41 per cent of women, followed by 27 per cent who claimed the moment they went into labour as their most enjoyable part of the birth process.

But the least liked time is pushing, with 38 per cent of mums finding it tough, along with one in three who found the early hours of being in labour hardest.

And it seems we’re loving giving birth so much that 36 per cent of us now plan the type of birth we want BEFORE we’re even pregnant!

Channel Mum founder Siobhan Freegard said: “No quarter of mums say giving birth was easier than expectedother life changing experience has such a bad reputation as giving birth. Yes it can be gruelling and it can go wrong, but it can also be amazing, empowering and even pleasurable, with a surprising number of mums saying they enjoyed an orgasmic birth.”

Now here at Channel Mum we’ve also notice a real trend for mums researching birth stories when they are newly pregnant, and for new mums to share their birth vids once the new arrival is safely here. So we were delighted to find out that 92 per cent of mothers read or watch them and 94 per cent of you have shared your own.

But there’s one thing lacking here and that’s dad’s side of the story. Our research revealed an overwhelming 96 per cent of mums want to hear from dads but only 53 per cent knew of a dad who’d shared his story – and just two in five said their partner shared his own story.

92% of mum watch or read birth storiesBut we’re on our way to fixing this with our collection of birth stories from our vlogger mums – and dads! You can take a look at our growing collection of great dads birth stories over here.

Milli Hill, birth expert and founder of the Positive Birth Movement said: “The fact that giving birth can be a brilliantly enjoyable experience is a well-kept secret that is finally getting out!”

We’d love to know how you’d describe your labour and birth in just three words. Tag us on social using #BirthIn3

Watch the rest of the results from our new survey in the video below:

The inaugural Channel Mum #MumVidCon

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 22.44.04The twenty ninth of February 2016 is a big day – and not just because it’s a leap year so you can pop the question to your other half! Much more importantly, it’s the first ever MumVidCon: the conference for UK mum vloggers hosted by us together with YouTube and ITV.

Just a year ago when Channel Mum first set up, YouTube was awash with teen channels – but there were fewer than 20 mum vloggers in the UK. In fact we had to launch a sponsorship programme to encourage mums to pick up their cameras.

Fast-forward a year and things look very different. We’ve just launched a website which brings together more than 110 mums – and wonderfully some dads too – vlogging from every corner of the UK. Viewers can now watch honest, real-life experiences on everything from trying to conceive, through pregnancy, birth, newborns, toddlers to tantrums and teens. Or they can simply tune in for a cuppa and a little window into someone else’s world, with all the daily ups and downs of family life.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 22.47.09Our amazing family of vloggers are making a real difference to families in lots of different ways. From major events like pregnancy announcements, relationship issues or managing your mental health, to the everyday but essential parts of family life like shopping hauls and meal planning – the Channel Mum crew always have a vlog which will help.

So, MumVidCon is a chance for Mum Vloggers to come together for the first time as professionals. To look at best practice guidelines, to understand why we do what we do, to examine how the big metrics work and enable us to make vlogging a career. But, also to realise what really drives us and why reaching just that one mum who sees your story and feels better is a real success.

Vlogging is powerful. By putting yourself out there, sharing your story can change one mum’s day – and it may change her life and her child’s future. You have that power. So we’d love you to be part of this very special day. Here is the programme and speakers. When we originally booked the room for 50 people, we were a very small team. Now we’re kicking ourselves as we want to invite ten times more people – but no one could have predicted the community would grow so fast, or that we’d find so many talented people. So if you didn’t get a space, that’s my fault, I’m sorry! We’ll put it right by putting everything useful on social media and putting video highlights up afterwards.

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 22.49.18For us, this event is about the spirit of YouTube – being open and collaborative and sharing what we’ve learned on the journey so far. It’s about giving back, paying forwards and growing together. And making some new friends along the way. So do follow our hashtag #MumVidCon across social media where we’ll add anything interesting and useful including links to videos, print outs, takeaways etc. Also, we promise we will get the BIGGEST venue we can next time and invite ALL the mum vloggers we know. So if you feel we don’t know you yet, drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll add you to our ‘friends’ list – or get involved on social and say hello.

Looking forward to chatting with you on #MumVidCon

Siobhan

Channel Mum’s Latest Vlog 20

Yay! It’s the Channel Mum Vlog 20 time again. Our Vlog 20 is a round-up of the top twenty mum-focused creators on YouTube – our clever algorithm crunches the numbers, analysing both reach and engagement metrics to benchmark performance. Take a look to see who the movers and shakers are this time and big congratulations to everyone who has made it into the list – we know just how much time and effort goes into creating your vlogs alongside being a parent.

Vlog 20

A big welcome back to sisters Claire and Lucy who run one of our favourite foodie channels on YouTube, Crumbs Food, they’re back in the Vlog 20 this time straight in at number twelve.  They’re not just about recipes though, we’re loving their vlogs on surviving the summer holidays. Roll on September…

The top ten looks very similar to the last Vlog 20, with not too much movement, apart from an appearance from The Witt Family who have climbed from twelfth place to tenth place. Congratulations to you Claire.

We have one new entrant this month, congrats to My Pretty Mummy, who’s gone straight in in joint fifteenth place. Emma lives in London with two under-fives and one is a leap year baby!

Congratulations to everyone who’s made it into our Vlog 20, certificates are winging their way to you right now, please do tag us if you share them on social media. If you, or someone you know, has over 1,000 subscribers and would like to be considered for our Vlog 20, please drop us a line at [email protected]. Happy vlogging.

New Channel Mum Sponsored Talent announced

Channel Mum's newest addition
We’re a little late in announcing this month’s newest members of the Channel Mum family because there was much excitement as the stork arrived for our Clem. He dropped off her gorgeous newborn boy called Ezra Jack (if only it was really that easy…).

We’re always astounded by the quality, and quantity, of the new talent applications we get every single month and it’s a tough job for our judging panel to sort through them. Here’s who we’ve selected this time:

Sarah Cantwell: Sarah is mum to daughter Rosalie who is almost one. She lives in Didcot and will be vlogging about her life as a mum and home-maker, plus growing your own and cooking with it and keeping chickens. She says, “I’m not a farmer or an expert gardener. I’m just a normal mum, trying to eat clean and feed her family the best way I can, so that they can all grow and perform to the best of their ability.”

Susie Verrill: Susie has a cute son called Milo and says: “My videos will be funny, but relatable. Although it’s great to see glossy images of motherhood, they’re often not a true reflection of day-to-day life and I’d love it if people could watch my videos and feel like they were just listening to a friend.”

Jules Furness: Jules will be sharing what life is like for her and husband and their gorgeous son Josh who is nearly one. Expect parenting tips, fun, days out and insight into what adoption is really like.

Lucy Roberts: Lucy is a mum of two and is expecting her third baby. Her big passions in life are capturing memories and having lots of adventures. She’ll be vlogging about how a third pregnancy is the polar opposite of a first pregnancy, plus all the exciting adventures she has with her family.

Sarah Nash: Sarah is expecting her first baby any day now. In her own words Sarah is “opinionated, fun, chatty and a says it how it is kinda person.” She’ll be vlogging about her journey going from no children to what it’s really like to have a baby in the house and how it lives up to expectations.

A huge welcome to all these fabulous ladies who will be joining Channel Mum later this summer when they receive their Panasonic camcorders. We’re also delighted to welcome the following vloggers who are (or are about to be) featuring on our channel with a guest playlist: Natasha Bailie, Charlotte Taylor, Rebecca Meldrum, Lisa Lumley, Katie Ellison. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing!