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Mother & Baby February 2018

Mother & Baby gives you practical, expert answers to all your parenting questions. In each issue, you’ll find everything you need to know as a mum – from essential pregnancy and newborn advice, to information on feeding, weaning and sleeping. And don’t miss the must-have shopping and product guides, produced with the help of our burgeoning army of real-mum testers. MOTHER & BABY gives you the confidence to be the best parent you can possibly be, by helping you make the right choices for you and your baby. With over 50 years of experience, mums & dads know they can trust our advice.

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What’s your biggest wish for 2018? After the headline acts of ‘happy’ and ‘healthy’, what we’re all hankering after in the M&B office is a bit more sleep. I don’t think anyone quite understands the need for sleep like us mums. Or quite what a roller-coaster ride nighttime can be. Or that even when our little ones are sleeping well, we’re still lying there wide- eyed in anticipation of this little dream coming to an end! So our New Year’s resolutions are all about sleep (page 41). Fab sleep expert Lucy Wolfe has devised seven resolutions to help you give your youngster everything he needs to settle more easily and sleep more soundly. And the help doesn’t stop there. Our mums have been busy testing sleep aids, to find out which…

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become a side sleeper

As your bump grows, getting into a comfy position at nighttime becomes trickier. But according to new research, sleeping on your side is better for you and your baby, and can reduce the risk of stillbirth. And with this being the fourth study to highlight this link, baby charity Tommy’s has launched a #SleepOnSide campaign, advising all women to sleep on their side in their third trimester. But don’t worry if you do wake up on your back, just roll back on your side again to fall asleep, or use a pregnancy pillow to help keep you in the right position. 57% OF WOMEN SPEND LESS THAN AN HOUR CHOOSING WHERE TO HAVE THEIR BABY INVEST MORE TIME AND EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT CQC.ORG.UK. M +B loves Are they boots? Are they socks?…

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giovanna fletcher

When I turned 26, I remember having a particularly hard time coming to terms with my age. It’s hardly old, middle-aged, or even a particularly poignant milestone, but I struggled. Perhaps it was because I was nearing 30 and not where I thought I would be in life. I felt lost. I was the wrong side of 25, my acting career was so quiet it was practically nonexistent, and I was nowhere near getting married or having children. We could blame Tom for the latter part of that sentence, but I’m over it now! Despite wailing on the floor like a tantruming toddler – I kid you not! – my subsequent birthdays haven’t been that bad at all. I didn’t bat an eyelid when I turned 30, and I know that’s…

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• Make cauliflower your youngster’s new favourite finger food. For a sweet, caramelised flavour, cut into thumb-sized florets, toss in olive oil and lemon juice, and roast alongside a few unpeeled garlic cloves for 20 minutes at 180°C. ❤ Did you know you’re allowed paid time off work for up to 10 antenatal appointments, including relaxation and parenting classes, if you’re expecting your first baby? Visit acas.org.uk to make sure you know your rights, and check the new guidance released to prevent pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace. 87% of parents admit to trying to reason with their baby in the middle of the night, despite him not understanding a word they’re saying!…

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pelvic floor expert

‘One in three mums experience leaks, and the “big squeeze, little squeeze” technique will really help prevent them,’ says physio Paula Igualada-Martinez. ‘To do a squeeze, lift the muscles in your vagina and back passage up and down in a slow, steady movement. Do five short squeezes, then one big squeeze, lifting your pelvic floor for one minute. If you’re pregnant, do it lying on your side, as you’ll be better able to feel your pelvic floor working.’ ● My Pelvic Floor Fitness app (free, tena.co.uk) will motivate you to do daily squeezes…

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happy mum, happy baby

The happy-mum habits feature in the October issue of Mother&Baby came just in time! I’ve always loved long lie-ins and me-time, but after having Áron, three months ago, I quickly discovered that they were a thing of the past. And I felt really tired, physically and mentally. After I read your feature, however, I spoke to my partner, Stuart, about how I was feeling and then booked the facial that I’d been given as a maternity-leave present. I hadn’t used it because I didn’t want to leave Áron, but after I’d read your advice, I realised my son would benefit from me being more relaxed. The facial was amazing and I felt like a new woman after having the treatment! And since then, I’ve taken more opportunities to take time…