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Mother & Baby April 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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Giovanna Fletcher here, and I’ve got the fab job of guest-editing Mother&Baby this month, to celebrate Mother’s Day. I’ve been a columnist for the mag for over a year now, sharing tales about being mum to my two boys Buzz and Buddy. So I was really keen to get involved when M&B invited me in to be the boss. And I’ll be honest – working from home a lot, and mostly on my own, has led to me having a real fascination with offices. And the M&B office is great! From the photocopier, the labelled food in the fridge and the joys of having someone to talk to at all times, I’ve loved it! The added bonus, of course, is that we talked all things mother and baby, which are…

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Cute and cosy Super-soft and breathable blankets to snuggle your baby in are just one of the things we love about aden+anais, and now we’ve got another reason to get excited. In its second collaboration with Disney there are three fun new prints across its most popular essentials, including muslin squares, swaddles and burpy bibs. Made from 100 per cent cotton, you can choose between favourites The Aristocats, 101 Dalmations and The Lion King – you’ll love them as much as she will! From £20.95, adenandanais.co.uk M +B loves Little angel Your baby will look and sleep like an angel in this SlumberWings baby sleeping bag. It gives him all the freedom of a standard sleeping bag, while protecting him from scratching. From £23.99, slumbersac.co.uk Baby talk When your baby’s happily babbling away to himself, it…

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giovanna takes over the mag!

Singing to your baby is not only a great bonding experience, it can actually help you feel better too. According to a new study , singing lullabies or made-up songs can help reduce symptoms of post-natal depression, and speed up recovery. Revamping your baby’s nursery this spring? Add a pop of colour with this beautiful animal Alphabet Bunting. £37.50, annawright.co.uk 25% of pregnant women in the UK have an induction, according to new statistics. If you’re approaching your due date, get clued up at nhs.uk/induction-labour Turn your little one into a mini-me this Mother’s Day with these cute matching Natural Bestie Tees. Available in ages 0-8 years and sizes S/M and M/L. From £22, organic-zoo.com The Baby Show • Pick up everything you need from pregnancy to toddlerhood at The Baby Show, and catch some…

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Royal baby must-haves It’s almost time to celebrate the new arrival! Grab a fab product fit for royalty, and join in the fun… Your hand or mine? Your baby can recognise the similarity between his own body parts and another person’s from as young as seven months, according to a new study from the University of Washington. Build on this link by making a game out of touching your hand, then touching his – then watch for that glimmer of recognition. 6 months of breastfeeding can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. M +B loves Easter buddy If you’re travelling to visit family this Easter, take Luna the Bunny Backpack from Kooshi along for the ride. There’s plenty of room for your toddler to pack toys and books, and…

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Aww, such a little lamb! Instagram.com/gabbylipscomb Got an Instamoment you’d love to share? Send your snap or Instagram link to ask@motherandbaby.co.uk If knowing every tiny thing about your baby was a test, you’d pass with flying colours. And, according to new research , the more you know your baby, and are sensitive to his needs, the more it will help him develop. The study revealed that being tuned into your baby gives him a stronger attachment to you, and the security and confidence to explore his world. M +B loves Mother’s Day read Having a baby can boost your bond with your own mum, so this Mother’s Day, curl up with Katie Piper’s inspiring new book From Mother To Daughter (£14.99, Quercus). It includes private diary entries from Katie’s mum Diane about the toughest times…

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Our favourite! Baby on board Thanks Mother&Baby – you’re like a snuggly blanket on a cold winter’s day! Reading the magazine has provided me with so much comfort during my journey through IVF. I am so excited to now be pregnant – I work as a foundation stage manager and reception teacher, so I can’t wait to have a little one of my own. I’m due on 25 April and love learning from your expert writers and the mums that you feature each month. Thank you! KIMBERLEY POLLARD, SOUTH WEST DEVON Kimberley wins £150 to spend at Cheeky Rascals, which is passionate about parenting products and innovative brands from around the world, cheekyrascals.co.uk WIN! £150 TO SPEND AT CHEEKY RASCALS Oliver, eight months, loves being able to stand up, and giggles away to himself at his achievement.…