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Mother & Baby August 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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1 min
hello !

Hold on a sec while I take a deep breath…! I’m loving all the summer fun with my two scamps, but at the end of the day – when the giggles and games, the tears and my endless attempts to cool everyone down enough to sleep, are all over – I collapse on the sofa and wonder if I’ve got the energy to do it all over again tomorrow. But it only takes a quick swipe through the day’s photos on my phone to know I’m absolutely up for making more happy smiles, even if it’s hard work sometimes. And after reading the stories from mums who’ve had another baby a decade after their first (page 92), I understood how precious these smiley moments with my kids are, and how important…

1 min
expert advice

Defy gravity ‘There are so many benefits to floating in a pool and letting water support your pregnant body,’ says midwife and aquatics instructor, Susan Baines, on page 29. Help her sleep ‘This seven-step guide will make sleeping away from home on holiday much easier for your tot!’ promises sleep expert Lucy Wolfe, on page 49. Start a vlog ‘It’s exciting and nourishing, and you don’t need to know it all before you hit publish,’ says author, blogger and vlogger Vicki Psarias, on page 84.…

5 min
nice one, dad!

You might think he doesn’t listen to you half the time, but new research has found your partner is super-sensitive to how good a dad you think he is. The study, from Ohio State University, found that dads engaged less with their baby when their parenting skills had been criticised by their other halves. It’s thought that if a dad feels his partner doesn’t have confidence in his parenting, he may become less positive with their child. So, next time you’re secretly admiring his ninja nappy-changing skills, let him know! M +B loves Light fantastic Weighing just 2.6kg, the Nuna Pipa Lite LX is the lightest infant carrier on the market, and takes just five seconds to install in your car. Suitable from birth to 13kg, £250, nuna.eu/uk Spread the love It’s International Friendship…

3 min
giovanna fletcher

‘I’ve done pregnancy before, and you’d think I would be a dab hand at it with all the experience I’ve been lucky enough to have. But I have never lived through being heavily pregnant in the summer. My past third trimesters were spent gearing up for Christmas and enjoying my tummy rounding out like Santa’s, then relishing the January lull knowing that a new arrival was just around the corner. My summer pregnancy isn’t quite like that. It’s hot and there are less clothes for a start, meaning my usual layered maternity look simply doesn’t work – not unless I want to sweat buckets in the sweltering heat. And so I’ve talked to lots of other mums, because it really is wonderful to take advice from those who’ve gone through the…

2 min
over to you...

Our favourite! It’s a wrap! Here’s a photo of me and my daughter Ava, three weeks, reading our Mother&Baby mag at a Medela Breastfeeding Café event. It’s the first time I’ve tried baby-wrapping and, while I love cuddling Ava, it’s heaven to be hands-free and still have her close! I want to make the most of her while she’s tiny and wants to be with me, but I like to feel productive, too, so reading Mother&Baby during cuddles works really well for both of us. JENNIE HIRST, HUDDERSFIELD Jennie wins the Discovery Max Stroller from Ickle Bubba, worth £159. Suitable from birth up to four years, and just 7kg, it’s light, compact and perfect for an adventure; icklebubba.com Early arrival Our beautiful daughter Elin was born at 28 weeks and spent 11 weeks at Leicester Royal…

1 min
my mini-me

UP, UP AND AWAY Here I am with my four-month-old son Joshua, about to take off on our first holiday to France. And I even managed to read Mother&Baby on the plane while he slept – bonus! JOELY HILL, MAIDSTONE Every time my little boy Leo beams at me, it reminds me that the morning, noon and night sickness I have thanks to baby number two is worth it. I love my cheeky little monkey! Bryony Sheridan-Kellett, Reading Casper, four months, and I love to co-ordinate outfits! EMMA ODDY, PETERBOROUGH Here’s me and my adorable son, Frankie, four months. He’s an absolute charmer and puts on his lovely smile wherever he goes! ALICE IVES, GLASTONBURY SEND US YOUR SELFIES! We'd love to see your pics of you and your youngster. Send them to share@motherand baby.co.uk…