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Mother & Baby Spring 2019

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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in this issue

7 min
make life easier

Marie Kondo has taken the world by storm, decluttering homes across the globe, and inspiring millions to learn miraculous folding techniques and ditch possessions that no longer spark joy. We’re sure that as a busy mum, though, you haven’t found the time to jump aboard this trend. But organising your home with a handful of clever mum-hacks will make your life easier, and buy you back valuable minutes. Now, I’m not here to judge your under-the-bed filing system, or suggest you alphabetise your books. But I can tell you that there is a right way to fold clothes, that baskets are your friends, and that these savvy organisational home hints will save you time you can spend with your baby instead. Trust me, even if you’re more of a ‘floor-drobe’…

2 min
over to you...

Meet my little boy, Harland, seven months. He loves any food I set down in front of him – I’m yet to find something he doesn’t like! CHLÖE SPRATT, NORTHERN IRELAND Here’s my baby girl Evelyn, four months old. I adore getting my Mother&Baby magazine every month, and I’d love to see my baby girl featured in the next issue! Emma Franklin, Chester Food fun A huge thank you for all the words of wisdom from M&B mums, who’ve given me invaluable support through a long and difficult pregnancy and beyond. This is my little meatball Henry, seven months, living his best life in a bowl of spaghetti. I love receiving Mother&Baby through the door every month, and will be cooking up some of the weaning recipes in the March issue. As you can see,…

1 min
pushchair toys

IF… HE NEEDS TO FEEL SECURE This plush toy is so soft and snuggly, he’ll find exploring it comforting when he’s out and about. It’s easy to remove and reattach, so you can use it at home, too, so that it feels familiar. Nattou ToySpiral,£22.95, hippychick.com IF… HE DOESN’T LIKE NOISY TOYS This cute knitted critter has a rattle in his tummy and crinkly textured feet, so he’ll entertain your cheeky little monkey without overloading his senses with lots of noisy features. Knitted Hanging Monkey,£11, matchstickmonkey.com IF… HE’S A BUSY BABY There’s so much gentle sensory fun packed into this hot-air balloon toy, he won’t get bored anytime soon. The elephant emits soothing chimes, there are oodles of different textures, and the mirror’s bound to be a big hit, too! Infantino Playtime Pal Balloon,£14.99, mothercare.co.uk IF… HE’S TEETHING This adorable…

1 min
turn tea into a game to play together

Mealtimes are about much more than just eating. They’re about the family occasion of being together, the delight of sharing an experience, and the chance to chat, laugh and catch up. Research into social learning theory has long told us that children mimic behaviour they observe, so when everyone at the table is happy and comfortable, food becomes a joy, not just for mum and dad, but for your tot too. Not sure how to make that mealtime magic happen? It’s easy! Think of a meal you always serve to your family plated up, and then break it down into its component parts. Serve those in individual dishes and make their assembly into a fun activity at the table. Fajitas and tacos are great build-your-own examples, but why not try lasagne…

1 min
life & kids

Bilingual baby NEW RESEARCH FROM York University has found that, from just six months of age, babies who are exposed to more than one language show better attention skills than infants who experience just one. Your baby doesn’t even need to speak the language, just hear it. So, pop in a language CD and let your tot absorb what he hears. You might even pick up a few things yourself! Babyboomboom CD, £8.88, amazon.co.uk SHOP ONLINE Visit our website shop to read real mums’ reviews and to buy your essentials: motherandbaby.co.uk/shop…

1 min
have a field day