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Mother & Baby September 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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Hello! The long lazy days of summer are glorious, but there’s something very special about September, too – after all, it’s the month of new starts and exciting adventures. And not just due to those distant back-to-school memories, but because September is actually the most popular month to give birth – and what better new start is there than that! In honour of all you new mamas out there, or all you pregnant ladies looking forward to that first wonderful cuddle, this issue we’ve gathered together lots of advice for those very early days with a newborn, to guide you gently as you begin one of the biggest adventures of your life. From that unforgettable moment when you first lay eyes on that gorgeous bundle of love (page 41), to clever…

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expert advice

Reach out! ‘One of the best ways you can bond with your unborn baby is through touch, so follow your natural instinct to stroke your growing bump,’ says psychologist Dr Viola Marx on page 22. Keep calm! ‘There’s no one-size-fits-all feeding plan, pattern or position – but there are lots of ways you can establish feeding,’ says breastfeeding expert Geraldine Miskin on page 46. Dream on! ‘When your child seems lost in his own little world, there’s a whole lot going on behind the scenes,’ says psychologist Richard J Davidson on page 72.…

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Read all about it… Looking at your baby or toddler right now, it might be hard to imagine packing her off on her first day at school in a few years, let alone thinking about her as a strapping teenager. But the little things you do with her now are crucial to shaping her adolescent brain, scientists have discovered* . Babies and toddlers whose parents regularly read and talked about books with them performed better in tests at age 12 or 13. And it wasn’t just in English that it made a difference: all those snuggly storytime sessions together also helped teens do better at maths and science! TAKE YOUR PICK It’s a well-known parent hack that one of the best ways to get an unruly toddler to cooperate is by offering a…

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louise pentland where do i start?

Despite leaving education about a billion years ago, I still think of September as the start of a new year and fresh beginnings. It makes me reflect on what has gone before, and get excited for what’s to come. And I’ve found that, like most things, motherhood really amplifies those feelings and heightens my emotions around it, too. Being a mum is a job for life. You will be a mum your whole life and beyond (my mum passed away when I was seven, but I still feel like she’s watching down and mothering me), and you will spend each year watching your babies grow and feeling so proud of their achievements. The thing is, though, as many of us know, watching them grow can be really bittersweet. On one…

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Bootylicious We can’t resist a pair of bottom-print leggings, and these Blade and Rose Striped Pirate ones are super cute. All together now… arrr! From birth to three years. £10, bladeandrose.co.uk PIRATE PAL At the ready to share swashbuckling adventures, this Best Years soft doll is handmade, Fairtrade and super-snuggly. He can even be popped in the washing machine when he gets a little grubby, all set for his next voyage. Suitable from birth. £29.99, bestyears.co.uk Balancing act Help your child develop her motor skills with the Le Toy Van Pirate Balance Rock N Stack. The chunky pieces are ideal for little hands. £19.95, jojomamanbebe.co.uk FASHION FOCUS…

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mum on a mission!

Meet Logan, four months – he completes my two-under-two dream, along with his brother Leo, who is 14 months older. It was a big decision to have a baby, as I’ve previously suffered with anxiety, depression and panic attacks. But I’m a positive person and have taken a positive approach to my mental-health issues: I’ve set myself a challenge to complete a list of 100 new things that take me outside of my comfort zone, including completing a 10-day American road trip with Leo. It was just the two of us, and I was pregnant at the time. I’m so proud I did it! PEPPA OSMENT, HAMPSHIRE Peppa wins a bundle of essentials, worth £150, from Infantino, including the Go Forward Carrier, the Sit, Spin & Stand Entertainer Activity Table, and the…