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Mother & Baby March 2020

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! When you daydream about meeting your baby, you probably imagine the first time you see his little face, the first time you get to hold him in your arms, and the first time you get to snuggle him quietly as he drifts off to sleep (hopefully!). And those moments are magical, no two ways about it. But there are some more occasions a little further down the line that will blow your mind too, like the first time your bundle of joy lets you know what’s going on inside his head by uttering his first word. However, did you know, your baby is born ready, willing and able to communicate with you? This issue we’ve got a brilliant 11-page special (p47) on how you and your baby can understand each…

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expert advice

Shine! ‘Changes to your hair can be unpredictable in pregnancy, but there’s plenty that you can do to ensure a good hair day,’ says trichologist Anabel Kingsley on page 21. Hydrate ‘Eczema affects a fifth of children in the UK, but most will grow out of it by adulthood – and there’s lots you can do now to soothe the symptoms,’ says dermatologist Jess Felton on page 42. Bond! ‘It’s from the relationship your baby has with you that he learns how to handle all his future connections,’ says psychologist professor Pasco Fearon on page 62.…

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Family matters! If you’re a mum of two (or more!), you’ll have noticed the positive effect your eldest has on her younger brother or sister. However, a new study* has found that little ones can have a big impact too! Researchers studied 452 sets of siblings between the ages of 18 and 48 months by videoing interactions in their homes and collecting questionnaires from mums. When assessing the responses, researchers found that both younger and older children’s ability to understand other people’s feelings improved as a result of their relationship. M&B LOVES Fur real If your ‘fur baby’ is feeling left out now you’ve got a real baby, don’t worry. Personalised brand My 1st Years has now ensured your kitty or pooch won’t be left out of the fun by creating a collection of…

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louise pentland where do i start?

Does Christmas feel like a distant memory of lost bedtime routines and overflowing bins, or do you feel like it was just yesterday and you’re baffled we’re on the approach to spring? I think I’m a bit of both – time is weird when you’re a parent, isn’t it? I often find myself quoting, ‘the days are long but the years are short’ – that certainly feels true this month. In the past, I’ve found this time of year difficult. It’s cold and dark so early, and we’re all trying to be a lot more frugal (although a Chinese takeaway once the kids are in bed is an essential, right?!) but, brace yourselves, I’ve found something that makes me really happy, and hopefully it will you too. My new obsession…

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classic blue

LET’S GO! Wherever you want to go, the Joolz Hub will get you there in style. It folds compactly, has large rear wheels to guarantee a smooth ride, and six ergonomic seat positions to keep your tot comfortable. Suitable from birth to 11.5kg. £569, my-joolz.co.uk Hands free When your baby wants to be held but you’ve got jobs to tackle, the Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier in Raven is what you need. The lightweight carrier has four positions and lets you quickly switch between them. £154.90, ergobaby.co.uk Follow the herd Impossible to resist cuddling, Cordy Roy Elephant is made of snuggly-soft jumbo cord. Whether your baby is eight months or two years old, you’ll struggle to prise the adorable cuddly away when he starts to get mucky. Suitable from birth. £22, jellycat.com FASHION FOCUS…

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letter of the month

Lucky us! Just over a year ago we asked our two-year-old, Kimberly, what she wanted Santa to bring her for Christmas. We didn’t expect her answer of ‘a baby’! We hadn’t yet discussed having another child, and I’d always thought we’d wait until Kimberly was a bit older. Little did I know I was already pregnant! It’s as if Kimberly predicted it. She even guessed it would be a girl. In August 2019, she got her very late Christmas present, and she has been so amazing. She loves being a big sister. Little Mollie has fitted in so well, and we feel incredibly lucky. I’m sure there will be times when they get on each other’s nerves, but, for now, it’s bliss! MEGAN HALL, NORTHUMBERLAND Megan wins a £150 voucher from Polarn O.…