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Mother & Baby April 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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2 min

Heloo! As Mother’s Day spins round, I can’t help thinking about this amazing journey we’re all on. Whether this is the first one you’ll be celebrating as mama to a little bean still tucked up safe in your tum, or you’ve done this a dozen times or more, I think we all deserve to mark our achievements. So, take a look at that little person you’ve made – gaze into their eyes or smile at their scan pic, and give yourself a pat on the back. Because while you might doubt yourself, you’re doing a truly amazing job. If you need a little more encouragement, turn to page 84 to find out why you really do know best. I’m not saying it’s an easy job – babies can throw up lots of…

1 min
expert advice

Be prepared ‘Long or lightning-fast, labour length varies from woman to woman. But how safe and loved you feel can have a big impact on how smoothly your birth story unfolds,’ says birth expert Milli Hill on page 27. All ears! ‘Big ones, little ones… our ears are unique – and looking after your baby’s begins just few hours after he’s born. But caring for them needn’t be complicated,’ says consultant paediatrician Dr Hesham Abdulla on page 58. Sleep sorted ‘Create a relaxing pre-sleep ritual that you will both enjoy’, says sleep expert Marta Neto on page 78.…

3 min

Smart thinking Whether you’re pregnant and have got a bit of baby brain going on, or you’re looking after a tot or two and not getting the most sleep, you might find that making a decision takes a lot of energy and effort. And experts think your toddler has it a lot easier than you when it comes to making her little mind up! New research* on 18-month-olds has discovered that rather than simply doing things at random or just copying Mummy, toddlers are able to combine information from what happens to them and what happens to other people to decide whether to keep going with a problem or not. ‘This finding suggests that the toddlers engaged in a sophisticated decision-making process, similar to how adults might create a list of…

4 min
louise pentland where do i start?

The other day we took Pearl out for a particularly wet walk and through all the mud I noticed little snowdrops and daffodil bulbs had started to shoot up. Spring is coming! The days are slightly longer and things are starting to feel a bit cheerier. I always think parenting is so much easier in good weather when you can venture out, there’s more to do, and you don’t have to spend all your money on coffees at the soft-play centre! Hurrah! Before we are into the full swing of spring though, we have Mother’s Day! A day for us to remind everyone how fabulous we really are, to marvel at how clever we are for creating these little beings, to be showered with gifts by our loving family, to ooh and…

1 min

Bright builds Made from chunky, sustainable plywood, this Le Toy Van Rainbow Tunnel will stimulate your toddler’s imagination and help to develop her hand eye co-ordination £14.95, letoyvan.com BOREDOM BUSTER Keep your baby busy while you enjoy a hot cup of tea with the Mamas & Papas Lights & Sounds Rainbow playmat. There are two arches with removable toys to encourage her to reach and play, as well as a light-up sun with integrated mirror. Suitable from birth. £89, mamasandpapas.com Rainbow read This soft Rainbows Tails book is begging to be explored, with noisy, crinkly pages to delve into boasting different textures for your little bookworm to touch and feel. Attach to your buggy for fun on the go. £12.50, jellycat.com FASHION FOCUS…

1 min
letter of the month

Champion Mama! Here I am at eight months pregnant, winning my second national title for playing bowls, and appearing on BBC Sport for doing so – all while carrying my beautiful bundle of joy! Who says being pregnant has to stop us from reaching our goals and becoming the healthiest, happiest versions of ourselves for our babies? Fast forward five months and I have a beautiful and active four-month old, Hudson, who is obsessed with watching sport and to whom I tell the stories each night at bedtime of how he helped Mummy strive and achieve during pregnancy, and now in motherhood too. HARRIET STEVENS, TORQUAY Harriet wins a £150 voucher from Polarn O. Pyret, the iconic kids’ clothing brand with an ethical mindset WIN! A £150 VOUCHER FROM POLARN O. PYRET…