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Mother & Baby August 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! Watching your child grow in independence and gain the confidence to make her own way in the world is a moment that makes your heart swell with pride, and break a little, all at the same time; you know you’ve done your job well as a parent when, suddenly, you’re needed that little bit less. It’s a feeling that resonates with our M&B family as we put together, this, our final print issue of Mother&Baby and hand over the reins (pun fully intended!) to our wonderful web team at motherandbaby.co.uk. Becoming a mum is the most mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, life-changing adventure any of us will ever have, and it’s been such a great privilege to be part of your own journeys into parenthood. From your inspiring birth stories to bossing weaning, to…

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expert advice

Fill up! ‘There’s a wealth of evidence to suggest that eating fruit can boost your growing baby’s development,’ says nutritional therapist Hayley Pedrick on page 20. Be prepared ‘Reframing induction as a positive thing you’re doing for all the right reasons can really help remove anxiety as your due date draws nearer,’ says midwife Marie Louise on page 28. Stay strong! ‘Childproof your relationship and navigate your new roles together, to really build on your bond,’ says psychotherapist Joanna Fortune on page 88.…

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Common ground Mum-guilt is something we’re all familiar with, but new research* has discovered that British parents feel more guilt than other parents across Europe, with 78 per cent of mums and dads experiencing guilt when it comes to raising their youngsters – on average almost twice a day! The most common cause in the UK is allowing children to have too much screen time, with almost half of parents feeling guilty for letting their tots idle away the hours on their tablets or in front of the TV. Elsewhere in Europe, Irish parents are most likely to feel guilty about not helping their children engage in enough hobbies, while French and Italian parents regret not arranging more play dates with other parents. M&B LOVES Meaningful jewellery Keep your baby close to your heart…

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louise pentland where do i start?

It’s a bittersweet column this month: my last. Due to the extreme pressures of the ever-changing world right now, after this month’s issue Mother&Baby will no longer be available in its print format. But ever the optimist, I hope this is more of a pause than a halt – and, thankfully, its spirit will live on digitally at motherandbaby.co.uk. I began this column when Pearl was a tiny baby and I was finding my feet as a mum of two. Maybe you’re there, too; maybe you have more than two; maybe just the one; or perhaps you’ve just found out there’s one in the tum and you’re so freakin’ excited you’ve ran out and bought every baby mag you can get your hands on – I’ve been there, too! Before I go,…

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this month we’re loving… llamas

WOODEN PLAY Teach your baby basic counting and colour skills with the Little Tikes Wooden Critters Llama-Corn Number Puzzle, as he tries to match each piece to the correct slot. Made from sustainable wood, the traditional toy offers a fantasy twist for your youngster’s toy box. Suitable from 12 months. £13, thetoyshop.com In the bag Toddlers love having their very own bag, and he’ll be delighted with the Skip Hop Zoo Llama Backpack. With a roomy main compartment for all his favourite toys, and a front pouch for his snacks, the comfy padded straps can be adjusted to keep it securely on his back. £20, johnlewis.com Llama drama For storytime with a difference, the adorable book Luis Llama and his Lion Drama comes with a snuggly soft llama for your little one to cuddle as you read…

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over to you...

Letter of the month Super-mummy On the right is me, Sarah, Mummy to three-year-old Skyla, pictured here. I’m a nurse working in emergency theatres, and this is me preparing to deliver a beautiful baby by c-section at just gone midnight, alongside my amazing colleagues. I am also 12 weeks pregnant. When I get home, I have my breakfast, and Skyla talks to my bump and tells her baby brother or sister that when they are born they can share her ice pops (but not the ‘lellow’ ones)! Skyla kisses the bump and is such a good girl for her daddy and nanny while I sleep. She can’t wait to be a big sister. SARAH BROWN, ESSEX Sarah wins a Graco Evo pushchair, worth £230! Suitable from birth, and for use parent-or outward-facing. This is Evie,…