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Mother & Baby December 2017

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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When does Christmas start for you? I used to roll my eyes at all the festive stuff stacking up in the supermarkets so early, but now I’m a mum, I’m all for it. Because when you’ve got kids, the run-up is just as much fun as the big day. Going anywhere becomes a magical tour of Christmas lights, and all that talk of Santa makes even us grown-ups start to believe he’s real. But what’s got me really excited this year is a chat with our favourite mum of the moment, Giovanna Fletcher. Now she is Christmas-crazy, and if you do half of the things she’s got planned for her two little ones, Buddy and Buzz, you’ll have a ball (Have The Best Family Christmas, Ever!, page 88). So bring it…

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breastfeeding heroes

When you’re breastfeeding away from home, finding places where you know you’ll get a warm welcome makes all the difference. If you know of a local gem, give other mums a heads-up by nominating it in Lansinoh’s Feed With Confidence award scheme. Make your nomination for a café, library, cinema or anywhere else that’s breastfeeding-friendly at lansinoh.co.uk/feed-with-confidence before 31 December. • By law, you can breastfeed in any public place, including leisure centres, libraries, parks, on public transport and in petrol stations.…

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take it from me…

‘I wasn’t sure if I wanted to breastfeed before Fifi was born, but once I started reading about the benefits, I was keen to give it a try. It wasn’t easy to start with, as she was born with tongue tie, but I persevered. I’m still breastfeeding Fifi now at three as I find it the most natural thing in the world. I get messages from other mums on Instagram saying things like, “my mother-in-law told me to stop breastfeeding after a certain age, because it’s weird, but you inspire me to carry on”. It’s such a personal decision and I wouldn’t dream of criticising anyone who decided it wasn’t for them. I think mums should be supportive of each other, not judgemental, and I will always do what I…

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INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING • 2 oranges, segmented • 150g sugar • 50ml orange juice • 1 tsp lemon juice FOR THE PASTRY • 255g plain flour • 140g butter • 28g sugar • 6tbsp cold water DIRECTIONS 1. Add the orange segments, sugar, orange and lemon juice to a pan. 2. Bring to the boil then simmer for an hour until it has reduced and has a thick consistency. 3. Preheat your oven to 375°F/190°C/gas mark 5. 4. Sieve the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter and sugar, then add the water to create a moist dough. Roll out on a floured surface. 5. Use a pastry cutter to cut the dough into circles, then add to a greased baking tray. 6. Add a spoonful of filling to each pastry circle, then bake for 12-15 minutes.…

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get clear skin

‘Acne is a major issue during pregnancy,’ says Melissa, ‘but you can clear those pimples while you’re expecting. You’ll need to avoid products containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and vitamin A. Instead, look for acne-fighting products containing sulphur, lactic acid or tea tree oil, as these are safe during pregnancy and can help clear pores and tackle spots. Regularly changing your pillowcase and rubbing your mobile phone with an alcohol swab will help you avoid getting oils and bacteria on your face, too.’ • For more info, visit melissakleinman.com…

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light fantastic

Lantern events make a wonderful first sensory experience for your baby. Here’s our pick of the best: The Lanterns At Chester Zoo This magical route is filled with animal-inspired fairytale scenes. 1-30 December, chesterzoo.org The Giant Lanterns Of China, Edinburgh Gaze in wonder at the 450 Chinese and animal-themed lanterns. 1 December-25 February, edinburghzoo.org.uk Magical Lantern Festival, Leeds Follow the lantern trail around Roundhay Park’s festive Christmas scenes. 24 November -1 January, magical lantern.co.uk…