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Mother & Baby December 2018

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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1 min
twinkle, twinkle…

CHRISTMAS IS WAY more magical when you have a little one to share it with, so don’t hold back! Jojo Maman Bébé’s Christmas collection is full of super-soft matching tops for all the family, that’ll have you reaching for your camera. Top of our list are these My Little Christmas Pudding designs with adorable appliqué. ’Tis the season to be matching! From £4, jojomamanbebe.co.uk SHOP ONLINE Visit our website shop to read real mums’ reviews and to buy your essentials: motherandbaby.co.uk/shop…

3 min
7 babywearing secrets to

1 YOU NEED TO TRY A FEW SLINGS ON Finding a sling you love is just like searching for a new fave pair of jeans – you need to try a few on to discover the style that really suits you. Go to a sling meet – a get-together for new mums to try on different designs – and, if it’s an option, book a slot with a babywearing consultant while you’re there, for tailored advice. Once you find one you like, it’s worth the small fee to hire it for a proper test-drive – you’ll only use a sling if it’s seriously comfy, so spend time making sure before you invest! Find a local meet at slingpages.co.uk. 2 DON’T COMPROMISE A JOT Buy a sling that does what you want to do…

1 min
christmas – sorted!

In the whirlwind of carol concerts, gift shopping and present wrapping, routine can go straight out the window at Christmas! So, thank goodness for Asda Little Angels range – it has everything you need to ensure your festive season is packed with peace and joy. With added absorbency, Little Angel Comfort & Protect Plus Size nappies (from £2.99) will keep your tot dry for up to 12 hours. So, whether you’re caught in a queue at the supermarket checkout, driving cross-country to visit family and friends, or halfway through the school nativity, you can rest assured your little one is comfortable and protected. And once you’ve slaved over the stove making mince pies, Christmas cake and enough dinner to feed the 5,000, it’s so nice to know your youngster can enjoy a…

3 min
9 things to ask for to get the induction you want

DELAY THE DRIP If you’ve had prostaglandin and your waters broken, ask your midwife if you can wait a few hours before starting the syntocinon drip, as labour may start by itself and the drip can be the most restrictive part of induction. BRING HOME COMFORTS If you’re being induced, you’ll probably have forward notice. Use this as an opportunity to pack the little luxuries that will really help you settle in to your labour space. Think drapes to cover windows and chairs, cushions, photos, fairy lights and battery-powered tealights… it’s absolutely fine to go overboard! Making the space familiar and comforting in this way will help you get in your zone and relax into your labour. STAY FREE Being strapped to monitors around your bump is common in induction, and these can be on…

5 min
how to have a good induction

Remember that childlike feeling that Christmas would literally never arrive? If you’re nearing your due date, then you definitely do, because waiting for your baby seems to feel exactly the same! The days and hours tick by in slow-motion as you wonder, ‘Is this ever going to actually happen?’ Well, let me reassure you that, just as inevitably as Santa, your baby will arrive! And like many mums-to-be who are getting seriously near to their due date, you might have started to wonder whether your body will need some encouragement to start labour, via a process known as ‘induction’. It might be suggested that you’re induced because you have gone past your due date, or there may be health concerns around you or your baby that mean her being born sooner,…

1 min
encourage crawling

1 LITTLE TIKES LIL’ OCEAN EXPLORERS CATCH ME CRABBIE For little ones who need an incentive to get moving, this musical interactive toy should do the trick. There’s a motion sensor inside, so this cute crab will move from side to side, clap his claws and play music when your baby gets close. £14.99, LITTLETIKES.CO.UK 2 CRAWLERZ ANTI-SLIP BABYGROW Crawling can be tricky on shiny floors, but these babygrows have patented anti-slip protection, and safety grips on legs and feet. £12.99, CRAWLERZ.CO.UK 3 BOBUX SOFT SOLE SHOES Bare feet are best for crawling babies, but if you’re concerned about protecting little toes on cold, hard floors, opt for 100 per cent leather soft-sole shoes designed to allow the foot to move, strengthen and grow naturally. £22, BOBUX.CO.UK 4 B TOYS LOOKY-LOOKY This push-along rolling mirror has rattling beads in one…