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Mother & Baby July 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
summer haze

This soothing scheme relies on a very grown-up colour palette – and you need to use those tones in a playful way if they’re to work in a nursery. So, think beyond those four walls and paint the skirting boards. This has the added benefit of drawing the eye to the corners of the room, giving the appearance of a larger wall area. Pick out door architraves and window frames, too. FIELD FRIENDS Look for countryside creatures styled with a touch of whimsy. MODERN MURAL Layer wild-flower wall stickers to create a lush meadow scene. SHAPE IT UP A geometric rug doubles as a playmat and adds a retro, back-in-the-day feel. FOREST FINDS Choose wooden furniture with plenty of natural grain and a weathered finish. ONE MORE THING... The Gro Company has collaborated with artist Rob Ryan to create this…

11 min
ultimate beach guide

Love the idea of making memories at the beach with your youngster? M&B’s Ultimate beach guide will equip you with all the essential know-how you need, along with oodles of fun activities to ensure your day is packed with plenty of sandy smiles, whether you’re heading to the Maldives, Majorca or Margate. ‘There’s something about the meeting of land and water that creates awe and wonder in children,’ says Cassie Holland, beach school co-ordinator and early years practitioner. ‘It engages all the senses: the toe-scrunching feel of the sand, the sight of the seagulls, the smell of brine, the sound of the ocean, and the taste of the salt in the air – it’s such a stimulating place to explore.’ Research carried out at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health…

2 min
win all this!

FIVE JOIE STAGES FX CAR SEAT They may grow out of clothes in the blink of an eye, but you won’t need to worry about your baby outgrowing their car seat, with the Joie stages fx. Growing with your baby from birth to seven years, the multi-height headrest and harness system adjusts simultaneously as your little passenger gets bigger. This four-in-one car seat has side impact protection to keep them safe and secure, plus a strong steel frame support. They’ll be comfy, too, with six reclining positions, and padded seat ventilation to keep them cool while you’re on the move. £190 joiebaby.com THREE ADEN+ANAIS SLEEPING BAG AND SWADDLES Choose from two beautiful prints, Petal Blooms and Colour Pop, and keep your baby cosy with a four pack of snuggly-soft swaddles and a breathable sleeping…

1 min
nautical swimwear

1 This Navy & White Stripe One Shoulder Maternity Swimsuit has a soft bust and seams, and is designed to let you swim in comfort – however big your bump gets. £29, jojomamanbebe.co.uk 2 The Anchor Print Maternity Tankini has ruched sides to fit over your bump, and the waistband of the bottoms is curved to sit comfortably underneath it. £25, mothercare.com 3 With its fold-down waistband, you can choose just how much bump you’d like to display in the Adjustable Nautical Stripe Maternity Bikini. £42, seraphine.com…

1 min
tutti frutti frozen yogurt bark

This cooling treat from My Fussy Eater by Ciara Attwell (£14.99, Lagom) is fun to make with your toddler, and you can customise with different toppings to suit the whole family. Line a large baking dish with foil. Mix together 400g plain Greek yogurt and 2 tbsp honey in a bowl, and spread the mixture in the lined dish. Top the yogurt/ honey mixture with 150g of mixed chopped fruit then freeze for 2–3 hours, until solid. Remove the yogurt bark from the freezer and break it up or cut it into pieces. Serve immediately or store in a freezer bag for up to 1 month. Suitable from 12 months.…

3 min
now i’m a mum, i know…

…TO TAKE IT DAY BY DAY Just because you have a bad day, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad mum – it’s just one day out of many. Even now I’m trying to be more relaxed about things and to focus on living in the moment with the girls. …YOU HAVE TO ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS We only moved into our house last year, and by summer I was three months’ pregnant and felt so sick that I didn’t get the chance to enjoy the garden. So I’m loving making the most of the space this summer. I can’t wait to see Pearl with her chubby little arms in a paddling pool wearing a sun hat – perfect! … HOME BIRTH PUTS YOU IN CONTROL After a difficult first birth with Darcy, I wanted to…