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Mother & Baby March 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
tender boobs sorted!

PROTECT Hormones are busy preparing your breasts to make milk, and the blood flow to the area increases too. These changes make boobs tender, particularly in your first trimester. Care for your newly delicate skin with Mama Mio Pregnancy Boob Tube Bust Protection Cream (£29.50, mioskincare.co.uk). And tell your partner your chest is a no-go area if you find your boobs are hypersensitive, too. SUPPORT Your boobs can grow up to four cup sizes during pregnancy, adding to the tenderness, so a supportive bra with wide straps is essential. Book your first appointment to get measured for a maternity bra around your tenth week of pregnancy, and get re-measured whenever you feel your breasts have grown. The pain is often worse when you lay down, so wearing a soft bra at nighttime can…

3 min
on the move!

BEST LIGHTWEIGHT BUGGY /STROLLER SILVER CROSS ZEST SILVERCROSSBABY.COM, £145 I absolutely love this! It’s really easy to fold using one hand, and light enough to be easy to carry. The hood unzips for fuller coverage and has really helped with getting my baby to nap. KASIA COSATTO SUPA STROLLER £219.99, TOYSRUS.CO.UK This is stylish, compact, lightweight, quiet, robust and incredibly easy to use. It made leaving the house a choice, not a chore. My newborn immediately fell asleep in it on every outing. FRAN CHICCO LITEWAY £120, CHICCO.CO.UK Excellent value for money and good quality. It is lightweight but the frame still feels very sturdy. In the lie-flat position, my newborn was very comfy. The handlebars are padded and feel nice to hold, and the wheels turn with ease. KELLY BEST 0+ CAR SEAT MAXI COSI PEBBLE PLUS £199, MAXI-COSI.CO.UK I absolutely adore this car seat,…

2 min
now i’m a mum,   i know…

…TO PUT THE PARENTING BOOK DOWN AND RELAX First time round, I became a bit obsessed with reading lots of baby books and blogs about being a mum. It made me ask myself lots of questions, and I started worrying about what I wasn’t doing. When I went to see my community midwife, she gave me some great advice and said: ‘There is no wrong answer. All these things you are reading are just opinions. Being a mum is the most natural thing you’ll do in your life.’ That was a turning point for me in deciding to follow my instinct, to still read the book but to make my own decision. …STICKERS ARE LIFE SAVERS My daughter Belle really loves and respects the reward charts I make for her, and gets upset…

2 min

Bond over baby talk With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s a good time to ramp up the baby talk – with your partner! A new study from Florida State University has revealed that speaking in baby talk or using a pet name is a brilliant way to boost your romantic bond with your other half, as it replicates the first loving bond you experienced with your mum. Location, location, location The number of babies you’re likely to have depends on where you live… STEADY ON! 10 weeks is a little on the early side to be thinking about your baby walking, but a study from Lancaster University says different! It revealed that helping your baby practice ‘reflex walking’, where you hold him upright with the soles of his feet touching a flat surface…

12 min
swivel car seats

Car seats that rotate are a brilliant new trend, and once you’ve got one, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without that clever swivelling action! Also known as rotating seats, swivel seats are designed to rotate 360 degrees, so you can easily switch between rearward- and forward-facing positions. You can also spin the seat to face you, which makes it much easier to lift your youngster into the seat, secure the harness, and help her out of the car once you’ve finished your journey. Swivel seats are combination car seats, meaning they fit into both Group 0+ and Group 1 car-seat categories. Confused by these categories? Well, all car seats are sorted into groups according to their maximum height and weight limits, to ensure that your baby is in the right…

1 min
supermarket buys

Love is in the air Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to spread a little love, whether it’s with your hubby, best mum-mate or toddler, and we’re all heading to Sainsbury’s to get our goodies. Decorate with 3D Paper Heart Bunting (£3), cuddle up with your little one and Patch the dog (£15), and store all those little mementoes of family life in the Love Keepsake Box (£6). sainsburys.com HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT Toddlers just love seeing photos of themselves, so imagine how delighted yours will be with a cake with her own face printed on it. Selected Asda and Morrisons stores now have an Intercake kiosk, where you can upload your photo through your phone or USB stick, and add a message. Small cakes cost £12, and large £16, and…