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Mother & Baby November 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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I don’t know about you, but now I’m back in cosy jeans-and-jumper mode, and the kids are in wellies and woolly hats every weekend, all I want to do is stay home, snuggle up, and eat. And why not? I’ve been running around having fun with my pair of tearaways all summer, and now I reckon it’s time to rest and recuperate! If you need a bit more warm and fuzzy in your family life, too, then turn straight to page 89 to find out the super-simple ways you can strengthen the connection with your partner and find your happy-ever-after. Teatime will be a whole lot happier once you’ve tried our expert eight-step plan to sort picky eating on page 51 – getting your tot to broaden his list of…

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expert advice

Chill out ‘Brain changes mean you may be more tetchy in pregnancy, but these smart ideas will help you deal with the drama,’ says psychologist Julianne Boutaleb, on page 22. Sort his picky eating ‘This easy eight-step plan will get your youngster eating all sorts of yummy stuff,’ says feeding therapist Jo Cormack, on page 51. Fall in love ‘Having a baby bonds a couple for life, and these steps will strengthen your family connection,’ says counsellor Jill Barnett Kaufman, on page 89.…

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don’t worry!

Struggling to get your toddler to eat anything other than toast and chocolate buttons? Researchers from the University of Bristol compared the height and weight of 300 children aged seven to 17 years, who had been picky eaters when they were toddlers, to those of children who had not been fussy with food. The study found the picky eaters had grown normally and were not affected by their earlier eating habits. And help is at hand – turn to page 51 and start turning your tot into a foodie now! M & B loves FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels contain caffeine to brighten and reduce puffiness, and take just five minutes to work. £15 for five, patchology.com We asked you… When did you choose your baby’s name? 3 IN 10 parents read stories to their children every…

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teether of the month

Yum Save the flesh when you scoop out your jack-o’-lantern, as it’s rich in vitamins and minerals, and a great weaning food. Slice 8oz of pumpkin then simmer in a pan with 7fl oz of water and 2 tsp of unsalted butter, until tender. Blitz until puréed, then use a little of your baby’s milk to thin the mixture until it’s creamy. Add a pinch of ground black pepper and return to the pan to heat through. Suitable from six months. Balancing children and a career can be challenging, but this empowering read by Christine Armstrong is a manifesto to guide you through. £12.99, bloomsbury. com The secrets of a… REFLEXOLOGIST ‘Having regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can help with a timely birth as well as reduce time and pain during labour,’ says reflexologist…

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giovanna fletcher

Since my last column we have welcomed a new addition to the family – little Max Mario Fletcher. While he’s been having a wonderful time settling in, I’ve been shocked to remember what life with a newborn is like. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a little dream – he’s feeding and sleeping fairly well (he put on 10oz in his second week – the midwife couldn’t believe it). But, sleep… SLEEP! Let’s talk about heading to bed at night and not knowing when you’re going to be jumping out of the sheets to tend to your newborn and feed them… I’m fairly open about the fact that I’ve probably been existing on five to six hours sleep a night for the last few years thanks to a hectic work schedule and…

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this month we’re at…

‘Lottie and I love baby massage because it helps with teething pain and sleep.’ Charlotte and Lottie ‘Baby massage helped me through my post-natal depression.’ Kirsten and Oisín ‘I love going to class because It means I get one-to-one time with my littlest princess!’ Natasha and Essie ‘Evan loves a massage because it helps him to feel calm and relaxed before he goes to bed.’ Sarah and Evan ‘My little sweetheart turned one this week, and massage has been a big part of our first year.’ Nina and Jemimah ‘Dougie loves being massaged – it really helps to relieve his trapped wind.’ Hannah and Dougie WANT YOUR GROUP HERE? EMAIL ASK@ MOTHER ANDBABY.CO.UK…