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Mother & Baby

Mother & Baby October 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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encourage communication

• GET OUT AND ABOUT Babies learn to make noises by copying, so arrange play dates and go to baby classes where he can listen to other children. • CHOOSE NOISY TOYS Babies are interested in any toy that makes a noise, such as the Singing Animal Keyboard (below, £30, elc.co.uk). If you copy the noise, or sing along to the music, it’ll encourage your youngster to do the same. • JOIN A SIGNING CLASS Baby signing is a really useful way to help your youngster to communicate before he can talk. ‘Take him to a class from six months old-ish,’ says Nicola. ‘He may not be able to make any signs for a few months, but it will build his understanding, concentration and listening skills — all of which are vital for speech. Being…

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10 savvy ways to help your tot start talking

#1 Talk, and talk some more Your baby has been communicating from the moment he was born. Those early cries? He was saying something. The six-month plus babbling sounds? That’s baby chit-chat. From the get-go, he’s busy building up to the moment he says his first word. ‘Your tot builds strength in his jaws, lips and tongue so he can use his mouth to shape words,’ says speech and language therapist, Nicola Lathey. But there are lots of other skills, aside from him actually saying something, that he needs to be able to talk. And the best way you can help him to gain these is to chatter away to him. ‘He’s learning to listen to the sounds we make when we talk,’ says Nicola. ‘And he’s learning to focus and pay attention,…

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come on in!

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Q I can’t get my five-week-old to sleep in his Moses basket. He falls asleep in my arms but wakes as soon as I put him down. ROSIE CURTIS, GATESHEAD Your baby is still making a huge adjustment into the world, so he likes to be held as it makes him feel safe. Swaddling will help him to feel secure, as it replicates the confined feeling of being in your womb. Once he’s safely swaddled, pop him into his Moses basket. If he cries, rather than lifting him out, try putting your hand on his chest for a few minutes and shushing him until he has relaxed. A gentle, rhythmic patting, while you say a long ‘shush’, is worth trying too. White noise will also help as it mimics the constant swooshy…

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bigger and better

Autumn is approaching, and it’s time for a new-season look! Shopping for your little one is child’s play at Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush); it’s a one-stop shop for all your child’s fashion needs. It’s been ten years since Westfield first opened its doors, transforming the face of luxury and high-street shopping. With inspiring brands, tasty dining experiences, and exciting leisure activities from bowling to mini golf, it’s a day out all the family can enjoy. And now there’s even more to entice parents, with new offerings from family favourites Newbie, Stokke, The White Company, Boden Kids, Monsoon Kids, and John Lewis Baby & Child. STOKKE This hip brand puts little ones at the heart of family life, with its contemporary range of children’s furniture and equipment. Its unique designs promote healthy development and…

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3 of the best… sleep essentials

1 The Mothercare Airflow Pocket Spring Mattress will keep your baby cool on warmer nights. The fabric is wipe-clean and the cover can be removed and tossed in the washing machine. £145, mothercare.com 2 Made from 100 per cent natural materials, the Harrison Spinks Baby NaturalStart No.2 mattress can be flipped when your tot reaches 18 months and needs a different level of support. £249, harrisonspinks.co.uk 3 Silentnight Safe Nights Cotbed Duvet Anti-Allergy is a great choice for children with asthma or allergies. £13.99, silentnight.co.uk…