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Mother & Baby

Mother & Baby Spring Issue 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’m loving how excited everyone is about Kate and Will’s baby. And just why is the whole world getting quite so hysterical over the royal bub? Well, I reckon it’s pretty simple: we’re all overjoyed at the arrival of any baby, because it’s so blinking amazing. I mean, growing eyes and all those toes and even a heart for goodness’ sake – that’s incredible. So incredible, that a teeny-tiny newborn can grab a world’s worth of limelight, eclipsing even a mum who’s as up-there as Kate. And the royal bub will gaze at Kate in just the same way as your every-bit-as-incredible youngster looks up at you. It doesn’t matter who you are – duchess or dairy farmer, shy girl or social-media butterfly, free spirit or slave to convention – you…

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Ask Alexa If you’ve ever had a ‘what should I do when…’ query when you’re breastfeeding, finding out the answer has just got easier. Thanks to the new Breastfeeding Friend feature, you can now use your Amazon Alexa device to get help day or night. Alexa will ask how old your baby is and then tailor the tips she gives you according to your baby’s age. And the best thing? You can get help when you’ve got both hands full! M +B loves Smile! If your toddler’s molars have started coming through, pop the new Dancing Monkey Teether into the freezer for cooling relief. It’s larger than most teethers, so it’s great for older babies. £14.95, matchstickmonkey.com Win tickets to The Baby Show! There’s everything you could ever need for your little one at The…

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m&b’s fave mum!   giovanna fletcher

Now I’m busy brewing a third child myself, I can’t help but think about Kate and the pressures that come with being the mother of a newborn. The royal couple always look so serene, happy and calm when they walk through those hospital doors mere hours after their latest arrival has graced the earth, even though they’re about to be bombarded by the world’s media. They appear completely unfazed, but it must be quite an overwhelming time for them. Unless, rather cleverly, all they’re thinking about during that public appearance is going home, getting into their PJs, popping the kettle on and shutting the world out for as long as possible. Getting those first photos taken as soon as they can then allows them to breathe and privately start getting…

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over to you...

Here comes the sun Amber, three months, is our gorgeous rainbow baby. She is loved so much by her big sister, Eleanor, five years old. I am very proud of my two beautiful girls. RACHAEL MACEY, LOUGHBOROUGH Thanks, Mum! My wee boy Harvey Millar is nine months old. My mum bought a subscription to Mother&Baby magazine for me, and I’ve just received my first issue – and I love it! Funnily enough, my mum used to read M&B when I was a baby – and that was 30 years ago! KIRSTY BROWN, VIA EMAIL ’Snow joke I thought my little boy Lucas, 20 months, would love to play out in the snow, as it was the first time he’d ever seen it. We wrapped him up warm and showed him how to make a snowball… but he…

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my mini-me

My starman! Here’s me and my little boy Finlay, seven months, in our matching Bowie tops. Becoming a mum has been the most incredible thing – I love him so much. CARLY BADDELEY, GUILDFORD I wake up every morning to the most beautiful smile from my daughter Amelia, two months. Her face lights up when I sing nursery rhymes to her. Sharna Davis-Tweedale, via Email Everyone always comments on how much my eight-month-old daughter, Phoebe Violet, looks like me! LAURA MEREDITH, LUDLOW Here is my second son and absolute charmer, Harrison, four months. He is the perfect addition to our little family and is always smiling and laughing. I am very much in love with this incredible little boy. JESSICA AMIES, STAMFORD SEND US YOUR SELFIES! We’d love to see your pics of you and your youngster. Send them to…

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bump& birth

Stop the clock HOSPITAL BAG all packed? Freshly-painted nursery eagerly awaiting its tiny new tenant? It’s good to be as prepared as possible, but when it comes to birth, your baby and your body are on their very own schedule – and that’s just fine! New guidelines have relaxed their view of what’s ‘normal’ during labour, which is great news for mums. One of 56 new guidelines from the World Health Organization states that the previous benchmark for cervical dilation of 1cm per hour may be unrealistic for some mums-to-be, and so it’s no longer a routine indication for intervention. These guidelines recognise that every birth is unique, and stress the importance of a positive childbirth experience. 3 of the best… WAYS TO LOOK WIDE-AWAKE Banish those dark and puffy under-eyes caused by lack…