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Mother & Baby April 2017

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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Hello ! You always know when you’ve found ‘the one’. Whether you’re choosing a man, a wedding dress or a name for your baby, there’s no mistaking that little shiver of excitement you get when you realise you’ve got your perfect match. For me, that feeling came on the day my children were born. Both times we chose not to find out the gender, which meant drawing up not one list, but two. The list of girls names was long. Really long. I could hardly stop adding to it, with every new film I watched or book I read, another name would sneak its way on. But for boys names? There was only one. So when my first little monster arrived, almost eight years ago, I recognised him instantly as my…

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expert advice

The help starts right here… ‘Think about the three Ws when it comes to packing your hospital bag: What’s it for? Who’s it for? When’s it for?’ says Clemmie Hooper. Discover her 15 must-haves on page 24. ‘Part of the puzzle to soothe colic is making sure you don’t put any air into him as you feed him,’ says specialist Shel Banks. Find out how on page 44. ‘Want to become a mummy blogger? Don’t feel disheartened if you’ve only got a couple of followers at first,’ says Giovanna. Read her top tips on page 84.…

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giovanna fletcher

Forget a Mother’s Day gift of a swanky designer handbag, Giovanna is looking forward to spending relaxed, quality time with her little men and their daddy – and hearing two magical words… My first Mother’s Day as a mum came just two weeks after Buzz was born. I was still in that phase of feeling overwhelmed by the challenging, yet wonderful, task of looking after a newborn. I wasn’t physically up to doing much more than getting out of bed and having snuggles with my baby, while Tom provided me with cake and biscuits. It was pretty magical. Obviously, it would’ve been even more so if I wasn’t still in discomfort from the labour – but I was lucky to have my baby there with me, so I won’t grumble too…

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mother’s day rose stamp

This celery stamp takes seconds to make and creates a rose shape that she can use to print a Mother’s Day card, picture or her very own wrapping paper. 1 Cut the stalks from a bunch of celery, approximately 10cm from the base. 2 Leave the stub upside down on kitchen paper for a minute, to absorb any moisture. 3 Wrap an elastic band around the base to hold the celery stalk stubs tightly together. 4 Get your child to dip the stub into water-based paint and use as a stamp to make her own picture.…

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These mini lamb meatballs are just the right size for weaning, and are packed full of iron, which your baby needs to keep his immune system healthy. Make them with spring lamb, which is in season this month, as it’s really tender. Try serving them in a vitamin-C rich tomato sauce, which helps your baby absorb the iron, alongside a few teaspoons of pasta or couscous. • 125g lamb mince• 25g white breadcrumbs• 1 egg, beaten• 1 onion, chopped• 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped DIRECTIONS 1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl. 2. Mix well and form into eight small balls. 3. Place onto a baking tray, spreading them out so the air can circulate. 4. Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F / 190°C/gas mark 5 for 20 minutes or until cooked through.…

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take it from me…

Each month, a mum in the public eye tells us about her life since becoming a mum. Here Sky News presenter Charlotte Jackson shares her experiences… ‘We recently went on our first holiday as a family of four. I was a bit nervous about flying with both Finley, two, and Indie, six months, as we’d only ever taken Finley on a flight with us before. I packed a lot of puzzles, as I wanted to keep him entertained, without being too loud or messy. But mostly we just spent a lot of time chatting to him about what was happening on the flight. I booked a bassinet in advance for Indie, which was a real lifesaver as it meant that I could pop her in there for a rest and have…