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Mother & Baby August 2016

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! Forget the joys of spring, I’m full of the joys of summer, having rediscovered the wonder of being in the garden. Finally, after spending almost a year in a rented house with only a little courtyard, we’ve moved into our new home, complete with our own patch of green, perfect for my two boys to run, skip, roll and play in. And – don’t tell the kids – they’re not just having fun: they’re also getting exercise, reducing their stress levels and developing their motor skills. Yes, it might look (and sound) chaotic, but it’s good for them! Now, my boys are five and seven, but your baby can get a massive benefit from being outside too – find out how being able to explore her environment helps her brain develop…

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expert advice

DENISE TIRAN Midwife Working out how best to relax your body helps you have an easier labour. Your cortisol levels have to drop to let your body give birth. ANNABEL KARMEL Author and children’s food expert Babies need nutrient-dense food as they grow, so should have red meat and oily fish from six months. ISABEL HOPWOOD STEPHENS Lecturer and author If your child is quiet or clingy when you start playing outside more, sit and chat about what you can see and hear. Subscribe! Pay just £19.50 for 13 issues and get a great welcome gift of a NUK Perfect Start Set. See page 128.…

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having a baby is good for daddy

When you’re first-time parents, you might worry about how sleepless nights and less time together as a couple will affect your relationship. But according to a new NCT survey, having a baby can improve your relationship in ways you hadn’t thought of. The survey asked new dads how having a baby had affected their relationship, and almost half said they felt more bonded to their partner and had a stronger relationship once their baby was born, despite those sleepless nights! A quarter said they enjoyed being part of a family and spending time with their partner and baby and 15 per cent said having a baby had given them a shared focus. One in 10 said they’d developed more appreciation and love for their partner after seeing her go through…

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baby festival fun

Your baby will have the time of his life at the Just So festival in Cheshire, which is packed with activities especially for babies. He can get messy at with clay play and hand painting, try baby ballet and yoga, and take part in sensory explorer and story sessions. There are also baby theatre and music sessions, and bedtime lullabies to send him off to sleep after a busy day! It takes place from 19-21 August, adult tickets start at £50 and under-threes go free! Find out more at justsofestival.org.uk…

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take it from me…

Each month, a mum in the public eye shares her experiences since having a baby. Here, athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, who will be defending her Olympic Heptathlon title in Rio, tells us how she got back to her training regime after having her son Reggie, now two years old. ‘I started getting back into training about four months after Reggie was born, and found it quite difficult, especially with less sleep! If you’ve recently had a baby, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get back in shape and get back to your normal fitness levels. It’s best to start off slowly. I started off by going on the exercise bike and doing my pelvic floor exercises. It’s tempting to try and do sit ups to get your tummy back but…

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rebecca adlington my baby diary

Summer had an absolute blast at her first-birthday party. We had family over and the sun shone, so we all played in the garden. For the first half an hour, she was a bit shy, but then she was off, playing with her little cousin, Henry. One of her presents was a ball pit, and she and Henry were both diving into it like crazy kids! I was worried because I swapped her naps around that day. She normally naps for an hour at 9.30, then again at 2.30. But I put her down for one longer nap at 12 instead – and she was still snoozing at quarter past two, I had to wake her up! But all that sleep put her in a great mood. And then Harry and I…