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Mother & Baby

Mother & Baby May 2019

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! Have you decided where you’re going on holiday yet? When my eldest was nine months old, I took him on hols to Italy – and I was terrified! How on earth would I cope on the plane, in the heat, and away from all the useful stuff I needed to survive? Turns out that my usually-fussy tot loved hanging out in the pool. He ate all sorts of weird and wonderful things. And, whenever he cried, lovely Italian ladies appeared as if from nowhere to help me soothe him. The only problem was that, by the time I’d stopped worrying, it was time to come home. So, wherever you’re going on hols, don’t worry! And the Mother&Baby Travel Guide, free with this issue, is packed with smart tips help you…

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Let’s play! Want to help your youngster learn to regulate her emotions? The answer is simpler than you might think! A study from the University of Otago in New Zealand, observing 60 families, found that structured play improved the children’s behaviour and reduced hyperactivity, inattention and aggression. By playing with you, your tot naturally learns to wait her turn, plan her next move and manage her frustrations, which all help her learn to self-regulate. Everything you need for bathtime is i this cute case, so it’s a fab prezzie for any new-mum mates. The Childs Farm Baby Bath & Bedtime Case is suitable from newborn and includes goodies such as Baby Wash and a Baby Bath Thermometer. £20, childs farm.com Double the fun The perfect play mat requires plenty of space for mischief, and…

2 min.
join our #mumtribe

Here at M&B HQ, we’ve been getting pretty tired of seeing all those too-good-to-be-true family photos on social, so we thought we’d gather all of us real mums together, and do something about it! #mumtribe is where real mums like you and us get together to share what life is really like as a mum. It’s a closed Facebook group, so only other mums who’ve signed up can see what you post. And we pop all the photos into a gallery so you can see that life for all of us other mums is just the same as it is for you. Which we reckon will help us all feel like we’re doing a fab job at this mum business, instead of wondering why our lives seem so chaotic next to…

5 min.
louise pentland where do i start?

I’m just so excited to be writing my very first column in Mother&Baby! For those of you thinking, ‘Who is this very excited woman, please?’, hello! I’m a 33-year-old mummy, I live in Northants with my pretty hunky (we’ve only been together two years – I’m still in that slushy stage!) boyfriend Liam, our fantastic one-year-old daughter Pearl, my gorgeous eight-year-old daughter Darcy and – yes I’m crazy – five cats! I think it’s fair to say my house (and heart) is rather full! Making videos on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram about motherhood and lifestyle has led me to a career in publishing (I have three published books and another on the way this summer) and a bit of TV and radio. I’ve met amazing people like Kylie Minogue, Kim…

3 min.
giovanna fletcher

Someone once told me that sons are pretty much the same as dogs. The stranger explained the statement by adding that boys find contentment as long as three simple needs are met: they need to eat lots, sleep lots and then be taken on long walks – or have a big chunk of time dedicated to physically exhausting themselves. I’d like to say I grumbled at the comment – I’m not that fond of comparing children to pets – but, really, I found it hilarious. There’s a complete truth in what he said. My boys love their food, they function best when they’ve all slept well, and they have so much energy that getting them to do something active with their bodies is a must. I’m sure this is actually…

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make this

Ice-pop paints Getting hot outside? These frozen paints-on-a-stick are simple to make, and offer your tot a fun way to get creative. Give him a big sheet of paper and let his imagination run wild! 1 Pour 1-2cm of washable water-based paint into a paper cup. Add a similar amount of water and mix well. 2 Repeat to make as many different coloured paints as you like. Put in the freezer until semi-frozen. 3 Push a lolly stick into each of the cups of paint, so it stands upright. Leave overnight to freeze fully. 4 Pop the frozen paints out of the cups, and let your child do the rest – under your supervision of course!…