Family & Parenting
Mother & Baby

Mother & Baby June 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! Hooray for sunshine and ice creams and all things summer! I love the feeling of anything-goes that summer brings, and how easily you can switch up your everyday to turn routine tasks into the stuff of adventure. From impromptu breakfast picnics in the garden to a bubbly bathtime in the paddling pool, you don’t have to venture very far on a sunny day to have the best-ever family time. And in this issue of M&B , we’re all about making the most of summer days close to home. Discover all the clever things you can do to help your tot love the water in our 10-page expert swimming guide on page 49. Play the savvy games on page 46 to encourage your baby to hold your hand happily when you’re out…

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More support Becoming a mum can leave you dealing with a lot of new emotions, and with one in five new mothers experiencing some form of mental-health difficulty, getting the right help is vital. NHS England has announced the rollout of specialist perinatal community services across the whole of England, which means that mums and mums-to-be who are experiencing anxiety, depression or other forms of mental ill health can access high-quality care much closer to home. Need support yourself? Talk to your midwife or GP, or search nhs.uk for advice on mental health in pregnancy. Boost your skin’s moisture leve fast with Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Hydrating Mask, packed with nourishing ingredients including apricot kernel oil. £22, origins.co.uk l All I want for Father’s Day… MATT COYNE is author of Man vs Toddler:…

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join our # mum tribe want to have some fun? come on in!

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…

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m&b’s fave mum! giovanna fletcher

Becoming a mum is a magical time filled with newborn snuggles and the knowledge that your body grew this perfect little being – but sometimes it can be overwhelming. It’s a huge change in lifestyle and responsibilities. There can be moments where you question everything you’re doing and just want to hide in the kitchen cupboard and ram Chocolate Hobnobs in your mouth to block it all out. I’ve been there. In the very early days I can remember the midwives really prying into how I was feeling – I smiled and told them all was rosy, even though I was shattered and broken. I felt like I was the only one ‘getting it wrong’, the only one who didn’t have a textbook baby and the only one to find moments…

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louise pentland where do i start?

How glorious has it been to see the sunshine? I’ve had to shave my legs out of their winter hibernation and whip out the fake tan… cue weird evening in the en suite with Liam (my boyfriend), a tanning mitt and then my very over-bronzed back. I’m never asking for ‘help’ again! Most importantly though, my girls, Pearl, one, and Darcy, eight, have been living their best life in the sunshine, wearing little matching summer outfits! I. Love. Summer! This month we’ve been making the most of the longer days and taking every opportunity to get out of the house. We live in Northamptonshire, so while we lack a big city centre, we certainly don’t lack green space, and we’ve been exploring the country parks and village playgrounds every week. Whether it’s…

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flower fun

How cute does my son, Fraser, look enjoying a visit to our friend’s farm, which was full of snowdrops! I have been reading Mother&Baby since my mum bought me a subscription when I fell pregnant. I look forward to it arriving every month, and I found the product testing really useful when making decisions about baby products during my pregnancy. Then Fraser arrived and the sleep features were the ones I always read first! Fraser is now almost one and I still read it cover to cover the day it arrives. I’ve kept all of my old copies, and love looking back at them for recipe inspiration now that we are enjoying our weaning journey. Thank you, Mother&Baby, for being there every step of the way! RACHAEL CRABB, ANGUS Rachel wins a…