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Mother & Baby

Mother & Baby October 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! I love my food. I really do. But as a tot, I hated it. I was the fussiest of fussy eaters, to the extent that my mum was advised to let me live on biscuits and sprinkle sugar on beef stew to get me to eat it (it was the 1980s, things were different then…). Having grown up hearing all this, when I came to wean my first baby, Dan, I was a bit on edge, and had so many questions. When should you start? What method is best? What should he eat? I spent ages searching the internet, but every expert seemed to say something different, and advise long hours in the kitchen that I just didn’t have. We managed to muddle through, a few disasters aside, and happily…

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expert advice

Get a glow ‘Pregnancy hormones can wreak havoc on your skin, but there’s plenty you can do to harness that gorgeous mum-to-be glow,’ says skincare expert Megan Felton on page 34. Me time ‘Your baby is her own unique, incredible person, and you can join her on her journey of self discovery from the very moment she’s born,’ says psychologist Josephine Ross, on page 70. Work it out ‘Prepare thoroughly before applying for flexible working, and you’ll have a much better chance of success,’ says founder of HR Puzzle Anna Ives, on page 94.…

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It’s a bumper harvest! We love this time of year at M&B , when we have the chance to celebrate a baby boom! More babies are born at this time than the rest of the year, so we get to go all gooey over lots of gorgeous newborns. Babies born in autumn are usually super healthy and little brain boxes who do well at school, so if you’re welcoming your own babe into the world this month you can be sure they’ll be a star! M&B LOVES Baaaa! Everyone’s favourite sheep (sorry Shaun) is back, and he’s better than ever. Inspired by expert paediatric sleep research, Ewan Deluxe now comes with a new shushing sound using a real human voice, which has been found to help soothe even the fussiest of babies.sweetdreamers.co.uk, £39.99 APPY DAYS Manage…

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louise pentland where do i start?

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind lately and I feel like I’ve been running from spinning plate to spinning plate, just to keep things going. I imagine you’ve also felt like that sometimes, because life with little ones is rarely quiet, is it? You can organise playdates and make weekly meal plans to your heart’s content, but frequently a spanner is thrown into the works! Recently, we had an accident at home. Pearl was playing by a door, a guest of ours didn’t see her on the other side of the door, shut it and, as you can imagine, the carefully planned evening descended into chaos. Pearl’s finger was trapped in the hinge and, honestly, I’ve never heard her cry like it. It took everything in me not to…

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CUDDLE TIME Snuggle up with your baby under the aden + anais Stargaze Silky Soft Dream Blanket. Pre-washed and featuring four layers of 100 per cent viscose made from bamboo, it’s large enough to use as a plush surface to pop your tot on, whether you’re at home or at the park. £59.95, adenandanais.co.uk Blast off With six chunky magnetic pieces to assemble, your child will love building her very own wooden rocket before sending it zooming into space, for countless intergalactic adventures. £17.99, trouva.com Rocket man Toddlers love having their very only bag to look after, and the My 1st Years Mini Backpack can even be personalised. The adjustable straps have reflective strips, and there are three compartments to fill with toys! £22, my1styears.com FASHION FOCUS…

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mummy’s marvel

This is my little girl, Nella, who is 14 weeks old. I love this tiny human. When I look at her, my heart melts with the fact that I made her, and her daddy is my best friend! But I’m not ashamed to admit that these first few months have been tough. We didn’t instantly bond, we struggled to breastfeed, and then Nella had an infection and had to be treated in hospital. But Nella has been brilliant and has taught me how resilient little humans can be. I am lucky to have support from my wonderful husband and our family. The experience has made us stronger. Nella is a pure gem in this world and she makes me better, more tolerant and understanding. NIKOLA SHIEL, BEDFORD Nikola wins an Infantino bundle…