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Mother & Baby December 2015

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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1 min.
mother&baby welcome

I’ve always been a big kid when it comes to Christmas, but it’s taken on a whole new meaning since becoming a mum. For the last three years I’ve been awake before my two boys, waiting for them to come into our bedroom at 5am. My favourite part of the whole day is creeping downstairs with them, tiptoeing in case Santa’s still in the house, and the joy on their faces when they realise ‘he’s been!’ We’ve started our own traditions, like a special advent train that every night elves fill with chocolate, and making gingerbread decorations for the tree, which never seem to last very long. I’ve loved hearing about the new traditions that you’ve started (see page 122), from going on a special shopping trip for Rudolph’s carrot to…

1 min.
expert advice

HENRIETTA NORTON Nutritionist ÔMake sure you eat lots of green leafy vegetables. TheyÕre rich in magnesium to help your body release the energy you need.Õ MIA SCOTLAND Clinical psychologist ÔAs a mum, you need to let go of your impossible standards and learn to let others share your load. Accept offers of help, and let family members play their part.Õ ELSPETH PITMAN, Early years consultant ÔMake having a friendly chat with the person looking after your child part of your goodbye routine, whether thatÕs Grandma, a babysitter or the nursery leader.Õ…

1 min.
please look after your bear

All those cuddles and kisses, and being trailed on the floor, mean that your child’s teddy is probably full of germs. Microbiologists from Dettol found that almost a quarter of cuddly toys contained bacteria linked to faeces! They advise washing your child’s bear at a low temperature with an anti-bacterial cleanser as well as your usual detergent. Wash the bear on its own to stop bacteria from other garments ending up on the toy. Don’t dry Teddy in the tumble-dryer, though, as this might damage him.…

1 min.
win! a pao papoose baby carrier worth £89

This baby carrier lets you carry your baby in three positions: facing you, looking outwards or on your back. It’s easy to change your baby’s position, and the straps can be adjusted when you are wearing it, effectively shaping the carrier around your body. Designed to carry babies aged four to 36 months, the stylish Pao Papoose is available in midnight black, pebble and lavender at wemademe.com • Enter (it’s free) at winitmotherandbaby.co.uk by 1 Dec 2015. See website for t&c’s. 28% of parents would have to stop working if grandparents could no longer help with childcare, according to research from Legal & General.…

1 min.
win! a diono monterey2 car seat worth £120

The award-winning Diono Monterey2 car seat will keep your child safe and sound for years to come. It’s suitable from age three, and can be adjusted to fit him as he grows. A simple-to-use dial on the back adjusts the width of the seat to fit his shoulders to keep him snug. › Enter (it’s free) at to winitmotherandbaby.co.uk by 1 Dec 2015. See website for t&c’s. My daughter has major separation anxiety right now – is it OK if I hold her for the entire tour? Pink, tweeting about her then-two-year-old daughter Willow, while on a 139-date world tour. Find help with separation anxiety on page 72…

1 min.
on the ball

Get your birthing ball pumped up and ready. It could be the answer to keeping strong, mobile and ache-free throughout your pregnancy. Just a few exercises every day can be enough to relieve pregnancy back pain, relieve upper-body tension and generally leave you feeling a lot better. Get started by downloading the free Little Book of Birthing Ball Exercises by pregnancy fitness guru Dr Joanna Helcke. You’ll find tips on everything from posture to pelvic floor exercises. Find out more at joannahelcke.com…