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Mother & Baby December 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! It’s still a while until the big day, but my two boys are well on their way with their letters for Santa, so I thought we’d better get ready for Christmas here too! Whether you’re pregnant, looking forward to your first festive season with your baby or have a toddler who’s getting excited, you’ve probably got more to think about and prepare than ever before. That’s why this issue of Mother&Baby is packed full of things you can do now to get ready. Nutritious probably isn’t the first word you associate with party food, but turn to our pregnancy party treats on page 33 for some tasty recipes that pack a healthy punch (and still taste fabulous even if you’re not expecting!). If you’ve got a baby or toddler, this time…

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expert advice

LISA CLEGG Maternity nurse and mum of three ‘A foot massage can help your child relax after a hectic day. Use a little oil to massage his toes and heels.’ DR SUZANNE ZEEDYK Specialist in parent/ infant relationships ‘Create your own rituals around saying goodbye for when you have to leave your baby.’ DR REBECCA CHICOT Development expert ‘Toddlers should be allowed to try, fail and improve at new skills – balancing, putting on socks and coats, etc, to help them develop.’ Subscribe! Pay just £26 for 13 issues and get a great welcome gift of a Good Bubble Bath Time Set. See page 82.…

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protect your baby's skin

Did you know that you can make sure your baby’s skin is as soft and healthy as possible, and help reduce his risk of developing eczema before he’s even born? According to a new study from the University of Southampton, eating foods rich in vitamin B3, such as chicken, mushrooms and nuts, while you’re pregnant can lower your baby’s chances of developing atopic eczema by 30 per cent. This is because your body makes nicotinamide from vitamin B3, which improves the overall structure, moisture and elasticity of your unborn baby’s skin and lowers the chance of developing eczema.…

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take it from me…

‘At Christmas there’s always a lot of different food to try, especially vegetables. So I want to prepare Miley, two, and increase the variety of fruit and veg she eats by playing my tasting game. ‘I’ll take her to the supermarket and we’ll choose lots of different varieties of vegetables. Then when we get home, we’ll pick one at a time, write its name down, find out where it’s from, point it out in the atlas, taste it and put a tick next to the names of the ones we like. ‘This game went down really well with my two eldest kids, Brooke, 11, and Tommy, seven, as they were really keen to get the most ticks and ended up trying fruit that they wouldn’t otherwise have touched. They love their fruit…

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make this

Christmas tree twigs This gives you a great excuse to put on your wellies and go for a walk to look for sticks, then turn them into the cutest Christmas decorations. 1 Use a pair of scissors to cut green pipe cleaners into strips of various lengths. 2 Starting with the longest pipe cleaner, wind it twice around the bottom of the stick. 3 Wrap the next longest pipe cleaner around the twig above it. Repeat with the rest. 4 Secure a short length of yellow pipe cleaner around the top of the twig.…

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all aboard!

Make your child’s Christmas extra magical with a trip on The Polar Express to meet Santa. You can pre-order a copy of the book that inspired your trip to read together as you travel. Head to Seaton Tramway in Devon, where The Polar Express sets off on 2-4, 9-11 and 16-24 of December. Tickets cost £19.95 for adults, free for under-threes, tram.co.uk. And you can also join Santa on a train journey at the following locations: • Santa Steam Train, Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, West Yorkshire. From £8.50, kwvr.co.uk • Santa Steam Train, Great Central Railway, Loughborough. From £13, santa.gcrailway.co.uk • Santa Special, Avon Valley Railway, Bristol. From £10, avonvalleyrailway.org • Santa Train, Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, Powys. From £10, wllr.org.uk • Santa Express, North Norfolk Railway. From £6.50, nnrailway.co.uk…