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Mother & Baby February 2017

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.

Hello! Happy New Year! I think this time of year takes on a whole new meaning when you’re a mum-to be or new mum. As you get ready for the year ahead, there are so many amazing firsts to look forward to. You might be pregnant, and can’t wait for that first cuddle with your newborn, you might have a tiny baby and be looking forward to hearing that first ‘mama’, or you might be preparing for your toddler’s bittersweet first day at preschool. Whatever it is, I hope we can help you make the most of those amazing moments. With so many firsts going on for you, I thought we’d have lots of them in the mag too. I’m delighted to welcome Giovanna Fletcher – author, TV presenter, blogger popstar-wife and…

1 min.
the help starts right here…

‘If you’re still at work when your nesting instinct kicks in, it can be hard as it overrides everything else,’ says Dr Sandra Wheatley. Discover ways to embrace and control the urge on page 33. ‘Replicating the noise from your womb will help your newborn fall asleep – and stay asleep,’ says Elizabeth Pantley. Discover how on page 44. ‘Your baby is practising his speech long before he says his first word,’ says language expert Caroline Rowland. Learn how to help him on page 51. Subscribe! Pay just £15 for seven issues and get a great welcome gift of a M&B goody bag. See page 56.…

3 min.
new year adventures with your baby

As you welcome 2017, you get ready for new developments and happy surprises – especially with a baby or toddler. The pace of life is amazing – and sometimes exhausting! The year ahead could bring everything from weaning to potty training. Whatever adventures come your way, you’ll be glad to have items to make things easier and combat any potential stress. You can rely on the great range of Mamia products from Aldi, winner of the Supermarket of the Year in the Mother&Baby Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Its baby and toddler food range is 100 per cent organic and full of healthy ingredients. With prices starting at just 49p, it’s suitable as first weaning food. Start your child’s day with Mamia Organic pouches, you can give Apple Rice Cakes…

1 min.
little acts of kindness

When you think about your child growing up, and imagine what she will be like, what’s important to you? Well, in a new survey, more mums listed kindness than anything else. It’s so crucial that more than a third of us try to start nurturing kind behaviour from birth. Below are the top 10 ways you might spot your toddler trying to be kind… altogether, ‘Awww!’ • Sharing toys • Sharing sweets • Helping you, Daddy or Nana • Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ • Saying ‘I love you’ • Drawing you a picture • Helping out other children • Trying to help with shopping and carrying • Trying to help with cleaning • Comforting another child when he falls or hurts himself.…

3 min.
giovanna fletcher

For as long as I can remember the start of each year of my life has had a list of rules attached – or, perhaps more accurately, a list of restraints! Out went the crisps, banished were the chocolates and the cake, in went the fitness DVD, and opened was the new healthy cookbook along with a packet of organic spinach. A new and improved version of myself was set to emerge imminently. What followed each January is pretty predictable, and I’m sure the same is true for lots of people. One by one the promises you make to yourself start to lose their appeal. Let’s face it, it was fun for the first few days when everyone was asking what your New Year’s resolutions were and you could brag about…

1 min.
make this

Rainbow dancing ring Your toddler will love holding this wooden-handled streamer and dancing round the living room: just the job to use up some of her energy indoors when it’s freezing cold outside! 1 First you’ll need a wooden curtain ring – we got a pack for £2.84 for six from diy.com 2 Remove the metal eyelet and use sandpaper to smooth the wood around the hole that’s left. 3 Cut seven 80cm-lengths of ribbon: we used rainbow colours, but go for what you fancy. 4 Tie each ribbon securely in the middle around the ring, so the two ends are roughly equal.…