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Mother & Baby July 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.

Yay , summer is finally here! It’s great to take your baby out without dressing him in a zillion layers, and entertaining your toddler is easy now his very favourite thing is a simple trip to the park. Mud-free buggy wheels? Strawberries for snacks? Those little everyday things make all the difference to family life. And that’s what this issue of M&B is all about: the teeny-tiny changes you can make that will have your youngster (and you!) feeling calm and content. Find out how you can use the power of touch to strengthen your bond with your baby on page 46 – build these magic moments into your daily routine and he’ll be all smiles. Discover the small but essential elements you need to settle him to sleep when you’re…

1 min.
you’re the expert

There’s no one in the world who knows your body and your unborn baby as well as you do, and this knowledge is invaluable. But according to a recent survey, more than half of mums-to-be feel uncertain about voicing any concerns they have during their pregnancy. Neo-natal charity Tommy’s has launched the Always Ask campaign to encourage more women to trust their instincts and speak up. So if there’s something you want to discuss, even if you feel it’s not linked to your pregnancy, here’s how to get the best out of your midwife or health visitor: • Make a list of any concerns or questions before you go to your appointment. • Begin by saying, ‘I am concerned…’ rather than playing down your query. Take your concerns seriously and others will…

3 min.
giovanna fletcher

I’ve made no secret of the fact that when the boys are older and in school I’d love to get my writing schedule organised so I’m off with them in the summer holidays. I imagine us all trekking the globe, exploring different cultures and having lots of fun together as a family along the way. It’ll be a lovely way of bringing us all closer together and, dare I say it, reconnecting. Life gets busy and hectic, so I feel it’s vital to stop and remember what’s important. Plus, I want to enjoy those moments because all too sudden the boys will be grown up and might want to go off on their own. Gulp! Anyway, I’m still a long way from getting my life planned out in this way,…

1 min.

For a quick and easy breakfast that’s full of goodness for you and your growing bump, make these yummy cherry overnight oats before you go to bed. Frozen cherries work really well as they defrost overnight to create a lovely sweet juice to stir into the oats. They’re packed with immune-boosting vitamin C and also contain melatonin to help improve your sleep on hot summer nights. • 40g porridge oats • 100ml natural yoghurt • Handful of frozen cherries DIRECTIONS 1. Put the oats in a sealable container. 2. Stir in the yoghurt until the oats are completely covered. 3. Add the cherries. 4. Pop on the lid and place in the fridge overnight.…

1 min.
take it from me…

‘Reading is such an important part of our family’s bedtime routine. Myself and Giovanna usually read the boys a story together and then another one when they’re in their beds. We started reading to the boys as newborns and it was a great way to bond, especially as to start with we’d be holding them in our arms while we read them a story. They’re now proper bookworms, we’ll even hear them through the baby monitor pretending to read, which is really cute! When I first started reading aloud, I would just read in my normal speaking voice. Then a couple of times I’d give the characters a silly voice, which made the boys laugh. So the next time I read a story I’d incorporate that, then add another voice, and…

1 min.
feel upbeat

‘In the last few weeks before you give birth, you’re at a tipping point where you have one foot in your old life and one in your new life as a mum. But if you’re feeling tired and heavy, it can be tricky to feel positive. Try reframing your thoughts by thinking about your experience in a different way: acknowledge how you feel, then take the feeling, explore it and accept that this is a transformational part of your journey. Reframing your thoughts in this way can help you feel more positive, as it will help you accept these feelings are part of your journey to becoming a mum. This turns your experience into a choice, not something that you are allowing to happen to you. It will help you…