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Mother & Baby June 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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It’s easy to assume that every celebrity’s experience of motherhood is a world away from ours. Most stars can usually afford a round-the-clock nanny and help to ensure they never worry about the housework. So it was a genuine surprise for M& to sit down with our celebrity cover star, former Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh – new mum to gorgeous seven-month-old Bobby Jay – and listen to her refreshingly honest account of pregnancy and motherhood. The joy of having a healthy newborn aside, there was the unexpected forceps delivery and the frustration of not being able to breastfeed. And no, she doesn’t have a nanny and relies largely on her mum to help with childcare. Find Kimberley’s interview and our exclusive photo shoot on p68. Pregnant? Then it’s likely you are…

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expert advice

SARAH OCKWELLSMITH Child psychologist ‘When you go on a long journey, take your baby’s favourite toy or book, but invest in a new toy too. This will really grab their attention.’ NADINE MELLOR Travel expert ‘If you’re staying in a hotel, take your baby monitor with you and find out if it will work from your baby’s room to the hotel’s restaurant. Then you can listen in while you dine.’ GERALDINE MISKIN Breastfeeding expert ‘If you’re breastfeeding, drink lots of water to keep your baby hydrated on hot days. This helps ensure your breast milk doesn’t get too sticky.’…

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snap happy

‘Lily-Rose, eight months, is my proudest achievement yet!’ GABRIELLE BRUNING, WILTSHIRE ‘We love dress-up days! Here, Sophie Rose, 14 months, raided her brother Alex’s dressing-up box.’ GEMMA DIXON, SURREY ‘Max, four months, was very pleased with his new friend!’ LAURA BURLES, WILTSHIRE ‘The first group cuddle f or our triplets Cara, James and Emily – reunited at 19 days.’ GEMMA SLATER, ABERDEENSHIRE ‘Jacob is five months and loves reading Mother&Baby !’ ANA NOWELL, VIA EMAIL ‘Ted, two, on his first day at nursery. Judging by his face, he was a bit bemused.’ CHARMAINE KEMBER, KENT ‘Archie, six and a half months, loves his broccoli, but he prefers wearing it!’ NICOLE OSTRYN, HERTFORDSHIRE ‘Guess how old my little Thomas is?’ ANGIE ROGERS, WARWICKSHIRE SEND US YOUR PHOTOS! Email share@motherandbaby.co.uk and put ‘Snap Happy’ in the subject box. Please include your name, location, your baby’s name and age, and…

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the funny factor

‘I went to get dr essed in the ba throom and came back to fi nd Mackai had discovered my make-up bag! He al ways watches me putting m y make-up on and wanted to cop y me. Not a bad job!’ LISA LUNDREGAN, HAMP SHIRE The sender of this month’s The Funny Factor photo receives a Canon hdbook, a personalised, professional ly printed photo book. It brings photos to life and is an ideal gift f or friends and family . Does your youngster ha ve The Funny Factor? Email y our pics to share@motherand bab y.co.uk with ‘The Funny Factor’ in the subject box for the chance to win a Canon hdbook. Include y our name , location, your baby’s name and age , and tell us why your pic makes…

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letter of the month

FACING POTTY TIME I loved your Potty Training special ( M& April). I’ve been looking for ways to make going to the potty easier for my daughter Elara, two, and now we read stories and put stickers on her star charts every time she goes! Thanks for making me realise that toddlers need distraction and interaction when potty training because it takes their minds off the awkwardness. ABI, VIA EMAIL Abi wins a personalised Mother’s gold-plated Tree of Life Necklace, hand-engraved in the UK with the names of your family members. From £79, find out more at mercimamanboutique.com. WIN! A personalised necklace worth £79…

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over to you...

HERE COMES THE SUN We live close to the beach in Bournemouth, so I’m really looking forward to taking my 8-month-old there in the summer. He loved the beach the first time we visited it! REBEKAH, VIA FACEBOOK MY REMEDY I tried your suggestion of eating oatcakes and nut butter from your Ease The Quease feature ( M& April). I am suffering terribly from morning sickness and crave sweet treats, so I’m glad I’ve found something tasty and healthy! RACHEL, VIA FACEBOOK PAUSING FOR A MOMENT Your How Not To Shout At Your Kids feature ( M& April) has changed the way I deal with my little ones. Now, I take a step back and calmly talk to them if they misbehave. DEBBIE, VIA EMAIL DADS AT BIRTH I really enjoyed your debate on whether dads should be at the…