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Mother & Baby June 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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Do you remember when you first realised you were pregnant? Was it when that second blue line appeared, or before? I can tell you the exact moment I knew. It was 9.30 on a Saturday night, and my husband and I were curled up at home. I poured myself a gin and tonic, got the ice cubes out, cut myself a nice wedge of lime. I took it back into the lounge and got comfy again. Then I took one sip, and stopped dead in my tracks. It was wrong! So wrong! I dashed into the kitchen and threw it straight down the sink. Now as someone who never knowingly wastes alcohol, I knew there was only one answer. I didn’t dare believe it at first, but a few days…

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cuddles make him clever

You probably know that being a kind, caring mummy to your baby is going to make him happier, but did you know that it might make him more intelligent too? Scientists have found that being a kind, supportive mum can directly affect how your child’s brain grows. New research from Washington University School of Medicine has discovered that young children with mums who are nurturing and supportive are more developed in the area of the brain responsible for learning, memory and coping with stress. So, keep up the good work and carry on giving your child lots and lots of mummy love.…

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toddle about

Summer is a great time to get more active, now the warmer weather is here, so kick-start your routine with a fun outdoor event that involves your youngster. You can take part in a sponsored buggy walk at one of the NCT’s Big Push events, which are a great way to meet other mums. The walks are taking place across the country – visit nct.org.ukto find your nearest one. You can also get involved in the Big Toddle sponsored walks for under-fives. This year they’re animal-themed, and you can trot or skip along a half-mile route to raise money for children’s charity Barnardo’s. Visit barnardos.org.ukfor your nearest event.…

1 min.
get stretching

‘Babies don’t understand how to stretch, although they might subconsciously try to stretch out parts of their body that feel tight,’ says specialist osteopath and midwife, Sara Randall. ‘You may have already seen your baby attempt to stretch by raising his arms above his head when he wakes up, but there are exercises you can do at home to help relieve any discomfort. A good first stretch to try is to lay your baby on his back and gently moving his left arm next to his left ear. Then take his right leg and gently stretch it downwards, so you have a small stretch. Hold for three seconds and release, then repeat on the other side. Also, pick your baby up under his armpits, so his body weight creates a natural…

1 min.
make this

Ice-pop paints Getting hot outside? These frozen paints-on-a-stick are simple to make, and offer your youngster a fun new way to get creative. Give him a big sheet of paper and he’ll love dragging them around to make bold lines, or watching them make puddles of colour. 1 Pour 1-2cm of washable water-based paint into a small paper cup. Add a similar amount of water and mix well. 2 Repeat to make as many different coloured paints as you like. Put in the freezer until semi-frozen. 3 Push a lolly stick into each of the cups of paint, so it stands upright. Leave overnight to freeze fully. 4 Pop the frozen paints out of the cups, and let your child do the rest, under your supervision of course!…

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pick your perfect story

If your toddler keeps asking to hear the same story all the time, it might be a good idea to gently introduce a new favourite. Reading charity, The Reader, has developed a new interactive story-finder to help you search for the most suitable tale for your child. You can browse over 150 titles and 19 different categories, as well as searching by age range. Each book has a summary and reviews from other parents, as well as details of the nearest library where you can find it. Visit dreams. co.uk/sleep-matters-club/bedtime-story-finder/…