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Mother & Baby June 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! When I was expecting my first baby, I was full of dreams about this little creature growing inside me. I imagined cuddling him for the first time, stroking his soft skin and holding his hand as he took his first faltering steps. When I was pregnant for the second time, I had very different dreams. For while I was just as excited about those milestones, it was how my two children would be together that preoccupied my mind. Rather than me helping my baby take his first steps, it was imagining him walking hand in hand with his big brother that made my heart fly. But would they love each other? It can be scary to upset the happy balance you’ve worked so hard to create, but now nothing makes me…

1 min.
the help starts here…

‘Your early labour is the start of the most incredible journey you’ll ever go on, so why not make it magical?’ says midwife and blogger Clemmie Hooper. Discover how on page 29. ‘Babies are just like us, they’re aware of flavour and it matters to them,’ says baby-food expert Annabel Karmel. Read her advice for happy weaning on page 52. ‘A lot of people think of play as a frivolous thing, but for small children, play and learning are the same thing,’ says development expert Dr Nancy Carlsson Paige. Find ideas you’ll both enjoy on page 64.…

1 min.
bonding time

‘It’s not just mums and babies who benefit from skin-to-skin contact – dads do too, so encourage your partner to have skin to skin with your baby five times a week for about 20 minutes during her first three to six months. Chest to chest is the best position, so encourage your partner to remove his top and sit, lie down or walk around with your baby next to his chest, making sure her nose and mouth are visible. This contact helps your baby get to know her dad’s smell and heartbeat, which makes her feel secure. And it releases endorphins in Dad, helping him bond and fall in love with her even more.’ ● Jenny has partnered with WaterWipes on its Pure Love campaign to encourage skin-to-skin contact at home…

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fresh peas

It’s National Vegetarian Week this month, so it’s a great excuse to whip up a tasty veggie meal, such as this delicious paella, which your toddler and the whole family can tuck in to. It features seasonal, fresh peas, which are packed with vitamins C and K – these play a key role in helping build strong bones. INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 medium onion, chopped • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 100g fresh peas • 1 red pepper, diced • 1 tomato, chopped • ½ tsp paprika • 400ml vegetable stock • 150g long-grain rice SERVES 2 adults and a toddler. DIRECTIONS 1 Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan and cook the onions and garlic for about three minutes, or until soft. 2 Stir in the peas and pepper and cook for a few more minutes. 3 Add the…

1 min.
take it from me…

‘I’ve been lucky with my pregnancy as, apart from being more tired than usual, I haven’t had many symptoms. We recently found out that we’re having a boy and since then it feels like my bump has really made an appearance. I was actually quite surprised when the tops I usually wear for work wouldn’t fit over it and had to try and find a suitable maternity top. It was quite tricky as everything I looked at seemed to be flowery or floaty, which I can’t wear while I’m presenting. I’m passionate about my career and think my baby is too, as I’ve noticed that when my adrenaline starts pumping when there’s a breaking story, he starts moving around more! My family is full of strong, working mums who have had…

2 min.
giovanna fletcher

A curious thing happens when you become a parent. While you’re pondering whether you’re doing the whole shebang correctly, you start looking at your own parents with a little awe and a lot more understanding. I always assumed they knew what they were doing, but really they were just making it up, like I am now. Becoming a parent makes you face the reality that your parents were, and still are, winging it. They too make mistakes, they too get overwhelmed at the responsibilities of life, they too find themselves feeling a little lost, frustrated and occasionally a bit broken. They are only human. We are all only human. Well, apart from my dad who is, of course, a superhero. Growing up, my dad was always missing in the mornings, as…