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Mother & Baby March 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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in this issue

1 min.
mother&baby welcome

I love birthdays, and I’ve found they take on a whole new meaning when you become a mum. When you’ve been the one giving birth, it’s a date you never forget! This month it’s our birthday. It’s 60 years since Mother&Baby first hit the newsstands. It’s amazing to think about all the mums and babies we’ve helped and supported through that time, and of all the babies who have been born in the United Kingdom, 46,913,442 to be precise! When we launched back in January 1956, mums lived a very different life. To find out just how that felt, we asked one mum to live according to 1956 rules and advice for one week, see what she thought on page 50. We also spent some time looking through our back issues…

1 min.
you’re better than ever!

We’re used to the idea of ‘baby brain’ making us forgetful, but scientists now believe becoming a mum makes you better at your job when you go back to work. They say it develops ways to help you deal with stress during pregnancy. Once you’ve had your baby, your reasoning, judgment and empathy improve to help you look after her. All this means, according to a report in New Scientist , that you’ll be a much better employee when you return to work. If you’re not convinced, and want to make sure you stay sharp, try braintraining. Below are our favourite helpful apps available on iTunes. •LUMOSITY Receive a daily workout tailored to your needs. •FIT BRAINS TRAIN Stimulate your memory, focus and brain speed. •EIDETIC This uses a brain-training technique to specifically help…

1 min.
we’re here to help with breastfeeding

If you’re planning to breastfeed your new baby, understanding the ins and outs – before you even give birth – will help you be more prepared. The more you know about breastfeeding, the better chance you’ve got of making a success of it for you and your baby. That’s why we’re here with lots of guidance and support, and we’re planning to provide you even more in the future. A recent survey of almost 2,000 mums revealed that two thirds felt they needed more information about the potential difficulties before the birth. It shows that having a good idea of what to expect is vital in helping new mums mentally prepare. For useful tips, visit motherandbaby.co.ukand medela.co.uk. Next issue we’re going to be looking at how your breast size affects…

1 min.
celebrate nutmeg at morrisons’ 3rd birthday

M&B isn’t the only one celebrating an anniversary this month. It’s also Nutmeg at Morrisons’ third birthday. To mark the occasion, the clothing brand is giving eight lucky readers a child’s spring wardrobe worth £100. The new spring collection has outfits perfect for mini adventures, including floral leggings, cute coats, slogan tops and patterned hoodies. There are lots of thoughtful details, such as big zips for little hands, and super-soft fabrics, so you know you are getting great comfort, style and practicality. For the chance to win £100 worth of Nutmeg clothing for your little one, answer the following question: What is the total value of the clothes below? a) £22 b) £33 c) £72 ENTER (it’s free!) at winitmotherandbaby.co.ukby 23 Feb 2016. See website for terms and conditions.…

1 min.
walk the walk…

There’s nothing nicer than holding your baby in your arms, but as she grows, learns to walk and becomes a toddler, you don’t have to carry her from A to B. Many children would rather be carried than walk alone, though. This can cause a great strain on your back and at the same time it stops your child from becoming independent. To save your back and to encourage independence, introduce the ‘Stop and Wait’ game. This involves explaining to your child that you are going out for a walk and you are going to hold hands and walk together. Tell her clearly, ‘I am not going to be carrying you.’ As you walk along, engage with your child, talking about the world around you, singing songs, asking questions. When she asks to be…

1 min.
make this

Your toddler will be proud as punch to help you make these flowers and then give them to you as a present this Mother’s Day. And even if your other half pays a trip to the florist to treat you to a bunch of blooms, we think you’ll still treasure this ‘hand’ made bouquet. 1 Draw around your tot’s hand on coloured paper. Use a selection of contrasting colours for the best effect. 2 Cut out the hand-shape and place behind the end of a straw, which acts as the flower’s stem. 3 Wrap the hand-shape around the straw and secure with sticky tape. Repeat to make more blooms.…