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Mother & Baby

Mother & Baby March 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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in this issue

1 min.
welcome

Hello ! When I was pregnant with my first baby, I was delighted that the lovely Holly Willoughby was pregnant at the same time. We were due within a couple of weeks of each other, and when I managed to catch a glimpse of This Morning I’d compare her growing bump to mine and marvel at how well she looked. Roll on two years, and guess what? I was pregnant with number two, and so was Holly, my pregnant celebrity BFF. When I heard the news she was expecting number three, I did a pregnancy test to see if I was too, even though we weren’t trying! So when I carried out our fantastic celebrity pregnancy personality quiz on page 30 can you imagine which celebrity I paired up with? That’s…

1 min.
the help starts here!

‘Struggling with indigestion? It could be time to fight acid with acid,’ says nutritionist Louise Pyne. Find out how lemon juice might be the answer on page 41. ‘If your baby wakes often at night, you might need to help her body clock tick louder,’ says psychologist Dr Monique Bourgeouse. Read her expert sleep tips on page 46. ‘Do you want to change your hours but you’re worried your employer just doesn’t do flexible working? They have to listen to you,’ explains legal rights adviser Catherine Rogan. Find out how to persuade them on page 97. Subscribe! Pay just £15 for seven issues and get a great welcome gift of Munchkin Latch Microwave Steriliser Set. See page 52.…

1 min.
take your time

Nothing is as life-changing as becoming a mum, and while the arrival of your new baby is magical, it can also be challenging. We all want to be the best mum we can be and it’s easy to put pressure on ourselves to adapt to being a mum in a short space of time. But how long does it really take? Recent research from Bepanthen revealed that typically mums need around 134 days to adjust comfortably to having a baby, but we think it usually takes a lot longer! So don’t worry, it’s completely natural to feel like you’re still learning and adapting, whatever age your baby is!…

1 min.
i love you, baby

The ‘I Love You’ massage helps ease tummy discomfort. Lay him on a towel, on a safe, flat surface, without his nappy, and pour a little baby oil onto your fingertips. Look into his eyes, sing or just tell him that you love him as you massage in a clockwise direction, so you’re moving the same way as his bowels. DIRECTIONS 1 Place your fingertips on the top right-hand side of his tummy, just under his ribs, then trace a line down to his hip for the letter ‘I’. 2 From the top left hand-side of his tummy, move your fingertips from left to right, then down to his hip to create an upside down ‘L’. 3. Finally, stroke upwards from your baby’s left hipbone to the base of his ribs, across his tummy,…

1 min.
make this

Love bug crown Love is in the air, and she’ll love this crown. Let her know that whenever she puts it on it’s her job to give everyone lots of cuddles! 1 Cut an A4 piece of red card in half horizontally. Use a hole punch to make two holes, one above the other, in both ends of one of the pieces of card. 2 Tape the two pieces together, end to end, to make a loop, measuring it around your child’s head to get a good fit. 3 Bend a pipe cleaner into a spiral at one end to make an antenna. Repeat with another pipe cleaner. 4 Push the pipe cleaner through the top and bottom hole on one side of the crown. Repeat on the other side.…

3 min.
giovanna fletcher

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been asked to write a column around keeping romance alive when there are young children in the house. Well, quite frankly, romance is the last thing on my mind when juggling family life and book deadlines. I imagine that’s quite shocking to hear for some, as it seems after Tom’s wedding speech went viral everyone seems to think we go around in a twirly, musical-worthy, dance number – singing a merry tune as we go about our daily lives. Not quite. Although I’m sorry to dispel that beautiful imagery. With so much on our plates, more often than not we have our heads down, ploughing forward in a bid to get projects finished in the hope of being rewarded with some guilt-free family time at…