Family & Parenting
Mother & Baby

Mother & Baby March 2018

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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I don’t know about you, but I’m in hibernation mode right now. Building living-room dens with blankets and snuggling inside for cuddles is the order of the day. And I’m very happy with that, thanks very much. Listening to non-mum friends talking about Valentine’s weekends away and meals out, I’m secretly relieved that in our house, plans for 14 February are looking way, way more modest: baking a batch of heart-shaped biscuits, and reading Guess How Much I Love You over and over. All I need to feel loved to the very core is a hug with my two kids – being a mum might be the toughest job in the world, but it’s also the very best. And this issue is all loved up, too. Meet mums who got engaged…

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Bond over baby talk With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s a good time to ramp up the baby talk – with your partner! A new study from Florida State University has revealed that speaking in baby talk or using a pet name is a brilliant way to boost your romantic bond with your other half, as it replicates the first loving bond you experienced with your mum. Location, location, location The number of babies you’re likely to have depends on where you live… STEADY ON! 10 weeks is a little on the early side to be thinking about your baby walking, but a study from Lancaster University says different! It revealed that helping your baby practice ‘reflex walking’, where you hold him upright with the soles of his feet touching a flat surface…

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the secrets of a… gp

‘During the winter months, it’s tempting to stay curled up on the sofa, but going for a 30-minute walk in the fresh air a couple of times a week – or every day if you can – can really boost your mood and energy levels,’ says Dr Dawn Harper. ‘Walking makes your body release feel-good endorphins, and being outside in sunlight helps your body absorb mood-boosting vitamin D, so a daily stroll can help you reap the benefits.’ ● Get great ideas for pregnancy exercise at aptaclub.co.uk/ActiveFor2 ‘It was important to me to introduce Mila, 18 months, to swimming at an early age, as I wanted her to grow up feeling confident in water. I’m not a strong swimmer and I didn’t want Mila to pick up on my nervousness, so we…

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giovanna fletcher

I’ve always been a loving person. I’m the first to give hugs in social situations, and fall for my friends hard – once you’ve made an impact on my heart, I’m impossible to shake off! And before having children, I thought I knew how much love I had to give and how that would manifest itself in motherhood. I imagined it to be a more intense version of what I already shared with the world. But I was wrong. It’s not the same sort of love at all. Each time I’ve fallen pregnant, I’ve felt a wave of emotion wash over me, as I thought about how our lives would change when our little bundle arrived. As soon as the word ‘pregnant’ appeared on the test, I’d be filled with dreams…

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m&b rocks!

When I started reading Mother&Baby when I was pregnant with my first daughter, back in 2011, I never realised how much I would change and grow over the years. Reading other mums’ stories inspired me and gave me things to try with my own children, be it new foods or activities. I now have three children, Aoife, six, Everly, three, and our newest member, Arwen, nine months. When I get the latest issue of Mother&Baby, it’s like a new storybook has arrived – the kids all love to be involved, whether it’s looking at the featured toys or cooing at the cutest babies! Thank you for growing with me over the years and being that familiar place I can return to. Michaela wins £150 to spend at Cheeky Rascals, which is…

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over to you...

Sweet success Benjamin, six months, loved your sweet potato wedges recipe in the November issue – he couldn’t get enough! Weaning has been lots of fun so far, and Mother&Baby has given me so many ideas for different meals to cook for him. ELIZABETH CREDLAND, NEWARK Everyone loves my cheeky son Digby, nine months, in his cap! Rachel Robinson, Bristol Happy surprise After my third child, Elijah, was born, we decided not to have any more children. I went back to work after my maternity leave and began to feel really sick, so bought a pregnancy test – and discovered I was four weeks’ pregnant! It was a real shock, but an absolute blessing. I was so excited to find out I was having another girl. Catherine, now four months, is named after the Duchess…