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Mother & Baby May 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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Get the bunting out, it’s party time, and you’re invited! Our favourite little princess, Charlotte, will be having her first birthday on May 2, and if your baby’s big day is coming up, we’ve got everything you need to know to throw a great first birthday bash on page 123. My own little princes will both be celebrating as well – Daniel will be seven and Matthew turns five at the end of the month (happy birthday, boys!), so I’ll also be taking notes on how to have a fabulous party! If you’re pregnant and waiting to find out exactly when your baby’s birthday will be, there’s still reason to party, as we look at how to have an amazing baby shower. Readers share the ways they made their shower extra…

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book buddies

What’s the best way to get your children to be more friendly and sympathetic to other children? A new survey says just to read and share books with them. More than half of the parents asked in a YouGov poll for Amnesty International said they thought this is the best way to encourage your child to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. They’re backed up by research too. Dr Raymond Mar, a professor at York University, Canada, has published a study that shows children exposed to more storybooks tend to be better at understanding the thoughts and emotions of other people. ‘Reading with your child may help him to think about others and their feelings, a key to developing empathy,’ says Dr Mar. ‘It’s great that the intuitions of parents seem…

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check her eyes

Your little one’s vision helps her learn, develop and make sense of the environment around her. With this in mind, Boots Opticians has created a fun eye-check storybook, developed with the National Literacy Trust, to guide you through basic checks to ensure your child’s vision is tip-top. The story, Zookeeper Zoe, tells of a little girl’s day out at the zoo when she unexpectedly has to step in and look after the animals. As you read it, there are activities to do with your toddler, to check her eyes are working as they should be. The creators hope this book will promote the importance of eye health and regular eye-checks in children. What’s more, it’s free! Pick up your copy from Boots stores or download it from zookeeperzoe.co.uk.…

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keep mum!

‘The first question that everyone asks you when you are pregnant is, “When’s the baby due?” The problem is that the obsession with due dates causes stress when that day arrives and the baby hasn’t. The onslaught of calls and texts starts on, or sometimes before, that date. ‘When we are stressed, neither our mind nor our body works well, and if the body is not working well, labour is longer. A good way of avoiding stress is to keep your baby’s due date a closely guarded secret from friends and family. Babies don’t tell us their due date until they get here, so wait until your baby chooses to arrive. ‘When we are calm, the body produces the hormone oxytocin that makes labour efficient, and endorphins that make it comfortable, so…

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take it from me…

Each month, a mum in the public eye shares her experience since having a baby. Here, Sky News presenter Isabel Webster explains how having baby William in October was a lifelong dream come true, but it hasn’t always been easy... ‘When I was pregnant I saw labour as the only unpleasant hurdle I had to jump before I’d be pushing a pram around daily, enjoying my baby. But the best advice I can give is to not expect the end of labour to be the end of the hardship. I was exhausted after a 27-hour labour and totally mentally and physically unprepared for what followed. ‘My gorgeous baby, William, was hungry and very clingy, and couldn’t settle in his cot. It meant he was virtually attached to me, night and day, for…

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new potatoes

BABY JACKET POTATOES 1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. 2. Cut narrow slits half way into the potato, then place them on a baking tray and drizzle with oil, tossing them to coat. Bake for half an hour until cooked, then take from the oven. 3. Gently squeeze, so the splits fan out, then place in a cupcake case. Add some cream cheese, then scatter over some grated Cheddar cheese. Return to the oven for a couple of minutes until melted, and allow to cool slightly before serving. Garnish with parsley and peppers, if you fancy!…