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Mother & Baby May 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! So many baby ‘milestones’ actually happen gradually: first words that are crystal clear to Mummy are nothing but babble to strangers, the first glimmer of white is definitely a tooth to Daddy, but others aren’t convinced until they see a sharp little gnasher. But first steps are one of the milestones we all understand. I can remember my own boys’ as clear as day – each took those first faltering steps within a few days of his first birthday, and has hardly stopped moving since! But while the steps themselves are simple, the journey to walking is anything but. It’s actually an intensely choreographed set of movements that they spend months building up to, almost from the day they are born. And if your baby is not the first one up…

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the help starts right here…

‘Exercising while pregnant is amazing for your baby, your brain and your mood,’ says neuroscientist Sophie Scott. Find out why it gives you a boost on page 28. ‘Singing a lullaby to your baby can relieve her stress, lower her heart rate and even reduce her pain – as well as helping you bond,’ says music therapist Tiffany Drake. Learn how to release the magic on page 46. ‘The way you praise your toddler could be making her focus on her weaknesses, not her strengths,’ say parenting experts Julie King and Joanna Faber. Discover how to build her confidence on page 64.…

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we love our mums!

We use our phones all day long, but when it comes to advice, rather than just turning to the internet, it seems like we prefer the personal touch and would rather ask our mums! A new survey found that while we do ask our friends and look things up online, more than a third of us go to our mums first of all. And even though most of us don’t live around the corner from our mums any more, we still rely on them more than ever. The majority of mums surveyed said that since having a child they’ve been in more contact with their own mums and appreciate them a whole lot more!…

3 min.
giovanna fletcher

Gathering up all the scarves, hats, gloves and coats and burying them deep in the cupboard, or popping them up in the loft (depending on how organised I’m feeling) brings me so much joy. Because that means we’ve worked through the bitter coldness of winter that seemed to linger on forever and, apart from a few April showers, we find ourselves in the heart of spring with summer just around the corner. I find it glorious to see the world around me grow, blossom and bloom before my eyes — with vibrant splashes of colour replacing the dreary winter palate. Everything is much more enjoyable when the sun is shining and things are warmer. Not least because, as a mum, it lightens your load considerably – both physically and mentally. You…

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new potatoes

If your toddler wants to be just like mummy and eat grown-up food, make him a mini jacket potato out of halves of new potato. Unlike other carbs, such as pasta and rice, potatoes are a great source of vitamin C, especially if you leave the skins on. They also contain Vitamin B, which will help support your toddler’s nervous system and keep him full of energy. Try serving Jersey Royals, which are in season this month. INGREDIENTS • 100g Jersey Royal potatoes • 2 tsp olive oil • 1 tsp butter • Sprinkle of cheese and cooked broccoli to serve DIRECTIONS 1. Pre-heat your oven to 375°F/190°C/gas mark 5. 2. Prick the potatoes with a fork and rub with the oil. 3. Place on a baking tray and bake for one hour. 4. Let the potatoes cool for around…

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toddlers are taking over!

Prepare yourself for merry mayhem this May as museums across the country hold Toddler Takeover days! Packed full of games and activities, they’re a great way to introduce your child to the sights and sounds of a museum and, best of all, your youngster goes free! • London Dockland Museum Head to the capital for a weekend full of exciting activities, including a range of interactive, toddler-friendly performances. May 20-21, museumof london.org.uk • Bristol Science Centre There’ll be so much going on, from storytelling sessions and playing with a wind machine, to making clouds in the cloud lab and taking a trip to the stars in the Space Explorers Planetarium show. Your child won’t want to leave! May 12, at-bristol.org.uk • National Space Centre Take a trip to Leicester, where your little one…