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Mother & Baby November 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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Hello! My two little boys share a very special skill. They’re smilers – beautiful beams radiate from them most of the time. And nothing makes me happier. When Matthew, my youngest son, was a baby, he taught me how to smile, not the other way round. He’d catch my eye, then give me a big, gummy grin, and I couldn’t help but return it, making our whole house happier. He showed me that it’s the little things that count, so our look at happiness habits on page 99 struck a chord with me, as it’s full of simple ways you can encourage cuddles, tickles, grins and love, every day. The other thing Matthew taught me about was colic. While he was a daytime smiler, most evenings until he was about three months…

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expert advice

SARAH OCKWELL-SMITH Behaviour expert ‘If your child is prone to tantrums, baby sign language will help him to communicate his feelings more.’ SARA PATIENCE Paediatric nutritionist ‘A spiralizer turns vitamin-C rich veg into squiggly spirals that are much more appealing than plain old slices.’ JESSICA BOMFORD Author of It’s Twins! Now What? ‘Make sure that each of your babies has some of their own toys, which are kept in their own box or area.’ Subscribe! Pay just £26 for 13 issues and get a welcome gift of Mother&Baby Pregnancy Milestones and Mother&Baby Baby Milestones books. See page 72…

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baby-friendly fireworks

If traditional fireworks displays are a bit too loud for your child, try a silent display. Your toddler will love all of the beautiful colours without the bangs, and many events include tot-friendly play areas and mini fairgrounds, as well as the bonfire. Here are five of our favourites: Bonfire and Fireworks Party, 22 October, Swindon, 4.45pm, rovesfarm.co.uk Barley Lands Toddler Fireworks, 4-6 November, Essex, 4.30pm, barleylands.co.uk Family Firework Spectacular, 5 November, Hove, 5pm, familyfireworks.co.uk Celebration of Light with Fireworks, 5 November, Birmingham, 5pm, birmingham botanicalgardens.org.uk Firework Night, 5 November, 5.30pm, Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, avonvalley.co.uk…

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best foot forward

‘When you’re expecting a baby, your growing bump adds extra pressure to your feet, especially your heels and arches. So, make sure you always have relief to hand by keeping a foot roller in a box in your freezer. ‘Every morning and evening, roll your foot back and forth along the roller for three to five minutes, starting with your heel and moving towards the arch of your foot. The rolling motion will relieve muscle tension and the cold will help numb discomfort and ease inflammation. Michael Ratcliffe is a podiatrist at Carnation Footcare. For more foot care tips and advice, visit carnationfootcare.co.uk…

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take it from me…

‘I feel strongly about supporting breastfeeding mums, as it’s a beautiful and natural thing to do and I’m really proud that I’m still breastfeeding Paul, who is now seven months. I recently posted pictures of myself feeding him on my social media feed, as I want to try and normalise breastfeeding in public and give mums a bit of confidence. I had a few negative comments, but it’s mostly been positive feedback from mums who send me lovely messages and their own breastfeeding photos. ‘I waited until I felt confident and comfortable feeding Paul at home before I first fed him in a café when he was six weeks old. I just take a shawl and sit in a quiet corner. No one has ever said anything negative, in fact people…

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Toffee-apple crumble is a toddler-friendly alternative to regular toffee apples on Bonfire Night. Try making it with in-season Golden Delicious, which go gooey when cooked. Apples are packed full of vitamin C to help fight off winter bugs and are a good source of fibre to ease constipation INGREDIENTS •3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and chopped •30g butter •2 tbsp toffee sauce (try Sainsbury’s Squeezy Toffee Sauce, £1.40) •45g plain flour •Pinch of ground ginger •1 heaped tbsp rolled oats •2 tbsp soft light brown sugar DIRECTIONS 1. Cook the apples in a covered saucepan with 5g of butter and 2 tsp water for 10 minutes. 2. Spoon the apples into an ovenproof dish and cover with the toffee sauce. 3. Lightly rub together the rest of the butter, flour and ginger, and stir in the oats. 4. Scatter the oats mixture…