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Mother & Baby October 2015

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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in this issue

1 min.
mother & baby welcome

We are too hard on ourselves when it comes to our post-baby bodies. Who hasn’t had a moan about their ‘mum tum’, the extra stone they’re unable to shift, or those angry stretchmarks? But our bodies helped create our precious little ones, so it’s time to give ourselves a break. We know it’s easier said than done, which is why we have nine tips to help you think more positively about your new shape. Go to Love the New You (p86) and get ready to embrace those curves! Your baby’s first steps is one of the most exciting developmental milestones. But did you know that you can help your child prepare for walking from the moment she’s born? Discover everything you need to know to get your tot on the road…

1 min.
expert advice

DIANE PAWSEY Sleep consultant ‘Close the curtains upstairs before you take your baby to bed. Going into a darker environment will help her recognise it’s night-time.’ DR DONALD MACGREGOR Consultant paediatrician ‘When your baby first starts standing, show him how to sit back down safely. This will boost his confidence to get into an upright position.’ HOLLI RUBIN Body-image specialist ‘As a new mum, take a moment to really look at your body in the mirror. You’re giving yourself a positive reminder of the journey it took to get to where you are today.’…

1 min.
retro parties make a comeback!

Forget expensive venues and appearances from the likes of Elsa from Frozen . According to new research carried out for One4all, the Post Office gift card, parents prefer to throw simple birthday parties like they enjoyed themselves as children in the ’70s and ’80s. Most parents prefer parties to be held at home with just a few close friends, rather than a lengthy guest list. And 75% of them said they like to serve up jelly and ice cream, with only 7% opting for healthy treats. Pass the parcel and musical chairs were voted the best party games.…

1 min.
tickets for the baby show

We’re giving away 20 pairs of tickets for The Baby Show from 23-25 October in London, the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event. There will be more than 200 brands taking part, and you’ll get the chance to take advantage of special offers and test products before buying. Experts, including nutrition expert Annabel Karmel, will be live on stage. Standard tickets, £20, thebabyshow.co.uk. Enter (it’s free) at winit.motherandbaby.co.uk by 6 Oct 2015; see website for terms and conditions. ‘My main focus is my daughter. I want to be the best mother and the best friend I can be for her. I love watching her growing up’ Katie Piper, mum to Belle, 19 months…

1 min.

We have one ABC Design Zoom buggy worth £500 to give away to one lucky reader. Celebrated for its compact design and flexibility, Zoom caters for twins or siblings a few years apart. It has a range of attachments, including a sport seat, carrycot for newborns and Group 0+ car seat. This means it adapts as your children grow. The Zoom is available in a range of great colours, from zesty green and sky blue to classic black. Enter (it’s free) at winit.motherandbaby.co.uk by 6 Oct 2015; see website for terms and conditions.…

1 min.
new books to buy

Mr Men in London by Roger Hargreaves, £2.99, Egmont Publishing Your favourite Mr Men and Little Miss characters take a day trip around the capital using buses and the Tube in this new story. The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Sugar Plum Fairy by Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard, £6.99, Penguin The Prince of the Land of Sweets is missing on the night of the winter ballet in this witty adventure. The Cow Who Climbed A Tree by Gemma Merino, £11.99, Macmillan Tina the cow tries to show her sisters that there is more to life than chewing grass in this funny picture book that is sure to delight tots. Three Cheers for Thomas the Tank Engine Based on the series by Rev W Awdry, £6.99, Egmont Publishing Read the story of Thomas and his new wheels in…