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Mother & Baby October 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! I was doing some unpacking recently, and in among a mountain of papers, I found my little boy Matthew’s hospital wristband. It was so tiny and delicate, I felt like I had discovered a work of art. Looking at him now, five and a bit years later, it’s amazing that this scrap of plastic ever fitted around his chubby little wrist. But just holding it whisks me back to that hospital ward, and I can remember exactly how he felt in my arms, how he snuggled into me from those very first moments. Find out the treasures other readers kept close to their hearts on page 106 – there are a few that will surprise you! Remembering that tiny little bundle and the early days with my baby also reminds me…

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expert advice

SUZY ASHWORTH Hypnobirthing expert ‘Set aside two hours each week for attending classes, practising breathing techniques and self-hypnosis.’ REBECCA ADLINGTON ‘A flotation vest is good if your child is nervous in the water, and it’s great for making you feel confident that your baby’s OK.’ NANCY RIPTON Feeding expert ‘Babies aged from six to 10 months old are much more willing to try new tastes and textures than when they’re older, so give them lots of flavours now.’ Subscribe! Pay just £39 for 13 issues and get a great welcome gift of a M&B goody bag. See page 76.…

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early to bed

Setting up a good bedtime routine can help your preschooler be healthy in to his teens and beyond. New research has discovered that if young children are put to bed before 8pm and have a consistent bedtime routine, they have improved social, emotional and cognitive development and a reduced risk of becoming obese in their teens. We know that putting your baby to bed earlier doesn’t guarantee that he’ll go straight to sleep, but an earlier night means he’s more likely to get the right amount of sleep, plus you’ll get a bit of time to put your feet up – bliss!…

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breastfeeding? just count to 10…

Inspired by a mum who was advised to count to 10 to help with the initial discomfort of breastfeeding, a new campaign from Medela sets out to give a clearer and more realistic picture of what to expect. Visit medela.co.uk for more advice and support. ‘I wish I’d known that it would take time and patience to get it right. It took eight weeks for me to stop having to squeeze my butt cheeks together every time my son latched on, but then suddenly it fell into place and we both knew what we were doing.’ Giovanna Fletcher, author and wife of McFly’s Tom Fletcher ‘Learn how to get a good latch and don’t be afraid to take your baby off if the latch is painful. If at first you don’t succeed, try…

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make this

Halloween spider’s web This handprint spider lurking in the middle of his string spiderweb makes for great fine-motor-skills practice – and a fun Halloween decoration too! 1 Mix a dollop of PVA glue into orange poster paint to make a durable paint, and use it to coat a paper plate. Leave to dry. 2 Paint the palm and fingers (not the thumb) of your child’s hand with black paint. Get her to make a print on the plate. Make a second, overlapping print to form a spider. Add eyes. 3 When the paint is dry, use a hole punch to create holes around the outside edge of the plate. 4 Thread a string through the holes to make a web, tying the ends together at the back of the plate.…

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go for a crawl

‘Home is where children under five are most likely to have an accident. Get down on your hands and knees, so your are a similar height to your child, and have a look at what they can see around your house. ‘Children explore the world using their hands and mouths, so it helps to see things from their perspective and spot items that might draw their attention. Look for things that they can easily grasp and pull, and anything that will fit into their mouths and potentially pose a choking or poisoning hazard. ‘Taking time to spot potential hazards in different rooms of your house could help avoid an accident in future.’ • Sheila Merrill is public health adviser for The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. For more safety tips visit…