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Mother & Baby

Mother & Baby October 2018

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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Did you get a moment to relax over the summer? I hope so. We mums need to hold on to those precious moments when all is calm and right with the world, however short-lived they are! And, this month, we’re on a mission to build a bit more of that bliss into all our lives. Start with the bedtime massage techniques on page 63 – honestly, they work like a dream. Add one technique to your tot’s routine tonight, then do two tomorrow and three the day after… and, in a week or so, your youngster will be blissed-out and ready for sleep at bedtime. Magic? Yep, pure magic! We’ve got more warm and fuzzy feelings for you on page 44 with a whole load of ideas for autumn fun. And…

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ready… steady… bake!

Yay, The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens, so why not dust off your apron and whip up a batch of easy cupcakes with your toddler? Preheat your oven to 180°C/350˚F/gas mark 4. Combine 175g butter, 175g self-raising flour, 175g caster sugar, ½ tsp baking powder and three eggs in a bowl, and mix well. Divide the mixture into cupcakes cases and bake for 20-25 minutes. While the cakes are cooling, mix 115g icing sugar with milk – 1 tbsp at a time – until a thin consistency is reached. Your toddler will love drizzling the cupcakes with icing and going wild with the sprinkles, and you’ll get to enjoy one with a cuppa while watching the show! M + B loves Soft touch Your baby’s delicate skin deserves…

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this month we’re at…

‘It’s a great way to ease yourself back into exercise, and it’s so relaxed – you can stop at any point to feed or comfort your little one!’ Nicola and Evelyn, 3 months ‘Read each other’s cues and go at your own pace – your practice is what you make it. Enjoy it!’ Tricia and Sammy, 7 months ‘Don’t worry if you can’t do all the movements or your baby crawls off – it’s a warm environment where there is no pressure. ’ Emma and Lucas, 5 months ‘If your baby is having a grumpy day it doesn’t matter, as you can just join in when you can.’ Annabel and Lyla, 8 months ‘You’d think it would be chaos with babies at varying stages, but it’s the opposite, whether us mums are running late or have to stand…

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teether of the month

Dig through the leaves with your youngster and introduce her to the wonders of autumn, with this chunky board book with see-through pages. £12.95, uk.phaidon.com M + B loves Feel fabulous Pregnancy is a wonderful excuse to buy a new wardrobe, and Simply Be’s new maternity collection is bloomin’ gorgeous! There’s lots of handy features, such as ankle splits on jeans to ease swollen ankles and inside waist adjusters. The range is available in sizes 12-26 and cup sizes C-F. From £12, simplybe.co.uk A new study of 656 men found that those who primarily wore boxer shorts had 17% higher total sperm count than men who wore other type of underwear. INSTAMOMENT ‘These two had a blast this weekend with little Dudley, my mum’s miniature dachshund! How cute are they all?!’ instagram.com/lizaprideaux • Got an Instamoment you’d…

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m&b’s fave mum!  giovanna fletcher

I’m getting closer and closer to my due date and, as work starts to wind down, I’m finding myself thinking more and more about the delivery of the newest addition to our family – who’ll probably be here by the time you read this. Needless to say, a lot of this thinking is taking me back to my two previous births and wondering how it’ll compare. With Buzz, we were out with friends when my waters broke – I wasn’t entirely sure what was going on, as we were just shy of three weeks before his due date. As our friends went into a panic around us, Tom and I stayed really calm, excited about what was about to happen. We’d gone down the hypnobirthing route, and everything felt manageable as…

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we love you, daddy!

This is my son, Ridley, and his daddy, Matthew. They’ll love seeing themselves in M&B, as they read every issue together. Ridley has just turned one and Matt is due to return to work after six months of daddy day care – following the changes in legislation, we decided to split the parental leave 50:50. Their adventures together have been epic and Matt now really understands the challenges and joys of being a stay-at-home parent, from not being able to find a baby-change (so often still in ladies loos!), to the impact pausing his career might have. Matt’s support for me has been wonderful, too, as he runs me a nice bath when I’ve been suffering with full breasts and blocked ducts. Thank you, Matt, for being an amazing daddy…