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Mother & Baby September 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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How well did your baby sleep last night? If your answer is ‘not great’, you’re not alone. All mums have their share of nights trying to rock and cajole their little one to sleep. There’s no magic wand to make a baby sleep like, well, a baby, but there is a lot you can do. Our six-page sleep special on p69 offers six tried-and-tested ways to help your baby have her best sleep ever. The tips are so simple, you can put them to use tonight. One of the most common questions from mums-to-be is: ‘How will I know when I am in labour?’ Well, if you want to remove any doubt that your bundle of joy is on the way, check out our 10 sure-fire signs – just make sure…

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expert advice

DR HELEN WEBBERLEY General practitioner ‘Pop cartons of juice in the freezer, then take them to the hospital. During labour, they’ll act as an ice pack for Dad to hold to your forehead, and a cold drink too!’ CAROLE AND NADIM SAAD Parenting authors ‘If your toddler’s misbehaving and you’ve lost your cool, loudly say “rewind” and act out what he is doing, with a bit of humour. This will help you reconnect with your child.’ ALISON SCOTT-WRIGHT Sleep expert ‘A fan in the nursery is great to keep your baby cool on hot nights, but leave the nursery door ajar so the fan isn’t just circulating stale air.’…

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no more sleepless nights

Infants who can resettle themselves after waking up are more likely to sleep for prolonged periods. According to researchers at the University of London, ‘being able to go back to sleep without parental involvement and prolonged sleeping are both involved in sleeping through the night at an early age.’ They found that 67% of infants who resettled themselves at five weeks slept continuously for at least five hours by three months. Read our sleep special from p69. ‘This is the happiest time of my life, and I could say that every day. I often feel like, I can’t believe I’m experiencing this’ Blake Lively, mum to daughter, James, nine months, on being a mum…

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15% off bumpfest show tickets

Birth plans, bonding, sleep techniques and a survival guide for the first few weeks with your baby can all be found under one roof at Bumpfest, Mumsnet’s one-day event dedicated to pregnancy and birth. You’ll find expert advice, the best baby products around and an amazing goody bag. Bumpfest, Saturday 26 September, 11am to 4pm, at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN. Tickets: £35, or £60 for a pair. M& readers can get a 15% discount when they enter the code 15MBM at mumsnet.com/events/bumpfest/2015/book-now . For more information, visit mumsnet.com/bumpfest.…

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We have three terrific new Cosatto Supa Big Fish strollers to give away. Featuring an über-cool and funky fabric design, this pushchair will really help you and your little one stand out in the crowd. Your tot will be bowled over by the toothy sharks featured on the stroller’s footmuff and hood. Add to that a glossy red chassis and shark wheel trims, and you’ve got a pushchair with serious pizzazz! Priced at £210 and suitable from birth, the Cosatto Supa Big Fish stroller features integral hood sunshade protection, a cup holder, spacious storage basket and a multimedia-gadget pocket. Enter (it’s free) at winit.motherandbaby.co.uk by September 8 2015; see website for terms and conditions.…

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boost their taste for veg!

Feeding babies a range of veg when they’re first weaned makes them more willing to try new varieties, according to new research by the University of London. A group of 25 babies were fed their normal diet, while a second group of babies were given five different veg in rotation over the course of 15 days. These babies were given veg in a range of colours and flavours, with a focus on greens. After 15 days, all the babies were given artichoke purée, which children rarely eat. The little ones in the second group ate more of the purée and enjoyed it more.…