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Mother & Baby September 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! Our cover star is a young man by the name of George, and I think we’re all going to be seeing a lot more of him in the future… We couldn’t resist putting the young prince on the front cover. We’ve all loved watching him grow, from his first appearance outside the hospital to this gorgeous birthday photo. Find out why we mums love seeing him celebrate his milestones on page 50, and why these little landmarks show your baby’s achievement and all the hard work you put in, on page 44. It’s milestones that are our theme this month. When my boys were tiny, we had ‘first year books’, but we never filled them in. As a result, some of our milestones are a little hazy. I remember when my…

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expert advice

DR RACHEL REED Midwife and lecturer ‘The warm water of the birthing pool softens your skin and makes it more stretchy, making your baby’s passage out easier.’ JESSICA CHIVERS Author of Mothers Work! (£12.99, Hay House) ‘Make sure you get childcare you feel comfortable with, and forget what other people think.’ REBECCA ADLINGTON ‘Put your baby’s sun hat on when she’s distracted, and she won’t try to take it off because she won’t even realise she’s got it on!’ Subscribe! Pay just £15 for seven issues and get a great welcome gift of Slumbersac sleeping bag. See page 78…

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real mum review!

Whether you’re at the park, garden or beach, protect your baby from the sun with the lightweight NSA Deluxe Travel Cot and UV Travel Centre, £89.50, boots.com . Amy, mum to Freddie, one, said, ‘The tent popped up in a second and the soft padded mat was easy to attach inside with Velcro. It was the perfect sunshade for Freddie, who happily sat in it with the mesh netting down to keep the flies out. I was a bit sceptical about how easy it would be to fold away, but I was pleasantly surprised as I managed to fold the tent up and pop it back in the bag really easily.’…

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my baby diary

What a holiday! Summer and I went to Ibiza for six days, and I thought she was teething because she was off her food and dribbling a lot. Then she got some spots around her mouth, which I thought was a reaction to suncream and sweat. But then back home, when I took her to nursery and told them she’d been a bit under the weather, they said, ‘Ah, we’ve had hand, foot and mouth!’ In a way, it was good it happened while we were on holiday, so I had all the time in the world to look after her. But bless her! And we still had a good time. We went self-catering and I took her down to the beach every morning, which she loved. She’s so independent and…

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INGREDIENTS •1 aubergine •1 tablespoon tahini • ½teaspoon lemon juice •1 small garlic clove •2 tablespoons plain yoghurt DIRECTIONS 1. Place the aubergine on a baking tray in a 400°F/200°C/ gas mark 6 oven for 50 minutes until the skin is blistered. 2. Peel off the skin. 3. Cut it into chunks and place in a food processor with the tahini, lemon juice, garlic and yoghurt. 4. Blitz and serve with crackers, pitta-bread strips or cucumber and carrot sticks. Aubergines may not be the first veg that springs to mind to feed your baby, but when cooked and puréed, they have a creamy texture and make a great dip for veggies or crackers. Introduce your baby to aubergines with this delicious baba ganoush dip at around eight months. It’s packed with fibre and vitamin C, and our recipe has none of…

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pet talk

‘Bringing a new baby into your home can be unsettling for your dog. Dogs have very sensitive hearing and a newborn baby’s cries can be stressful for them. ‘Get your dog used to the noises babies make before you give birth. Buy a CD or download sounds of a newborn baby crying, as well as noises like hiccuping and cooing. ‘Build it up slowly and gradually, and play these sounds at different times, in different areas of the house, as well as in the car, so these noises become normal for your pet. Play the sounds upstairs, then go up, so your dog gets used to seeing you respond to a baby crying. ‘It’s also a good idea to use a doll and pick it up when you turn the sounds off. If…