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Mother & Baby Spring 2017

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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1 min.

Hello ! We’re full of the joys of spring at Mother&Baby this month, and I hope you are too. I think this is one of the times of year when you get so much out of being a mum. After the chaos of Christmas, and cold, dark winter days, the new season is a revelation. It’s brighter and warmer, and gives so many more chances to get out with your baby. And when you do, what you see is amazing. I used to love bundling up my little boys in their coats and wellies, knowing that it wouldn’t be too cold for them, and heading out to see what we could spot. We would always seek out daffodils, and I felt like I was looking at them with new eyes as…

1 min.
the help starts right here…

‘If you’re pregnant for the first time, there’s probably one burning question at the forefront of your mind: “What will birth feel like?’’’ Discover the 14 stages of birth with Milli Hill on page 36. ‘Fine-tuning meals to include special ingredients will increase the quality and quantity of your breastmilk,’ says nutritionist Louisa Pyne. Find out what to add to your diet on p42. ‘Amazingly, we may be at our dreamiest when we are in the womb,’ says paediatric professor Dr Alan Greene. Learn how to work out what’s going through her little mind on p47.…

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on the way to 10 a day!

Sneaking extra portions of fruit and veg into your toddler without him realising is one of the skills you pick up as a parent. And after research showed that we would all benefit from eating not just five portions of fruit and veg a day but 10, here are a few ideas to give your child an extra boost: • Blend a tomato, carrot, onion and pepper together to create a smooth, veggie-packed pasta sauce. • Grate half an apple and stir into porridge. • Finely chop a broccoli floret and stir into an omelette or scrambled eggs. • When making burgers, add some chopped mushrooms or puréed sweet potato to the mince mixture. • Add a handful of spinach to a strawberry and banana smoothie. • Blitz up a handful of strawberries and swirl them…

3 min.
giovanna fletcher

I love all the seasons, as they each come with their own unique traits, beauty and the promise of something different and exciting being just around the corner. Winter was great as it let us go on lovely crisp walks outdoors then drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate, but the time has come to move forward and rejoice in something a little more colourful. Spring. I blooming love spring! There’s something life-affirming about this time of year, which is probably thanks to seeing the tulips and daffodils popping up without warning. It’s the one season change that seems to literally happen overnight too. Not only does it create a greener countryside and bring about warmer weather, it also puts a pause on the endless hours spent at soft play. Now, I…

1 min.
buzz off, bees!

‘If your child gets stung , the first thing you need to do is make sure that the stinger is removed from his skin,’ says Tracey Taylor from the British Red Cross. ‘Stingers have a tiny hook, so trying to remove one of them with tweezers can actually cause more venom to be released. Instead use a credit card to lift it out. Simply slide the card along your toddler’s skin, then use it to catch the edge of the stinger and gently lift it out and away from the skin. This is much gentler and quicker than using tweezers.’…

1 min.
make this

Finding Nemo egg If he’s a Nemo fan, make a clutch of these stripy orange and white eggs, and have your very own Finding Nemo egg hunt in the garden. 1 Boil light-coloured eggs for nine minutes. Put into cold water until cool, then leave to dry. 2 Wrap elastic bands around each egg, spaced out so you can see shell between them. 3 Mix two-parts orange paint to one-part PVA glue. Paint the eggs – there’s no need to be neat! 4 Leave to dry overnight on a plate, then carefully remove the elastic bands.…