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CONTENTS MAY/JU N 2015
70 Kimberly Wyatt an d little
28 MEET THE AUTHOR We catch up with Oliver Jeffers 30 BABY ON BOARD Up your pedal power this spring 48 BRINGING BABY HOME The reality of life with a newborn 56 THE REALITY OF A HOME BIRTH Vanessa Christie shares her experiences
PHOTOGRAPHY: HELEN MARSDEN CLOTHES: TOP FROM BONPOINT, KNICK KNACKS FROM NO ADDED SUGAR, BABY MARY JANES FROM BONPOINT
32 CLUB TROPICANA Summer-inspired fashion for baby 38 SHOP THE SHOOT Our pick of the fruitiest little outfits
BABY NEWS Keeping you in the know BOOKS FOR BABY The very best colour-inspired books TOT GEAR Kate Finney tests the new Uppababy Vista; plus we look at double buggies MEET THE EXPERTS Our professionals give advice on bump, birth and beyond HOW TO… SWADDLE Midwife Vicki Scott’s top tips DIARY OF A MUM Becky Dickinson tackles “working from home”
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SHOP BY COLOUR The must-haves in every shade 41 THE REVIEW Laura Mason tests out baby carriers 47 PAINT POT INTERIORS Give your home a dose of colour
65 TRAVEL NEWS Prepare to pack your bags 66 SUNSATION Cover up and keep baby safe in the sun
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TIME TO TALK… Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt discuss maternity leave and returning to work MUM ON A MISSION New mother Kimberly Wyatt on keeping her dancing shoes firmly on her feet FOOD NEWS For the smallest of diners TASTE THE RAINBOW Annabel Karmel’s fun and fruity recipes DIARY OF A NIGHT NANNY Georgie Bateman shares her latest sleeping story EDUCATION NEWS The latest from the classroom CHOOSING A SCHOOL Charlotte Phillips, contributor to The Good Schools Guide, offers advice MEET THE HEAD We catch up with Susan Clarke of Rowan Preparatory School MINI AGENDA What’s on in Surrey this spring GROUPS AND CLASSES A selection of local activities GET MORE… Our exclusive competitions and offers INSPIRE The founders of Joseph Joseph talk to us about all things colour and kitchens
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as often as possible. Caz Nicklin, bike blogger and founder of Cyclechic, has shared her tips for kitting out your bike to cater for a little passenger (p.30), including all the accessories and safety gear your heart could desire. Following new NHS guidelines that home births may be better for mothers and just as safe for babies, we asked one mother for the inside story on delivering her two daughters at home (p.56). The idea of being in a familiar setting is an attractive one… although I’m not sure how keen I’d be to unload the dishwasher in between contractions! For those of you mapping out your maternity leave, or planning your return to work, we have brilliant advice from Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt (p.61), plus the lowdown on working from home in our latest instalment from Becky Dickinson in her brilliant series, Diary of a Mum (p.58). And if that all sounds like way too much hard work, browse through our shopping pages (p.17), stock up on suncream (p.66) and get prepared for a glorious summer ahead!
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Summer is on the horizon, and with the days getting longer and lighter we’re ready to celebrate! And that’s not all we’re celebrating at Baby Surrey, as I’m thrilled to be expecting another baby. Having made it through the first (and in my opinion worst!) trimester, I’ve finally been rewarded with renewed energy levels and a serious urge to get nesting. With this in mind, I’ve been paying special attention to our newborn features, jogging my memory with Louisa Van den Bergh’s very honest guide to taking your new baby home (p.48) and Vicki Scott’s swaddling tips (p.53), never one of my strong points! Plus I’ve been busy searching for double buggies and think I may have hit the jackpot with a new travel system I reviewed for our Tot Gear pages (p.43). Now that the sun is out, we’re embracing colour throughout this issue, with the brightest and fruitiest new fashion buys for your baby (p.32), the best baby books about colour (p.26) and a selection of interiors products guaranteed to make you smile (p.47). One of the biggest game-changers for me was fitting a baby seat on the back of my bike – not only could we get to our favourite park in five minutes, but we both loved cycling along the river and getting a blast of fresh air
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Where were you born? In Barnsley, Yorkshire. Favourite childhood toy? Snoopy! I still have my Snoopy soft toy in his blue tracksuit – I also loved my Sindy doll and her caravan! Best thing about working with babies? Babies are amazing to work with, but the thing I find most rewarding is working with the new mums and dads and seeing them grow in confidence or supporting them through the rough bits. See Vicki’s top swaddling tips on p.53
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Editor Kate Finney Managing Editor Rebecca Moore Senior Sub Editor Natalie Milner Editorial Assistant Caroline Leeper Editorial Assistant Eleanor Doughty Senior Art Editor Chloë Collyer Senior Designer Emily Weller Designer Brigitta Holmar Publisher Annabella Ward Associate Publisher Stephanie Organ Commercial Director Vicki Gavin Marketing Manager Will Delmont Digital Media Manager James Dobson
Where were you born? Port Hedland in Western Australia. Favourite childhood toy? My younger brother’s tricycle. I could turn the steering wheel around and pretend it was a BMX. First book memory? My mum reading a book about a mountain and a buffalo. Favourite thing to do on a sunny day? Eating and drinking outside with friends. Read more about Oliver on p.28
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We can’t get enough of the latest collaboration between the classic children’s book Pat the Bunny and Romy and The Bunnies founder Julia Restoin Roitfeld, for the tale’s 75th anniversary. The baby fashion greats have come together to put their fluffy-tailed twist on products for your little one, including the legendary Charlotte Olympia, who has designed a line of super-cute bunny slippers for mother, daughter and baby; Bonpoint has created a chic little twin-set; and aden + anais has a new collection of swaddles featuring the Pat the Bunny print. The limited edition 14-piece collection is available exclusively at Harrods. harrods.com
NEW SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE (SPL) LAWS HAVE NOW COME INTO EFFECT, MEANING THAT PARENTS CAN SHARE LEAVE FOLLOWING THE BIRTH OR ADOPTION OF THEIR CHILD. THE NEW RULES, ENFORCED ON 5 APRIL, ALSO ALLOW PARENTS TO TAKE TIME OFF SIMULTANEOUSLY IN ORDER TO LOOK AFTER A NEWBORN. AFTER THE MOTHER HAS TAKEN TWO WEEKS OFF WORK PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE UP TO 50 WEEKS OF LEAVE AND 37 WEEKS OF PAY. ALTHOUGH PARENTS CHOOSE HOW TO ARRANGE THEIR LEAVE, IT MUST BE AGREED BETWEEN THE EMPLOYEE AND EMPLOYER WITH EIGHT WEEKS’ NOTICE. GOV.UK
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MINI ADVENTURES It’s been 30 years since the much-loved Sylvanian Families first graced the shelves of our local shops, and to celebrate Hatchlands Park is to open a nature trail dedicated to these miniature furry friends. Equipped with an activity sheet, guide, colouring sheet and maze map, budding young naturegoers are encouraged to spot their favourite characters while discovering interesting facts about the surrounding wildlife and trees as they go. nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park
With a spring collection set to melt big and mini hearts alike, what better way to celebrate the new season than with a fantastic 20% discount at Rachel Riley. Simply quote BabySurrey20 on their website, or bring your magazine to one of their stores. rachelriley.co.uk *Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, or on sale items, the Heritage Collection, footwear, dolls or teddies.
RUB-A-DUB-DUB This new range of bubbly goodness from Paddy’s Bathroom is bursting with organic, natural ingredients that are super gentle on sensitive skin and sting-free on little eyes. Designed by the brilliant people behind Ella’s Kitchen, the collection smells heavenly and will fill your bathroom with fun! paddysbathroom.com
LITTLE ANIMALS Cuddledry have embraced their wild side in support of World Wildlife Fund. The latest Snow Leopard print bamboo cotton baby and toddler towels are as perfect as ever for curling up in. Plus money from each sale goes to help conserve this beautiful animal. £34.99 | cuddledry.com
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STROLLING IN STYLE
Trot around London with the most cultured stroller known to the baby world this summer. The new Bugaboo Bee3 features Vincent van Gogh’s Almond Blossom printed across its sun canopy, making it super bright and colourful, and the perfect companion for summer. £659 | bugaboo.com
NEW APP New app my pregnancy CaPL is the first to allow you to independently track your pregnancy and develops a detailed, week-by-week care guidance plan just for you, based on UK guidelines. It comes with a contraction timer, kick counter and birth plan creator. Free | mycapl.com
BABY & NURSERY WORLD Third Floor At Bentalls, we pride ourselves on being able to offer you the most innovative nursery products available as well as expert advice for your babies’ and toddlers’ needs. As the weather warms up, potty-training season begins. My Carry Potty has a great new range available featuring new summer designs. Neat Nursery also has the perfect accessories to make pottytraining your little one a lot less stressful.
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Choose your timing wisely - keep to a routine as much as possible Encourage your little one to carry their potty with them as much as they can – it gives them a sense of security Create a rewards chart and fill it in every time a potty training session goes well Let the nursery/school and family know you are potty training so that you get the support you need And finally, give lots of praise!
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Color Block Bubble $62, isabelgarreton.com
Milleraies Striped T-Shirt £17, petit-bateau.co.uk
Pink Marble Jacket ¤60, softgallery.dk/en
Ariel Changing Bag £59, storksak.com
Crisp Twill Dungarees £37, petit-bateau.co.uk
Little Bird Flannel Shorts £6, mothercare.com
Harry Striped Overalls £34.99, chateaudesable.co.uk
Lace Cardigan £54, elfielondon.com
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Add a dash of this vibrant shade for a super bold statement Paisley Liberty Print Vest £32, brora.co.uk
Smart Snacks Nesting Gummies £19.14, learningresources.co.uk
Shark Red Sandals £40, saltwatersandals.com
Ígló&Indí Bib £13, oscarandolivia.co.uk iCandy Raspberry £420, icandyworld.com Vevian Patent Shoes £119, laceandribbons.co.uk Zig Zag Throw £295, uk.jonathanadler.com
Armani Junior £74, yoox.com
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Noe and Zoe Romper £34, selfridges.com
Tocoto Vintage Boots £34, laceandribbons.co.uk
Cannes Box Dress £44.99, chateaudesable.co.uk Margherita Kids T-Shirt £22, yoox.com
Baby Boy Shorts £16, petit-bateau.co.uk Summer Romper £18, lucyandsam.com
Tallulah Skirt £37, elfielondon.com
Colors of California £26, yoox.com
Cannes Sun Hat £16.99, chateaudusable.co.uk
Brother Max Plug £9.99, brothermax.com
Elysee Cardigan £29.99, chateaudesable.co.uk
No summer get-up would be complete without a hint of minty fresh green Alexander Stiped Pouf £317, gigibrooks.com
Parakeet Main Plate £24, alicepeto.com
Franck & Fischer Rattle £10, shak-shuka.com Dragon Pull Toy £10, shak-shuka.com
Made for Me Personalised Trunki £40, trunki.com
Tripp Trapp Chair £159, stokke.com
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Miffy at the Playground £4.99, simonandschuster.co.uk
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Surf 2 £700, silvercrossbaby.com
Baby Bottle £12.99, ahipkid.com
Undersea Explorer £6, jojomamanbebe.co.uk
Duck Push Toy £49, bluealmonds.co.uk
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Yellow Teepee Basket £59, olliella.com
Kite Dungarees £31, yoox.com
Ralph Lauren Floral Dress £85, harrods.com
Yellow Ruffle Baby Bubble $62, isabelgarreton.com
Pudding Trousers £42, stellamccartney.com
L'asticot Seahorse Romper £28, oscarandolivia.co.uk Adeline Yellow Dress £77, bonpoint.com
Baby Socks £19, bonpoint.com Blune Kids Ice Cream Knit £39.83, smallable.com Duck Booties £15, cathkidston.com
Alouette Bloomers £22.99, chateaudesable.co.uk
Opal Flamingo Dress ¤42, igloandindi.com/en
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Falcotto by Naturino £36, yoox.com
Frog Print Mary Jane £29, childrensalon.com
Little Bird Multi-Stripe and Floral Shirt £6, mothercare.com Polka Dot Blouse £21, petit-bateau.co.uk Honoré Slipper Shoes £150, mychatelles.com
Monchou All-in-One £58, amaiakids.co.uk
Sarouel Trousers ¤19, tortuedemer.com
Adelaide Dress £91, bonpoint.com
It’s time to splash some sky blue into the mix
Tocoto Vintage Denim Dress £35, laceandribbons.co.uk
TIPSY Organic Cotton Hat £13.45, bonniebaby.co.uk
Fresco High Chair £ 308.32, bloombaby.co.uk
Caravan Crib £965, nubie.co.uk
Alphabet Alligators £17.94, learningresources.co.uk
Safari Wicker Tray £20, emandlu.co.uk
Franck & Fischer Rattle £10, shak-shuka.com Skip Hop Moby Bath Rinser £8.50, jojomamanbebe.co.uk
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Little Circus Elephant £29.90, steiff.com
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By Patrick George A vivid and quirky, awardwinning, colour mixing adventure. Just flip the acetate to reveal a new colour and a new picture! Will keep little ones entertained for hours. £8.99, Patrick George
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Baby’s first cloth book comes in a colourful presentation box
SNEAK-A-PEEK: COLOURS By Roger Priddy
Children are encouraged to peek through peep-holes to discover familiar words and colours from the world around them. £5.99, Priddy Books
FIRST 100: NUMBERS, COLOURS, SHAPES By Roger Priddy
A padded book about numbers, colours and shapes. Packed with over 100 first words to learn and bright, bold pictures to look at. £3.99, Priddy Books
By Aino-Maija Metsola Stylish and innovative, this introduction to colours explores
everything from bright yellow lions to pink ice creams and purple aubergines. £8.99, Wide Eyed Editions
MY LITTLE WORLD: ZOOM By Jonathan Litton, Fhiona Galloway
Who will win the colourful race? Featuring concentric holes for toddlers to turn the pages to their favourite vehicle. With an exciting, rhyming text to make learning fun. £5.99, Little Tiger Kids
WE LOVE EACH OTHER By Yusuke Yonezu
From birds to elephants, rabbits to turtles, each one illustrated in primary colours. There is love and
togetherness on every page. £8.99, Minedition
co-ordination and memory skills. £5.99, Little Tiger Kids
VERY FIRST CLOTH BOOK – BLUE
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By Fiona Watt, Stella Baggott Even the tiniest baby will enjoy this delightful wordless cloth book. With crackly soft pages, little hands will love exploring textures and sounds. A beautiful gift for a new family. £9.99, Usborne
MY FIRST LIFT AND LEARN: COLOURS By Little Tiger Press
Packed with fun photographs of familiar objects, each page features a flap to lift. Helps build language skills, hand-eye
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Acetate pages merge colours and shapes making previously invisible animals appear before your very eyes – a magical must have. £12.99, Flying Eye Books
WINNIE-THE-POOH: LIFT THE FLAP COLOURS By A A Milne
A charming exploration of first colours with familiar friends. Winnie the Pooh and Piglet introduce young readers to colours with soft pastel shades and clever flaps to lift. £5.99, Egmont
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MEET THE AUTHOR OLIVER JEFFERS
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Emma O’Donovan catches up with world famous author and illustrator of How to Catch a Star, Oliver Jeffers What did you most enjoy drawing as a child? Large waves, whales, boats, things sinking, things being destroyed, giants stomping on houses. I bumped into an old primary school teacher at a signing a few years back. She had kept my story book jotter as an example to other pupils for about 20 years, but 10 years ago she lost it when they moved school – a real shame as I would have loved to have seen it.
Whose sketchbook would you most like to peek inside? Quite possibly Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, Julian Opie, Gerhard Richter or Jean-Jacques Sempé. Which of your books are you most proud of? I’m proud of them all but the one which has particular meaning is The Incredible Book Eating Boy as that was the book which my publishers didn’t want to publish. In the end we came up with a deal where I would get to publish it and they could get the book they wanted afterwards.
Oliver has been sketching and doodling since school
In The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Henry satisfies his love of books by eating them, becoming smarter the more he eats. If you had to eat a book which one would you choose and why? The dictionary, it’s got all the words! Which children’s book would you most like to illustrate? A Roald Dahl story, but the Quentin Blake illustrations are just so integral to Roald Dahl, I don’t know if I’d see myself fit to re-visualise that. Your book Stuck tries to solve a problem by throwing things at it. Which three items would you want thrown at you if you were stuck up a tree? Something to eat, read and to watch football highlights on. bs
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One of your first picture books, Lost and Found tells the magical tale of a friendship between a small boy and a penguin. Was there a particular event which inspired this story? It’s actually based on a true story! There’s a zoo in Belfast with a huge penguin enclosure. On a school trip, a boy got into the enclosure unnoticed and rounded up a baby penguin, then got back on the school bus. It wasn’t until he got home that his parents realised he had a penguin! They had to keep it overnight in the bath tub until they could take it back to the zoo the next day. I always thought about what this relationship was like, what did they talk about? Did they watch TV together?
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Baby on Board C YCLECHIC FOU N DER Caz Nicklin SHAR E S H ER IN SIDER TIPS TO PEDDLING WITH YOU R BABY s soon as your baby can sit up straight (from around 10 months onwards), you can get them on the bike. My main means of transporting my daughter Florence around for the past five years has been the back of my bike – from nursery to ballet to swimming during her toddler years, and now, to school. I first got her on board the bike with me when she was 14 months old. I reckon that she would have been ready a few months before but the
weather was horrid so we waited until spring had sprung and by 14 months she was less likely to fall asleep! Transporting your children by bike can be hugely practical not to mention heaps of fun for all involved. It can tick many boxes for a busy parent: getting them out in the fresh air, seeing their bonny little faces light up and hearing their squeals of delight as they discover the joys of travelling by bike or (with the rose-tinted glasses removed) getting them
from A to B without any bawling, dawdling or buggy battles on the bus. And, as an added bonus, cycling is good for you: ✽ Healthy body: cycling is a great way to get exercise into your daily routine. ✽ Healthy brain: the endorphins released by the exercise and the sheer fun of riding your bike can be a great boost to your mood. ✽ Healthy wallet: once you’ve invested in the bike and gear, the actual riding bit is completely free! WeeRide Safefront Childseat £99.99 | cyclesurgery.com
New Looxs Lilly Shopper Pannier £36.99 | cyclechic.co.uk
Pashley Poppy bicycle £495 | pashley.co.uk
Sawako Furuno Ladies’ Helmet £68 | cyclechic.co.uk
Birds Lazer Infant Helmet £19.99 | cyclechic.co.uk Bundlebean Go Elephant £29.99 | bundlebean.com
Kiddimoto Dotty Helmet £24.99 kiddimoto.co.uk Bobike Maxi Rear Seat £79.99 | cyclechic.co.uk
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Pashley Wicker Basket £42 | pashley.co.uk
t r park s to cu d look out fo an es d ut ea ro ah Plan ter road well as quie through as Cargo bikes are great for school runs, especially if you have more than one child
KIT LIST: FRONT-MOUNTED CHILD SEATS These seats attach to the handlebar stem and the child sits in front of you with their legs under the handlebars. These seats are best for children under three as the position can be a bit of a squeeze when they get bigger. ✽ The child is in a secure position and in full view between your arms – good for parent and child, as you don’t have to twist round to check on them and they feel more secure. ✽ Great view for the child – being up front they can see what’s going on – and a great introduction to the joys of cycling. ✽ Easy to attach to most bikes. REAR-MOUNTED CHILD SEATS This is the most common type of child seat and attaches to either the rear rack or has a mounting bracket that clamps onto your seat tube and the seat clicks into the bracket. ✽ Higher maximum weight and more space than a front seat, meaning your growing child can use it for longer. ✽ Easy to get hold of and reasonably priced. ✽ Adjustable feet holders to cater for your growing child.
CARGO BIKES Cargo bikes are commonplace in Holland and Denmark and are gradually growing in popularity in the UK. They are essentially a large Dutch-style bike with a cargo box attached at the front. ✽ For two to three kids and lots of shopping. ✽ Kids are upfront in a fun, sociable and secure position with a good view. ✽ Easy for everyday use as there’s nothing to attach, you simply get on and go.
Boxer Shuttle From £1,950 | boxercycles.com
HELMETS For you and your child a comfy, secure helmet is a must but there’s no need to sacrifice on style. Check out the selection on the opposite page for a burst of colour and fun.
Hamax Child Bike Seat Rain Poncho £29.99 | halfords.com
PANNIERS/BASKETS Invariably if you are taking your child from A to B you will need to be carting some stuff around with you too. REFLECTIVE If cycling in the evenings, invest in reflectives to ensure you’re visible to other road users.
Crane Handpainted Bell in Red Spring £16 | cyclechic.co.uk
CAZ’S TOP TIPS FOR GETTING BACK ON YOUR BIKE ✽ Have a lesson
Adult cycling lessons have been increasing in popularity over the past 10 years. I would highly recommend a lesson for anyone who is new to or has had a break from cycling. There are many companies offering lessons in Surrey. ✽ Find routes off road Many of the routes I cycle with my daughter are either off-road or on quieter roads – it makes for a much more chilled out
experience. Have a look at the cycle lanes and networks in your area and of course routes through parks. ✽ Get off and push I am a firm believer in hopping off your bike and pushing on the pavement if the road feels too busy and chaotic, especially with a child on the bike. As long as you stop and dismount safely, there is no harm in pushing your bike. The Girls’ Bicycle Handbook by Caz Nicklin (£14.99, Quercus)
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Need help ﬁnding NANNYcare, call 0800 328 5826, email email@example.com or visit nannycare.co.uk IMPORTANT NOTICE: *NANNYcare® Follow on milk is only suitable for babies from 6 months, to complement breastfeeding or the start of weaning, as part of a varied and balanced diet. It is not intended as a breast milk substitute and is not suitable for babies under 6 months. It is recommended that NANNYcare Follow on milk is used only on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or other professional responsible for maternal and child care, based on your baby’s individual needs. **NANNYcare Growing up milk is for young children between 1-3 years as part of a healthy balanced diet. Goat milk follow on formula is not suitable for infants with a cow’s milk protein allergy unless directed by a healthcare professional. REF: 1. PARK YW et al (2007). Physico-chemical characteristics of goat and sheep milk. Small Ruminant Research, 68: 88-1134. 2. ZHOU et al (2011). How does goat milk infant formula compare to cow milk formula? A randomised controlled trial Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, 52, E208. 3. GRANT, et al (2005). Randomized, double-blind comparison of growth in infants receiving goat milk formula versus cow milk infant formula. J Paediatr Child Health, 41, 564-8.
THE REVIEW ENJOY SPRINGTIM E WITH BABY IN TOW! Laura Mason PUTS BABY CAR RIER S TO TH E TE ST
LATER Best for
DESIGN Best for
PHIL AND TED’S
This is a good choice for longevity with three very different carry positions that help manage the weight of your baby as it grows. Select from inwards facing, outwards facing and the bonus of a back carrier all in the same system. The ergonomic design and structure ensures comfort. £84.99 | babybjorn.co.uk
This unique carrier makes a great travel addition thanks to its super light weight of 0.88lbs. It also folds down to the size of a water bottle. While having some great portable features for travel it doesn’t compromise on comfort or ease of use. The newborn insert (included) is required for smaller babies. £39 | mothercare.com
A multi-use carrier that grows with your child, this can be used on the front and back (for older children). However it really excels as a front carrier ideal for newborns. The adjustable head and back support is strong while reassuring for parents, particularly those still getting used to a carrier as opposed to a pushchair. £149 | stokke.com
This brand new model is the latest offering from LittleLife, that specialises in back carriers. Ideal for heavier children, the weight is comfortably spread across the back thanks to the adjustable options. Thumbs up for the lightweight design, at 1.9kg you’re focusing on carrying your child rather than the carrier itself. £99.95 | johnlewis.com
For something less intimidating, this is more of a sling with a hammocktype formation. With up to five ways of wearing it, you can easily find your desired level of comfort, with two of these positions perfect for discreet breastfeeding. Design and colour is key, with vibrant breathable fabrics and bold patterns. £44.99 | wemademe.com
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LOOKING FOR TH E U LTIMATE TR AVEL SYSTEM TO SUIT H ER GROWING FAMILY, Kate Finney TE STS TH E N EW U PPABABY VISTA UPPABABY VISTA 2015 I have a confession to make, I’m a fully signed-up member of the Uppababy fan club, and have loved my previous Vista, to the extent that I’m almost reluctant to switch my affections to the shiny new version. But I’m trying to keep an open mind! Sporting several modifications, it’s essentially the same buggy as before – but with added benefits. What attracted me is its improved capability as a double (when converted with the newly-designed Rumble Seat). It means I can use it as a pram for a newborn, a buggy for my toddler, a double for my toddler’s nanny share days, and as a double for the new baby on the way and my toddler, with each different configuration requiring a minor changeover taking seconds.
IKate’s daughter has given Ithe new Uppababy Vista Iher seal of approval!
THE LOW-DOWN This really is a multi-tasking buggy, suitable for one, two or even three children (with the Piggy Back ride-along accessory). The bassinet, which has a useful handle for carrying, is perfect for naps or overnight sleeping (a nice option to have when travelling). The comfy toddler seat is both front and rear facing and tilts well. It stands alone once folded and has a huge storage basket which is a big plus.
GOOD LOOKING? The sleek new model looks almost identical, and I think it’s a great design. The bassinet has a lovely soft lining and the seat is simple and smart. With nine colourways there is something for everyone, although I love the ones with black frames.
COMFORT Both the seat units and the bassinet feature SPF 50+ extendable sunshades to keep the sun out of little eyes. The bassinet has a zip-on apron panel and feels even more luxurious than the older model. The seat unit reclines to horizontal making it perfect for napping, and the Rumble Seat also tilts which helps to give the second child a lot more room.
THE VERDICT PRACTICALITY AND DRIVEABILITY Very easy and intuitive to use, the manoeuvrability of the new model is much better, and it’s a pleasure to push in both buggy and pram modes. With two toddlers on board, it can be tricky to gain leverage for lifting the buggy up on the pavement, but the fact they can both face forwards is a great improvement. The rain cover and insect net are both easy to use and the car seat adaptors make it even more versatile.
The new Vista offers a more luxurious ride (and push) and the new Rumble Seat (£174.99) is perfect for those wanting to convert to a double. It’s sturdy, good-looking, dependable and a great all-rounder for both pavements and light off-road use. My daughter and her best friend love it so much that they actually try to climb in it, which is far easier than trying to strap in a screaming toddler! bs £699.99 | uppababy.co.uk
LE T YOU R PUSHCHAIR S GROW WITH YOU R FAMILY…
BABY JOGGER CITY SELECT
The Quick-Fold Technology is a real selling point for this pushchair, meaning it’s easy to fold but also very secure. The City Select drives quite effortlessly whether you’re out and about in the city or enjoying country strolls. Easily converted for extra riders with the second seat adapters, it’s a great set of wheels for twins or siblings. £524.95 | johnlewis.com
PHIL & TEDS VIBE
Our Kiwi friends certainly know how to cater for double trouble, with the Vibe converting easily from a single stroller to a twin using their double kit. When cruising in second-seat mode, the double kit offers baby two seat recline positions that can be easily adjusted. The featherlight kerb pop also means navigating kerbs has never been so easy. £549 | philandteds.com
This pushchair offers parents complete flexibility; use as the mono, duo or twin – all cool and contemporary. The convertible pushchair adapts to the growing family quite easily. In just three simple clicks it can convert from a duo pushchair to a mono pushchair; it’s perfect for twins, two children or solo riders. £849.05 | mamasandpapas.com
ICANDY APPLE 2 PEAR
Designed to upgrade the iCandy Pear 2 multi-mode system, the Apple 2 Pear makes a super stylish double pushchair. The colour choices for this sexy set of wheels are simply incredible, coming in 12 fabulous flavours. It’s a great option for a sophisticated single or makes a beautiful tandem pushchair. £470 | icandyworld.com
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Louisa Van den Bergh, FOU N DER OF LU LU BABY, SHAR E S TH E R E ALIT Y OF COMING HOM E WITH A N EWBOR N
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o you have had your gorgeous baby, have received visits, flowers, cards and (hopefully) some support while in hospital, but now you are heading home with your precious new bundle in the back of the car. Yikes, what now?
IT’S ALL A BIT SURREAL Many mums report a feeling of surreal detachment as they arrive back home. Everything seems the same and yet everything has changed beyond belief. Feeling tired and physically exhausted after the birth no doubt increases these feelings, alongside the inevitable hormonal contribution. You don’t have long to dwell on these emotions before a little somebody starts asking for you, beginning the cycle of feeding, winding, napping (both of you) and trying to get stuff done in between. That feeling of surreal detachment can last a while as you adjust to your new life and how completely different it is from those days when you only had yourself and your partner to worry about. Gone are the lie-ins, leisurely breakfasts, being able to do exactly what you want, when you want. Instead you may find you are in your pyjamas till midday, you cannot fathom why your baby needs to eat every 45 minutes and the only things you have managed to eat all day is a muffin and a packet of crisps. You used to be so organised, and now you can barely manage to put a wash on. This is all completely normal and you will soon get used to your new life. It will get easier as your baby grows, you gain confidence and get the hang of feeding and looking after your little one.
few days for them to settle down completely. If you are breastfeeding, you will have already witnessed how regularly your little bub enjoys sucking on them. Hopefully it has not been too painful for you, but if you are in pain, now is the time to seek some help rather than curl those toes and soldier on. When your milk comes in, usually on day three or four, you may find that your breasts resemble a pornstar’s – huge and very full. I remember seeing my tiny boy feeding on this balloon breast. When your breasts are really big and sore and lumpy, known as engorgement, it can be very uncomfortable and can often make it tricky to latch your baby on. This is a time to work hard on that latch
so that they feed well, have a full tummy and then have a good long nap. If your baby is jaundiced (which is very common) then they will be particularly dozy and it is especially important to make sure they feed well because feeding will help shift the jaundice. Most babies hate having their nappy changed. I remember one Lulubaby mum emailing me soon after her baby had been born, worried that something was wrong with her son as he cried and cried when his nappy was being changed or he was being dressed. This is entirely normal. Your baby will not enjoy being stripped off, left exposed, having his bottom wiped and being manoeuvred into clothes for a few weeks yet.
IT WILL GET EASIER AS YOUR BABY GROWS, YOU GAIN CONFIDENCE AND GET THE HANG OF LOOKING AFTER YOUR LITTLE ONE
BIG CHANGES No article about bringing a new baby home would be complete without some mention of your, now enormous, breasts. Feeding dominates those early days and weeks. Even if you are not planning on breastfeeding, you will still find that your breasts rear their head as they adapt to post pregnancy life and their new role. If you are bottle feeding, you are likely to still feel some changes (unless you have taken some medication) as your breasts will still produce some milk and it will take a
and stay on top of that engorgement while your breasts settle down. NAPPIES GALORE Every new mum expects to be changing lots of nappies in those first months, but not every mum realises quite how many that involves. A baby that is feeding well in the first month, will typically do at least six wet nappies and at least three dirty nappies (they may poo less if bottle fed). Ideally you should be changing their nappies regularly to help prevent nappy rash. It is the ammonia in urine which causes the most irritation and you don’t want your baby sitting in poo for any longer than necessary, although at night time you don’t need to worry too much if they are asleep. You may also find yourself changing your baby’s nappy to wake your baby up. That might sound a bit odd, surely you want your baby to sleep as much as possible and give you a break? But you also want your baby to feed effectively. Newborns are often very drowsy and will nod off five minutes into a feed. It can be a good idea to try and keep them awake
WELCOMING VISITORS Those first few days are often marked by a steady stream of visitors. They tend to fall into two camps. Those that get it, and those that just don’t! The ones that get it are usually parents themselves, they come round exactly when you ask, make a fuss of your older children (if you have them), bring lasagne for supper and don’t stay long. Those that don’t get it arrive late, say yes to staying for lunch and make themselves at home before finally being booted out! It is important to limit visitors so you are not too exhausted and have time to nap. More importantly, it’s best not to tire out and stimulate your baby too much. Being handed from visitor to visitor may mean they don’t get a good long nap and are left over-stimulated and tetchy. On day three or four, when your milk comes in most mums have a bout of the “baby blues” and feel tearful and overwhelmed. This can be a good day to say no to visits. This mood will pass (it’s those hormones again!) but best to lay low, stay cosy with baby and warn your partner you may be a bit weepy and touchy. HUGS AND KISSES One of the most wonderful things about coming home with your tiny baby is having a new little person to smother with kisses and cuddles. You cannot overdo this, all your baby really needs in those first few days and weeks is milk and love. bs lulubaby.co.uk
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Experts DEEARNA WITHEY Breastfeeding consultant and maternity nurse
Sleeping at feeding time Mums can find that baby stays awake long enough to start a feed, but within 10 minutes they will begin to fall asleep.
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OU R PROFE SSIONAL S GIVE ADVICE ON PAR ENTH OOD
IN ORDER TO PREVENT THIS, TRY THE FOLLOWING TIPS: ✽ Change baby’s nappy and ensure baby wakes up during the change. ✽ Gently blow on baby’s face during feed. ✽ Have some water and cotton wool close by and rub this along baby’s cheekbone. ✽ Ensure your baby hasn’t got too many layers on – just a nappy with a thin muslin over the top is ideal and then dress for bed after the feed. ✽ Softly run your finger down baby’s spine.
Press your thumb in the centre of baby’s palm and rotate, this is the pressure point for their natural sucking reflex.
TRY TO AVOID: Massaging or running your fingers along baby’s head as any form of head massage will activate oxytocin release and melatonin which is the sleep hormone. 07771 660121 deearnas-maternity-agency.co.uk
DR ETIENNE HORNER Obstetrician and gynaecologist
Induction of labour I always try to find common topics for this column; often choosing questions I have been asked in my clinic about things that are bothering my patients and are a particular concern which, unsurprisingly, is giving birth. Some women tell me that in the first few weeks of pregnancy they don’t want to be induced as they have heard horror stories. Some even ask at what stage of pregnancy I would consider an induction and how often induction of labour ends in caesarean section for my patients. At the other end of the scale there are women who want to be induced on a particular date because it suits them better. There is a huge difference in how women experience induction; those pregnant for the first time often have a different experience to women who have previously given birth. The aim of induction is to achieve a safe vaginal delivery. The process is usually started with a specialised vaginal gel that softens and dilates the cervix. The gel acts slowly on the cervix to cause a cramp-period-like pain. It is important to mobilise whilst the gel is working as this helps to dilate the cervix. The gel can be repeated every six hours, for up to 24 hours, but most women do not require more than one or two doses. Once the cervix has dilated a little, we can break the waters and start a syntocinon drip to keep the contractions going. If the patient experiences strong and regular contractions early on then the drip may not be needed, but it is almost always required for first-time births. Once labour has started properly, the induction has done its job, and we can then continue to assess the labour as it progresses. Women can be induced from 39 weeks onwards (but ideally not any earlier if there is no medical indication to do so). Induction can be a positive experience culminating in a vaginal delivery if there are realistic expectations about the process, timelines and good pain relief (epidural). With all of that in mind, I feel induction of labour is a good way of achieving a vaginal birth. 07868 972 920 etiennehorner.co.uk
DR ROBERT ARLT MD
Consultant paediatrician at +richmond practice
How much crying is acceptable? On average babies cry around 60 minutes a day. A healthy baby has an automatic capacity to settle without help from their parents. Studies show that crying often gets worse at about six weeks of age. You should be concerned if your child cries continuously for more than three hours in a row, more than three days a week, over a period of three weeks or more. Research suggests that up to 30% of babies cry excessively. It usually starts at two weeks and can go on to six months.
What causes excessive crying? There are a variety of medical causes. The following are examples: ✽ Rhinitis – an irritation or inflammation inside the nose. ✽ Reflux – frequently associated with a cow’s milk protein intolerance. ✽ Urinary tract infections. ✽ A hernia. ✽ An intestinal intussusception or gut malformation. ✽ Meningitis. ✽ Other stomach problems.
remedy beyond its mainly placebo effect. Some evidence suggests that babies who are picked up regularly will cry less. A regular routine which creates a predictable secure environment is also important. Breastfeeding and/or a regular feeding schedule also may be settling. YOU SHOULD AVOID: ✽ Excessive sensory stimulus. ✽ Letting the carer become over tired and emotionally exhausted. ✽ ‘Misunderstandings’. A typical example of a ‘misunderstanding’ is when the baby turns their head away. This usually means that the baby has had enough input and needs space. If anxious parents misinterpret this as rejection, they may attempt to play more with baby and this may make them cry. It also affects the baby’s ability to settle. The parent might lose confidence, impacting on their intuitive feel for the situation and child. CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR: ✽ To ensure there is no underlying medical problem. ✽ If you’ve lost confidence. ✽ If after trying suggested measures your baby is still crying excessively. 020 8940 5009 richmondpractice.co.uk
A crying baby may also induce a vicious circle of interaction. If the baby is unsettled the parent becomes anxious and their intuitive perception of their baby’s needs may reduce. This causes insecure behaviour towards the baby, who may sense this and become more unsettled. SOOTHING MEASURES: Unfortunately soothing measures such as positioning, moving, massage, homeopathy, even some commonly used medication, lack reliable evidence as a
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MIDWIFE, MATER NIT Y N U R SE AN D NAN NY Vicki Scot t GIVE S US H ER TOP TIPS FOR SWADDLING YOU R BABY
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WHY SWADDLE? From my experience with hundreds of babies over the last 15 years, I know that swaddling for the first eight to 12 weeks helps most newborns settle – by recreating the environment of the womb. Newborns have no control over limb movements until about 10 weeks, so a swaddle prevents involuntary movements from disturbing their sleep. Most newborns who manage to suck their fingers to self soothe have only managed it by accident as a one-off. They tend to get most frustrated when they can’t find them again and this is the reason for wearing scratch mitts, but a swaddled baby doesn’t need them.
Another reason why swaddling works wonders is that it stops your baby from being rudely awakened by the newborn Moro reflex and the startle response. This reflex is a normal part of your baby’s neurological development, however it causes him to suddenly jerk, flinging his arms and legs out like a starfish. Since Biblical times, babies have been swaddled in some form or another with methods varying throughout the world and through different cultures. Mothers have long known the calming qualities a swaddle can have as a baby adjusts to the outside world. Swaddling started to come back into fashion in the UK
towards the end of the last century. I imagine one of the reasons was because it was a time when parents were being advised to put babies on their back to sleep, leaving flailing arms free and the startle reflex could disturb the baby more easily. Babies get to know what the swaddle means very quickly and come to love the comfort it offers.
WHEN AND HOW TO SWADDLE You can swaddle for sleeps from day one. However, many newborns seem fine without it for the first couple of weeks. Swaddling can help as they become more aware of their surroundings and don’t settle so easily. Swaddle your baby for all naps if needed, day and night. One of the best tips is to swaddle then pick up for a cuddle, or rock in your arms. By swaddling first your baby relaxes, gets sleepy and is already cosy meaning it’s easier to put him down. My preferred method is a simple wrap – such as the large aden + anais muslin squares. Fold it double into a triangle, lay baby with the back of the neck along the long folded edge, place one of his hands on his tummy and bring the cloth over his shoulder and wrap under his hip. Do the same on the
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Many babies settle more easily and sleep better when swaddled, from birth up to 12 weeks. ✽ Calms the startle reflexes, so baby is disturbed less when sleeping. ✽ Recreates the womb environment, making baby feel secure and reassured. ✽
Concerns about overheating if inappropriate products are used and environment is too warm. ✽ Potential for damage to normal hip development (hip dysplasia) if legs are firmly swaddled together in a straight position. A newborn’s hips are usually in a flexed position, opened out like a frog’s, this helps the normal development of the hips. If you accidentally swaddle too firmly around the hips, it can affect this and potentially cause problems. ✽
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other side. The fabric should be away from his face, making a v-shape at the neck – like a v-neck sweater – and loose around his legs and feet. There’s no need to fold over or under, just let the fabric hang down. There are also many newer style swaddling wraps and bags on the market. Look out for cotton fabric and an appropriate tog rating depending on the time of year and temperature of your home. The products made by Puckababy and ergoPouch are a lot easier to use if you don’t have the swaddling ‘knack’. More like a bag than a wrap, the clever use of a zip makes the process very easy, a very wriggly baby is less likely to ‘escape’ and the swaddle effect is looser around the hips.
HOW TO REMOVE THE SWADDLE At around 10 to 12 weeks, babies begin to have more control of their hands and arms, there’s less thrashing and they find their fingers or thumbs to self soothe. I have found that the best way is to gradually remove the swaddle, starting with the naps when your baby settles easiest, and to move to a half swaddle, then a sleeping bag or sheets and blankets. Half swaddling simply means that you leave baby’s hands and arms out of the swaddle, continuing to wrap around the tummy. If that’s too much at first, then try a three-quarter swaddle with just one arm out. Once baby is settling well half swaddled for the easiest naps, then gradually start to half swaddle at other sleep
times – before replacing the swaddle with a sleeping bag shortly after.
KEEPING IT SAFE The Royal College of Midwives cautions parents, generally advising against swaddling, but it does note that individualised advice should be given to mothers, ensuring babies are safe and free to move. The latest safety advice from The Lullaby Trust is to use thin materials and avoid covering the head. Also, keep an eye on baby’s temperature by feeling baby’s chest or back of the neck. The Lullaby Trust also stresses that parents are made aware of the risk of wrapping baby too tightly as this will restrict the hips. bs newbabycompany.com
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AS TH E NATIONAL IN STITUTE FOR CLINICAL E XCELLEN CE PROMOTE S H OM E BIRTH S, Vanessa Christie SHAR E S H ER E XPERIENCE
n December 2014, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines on birth. One of the main messages it gave us was that, at the end of the day, it’s your body, your baby and your choice where you give birth. Having reviewed thousands of births, the guidelines concluded that, although there are no guarantees and always exceptions, for the vast majority of low-risk pregnancies, birth is generally safe wherever you are, be it a hospital-based obstetric unit, midwifery-led unit or at home. In fact, the guidelines went further, saying that for low-risk women and babies, midwifeled units tend to be safer than hospitals (where sometimes unnecessary interventions can begin a cascade of events) and that for
their stress levels are low, allowing the natural physiological processes of birth the greatest opportunity to function most optimally. If your body is flooded with cortisol and adrenaline, it becomes harder for the muscles to contract and dilate, thus slowing things down and increasing levels of pain. With that information in mind and after a heavy dose of research and soul searching I realised that, for my baby and I at least, the best decision was to be at home. As my due dates disappeared further and further into oblivion, so too did most of my raspberryleaf, pineapple and curry-fuelled sanity. mothers who have With both of my already had at least pregnancies, I warded one child before, off the temptation of home births are just being induced and, as safe as those in any after what felt like an other setting. eternity, at 42 weeks I As a children’s went into spontaneous Vanessa and Gav with little Laria, at only nurse, health visitor labour at home. And 20 minutes old... and lactation there I stayed. consultant, I have felt The plan, both times, honoured and humbled to be a part of many was to be in the pool – a blow-up number births, both in the UK and abroad. Since they that my husband, Gav, thought could double hadn’t always been plain sailing, it came as up as a prop for summer parties… until he rather a surprise to my loved ones that I was actually saw me in labour and, miraculously, it thinking about home birth for myself. Surely hasn’t been seen since! Anyway, neither of my it’s selfish? Surely it can’t be safe? Am I mad? babies were actually born in there. It has been known for a while that women With my first, I spent nearly eight perform labour best in an environment where hours inside it, drifting in and out of full consciousness. After a while, the gentle visualisations I’d been practising didn’t quite cut the mustard, so instead (and I have no clue why) I decided to take on the guise of an Olympic rower and heaved myself backwards and forwards, drenching the entire room in the process. In the end, helped by Gav and
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TOP TIPS FOR BIRTH AT HOME Only go ahead if your gut is really in it
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elie and Vanessa with her two girls, Am Laria, both born at home
my lovely doula Yvonne, I clambered out to be examined and was given the green light to push. By this point I literally couldn’t move and was on a bit of a ‘gas and air high’, so Amelie was born on our sitting room floor. Fast-forward two years and our second daughter, Laria, was born in exactly the same position, on exactly the same spot. This time around everything happened so quickly, there was no time to fill up the pool or burn the candles or essential oils I’d spent a fortune on. I woke up with a contraction at 1am. My first thought was “I can’t give birth now, the dishwasher is full.” So, in nesting overdrive, I fought with the plates in-between almost continual contractions, until I realised that it would probably be sensible to wake up Gav. The animal instinct in me came out and I soon found myself curled up in a ball where Amelie had been born and around an hour later I gave birth to Laria, thankfully with the midwives arriving just in time. Nothing in my life is comparable to those moments. I was elated yet totally shattered, and I had never loved my husband more than when we were curled up together on the sofa with a new baby in our arms. I am not smug or superior and I certainly don’t judge anyone for making different choices to me. After all, it is an entirely personal decision and it is understandable that for many women giving birth at home just isn't right. I do however feel that positive birth stories, including those at home, need a voice. Even more so, because it has been something that was rarely, until now, even presented as an option. bs Vanessa Christie runs ‘All about Baby & Me’, an independent support service, from pregnancy through to toddlerhood. allaboutbabyandme.co.uk
It’s no old wives’ tale that the more relaxed you are, the more straightforward things tend to be. So if the thought of a home birth stresses you out and you’d prefer to be in a hospital, then that’s the right decision for you. It’s imperative to bear in mind that you should never do anything you aren’t comfortable with.
Get support After the initial raised eyebrows from my husband he ended up being 100% behind it. This was absolutely key for me as I know that if he was going to be nervous then I wouldn’t have been able to stay calm myself. Our doula, who we got to know well, also helped us feel more confident.
Stay zen We did a weekend-long hypnobirthing course to learn how to stay calm, feel in control and ultimately how to maintain (or at least try to) all that through the intensity of labour. From 32 weeks onwards, I practised the breathing and listened to the music. The more you can repeat it over and over, the more conditioned both your body and brain will be to respond favourably when in labour.
Remember: pain isn’t scary One of the greatest things anyone ever said to me was: “remember that labour pain is not a scary pain. Nothing is wrong with you”. You aren’t in pain because you broke your leg. Your baby is coming and that’s all good. That mindset, alongside shriveling up like a walnut in the pool (at least the first time anyway!) and plenty of slugs on the gas and air, is what did it for me.
Find an experienced midwife We had some fantastic NHS midwives who I couldn’t fault. They had everything I possibly could have needed, including IV cannulas and fluids, resuscitation equipment, monitoring equipment, catheters, antibiotics, oxygen and pain relief. They were also trained for emergency situations, such as the rare case of a shoulder being stuck. They monitored both baby and I frequently, did all necessary examinations and I knew that they would not have hesitated to get me to hospital in the event of any issue. The only downside was that I hadn’t met them before – if you prefer to be guaranteed consistency then you can hire an independent midwife.
Be prepared for a hospital transfer For home births that end up being transferred to hospital, the most commonly cited reason is fatigue. Although it would have been counter-productive to focus too much on it, I was prepared for this possibility. I had my bags packed and it turned out I needed them first time around, as I was taken in briefly to get me checked out. No emergency, just good follow-up care. She was 9lbs 13oz. Enough said!
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MUM- OF-TH R EE Becky Dickinson TRIE S TO JUGGLE CHILDR EN AN D WOR K , AN D EN DS U P DROPPING A BALL ince becoming a mum, life has been a series of dilemmas. Disposable nappies or eco ones? Purées or baby-led weaning? And does anything get rid of stretch marks? But the dilemma which causes mums the most angst is: should I return to work? If the answer is yes, then there are questions like: should I work part time? Can I work from home? And will I ever fit into that trouser suit again? In my case; yes, yes and probably not. Working from home definitely has its advantages. There aren’t many places you can spend the day in a onesie, with unbrushed hair, eating Crunchy Nut Cornflakes out of a Tupperware container while checking Facebook at 10 minute intervals. However, the downside of working from home once you have children, is that you have children. Because however much childcare you
to exhaust my daughter. By the time we’ve walked to the letter box (the long way), danced our socks off to All About That Bass and bashed out numerous nursery rhymes with shakers and bells, one of us is ready for bed. Unfortunately, it’s not her. She knows there’s something I have to do and there’s no way she’s going to sleep so I can do it. With minutes to go until my call, I resort to Bad Mother tactics and stick Peppa Pig in the DVD player. My guilt continues as I hand The Toddler a packet of something that doesn’t even pretend to be part of her five a day. Praying that muddy puddles and a sugarladen snack will keep her quiet long enough for me to work, I creep into the kitchen with my phone. Minutes later, the door squeaks open and a beaming face appears. “More!’’ she says waving the empty sweet packet in the air.
YOUR CHILDREN WILL SNIFF OUT YOUR PLANS AND TURN THEM INTO PORRIDGE. AND THEN SMEAR THAT PORRIDGE ALL OVER THE CARPETS sign up for, it is never enough. This means you will try to cram in whole assignments around nap times, and possibly CBeebies. The trouble is your children will sniff out your plans and turn them into porridge. And then smear that porridge all over the carpets. Take this week. Day one: The Toddler develops conjunctivitis and is banned from attending nursery – even though that’s clearly where she caught it in the first place. Unfortunately, I have an unavoidable telephone appointment so I set about trying
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I shake my head, and place a finger to my lips, hoping she’ll get the hint. Amazingly, she does and turns her attention to the contents of one of the cupboards instead. It’s not ideal, but at least she’s quiet. As the interview progresses, I’m suddenly aware of a strange dust in the air. I turn to discover half the kitchen now resembles the set of Frozen. The floor has turned a
dazzling white and my daughter looks like she’s been rolling in talcum powder. I’d forgotten that cupboard contained the flour. “Mess!’’ exclaims The Toddler, then toddles off to get the dustpan and brush. Naturally, she has no intention of actually cleaning, but proceeds to spread the flour around any uncovered surfaces. It’s all I can do to sound professional and hope the person on the other end thinks I am working in an orderly office, not in
A strong coffee might be in order if you are a working mum
a cross between an explosion in a bakery and a nursery. Thank goodness we’re not on Skype. As a fine white mist settles over the washing-up, something else assaults my senses. Compost? The bin? Then I realise it’s my daughter. She now needs a nappy change. Well she’ll have to wait, there’s only so much multi-tasking I’m capable of, although the smell is practically melting my eyeballs. Just as I’m wondering how I can bring it to a timely end, an almighty screech shakes the kitchen. I jump round to see The Toddler playing
with an old smoke alarm. I have no idea where she found it and even less idea how she managed to set it off. I grab it before we both end up with perforated ear drums and scrabble at the battery pack. It won’t budge. There’s nothing for it, but to terminate my interview. “I’m sorry, I think the fire alarm’s gone off,’’ I say. “We’ll have to leave it there.’’ I hang up.
The Toddler has won. Actually she’s done me a favour, I couldn’t really concentrate anyway. Two days later, the eye is better and she can attend her only other nursery session of the week. I’m about to get her dressed, when her older sister comes in. “Mummy, my eye’s all sticky...’’ Which means only one thing: soon the third child will have it too. So much for working. bs
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Time to Talk…
RETURNING TO WORK MARINA FOGLE & DR CHIARA HUNT
PHOTOGRAPHY: HELENE SANDBERG
any 21st century women are no longer happy giving up work to become full-time mothers. Sometimes, as a breadwinner, they have no choice, but often mothers simply aren’t prepared to relinquish the career they’ve spent years building. Yes they want to be good mothers, but also realise that in order to achieve this, they need to think about what is good for them. As all successful women know, in order to get what you want, you need to grab it yourself. Find what works for you by managing and planning your maternity package right from the beginning. Plan your maternity leave. Don’t leave it all until the last minute. If you hand over in a hurry, the likelihood is it won’t be done very well. Look at this as your first chance to show your employer that being a mother will not affect your brilliance at work. If you start planning three
This issue the sisters address maternity leave and when to get back to work months before your maternity leave starts, you will leave with the confidence that your work is being left in good hands. Keeping in touch (KIT) days are designed to ensure that women don’t feel out of touch while
settling and nappy changing, you might find going back into work a bit daunting, but most relish a few hours away from their newborn and the opportunity to get out of those mummy jeans. Use KIT days to ease yourself
BECOMING A MOTHER TURNS YOU INTO A KIND OF SUPERHERO on maternity leave. Although employers are not obliged to offer these paid days, most do. It’s worth planning your first KIT day before you start maternity leave, maybe for three to four months after your due date. After months of feeding, burping,
back into the workplace as well as testing childcare arrangements. Most mothers would ideally like some kind of flexible working arrangement which new mothers have the right to request. You only get one chance, so make sure it’s right and has a good
chance of being accepted. Use your application not only to suggest flexible working but to illustrate how you can do your job just as well with the flexibility you are proposing. Don’t be afraid to big yourself up; show your employer what a valuable asset you are. Becoming a mother is not about what you ‘give up’ to have a child, but really what you gain. Motherhood will teach you to multitask, negotiate and manage your time better than any business degree. In fact, becoming a mother turns you into a kind of superhero – we know we can function with no sleep, no food and in spite of this remain calm in the most stressful situations. And what employer wouldn’t hire a superhero? bs For more information about The Bump Class’ Maternity Returner Class check online: thebumpclass.com
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Rebecca Moore TALKS TO FOR M ER PUSSYCAT DOLL, SINGER , DAN CER AN D TELEVISION PER SONALIT Y Kimberly Wyat t ABOUT DANCING BACK INTO SHAPE
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How are you finding life as a new mum? I’m loving every second of being a mum to my gorgeous little girl Willow, I couldn’t be happier. She’s amazing – super smiley, quite content and she gets cuter every single day. I’m so excited for the coming months, watching her grow and how her personality develops. It’s fascinating seeing her learn new things so quickly. Willow is a gorgeous name, how did you decide on it? Before I was pregnant, Max and I were joking around about what we would name our children. Our good friend Davina McCall mentioned that she liked the name Willow and well, so did we. Have you any can’t-live-without baby products? The Baby Bath & Shampoo from Neal’s Yard Remedies is fantastic as it is natural and organic so I feel guilt-free using it on my baby’s pure skin. Their baby balm is great for baby massages too. Pampers nappies are the best! The blue line that lets you know whether or not baby needs a change is a lifesaver. We’re going colour crazy this spring, have you a favourite colour to dress Willow in? Nautical blue and white stripes are always fun and I’m loving yellows and tangerines, too. How did you adapt to pregnancy with your busy lifestyle? I just did my best to take it in my stride. My doctor gave me the best advice: I’m not ill… just pregnant. Our bodies are made to do this! I’m lucky since I have danced my whole life so my fitness levels meant my body coped well with continuing on as normal. I kept dancing
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until I was about six months pregnant. I performed on Got to Dance with little Willow in my tummy. My husband Max was incredibly supportive throughout and even pitched in with a few back rubs here and there. How did you keep fit while pregnant? I had a fantastic personal trainer, Jane Wake, who designed my own pregnancy fitness programme. She was awesome in adapting her fitness regime to my dance movements. I combined this with yoga, plenty of light stretching and long walks with my dog Cupid. What did you do to get back into shape postpregnancy? Can you share your secrets? Because Willow was born by cesarean, I couldn’t start exercising until six weeks after her birth, but once I was feeling better I would take her for a quiet stroll in the buggy to kick-start the process and for plenty of fresh air. When my doctor gave me the ‘all clear’, I started gently exercising with my postnatal trainer, who was really great at helping me rehab the separation in my abdomen muscles. I never knew that was part of it! She has also helped me to re-strength my pelvic floor and core muscles through Pilates-infused circuit training. She came to the house so I could exercise with Willow three times a week. Recently, I’ve returned to doing my hot yoga, HIIT training and some tough cardio as I aim to do the Vitality World Triathlon London in May. You work closely with MaxiNutrition, what is it and how does it help you? I’ve always been careful with how I feed my body. MaxiNutrition’s products support my high-protein diet and I can just grab a Promax Lean shake or bar when on-the-go. Their shakes help muscle recovery as the intensity of my workouts increase. How do you juggle motherhood and a career? It can be tough, especially when Willow keeps me up at night. I love everything I do and I think that when you love your job,
Pampers, changing mat, muslins, Tommee Tippee bottles, Cow and Gate Formula when out and about just in case, two extra changes of clothes, her favourite little Moo Cow that Nana got her, an extra hat... it’s never ending! Still smiling po
the determination to successfully balance it all becomes a passion. I kind of feel like I’m a mum on a mission! Having a very supportive husband and handson dad has been a saving grace. What can be found in your changing bag? All the essentials… Essential Waitrose baby wipes are my favourite because they come out one at a time instead of all sticking together which helps when you have an explosion.
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Where’s your favourite places to take little Willow on a sunny day? One of my favourite places to take her is Kew Gardens in Richmond. It’s such a lovely place to take a stroll with the family. Do you miss life in Los Angeles? Will you move back with your young family or do you count yourself as a Londoner now? I love London! I feel more at home in London than I do anywhere else. Since getting married and starting a family here I feel closer to being a Londoner but I’ll never forget where I came from. I’m an American Girl trying to live the American Dream in the United Kingdom. What are your family summer plans? Possibly visiting some friends in South Africa or maybe a nice long weekend to Dubai. But most of my summer plans involve expanding my cooking knowledge in the kitchen surrounded by friends and family with the sun shining and helping Willow learn to crawl in the beautiful parks that surround us! bs maxinutrition.com
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Put the sugar and water into a small saucepan and boil until syrupy (about 3 minutes). Allow to cool. ✽ Purée the strawberries and sieve to get rid of the seeds. Purée the watermelon and mix with the strawberries and cooled syrup. ✽ Finally pour the mixture into your ice lolly moulds and freeze. ✽
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JELLIES WITH SUMMER FRUITS A TASTE OF SUMME R • MAKES 6 INDIVIDUAL JE LLIES INGRE DIE NTS
6 leaves gelatine (about 8g) 600ml cranberry and raspberry juice 40g caster sugar 175g mixed berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries (hulled and quartered) METHOD
Put the gelatine in a shallow dish and pour over just enough cranberry and raspberry juice to cover. Leave it to soften for approximately 5 minutes. ✽ Heat half the remaining juice with the sugar in a saucepan until bubbling. Mix in the gelatine and any juice, stirring until dissolved. Set aside to cool down a little, then stir in the rest of the fruit juice. ✽ Divide the berries between 6 jelly moulds (or 4 175ml pudding basins). Pour over enough liquid to just cover the berries. It’s a good idea to rinse the moulds first and leave a little water clinging to the sides – this can help stop the jelly from sticking. ✽ Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until beginning to set. Pour over the remaining liquid, or enough to fill the moulds or pudding basins, and return to the fridge to set completely. ✽ To turn out the jellies, dip each mould in a bowl of hot water, then turn onto a plate and give it a few quick shakes. Hopefully the jelly will slide out. ✽
SIMPLE BERRY FRUIT BRÛLÉE BE RRIES AND CRE AM • MAKES 4 PORTIONS INGRE DIE NTS
300g mixed berry fresh fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries 150ml double cream 150g Greek yoghurt 2 tbsp icing sugar ½ tsp pure vanilla essence 1 ½ tbsp soft brown sugar for the topping METHOD
Pre-heat the grill to high. Divide the fresh assortment of berries between 4 small (10cm diameter) ramekin dishes or heatproof glass dishes. ✽ Lightly whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Fold in the Greek yoghurt, icing sugar and vanilla essence. ✽ Spoon the creamy yoghurt mixture over the fruits in the glass dishes. Finally, sprinkle over the brown sugar and cook under the grill for about 2 to 3 minutes until it turns golden and is bubbling. Enjoy! ✽
FRUITY DIP A FRESH CATCH • PE RFECT TO SHARE INGRE DIE NTS
225g cream cheese 100g lemon curd ½ teaspoon lemon juice Zest of ½ lemon, finely grated A mixture of melons Pick a selection of fruit, such as strawberries, kiwi fruit, pineapple, grapes, mango, cut into bite-sized chunks Melon baller Wooden skewers or thin straws DECOR ATION
6 strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced 2 slices kiwi fruit ½ melon ball 1 blueberry METHOD
✽ Beat the cream cheese, lemon curd, juice
and zest. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut the melons in half, remove the seeds and scoop out balls of melon using the melon baller. Thread the fruit onto the skewers or straws. ✽ Decorate the dip with strawberry scales and kiwi fins, and make an eye using half a melon ball and a blueberry. ✽
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he story so far: Katie’s five-month-old daughter Ella had begun to wake several times a night and will only settle with a feed each time, despite being a good sleeper previously. I’ve spent four nights with the family and Ella has made good progress during the first three, but last night she woke several times. I chat with Katie before going up to my room. “How was today?” I ask. Katie tells me that Ella napped beautifully, has eaten well, “and generally been smiley and fun to be with”. But Katie continues: “It’s as if she’s completely forgotten what a monkey she was last night, waking up so often.” She pauses and looks worried. “What will happen tonight?” I put my reputation on the line. “Tonight will be fine. I think she will sleep very well tonight.” I smile at Katie, wish her a good night and take a cup of tea up to my room. I check on Ella as I pass – sleeping like a baby, as I would expect. Ella is Katie’s first baby, so she is on a steep learning curve herself. Had she had as much experience of babies and children as I have, she would realise that they are always testing the boundaries and they rarely let you know that this is what they’re doing. Happy children know the boundaries won’t move; they can be confident of the parameters within which they live their lives. So when Ella is older and Katie says “no sweets except at the weekend,” there will be no point in Ella begging for them mid-week – the boundaries are reassuringly inflexible. This is what Ella learnt last night. During the first three nights of this week she had proved that she could settle herself each time she woke up, that she didn’t need a feed in the middle of the night and she certainly didn’t need intervention from anyone else. So that is now the norm for her. But last night she decided she would like to go back to how things used to be: feeds in the middle of the night, cuddles with Mummy, being taken into Mummy’s bed. And was soon to discover that these new boundaries are unyielding.
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Although she was cross with me, she quickly settled back each time and she smiled at me in the morning. And now, Katie tells me that Ella has had a very good day, which suggests that her improved sleep habits are having a positive impact on her daytime behaviour. So tonight I read back over the Sleep Diary which I will leave with Katie once I complete my placement tomorrow morning. I wonder what Ella will think of this week in her life when she is old enough to read? I know that some of my young clients love having their Sleep Diary read to them as their bedtime story – it is a moment of their little lives that has been captured like an insect in amber, often minute by minute, and gives them an insight into their baby’s characters that they wouldn’t otherwise have had. And, of course, like all good stories, the characters live happily ever after! I am dozing on and off, occasionally checking the time and waiting for noise from the bedroom next door or movement on the baby monitor. But the hours pass quietly by and nothing disturbs the calm. She is putting into practise the lessons she has learnt, and each night that she sleeps through will be like another brick in the wall of solid sleep habits. The night passes. I read my book; go to make another cup of tea; check emails; and eventually the sun rises. Ella wakes on the dot of 7am. Her circadian cycle is working beautifully. I change her and take her to Katie, who wakes up slowly and with a question in her eyes. “Nothing,” I say. “Not a peep all night long.” Katie reaches out to take Ella from me. “Thank you,” she says, “you’ve been amazing, a real life-changer, we couldn’t have done it without you.” I leave them peacefully together – my work here is done. bs For more information on Night Nannies in your local area contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | nightnannies.com
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Children at The Royal School enjoyed their annual SHINE performing arts day amongst local primary schools this term. This year, children enjoyed dance, drama, art and music workshops before creating their own responses to the musical pieces with a giant firebird, one-off theatre skits and body percussion. A fun day was had by all!
FALSE START FOR EARLY YEARS NO MATTER WHO WINS THE GENERAL ELECTION, SCHOOLS WILL HAVE LESS TO SPEND PER PUPIL OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. THE INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES (IFS) FOUND THAT SCHOOLS WILL FACE UP TO 12% IN REAL-TERMS CUTS OVER THE NEXT PARLIAMENT. DAY-TO-DAY SPENDING ON SCHOOLS HAS BEEN PROTECTED BY THE COALITION GOVERNMENT, BUT AFTER THE ELECTION THAT IS SET TO CHANGE. THE IFS SUGGESTS A REAL-TERMS REDUCTION OF SEVEN PER CENT PER CHILD BY 2020.
A study has found that children in England are starting school unable to communicate effectively. The Early Intervention Foundation found that a fifth of children nationwide lacked the expected emotional, social and personal development by age five. The government has raised spending by £1 billion a year, recognising the importance of early years investment. “Getting the basics right early on is essential, so that all children can fulfil their potential,” said a Department for Education spokesperson.
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CHOOSING A SCHOOL Charlot te Phillips, CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE, ADVISE S TO THIN K AH E AD
hen it comes to selecting a nursery or pre-school, and with the national squeeze on school places fiercer than ever, parents will find the battle is particularly ferocious within the M25. Start by doing your due diligence. Ask locals what they think. Trawl playgrounds, libraries, cafés, even supermarkets – all will offer rich
pickings in the way of research. Visit possible schools early and, if your mind isn’t made up, visit often. In any small school, the feel – welcoming, friendly or otherwise – will be determined by the person at the top, so ensure you meet the headteacher. A place that feels like a home from home is very important. Look out for the little touches
– one pre-school has boxes with a favourite toy the very young can hold during nappy changing – things like this can make all the difference for little ones.
QUESTION THE ENVIRONMENT Is there plenty to do in a way that engages everyone? Can the staff explain how
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they support physical development or communication skills? Even better, can you see proof of this from their rapport with the children? Are there enticing boxes of objects waiting to be taken out, examined and explored; wellstocked but clearly well-read shelves of books? Are the children encouraged to enjoy lots of messy play with sand and water? Do they revel in the outside – or is that row of gumboots suspiciously free of mud? Do the quietest children get as much
you’ll sail in when it’s your turn. Like shares, catchment areas may go up or down each year depending on how many families apply, which streets they live in and how many are siblings. Many, though not all, schools will give priority to younger brothers and sisters. So if you’re thinking about moving, it’s worth working backwards, finding the primary school you’d like your child to go to and then ensuring that your home is well within the catchment area. The closer you are to the school, the more likely the offer of a place
to keep up? Is the school good at ensuring they don’t feel second best, or an expert on dropping a series of ever heavier hints that your child “might be happier elsewhere”. You’ll undoubtedly be left with the impression that without registering at birth, it’s virtually impossible to gain a place at the most favoured schools. Although this is more common in London, it can still ring true in the areas surrounding the capital. It’s often the case, however, that families register for more than one school, a process that peaks in
encouragement as the most boisterous? Are staff talking to each other over their heads or kneeling to engage the tiniest toddler face to face? How do parents find out what their child has been up to that day?
– though it’s worth calling to see how often your address would have secured you the golden ticket over the last three years. With independent schools, distance is less of a factor than popularity. But here, too, it’s worth thinking about what is going to make your child happy. Few adults enjoy a long commute and children are no different.
reception. Once the first round of places has been offered and filled, waiting lists can shrink, sometimes dramatically. Just be sure that the school of your dreams is a match for your real life child. bs
There are also different factors to take into account depending on whether you are thinking about a state or independent education. With some faith schools, place allocation is down to which deity you worship, how regularly and where. With most state schools, however, what counts is the distance between home and school – and if that school is heavily oversubscribed, it’s more than likely to be calculated to the very last inch. Just because the child next door was successful last year, doesn’t necessarily mean
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BACK TO THE FUTURE You also need to consider the transition at seven or eight plus. Few pre-preps are focused solely on academics – but what happens later? If you opt for a standalone pre-prep, where do pupils go afterwards? If the pre-prep is part of a four to 11 or four to 13 school, is the focus on getting pupils into highly selective senior schools? And what pressure does it involve? What happens to pupils who are struggling
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MEET THE HEAD How long have you been at Rowan Prep? I joined Rowan as deputy head in September 2012 having previously served as head of a primary school in West Acton. Following the early retirement of headteacher, Kathy Kershaw, I was made Rowan’s acting head before being appointed as head in April 2014. How would you describe the ethos of your school? At Rowan we focus on creating a happy, friendly and purposeful environment where girls are encouraged to maximise their full potential. We strive for excellence and celebrate individual achievements across all curriculum areas, ensuring a progression of skills, knowledge and experiences. Does the school have a long history and has it maintained its core values? The school was founded in 1936 by Miss Katherine Millar who was determined to create an environment conducive to learning; she wanted Rowan to be a place where girls enjoyed their studies, developed a strong sense
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MRS SUSAN CLARKE Rowan Preparatory School We go behind the scenes with the headteacher to find out more about the all girls school based in Esher of self and established lasting friendships. Three quarters of a century on, Katherine Millar’s core values are firmly embedded in the school. Our reputation continues to grow, not just due to the impressive academic results and scholarships that the girls consistently achieve and the high calibre of senior schools to which they progress, but also through achievements in the arts, music and sport.
How do you help ensure every student achieves their potential? Rowan is a non-selective school where all girls are treated as individuals on their personal learning journey. The school is structured to enhance the learning opportunities through various phases across the school. Girls feel confident to respond to challenge, change and adversity. They have the compassion to help others, spirit to enjoy life, integrity to be trustworthy and motivation to have a lifelong love of learning. Girls at Rowan are confident, articulate ladies ready to embrace their next steps to senior school. What feedback do you receive from parents? We believe in creating a strong partnership between our parents
and the school. Parents are extremely supportive of the nurturing and caring environment and the parent association ‘Friends of Rowan’ seeks to maintain the Rowan Community. The Senior Leadership Team meets termly with class representatives to focus on proactive steps to support the girls and parents. We regularly receive good feedback which testifies to this: “The fun, yet nurturing atmosphere you create is a very special one in this modern world.” Where do you see Rowan Prep in the future? I want all the girls at Rowan to love learning yet enjoy their childhood. We will continue to encourage the girls to be curious, resilient and risk-takers; we want them to have independence of thought and be inspired in their learning. I am excited to be taking Rowan forward in preparing girls not only for senior school but instilling them with values and knowledge that will last a lifetime. bs 01372 462627 rowanprepschool.co.uk
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DUPLO® Valley at Legoland LEGOLAND Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 4AY 0871 222 2001 legoland.co.uk Head to Splash Safari and Drench Towers for wet play fun. Admission: prices vary. See website for opening times.
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Spring has sprung at Bocketts Farm this half term! Delight in pony rides, tractor rides, goat milking, pig racing and more. Pop along to ‘The Pony Parlour’ where you can meet and groom some adorable miniature Shetland ponies then marvel at the Birds of Prey displays, plus meet lots of friendly farm animals including cheeky new born goat kids. There is no need to worry if it’s a rainy day, there are huge indoor play barns with giant astro-slides and trampolines, along with the young drivers tractor area and Small Animal Village. Outdoors, children can enjoy sand pits, slides, play trails and a Pedal Go Kart track! Admission: see website. Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May.
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Elves and the Shoemaker
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After the BAFTA award-winning TV adaptation of Ugly Duckling for CBeebies, you can’t afford to miss this enchanting new production from Northern Ballet. Retelling the famous Brothers Grimm story, introduce your little ones to live ballet, music and theatre with Elves and the Shoemaker. Admission: see website for further details. Wednesday 10 June, 12.30pm and 2.15pm.
Rusper May Day RUSPER VILLAGE Rusper High Street, Horsham, RH12 4PX Rupser’s annual May Day event is back for another year of family fun, raising money in aid of village projects. This year’s event will be the biggest yet, with maypole dancing, Punch and Judy, go karting, bouncy castles, and much more! Admission: free. Monday 4 May, 12.30pm.
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This half term kids can get learn all about plants’ super powers. They’ll have the chance to sow a sunflower to take home and grow on, then come back later in summer to see how tall it is. Admission: prices vary, see website for details. Saturday 23 until Sunday 31 May.
Sing-a-long-a Frozen THE HARLEQUIN THEATRE Warwick Quadrant, Redhill RH1 1NN 01737 276500 harlequintheatre.co.uk Disney’s Frozen gets the full sing-a-long-a treatment! Join in the full experience with lyrics on screen and sing your heart out to songs from the film. Plus a live host will show you how to use your interactive fun pack and judge the fancy dress competition. Admission: adults £15, children £10 and family deals available. Saturday 6 June, 11.30am and 3pm.
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Alice and the White Rabbit
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Based on Steven Lee’s bestselling book, this is a charming tale about the magic of family and the importance of a warm hug. With wild characters, sing-a-long songs, games and first-class hugging it’s a great all-rounder! Plus, Steven will be signing copies of his book after the show! Admission: £8.50 or family of four £28. Monday 25 May, 2.30pm.
Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit back in time on a journey into Wonderland for Indigo Moon’s dream-like adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famous tale, told through shadow theatre. Plus find out how it’s done afterwards! Suitable for ages four and up. Admission: £7. Saturday 16 May at 2.30pm.
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Get ready to release your inner ‘wild’ side! Make colourful mud pies, hunt for bugs and have fun while getting messy with activities and crafts from the National Trust’s 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾. Admission: prices vary. See website for details regarding dates and venues.
The Forest Pre-school Wild Learning will be running a series of exciting activity sessions for pre-school children. Expect lots of fun in the forest with stories, crafts and refreshments after. Admission: £8. Booking essential: wild-learning.net. Monday, 11 May to 29 June, 1pm to 2.30pm.
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Wild Learning, the Early Years Forest School, will be running exciting activity sessions for children aged 14 months to two years. Head out into the forest for lots of fun with stories, crafts and refreshments after. Admission: £8. Booking is essential: wild-learning.net. Mondays, 11 May to 29 June, 10.30am to 12pm.
Little ones can create their own little forest that continues to grow at home. Fill your boxes with natural materials, water, sunlight and watch them grow. Admission: £6. Tuesday 26 May, 10.30am to 12pm.
Join some of your Milkshake favourites for this brand new musical spectacular! Featuring brand new songs, classic favourites and funky dance routines, plus plenty of laughter it’s guaranteed to have your little one up on their feet and singing at the top of their voice! Admission: £10.50 to £12.50. Saturday 20 June, 1pm.
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FARNHAM MALTINGS Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR 01252 745444 farnhammaltings.com For little ones aged four to seven years, the audience form a vital part of this story – the soundtrack. Use your voice as you never have before to make the sounds of everything from The Emperor’s China Palace to his dangerous Bamboo Forest. Admission: £7. Saturday 13 June, 2.30pm.
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See Peppa Pig at Alresford station this spring. After meeting Peppa, visit the petting farm at Ropley station where visitors can play with real life piglets while they enjoy bath-time. Then hop along for some piggy crafts and find out who is riding the model train. Admission: prices and times vary, see website for details. Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 May.
Father’s Day Kite Day HATCHLANDS PARK East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT 01483 222482 nationaltrust.org.uk Celebrate Father’s Day with something a little different. Head to Hatchlands Park and let Dad show off his skills at their kite day. Bring your own kite or why not have a go at making one. Guaranteed family fun, you’ll be flying high! Admission: normal admission applies plus £3. Sunday 21 June, 11am to 4pm.
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom RICHMOND THEATRE The Green, Richmond TW9 1Q J 0844 871 7615 atgtickets.com/venues/ richmond-theatre/ Join Ben and Holly on this enchanting musical adventure full of games, songs and laughter. The duo help Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave; go on a trip into The Big World with tooth fairy Nanny Plum; and plan a surprise birthday party for King Thistle! Admission: see website. Saturday 23 May, 1pm and 4pm and Sunday 24 May, 10am and 1pm.
Love Your Zoo Week BIRDWORLD HOLT POUND Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD 01420 22992 birdworld.co.uk Birdworld joins zoos across the country. Throughout the week they will be holding additional tours and demonstrations plus trails and craft activities. Admission: adult £15.95, child £12.95, under-threes go free. Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 May.
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Surrey County Show LOSELEY HOUSE Near Guildford surreycountyshow.co.uk With countryside at the heart, Surrey County Show combines top-class entertainment, award winning livestock and horses, local foods, crafts and more. Admission: adults £13.50, child £5.50, under-fives go free. Bank Holiday Monday 25 May.
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My Friend Mole MILL STUDIO Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX 01483 440000 yvonne-arnaud.co.uk Join Birdsnest Theatre for this gentle tale of a very special friendship and the imagination, using live music and a rich visual language that will delight and surprise its audience, for both the young and old. For little ones aged three to six years. Admission: £9. Saturday 2 May, 11am and 2pm.
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PREGNANCY YOGA CLASSES Classes in Guildford At YogaBellies pregnancy yoga classes you’ll receive lots of one-to-one attention, and get the chance to meet and chat with other mums-to-be. Classes focus on building strength and stamina while keeping you flexible and fit. The yoga postures are all suitable for pregnant mothers and are adapted as per your trimester. Classes cover breathing techniques for birth, and involve a lovely guided relaxation with self-hypnosis. Each week, the class will cover a different topic such as bonding, prenatal nutrition, preparing for the big day and positions for labour. Running in eight-week blocks, booking is essential. 07849 119551 email@example.com yogabellies.co.uk
BUSYLIZZY An award-winning family club offering fabulous fitness classes, coffee mornings and a varied timetable of stimulating kids’ activities in beautiful venues around Surrey. They take a holistic approach to motherhood and childcare, nurturing wellbeing, learning, fun and a sense of community. Their highly qualified instructors are the best in the business. Kids will love their active, educational and upbeat classes. Mums will benefit from a community spirit, fitness sessions and regular coffee mornings where they can make new friends. Best of all, our signature Mummy & Me classes allow mum to bring along her little one while she works out, requiring no childcare. 01483 610333 busylizzy.co.uk
THE UK’S ORIGINAL BABY SIGNING PROGRAMME Classes held throughout Surrey Sing and Sign is the awardwinning baby and toddler group that combines singing and baby signing to promote amazingly early communication. Developed with the help of Speech and Language experts and launched in January 2001, babies will learn to use gestures to communicate before their first words. Classes are great fun and you only need to learn a few signs to make a significant difference to your child’s ability to communicate. You can lessen frustration, enrich language learning and encourage speech development. Original songs, puppets, props and pictures are used to inspire your baby’s interest and illustrate the signs. Sing and Sign is aimed at babies, from newborn to two years old, and each class lasts between 45 minutes to one hour. The Speech and Language Therapist for Sure Start says, “Sing and Sign is a brilliant programme, helping to enable babies to express themselves earlier”. Contacts and classes in your area: Redhill, Reigate and Godstone: Fiona Warbrick | 01737 823238 firstname.lastname@example.org Farnham, Fleet, Goldaming and Guildford: Becky Van-Orden | 01483 767372 email@example.com Sutton, Cheam and Banstead: Alex Ashison | 07932 443809 firstname.lastname@example.org Croydon and Purley: Becca Balcombe | 020 3536 0111 email@example.com Camberley, Frimley, Sunningdale, Sandhurst, Windlesham and Chobham: Michelle Elmer | 01252 838984 firstname.lastname@example.org singandsign.co.uk
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Classes held in Esher for babies and toddlers Baby Maestro offers a whole world of music to discover each week. Fun percussion instruments, puppets and other props are used in order to engage and stimulate your child’s interest in music. Each session, a well-known piece of classical music is used to act as a theme which is explored through nursery rhymes and interactive play to create a fun, exciting and stimulating musical experience. The classes are taught by a professional musician who will be playing the clarinet or piano each week, exposing your child to the beautiful world of classical music each session. 07973 119855 email@example.com babymaestro.co.uk
The UK’s leading baby swimming company, Water Babies, runs fun, innovative swimming classes for newborns through to toddlers in Surrey, providing core baby swimming skills that could potentially save their lives. The lessons are taught by worldclass instructors and their multi-award winning programme teaches water confidence and safety skills from birth and are great classes for you and your baby to experience together. Water Babies was also voted best National Baby & Toddler Development Activity in 2010, 2011 and 2012. “Our classes have saved at least 10 children from drowning”. Contact Melissa for more information or visit the website for class details 01932 227428 waterbabies.co.uk
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Classes held six days a week Monkey Music is the award-winning pre-school music group for children aged three months to four years, and won ‘Best National Pre-schooler Development Activity’ voted for by parents! Monkey Music aims to introduce music to children in a fun way that they can easily understand and enjoy, with specialist teachers who gently encourage social and musical skills within a stimulating and friendly environment. Classes are small, tailor-made and use a winning combination of music, percussion instruments and visual props. Over 300 traditional and original songs, musical games and exciting movement ideas are used throughout. Enjoy a complimentary introductory session. Contacts in your local area Banstead, Claygate and Esher: Dinah 01932 223309 | banstead.claygate@ monkeymusic.co.uk Guildford, Farnham and Ewhurst: Becca 01483 821932 | guildford@ monkeymusic.co.uk Kingston and Surbiton: Ursula 020 8224 3971 | kingston.surbiton@ monkeymusic.co.uk Leatherhead and Dorking: Janine 01483 841303 | leatherhead.dorking@ monkeymusic.co.uk Redhill, Reigate and East Grinstead: Debbie 01372 729750 | redhill.reigate@ monkeymusic.co.uk Richmond and Twickenham: Claire 020 8847 4031 | kew.teddington@ monkeymusic.co.uk South Croydon and Caterham: Karen 020 3251 1061 | southcroydon. firstname.lastname@example.org Weybridge and Cobham: Tracey 020 8224 0096 | weybridge.cobham@ monkeymusic.co.uk Woking, Ottershaw and Pyrford: Alice 01932 429240 | woking@monkey music.co.uk monkeymusic.co.uk
TinyTalk’s baby signing and toddler classes introduce simple signs using songs and hands-on sensory activities, to delight your baby and develop their communication skills. Signing avoids frustration as babies can tell you what they ‘Want’, ‘Feel’ or ‘See’ early on. The fun and relaxed classes are followed by playtime for the babies while mums and dads can enjoy a cuppa and a good chat! Suitable for newborns to two years. Guildford, Godalming: Lyndsay |07973 937505 Kingston, Thames Ditton, Surbiton: Kerry | 07759 852717 Dorking, Bookham: Katherine | 07599 551882 Caterham, Oxted: Beth | 07557 370109 tinytalk.co.uk
Classes across Surrey The very best football coaching for toddlers and children for ages 18 months to seven years. The classes are unique in that they involve the whole family and encourage parent participation. Join the fun and see your child score a hat-trick of football, fitness and fun with Kiddikicks Football Classes! Birthday parties, private and holiday classes, nursery and after-school sessions can all be arranged. Kiddikicks is also available to franchise – contact Kiddikicks now to change your life. Sign up to receive your player’s free kit (registration fees apply). 020 3560 9256 email@example.com kiddikicks.co.uk
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Twins Antony and Richard
ANTONY AND RICHARD JOSEPH
What was the inspiration behind Joseph Joseph? Richard: We had both just embarked on our careers, Antony as a designer and I was doing a business masters at Cambridge. Our father asked us to design a range of chopping boards for our family-run glass factory which he managed when we were in our 20s – and the designs did really well. That is how the idea to create Joseph Joseph was born.
Where do you live and work? A: We live on the same street in Wandsworth, London and we are both in our office and studio in Southwark every day.
With such attractive products, who’s the brains and who’s the beauty? Anthony: We definitely play to our strengths: Richard, business and me, design. But we both have a say in how everything is run, the company works better because of this. So I guess we’re both brains and beauty in our own way!
Describe a typical day? R: When you run your own company, there isn’t necessarily a typical day. Generally though, we’re in the office keeping up with everything that is going on, from new product development to analysing recent launches and planning for future ones, we like to keep busy!
How is it working with your twin? R: Surprisingly easy, we have always done everything together. A: In terms of the business, we each manage different areas, but generally speaking it’s great to be able to work with someone that knows you so well.
How do you achieve a good work/life balance? R: It’s important to make time for yourself and your families as they’re the ones that keep
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We talk colour and kitchens with the founders of Joseph Joseph you sane at the end of a long day! Leave work at the office – it isn’t always possible, but it’s a good place to start.
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Borough Market is especially inspirational too, not only because of the food, we get so many new ideas from there.
As you’re always in the kitchen, who’s the better cook? R: We’re both going to say ourselves, we're very competitive.
Do you have a favourite colour? R: It depends on the mood, but currently I am favouring blue. A: Burnt orange is a colour I am very keen on at the moment – I might even try and work it into a new collection somewhere.
Will you ever expand into other rooms in the house? We’re hoping the nursery… A: No plans to leave the kitchen just yet, but if we get a great idea, we will definitely go for it. We recently branched out with different designs like our Totem bin, which was very well received.
Out of all your products what’s a must for a family kitchen? A: Currently it’s the LockBlock – in terms of safety, there isn’t anything else on the market like it. It’s a knife block that has been designed so only an adult-sized hand can release the knives. It’s perfect for families.
Where can you both be found on a sunny day? We love the Southwark area of London, there is so much going on that it never gets boring.
Any future plans you can share? R: It’ll have to be a “watch this space” we’re afraid!
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