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Welcome to the first edition of Little Darlings. Whether you’re about to become a new parent or already have kids, you’ll find lots to suit you and your lifestyle. We discuss the incredible changes your pregnant body goes through and help you survive kids’ seasonal ailments. We seek out the best spas and beauty treatments for new mums and show you how to Chic on the street; must-have pushchairs

look your best with quick, easy make-up looks. Whether you’re looking for things the kids can do at home, places to go or where to see Santa, we have


something for everyone over Christmas in London. Take a look at our gorgeous kids' fashions and if you’re planning on escaping Town, we show you where to take the kids for a skiing experience you'll all remember. We have lots of great competitions for you too, so go online to


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Christmas gift guide - presents for all the family


Fabulous in five minutes: fast beauty tips


Perfect family ski holiday destinations


Baby, it's cold outside! But our mini models are all wrapped up


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The latest news, the hottest new products. What’s on at Christmas; great shows, visit Santa, ice rinks and carols. Plus, rainy day activities at home.


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SANTA BABY! We ask Santa for his top gifts for mum, dad, baby and children this Christmas.

BABY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS Some little extras to slip into your child's stocking.

HELP! WHAT’S HAPPENING TO MY BODY? Pregnancy health niggles, solved.

PRETTY PREGNANT What the best-dressed bumps are wearing and a round-up of stylish nursing separates.


ARRIVING NOW IN LONDON Where to give birth, what to expect and what's worth paying for. Plus, profi le of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.


PUSH IT! The ten hottest pushchairs. Plus, the best kids’ fi rst bikes and scooters.


BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Gorgeous designer baby and children’s clothes to keep little ones snug.


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CHOOSING CHILDCARE From nannies to nurseries, we help you choose care for your child.

BABY BY NUMBERS Your essential new baby list.

SAFE AND SECURE; INFANT CAR SEATS Know the law and choose the best for your child.

MOTOR ON Four great family cars.

HOME SWEET HOME Gorgeous interiors and decorating the kids’ rooms.

BABY NAMES What are the top names of the last year and seasonal baby names.

FUSSY FOOD Our top tips on how to get your kids eating like humans.

I CAN MAKE make delicious Chocolate Financiers with Battenburg Belle.

FIVE MINUTES TO FABULOUS The catwalk make-up trends to recreate in five minutes.

EASY DOES IT gentle ways to get your body back after baby. Plus the hottest new fitness trends.

EARLY YEARS EDUCATION What are your educational choices; focus on Steiner education.

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TIME FOR ME The four best London spas and home beauty treatments.

COUGHS AND SNEEZES Blitz those winter ailments, fast.

COMPETITION Win all these fantastic products worth over £3,000.

TRAVEL GEAR The best gadgets and gizmos for stress-free family travel.

REVIEWS New books and apps.

NURSERY SLOPES Take the whole family skiing this season. Best destinations and what to pack.

BABY'S BEST FRIEND TV presenter Ben Fogle helps you choose the perfect pooch.

I CAN MAKE Create a gorgeous Christmas card with your child.

WE LOVE: WE HATE Two mums discuss the controversy over swaddling.

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LITTLE DARLINGS Amelia dress £249

We've all gone Christening Crazy Luxury fabrics and leather trim make this a truly special pram.

Fit for a prince Despite constant speculation about which pram the Cambridges would buy, it's been confirmed that they have bought the iconic British brand, Silver

Cross. The company's Chairman, Alan Halsall said: "With over 130 years' experience in manufacturing prams, we are certain the Prince will enjoy his Silver Cross." It has

not been confirmed which model the couple chose but we love the Aston Martin special edition. With alloy wheels and sporty styling, it costs £2000 from Harrods.

Following the Christening of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, this traditional naming ceremony is sure to see signs of a boost. Though your baby may not be wearing a replica of a 172 year-old gown made from Honiton lace and silk created for members of the Royal Family, your little darling can still have a Christening fit for a prince or princess. Designed by Tessa Williams, this pure silk dress 'Amelia' dress from our namesakes, Little Darlings, has been beautifully created from silk and is hand embroidered with little rosebuds. Available from Harrods, the dress with matching bloomers costs £249 and will become an heirloom for you and your your family. Celebrate with all the guests afterwards by serving cupcakes on this Rock A Bye Baby party cake stand, £11.99 from Party Pieces.

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Mums are often confused about weaning, with some babies seeming to want purées and finger food early on, while others take a little longer to get going. Recent guidelines from the Department of Health suggest that babies under six months should be fed solely on breast milk. This helps ensure they get the correct mix of nutrients for their growing bodies.

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Royal seal of approval for maternity brand

Sanna cardigan £79

Luxury maternity wear brand Seraphine had a bumper year when their clothes were spotted on not one, but two royals. First, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was seen in their Blossom dress a few days after the birth of Prince George, which promptly sold out. Then Zara Tyndall was photographed at the Boodles Boxing Ball wearing this stunning Bella silk colour block dress (right) from Seraphine's LUXE collection, which retails for £225. Other well-known fans of the brand include Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, January Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson and Sienna Miller.

Nutrition In A Jar?

Baby food may not be as nutritious as you think. Many newspapers ran the story that commercially bought baby food had a lower vitamin and mineral content than meals made at home. This came from a study by researchers at the University of Glasgow looking at the nutritionals values of food brands bought in stores such as Baby Organix and Cow & Gate. The conclusion seems to be, if you can make it fresh at home, do!


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Fake fur collar, Graphite £25

Denver cardigan, Vanilla £79

Don't forget - book your flu jabs to avoid getting ill this Winter. Babies can now have a nasal spray for this, which avoids needles - and tears!

Nappies off! Potty training is hard at the best of times but doing it in public takes a brave woman! TV presenter Jenni Falconer is potty training her two year old daughter, Ella and has started a blog together with Dry Like Me about

the ups, the downs, the dry days and the little accidents. If you're ready to take the plunge, sign up on the Facebook page, DryLikeMeUK. For more information and potty training advice and special offers go to


Half of the UK's two and three year olds have a tablet computer,

New testing for Down's offers peace of mind for parents A new, non-invasive pregnancy test is being offered by Ultrasound Diagnostic Services at its Harley Street clinic. The Harmony Test is designed to establish if an unborn baby is at risk of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down's syndrome.

Davina said: "having a home birth is not elitist."

Home birth 'a human rights issue' TV presenter and mother of three, Davina McCall, spoke out pasionately at a conference about the right to choose a home birth. Davina, who had all three of her children at home, praised the Independent Midwives' group, which has been hit hard by its inability to access adequate Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) for their members to practice in the UK. The lack of insurance and the Government's failure to come up with an alternative for self-employed midwives, means that thousands of womens' choice for a home birth are being compromised. Independent Midwives attend home births and practice outside of the NHS. They are often turned to by women who have had previous bad experiences of hospital births. Davina said that having a home birth was not only for those who could easily afford it and nor is it an elitist service.


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Because the test is noninvasive there is no risk for miscarriage or other risks associated with invasive testing procedures. For more information on the test, contact the clinic on 020 7935 2243.

The birth rate is soaring. During 2011 to 2012, 812,000 births were recorded in the UK, according to official figures.

DAMIAN'S ABC A new book by Damien Hirst will help introduce your child to his work. From A is for Anatomy to Z is for Zebra, the book shows examples of Hirst's paintings and sculptures. Printed with child friendly 'soya bean ink', it's a colourful way to learn the alphabet.

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TooTh faiRy Needed A recent study has shocking results for our children’s teeth. Nearly a quarter of five year olds have tooth decay, according to an analysis by Public Health England. The survey showed that 27% of all five year olds had tooth decay, though this number had decreased since 2008. Prof Kevin Fenton, director of health at Public Health England said: "This latest survey shows that the numbers of five-year-olds free from tooth decay has improved but there is still much to do. Parents should brush their children's teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day. "Also, supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it," he recommends.

The One carrier £119.99

you're the one The One carrier from Swedish nursery experts BabyBjorn has a few tricks up its sleeve. Available in black, not only is it a soft, adjustable carrier that will safely hold your newborn next to your heart, but you can also use it up to three years old. Worn on your front for the first months, the One keeps your baby’s head, spine and hips in the perfect position, thanks to its design in collaboration with paediatricians. When your little one gets a bit bigger, spin it round to your back and you can carry even a three year old in comfort.

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Leading experts are warning that tight swaddling of babies can lead to hip problems. Professor Nicholas Clarke of Southampton University said swaddling was damaging developing hips. The Royal College of Midwives also advised parents not to swaddle their child tightly, though they acknowledged it was a cultural issue.

A celebrity studded evening celebrated iconic pushchair brand iCandy’s 80th birthday and heralded its brand new pushchair, the Raspberry. iCandy presented a £5000 cheque to the Lullaby Trust, the charity which educates parents on how to keep their babies safe during sleep and provides support for those affected by the sudden death of an infant. Attended by Donna Air, Emilia Fox, Jasmine Guinness, Grace Woodward and Jodie Kidd (and our Editor), the guests ate canapés and drank Moet & Chandon at 1 Marylebone, were entertained by singer Whinnie Williams and were treated to a catwalk show of iCandy’s pushchairs and its fantastic new changing bags, by ex-Mulberry designer Janet Collin.

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What’s waiting for you this season? Framed Film Festival 16–24 Nov Fantastic films and workshops galore

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12–29 Dec A madcap, mischievous treat for families

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LONDON’S FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SHOW Sadler’s Wells presents The Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of

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22–23 Dec A cracking adventure with live orchestra

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Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels

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It’s great to get out and about in London with the kids at this time of year. Check out our guide to the best shows and events - and handy tips for how to keep little ones amused if you’re stuck at home.

Dance, Theatre and Panto

Going to a show during the festive season is a special treat and kids love seeing the magic come alive!

The Snowman

Cinderella: A Fairytale

The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

Peacock Theatre WC2 27 Nov to 5 Jan £12-32

The Barbican EC2Y 21 Dec £25

Unicorn Theatre SE1 26 Nov to 5 Jan £15-22

Unicorn Theatre SE1 3 to 29 Dec £10-16

The Nutcracker Wallace & Grommit’s Musical Marvels The Barbican EC2Y 22 to 23 Dec £25-35

Royal Opera House WC2E 4 Dec to 16 Jan £6-112 SLAvIA'S SNOWSHOW

The Wind In The Willows

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Sadler’s Wells EC1R 4 Dec to 26 Jan £32 to £60

Duchess Theatre WC2B 11 Dec to 1 Feb £17-58


Jack and the Beanstalk

Lyric Theatre WC2E 23 Nov to 4 Jan £12.50-35

The Ballad of Rudy

Chelsea Theatre, SW10 4 to 22 Dec £8


book early to avoid disappointment

Slavia’s Snowshow

Royal Festival Hall SE1 17 Dec to 6 Jan £20-49.50

Puss in Boots

Hackney Empire E8 23 Nov to 5 Jan £10-32

Jack and the Beanstalk Broadway Barking IG11 30 Nov to 4 Jan £12-15

Please check the theatre’s website to see what ages these shows are suitable for. Price ranges


New Wimbledon Theatre SW19 6 Dec to 12 Jan £8-29.50

Sleeping Beauty

Park Theatre N4 11 Dec to 19 Jan £15-19.50

are shown; however, many theatres offer a family ticket at a discounted rate. Check our online


Shaw Theatre NW1 13 to 31 Dec £16.50

guide for more details.


Beck Theatre UB3 14 Dec to 5 Jan £16.50-22

The Sleeping Beauty

Harrow Arts Centre HA5 19 to 23 Dec £12

Peter Pan - The Never Ending Story Wembley Arena HA9 2 to 4 Jan £22-49.50

War Horse

New London Theatre WC2B All dates £28.75-97.75

Matilda the Musical

Cambridge Theatre WC2 All dates £25-82

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Great Grottos There’s nothing more exciting for little ones than stepping into an enchanted Grotto to meet Santa and asking him for their heart’s desire for Christmas. Plan well in advance and bear in mind that some locations may require booking in advance and pre-registration.

Selfridges 4th Floor

Canary Wharf

Brixton Windmill

Enchanted Christmas House N1

(see box on Selfridge's Christmas experience)


Ice Magic Wobbling around on skates with their hands held, kids will love the thrill of their first skating session. Warm up afterwards with a hot chocolate.

Natural History Museum SW7 31 Oct to 5 Jan £13.50 adults £9 children Tower of London EC3N 16 Nov to 5 Jan £12.50-13.50 adults £9.50 children

ChriStMaS at KEW 28 Nov to 4 JaN Illuminated trail through the gardens, Santa’s Woodland Grotto, Boutique Christmas Market £12.50 adults £8 children


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London Zoo

NW1 (with real Reindeer) 17 Nov to 23 Dec

Westfield Shopping Centre

W12 Nov 22 to 24 Dec

Westfield Stratford


Greenwich Market


22 to 24 Dec

28 Nov to 23 Dec

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park W2

23 Nov to 6 Jan

Ham House


1 to 23 Dec

Kew Gardens


Sutton House


8 Dec to 6 Jan

8 to 9 Dec

Museum of London


Sea Life Aquarium


Museum of London


8 to 23 Dec

15 to 23 Dec

8 to 23 Dec

Harrods SW1X 2 Nov to 24 Dec


1 to 16 Dec

Hampton Court Palace

Nov 30-Jan 12 £11.50 adults £9.50 children

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 22 Nov to 5 Jan free

Broadgate Circle EC2M All dates £9 adults £7 children Somerset House

14 Nov to 5 Jan £14.50 adults £8.75 children

London Eye

SE1 27 Nov to 5 Jan £9.45 adults £6.75 children

Christmas Food & Gift Markets

Wrap up and venture out to markets full of potential presents and food gifts

Christmas Market, Southbank Centre SE1 16 Nov to 24 Dec Sprit of Christmas Fair Olympia W14 5 to 10 Nov More London Christmas Market The Scoop SE1 11 to 15 Dec Handmade Christmas at the O2 SE10 13 to 15 Dec Boutique de Noel Kensington Town Hall W8 15 to 16 Nov Spitalfields Winter Festival Spitalfields Market E1 6 to 17 Dec

SElfridgES ChriStMaS floor 24 oCt to 24 dEC this year the whole of the fourth floor of Selfridges will become a magical Christmas experience, with oodles of gifts, trees and decorations, extravagant stockings and tons of bespoke gifts that can be engraved or embroidered with your child’s name. Entertainers will keep you all amused and the Elfridges can help you choose the perfect gift for that special person.


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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 23 nov to 5 Jan Ice skating, Zippo’s Christmas Circus, Magical Ice Kingdom, giant wheel, rides and Santa’s Grotto. Free to enter but rides are chargeable

CHristmas at kensington PalaCe 30 nov to 6 Jan inspired by king William iii’s winter palace of 1699, where he held a whole month of parties. enjoy seasonal games, festive music and try your hand at the courtly games in the king’s gallery and drawing room. the season will culminate in a twelfth night finale weekend on 4, 5 and 6 January.

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Carol Singing

the lost theatre in Wandsworth has over thirty years' experience in providing professional theatrical training for children. if you think your little one is a star in the making, give them a call to get your child booked onto one of their courses. Past and present students can be seen performing at the national theatre and in the West end. 020 7622 9208

There’s nothing that heralds Christmas more than having a good old singsong. If it’s traditional carols you want, the service to look out for is Nine Lessons and Carols, which is usually celebrated about a week before Christmas and the child-friendly Christingle. There are also plenty of concerts with audience sing-alongs that include both carols and favourite Christmas songs. Check online for dates and times.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Martin In The Fields

Westminster Abbey

Trafalgar Square

Westminster Cathedral

Covent Garden

Hampton Court Palace

And local churches

Albert Hall

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A vibrant and jazzy Christmas show for Children 3 and up, featuring live music and a Jazz Penguin! 4 – 22 December Tue – Sun 10.30am & 1.30pm (50 mins) All tickets £8 Book Online at Chelsea Theatre, London SW10 0EW

Chelsea Theatre is fully accessible. For more information on your visit please go to our website. Illustration: Chantal Renn


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maryLeBone CriCKet CLUB if your kids love cricket, a tour of Lord’s will give them a snapshot of cricketing history. expert guides take you around the pavilion, the Long room and the dressing rooms. sit on seats usually occupied by the england team and best of all, see the ashes Urn in the mCC museum, home to over 400 years of cricketing history.

this Christmas, treat your little ones to the most magical Father Christmas experience at LaplandUK, an authentic awardwinning immersive theatrical production which magically transports your child to Father Christmas' arctic homeland. set in ascot, Berkshire, this trip is as close as you can get to the 'real thing' and your kids will cherish it forever.

Cabin Fever

If it’s too wet or cold to go out and the kids are bouncing off the walls, here are some tips and activities to keep them amused.

“I’ve Been a Good Boy”

Have they been good? Writing a letter to Santa is a great tradition and excellent letter writing practice. Once your little ones have put their wishes onto paper, you can use the old fashioned way to ‘send’ it to Santa by burning it and seeing the smoke go up the chimney - assuming you have an open fire (parents must do this for their kids). Alternatively, send it through Royal Mail to Santa/Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ and he will reply to as many as possible. Don’t forget your return address and a stamp! In the modern age, Santa is also available by email and there are a number of companies who offer an 'Email Santa' service too.

Look What I Made!

Using half a cup of salt, half of water and a whole cup of flour, place the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the water. Little fingers will love the sticky, gooey paste this makes and after a little time spent kneading, it forms a soft ball. Roll it out and use decorative cutters to make festive shapes. Bake them in a very low oven for an hour or so until they harden, or microwave for 2-3 minutes. Once they have cooled, paint the shapes and add glitter, stars – whatever you like!

Camping For Softies

Create a magical indoor campsite with a few simple household items. Throw sheets over the kitchen table, or use a play wigwam. Pop a rug and some cushions inside, their favourite toys, a ‘campfire’ made from scrunched yellow and red tissue paper and some play pots and pans. Wave goodbye as your kids spend hours on their indoor camping adventure.

It’s Snowing Inside

Take a circle of paper (or a coffee filter!) and fold in half, then again. Use small, rounded-end scissors to help your kids cut little triangles and circles into the sides of the folded paper and when you open it, you've got a gorgeous snowflake. Stick them to the window or suspend from strings to decorate your kids’ bedrooms. Try it with gold or silver paper too.

Handy Heirloom

First, cover the table (and perhaps the floor!) with old newspaper. Using a foil pie dish or paper plate, mix up some poster paint with a little water. Then help your little one to create hand prints on some plain, thick paper. Get all the family to add theirs on too and you’ll have a picture to treasure.

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Rudy’s Big Secret it into an environment not traditionally associated with it.” Funny, warm and with a massive heart, this Christmas show is guaranteed to have children aged three and over mesmerised. Sing the blues with a Polar Bear, jam with the Puffins and beat-box with an Arctic Fox. It all happens at the North Pole Jazz Lounge; the coolest place on earth.

jazz penguin Housed inside a modernistic building just off the King’s Road in Chelsea, a magical world will come alive for children this Christmas at the Chelsea Theatre.

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Though the young audience may have thought Santa’s favourite Reindeer had a red nose and was busy getting ready for his big day, in fact he is secretly exploring his more artistic side as a Jazz musician. The Ballad of Rudy is a new show bringing jazz to life for kids. Composed by David Lydon and Will Dollard, members of the acclaimed Gypsy Funk Jazz Band Los Pelos Rizos, they will bring the music to life with a live band, including funk, swing, blues and scat styles.

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“The Jungle Book has been a big inspiration,” says joint-composer David Lydon. “It takes the fun of Jazz and puts

Jazz Legend Claude Deppa, a founder member of the Jazz Warriors and one the UK’s most influential jazz musicians, has been cast as the Jazz Penguin. He is joined by fabulous actor musicians Wendy Paver (Dreamboats and Petticoats, West End and Tour) and Dan Bottomley. “During the show there’s a song that’s improvised with the audience, which is will be available as a free download,” says Producer Matt Borgatti. The songs will be different each day so by the end of the run we’ll have 34 new tracks!”

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Baby's First Christmas Some items to slip into your little one’s stocking and one for Mummy, too. feed me

Vital Baby offer practical and fun products your little one will love. From the Unbelievabowl, which sticks to the highchair to avoid messy feeding, to fun bath toys, there’s something for all.

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Is it a buoyancy aid, is it a water toy – no, it’s all three. It’s the Swimfin. Children will learn to swim with confidence using this clever aid. Unlike arm-bands it works in harmony with the body, helping develop a better swimming position.


Darling & Darling offers unusual keepsake gifts for babies and their mummies, such as this sterling silver keyring with up to six charms. It’s engraved with yours and your babies’ names and can have a special message, too.

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Giving a gift is easy with the special boxes from Cocobaci. The Toby Tiger set comprises a 100% organic rainbow stripe all-in-one with matching hat and blanket. Hand-wrapped in tissue and sealed with a Cocobaci kiss it comes with a gift card and message.


Traditional children’s dolls, clothes and accessories make a wonderful gift to be treasured. Petalina offers the Gotz Hannah doll with all her clothes and accessories, plus a range of Kidz 'n' Catz dolls and clothing.

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This stylish suspended Leander Cradle, £299, from Mini Objects of Desire mirrors the movements they have been used to in the womb.

banging good fun

Invest in earplugs and introduce your children to playing music with this illustrated wooden Classic Toys Fish Drum from It's a Wooden World.

designers on tap

Kiddiwinks is an online store for you and your baby. The clever team has rounded up the best designer names for little ones into one stylish and easy-to-use hub.

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Luxury Italian brand Il Tutto has perfected the baby changing bag with their chic leather range. With pockets and compartments galore they do the job, and look fantastic!

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Reversible clothes and toys are great and offer hours of fun. Double Flip’s reversible toys like this Red Riding Hood have great details like her picnic basket, with jam and waffles for tea. Granny is waiting underneath!

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When you’re pregnant, all sorts of things seem to happen to your body. Health expert Radhika Holmström solves some of the most common pregnancy health niggles.

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In 40 weeks, your body grows a baby from a single cell to a tiny person weighing around eight pounds. It's also readying itself to get that baby out and provide it with home-grown food. You're generating babyfriendly hormones and extra blood. So it’s not surprising that sometimes you’re not so much blooming as wilting. “Everyone has some problems,” says midwife and pregnancy expert Zita West. “And it's a time when we don’t want to take medication.” But, she adds, do tell your midwife or GP if there’s anything worrying you (and don’t forget you get free prescriptions too!). Here’s our guide to six of the most common complaints….

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Bleeding gums

What’s happening? The red crinkly marks that everyone associates with pregnancy are expanding across your bump. What’s causing it? The skin is stretching (no surprise there)…but this stretching also goes deep into the dermis, where no mere oil or cream can reach. What can you do? Sadly, not a great deal. (Believe us, if there was, we’d have done it!) “It’s purely dependent on your skin,” says Zita West. There’s no harm in moisturising, and that’ll also help your stretched skin feel less sore and dry too, but there’s no guaranteed solution. What should you watch out for? Intense itching on the bump, which might indicate obstetric cholestatis, a rare liver condition. If you have severe itching, talk to your GP.

What’s happening? Even if you’ve never given your digestion a second thought, you feel as acid is corroding your insides . What’s causing it? Your body's squashing up to accommodate your baby, and stomach acid is pushed up onto delicate digestive tissues. What can you do? “Little meals and often,” recommends Gail Johnson of the Royal College of Midwives. Over-the-counter antacids help too, though they can stop your body absorbing some vitamins and minerals. “Acupuncture can make a bit of difference,” adds Zita West. “But sadly, we often can’t do much for it.” What should you watch out for? Headaches and/or swelling on top of the pain, which could be a sign of pre-eclampsia. This needs urgent medical attention.

What’s happening? Even if your dental hygiene has always been great before, your gums are sore and swollen and you’re spitting blood when you brush. What’s causing it? Hormones. The good thing is, it’s not gum disease and they'll go back to normal afterwards. What can you do? Keep cleaning, , says Karen Coates, dental advisor with the British Dental Health Foundation. “Plaque will make it worse. You get free dental treatment until your baby’s one, so make an appointment. Ask before you switch to a softer brush and perhaps visit the hygienist too (you'll have to pay for this). What should you watch out for? Brushing too soon after vomiting, when the mouth is still acidic and tooth enamel vulnerable. Rinse with fluoride mouthwash or water.

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Sickness What’s happening? You’re nauseous or vomiting in the morning. What’s causing it? Usually this is down to pregnancy hormones (so your retching is reassuring): though if you’re low in vitamin B6 that may be part of it too. What can you do? Queasiness should go by 16 weeks, says Dr Roger Gadsby, Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Warwick and advisor for Pregnancy Sickness Support ( Rest and keep a diary; most of us have a few hours when it’s easier to eat. Some recommend ginger, but Gadsby suggests a sugary drink to get some glucose, calories and electrolytes into you. What should you watch out for? Sickness that totally wipes you out for days on end: there are medications that help, so talk to the GP.

Constipation and piles

What’s happening? Your loo has become a torture zone! Either you’re incapable of ‘going’, or it’s agony when you do… What’s causing it? Hormones relaxing your body also relax your gut and the veins around your anus, so they’re swollen. And in a vicious cycle, constipation and/or straining makes piles worse… What can you do? “Get lots of fluids and fibre, and be active to keep things moving,” says Gail Johnson. Acupuncture can help with piles, and pelvic floor exercises firm muscles up. Prescription or over the counter medications can help – don’t be embarrassed to ask GP or midwife. What should you watch out for? Getting into a vicious cycle where you’re too scared to 'go'. That’ll make everything worse.

Backache What’s happening? Your lower back is killing you! What’s causing it? Your ligaments are softened by the hormone relaxin – and your posture can be bad! What can you do? “Sit or stand tall, so your tummy muscles have to work harder and support your back,” advises Vicky Keates, a senior women’s health physiotherapist, ( “If you’re sitting slumped, the weight of the baby will rest on your spine. Think about how you get out of bed too – roll over smoothly movement, don’t lurch or use your back as a lever.” This is the time to put into practice all those times you’ve been told ‘bend with your knees, not your back’. What should you watch out for? Bad pain late on – say 30 weeks – which could be the sign of a urinary tract infection.

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What are your choices for where you give birth? We look at central London NHS and Private hospitals There are many reasons to be glad about living in London. Great restaurants, theatres and cinemas on every corner, shopping to suit all tastes. We are also blessed with some of the best maternity units in the country. Though where you live might dictate your choice of maternity unit, we give you our snapshot of where to give birth in Central London, whether you’re going private or NHS all the way. Imperial College Hospital

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You have a choice of Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital or St Mary’s Hospital and you can choose to have your baby at home, a birth centre or in hospital. They offer a full range of services from midwifery-led to high-risk care. Queen Charlotte’s is renowned for foetal medicine and boasts one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the country. The labour ward has two theatres.

On the NHS labour wards, you can opt for midwife or Consultant-led care or you can choose a home birth. There are also two post-natal wards to recover in. The facilities include a birthing pool, which is shared between two birthing rooms. A new midwife-led unit is opening in December with eight fully equipped rooms.

Best For: The private Lindo Wing, where The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth, offers private en-suite or deluxe rooms room, full hotel facilities, breastfeeding, changing and bathing advice.

Best for: it's the only NHS hospital to offer Doulas to give advice and support before and during labour in The Nest, its room for couples. They also have a clinic for talking through your birth experience a few weeks after your baby arrives. See the profile on page 35. little darlings


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St Thomas’ Hospital According to the Care Quality Commission, St Thomas’ offers some of the best maternity services in London and boasts state-of-theart facilities. Home births are available, as are ward-based births. A full team of maternity staff includes Consultants plus specialist and Consultant midwives. The birth centre has 18 en-suite rooms and two dedicated operating theatres. Best for: The home-from-home birth centre, which has nine rooms suitable for low-risk pregnancies. Led by midwives and with en-suite facilities, there's a bed-settee for your partner, a birthing ball, mats, stools and even ropes. There are two birthing pools and a garden room to relax in during early labour. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing Part of UCH, it offers a range of options for normal births right through to problem pregnancies and babies who need special care. Women can choose from a home birth with community care, or give birth in the midwife-led birth centre or on the labour ward with a highly skilled team of midwives and obstetricians. It has two theatres. Best for: All rooms in the Birth Centre have en-suite facilities and are brightly designed with controlled lighting. They are also equipped with a birthing ball, mats and birthing stools. Royal London Hospital Offering the choice of several levels of care from midwifery to Consultant, the hospital has brand new labour wards. You can also choose to give birth in the birthing centre, plus there are ante-natal classes and courses for Dads. There is great breastfeeding support, too. Best for: The hospital also offers a specialist team of obstetric physiotherapists who offer treatment for pregnancy-related problems such as back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome (pain and aching, numbness or weakness in the fingers). King’s College Hospital With a full team of midwives and doctors, you can give birth in the Nightingale birthing centre with its birthing pools and bring along your own music to relax to. The Maternal Assessment Unit helps with problems during labour and there are dedicated theatres and recovery rooms. You can have a community care-led home birth too. Best for: There are 10 birthing rooms plus a four-bed unit that is used to care for high-risk women. Rooms have a bed, reclining chair, birthing ball and mat, bean bag, stereo and are en-suite. There are two movable, inflatable pools for waterbirths. The Portland Hospital Delivers over 2,000 babies a year and has a team of experienced midwives and Consultant Obstetricians, many of whom hold senior positions at London’s top NHS hospitals. Facilities include 24-hour anaesthesia, three theatres, Neonatal Intensive Care and Special Care Baby Unit plus a range of ante- and post-natal classes. Best for: A range of private en-suite rooms and four exclusive suites, with the option for your partner to stay overnight. There’s also a full hotel service including 24-hour room service.

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worth paying for Private room in an NHS hospital Benefit: If you had a long or tricky birth or had a Caesarean, you may want more privacy and to be able to get the sleep you might miss in a noisy post-natal ward. Private rooms are usually only available if they are not needed for an emergency case, so they can't be booked. And if you did have a difficult birth, the nurses may want you near their station anyway. The cost is determined by the hospital and varies quite a bit, in the region of £50 -150 per night. Be aware that if an emergency comes in, you may get bumped out. Private Birth Benefit: a private maternity hospital or wing is almost like being in a hotel, expect that you have your baby there, too. You usually choose a package of care and, should you have a problem-free pregnancy with a natural delivery, you'd be paying about £5,500-8,000. A planned Caesarean would be more, as would any emergency procedures for you or your baby. You get great food though, and the chance for your partner to be with you during and after the birth. Hypnobirthing Benefit: One of the most popular new trends in labour, hynobirthing offers mums a range of self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques for a better birth. It is lauded as being the alternative to pain relief and may work well for some women, though not all. Prices vary depending on whether you attend private one-to-one classes with a practitioner or as part of a group but expect to pay between £250 and £400. Private after care Private after-care centres are springing up, such as the Mermaid Maternity Retreat on The King's Road. After having your baby, you can go to one of these facilities to recover and its hotel-like facilities are enhanced with help and care from experts on breastfeeding, nutrition and baby care from £300. Doula or Night Nanny If you've had a difficult labour or have older children, a Night Nanny can help you get back to normal. They support you with their handson experience of babies and mothers and have an extensive knowledge of sleep patterns, the baby’s and mother's health and sleep safety. In the first weeks you may feel vulnerable and a good Night Nanny offers gentle guidance without dictating to you. Around £100-200 per night.


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We’ve designed the Midwife -Led Unit to make mum feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Our experienced maternity team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital deliver over 5,000 babies each year and our care of women with high risk pregnancies is well respected nationally with a specialist Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to look after premature babies. We have the only NHS doulas service in the UK. Other tailored support we provide includes a specialist midwife to care for women that have had a previous caesarean section and dedicated care to those with a fear of childbirth. We also offer specialist antenatal classes including Natal Hypnotherapy ™ and sessions specifically for fathers-to-be. We have now widened the choice of birthing options we provide by building a bespoke midwife led unit alongside our other facilities.

The unit, opening late December, is a spa-like facility comprising of seven rooms, four with birthing pools and all having mood lighting that can be controlled by mum during birth. A private suite is also available to women accessing our private patients' service, with their care coordinated by their chosen midwife. Vivien Bell, Head of Midwifery, says: “We respect each mother’s decision when it comes to how they wish to give birth and provide women with a full range of options for their birth plan, from homebirth all the way through to a consultant led delivery. “We’ve designed the Midwife -Led Unit to make mum feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Women that

Facts 16 dedicated consultants, 165 midwives 100% of women receive 1:1 care during labour 98% of women say they had a good experience at chelsea and Westminster Women can self-refer or be referred to the unit by their GP

choose this service will have all of their antenatal and postnatal appointments in the unit, which will provide mothers choosing Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with the continuity of care they want throughout pregnancy. It will be the newest and most state-of-the art unit in London and we encourage women to view the environment and meet our experienced midwifery team when it opens later this year.” For further information about maternity services at Chelsea and Westminster please visit www.chelwest. or contact Vivien Bell, (Head of Midwifery) by email: or by calling 020 3315 7900.

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Choosing care for your baby is a difficult and time-consuming process. And so it should be – after all, you’re choosing the person who will act as 'you' when you’re not around. First, decide your requirements in a chat with your partner. Do you need help all the time – perhaps if you’re going back to work or have a full schedule? A livein Nanny or au pair might suit. Or would part time help be more suitable, so you could perhaps consider a Nanny share? If you only need occasional help, a family member or Childminder might be the best option.



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Who: An au pair is typically a young woman from abroad who wishes to work in the UK by living with a family and taking care of the children as well as household chores. They may not have childcare qualifications and are

might be able to help you out with childcare, this might be the perfect solution for you. How to find: No need to look far, this may be your own mother or your partner's - or perhaps an aunt or cousin. Benefits: This arrangement works best if finances are tight, as Grannies tend not to charge and welcome the opportunity to spend plenty of time with their grandchildren. Dos and Don'ts: There can be problems and misunderstandings, though these can usually be avoided by talking things through thoroughly and reassessing everything regularly. Don't take your family members for granted and be sure that you drop off and collect the children when you have said you will. Offer compensation for out-of-pocket expenses or have an agreement that you provide a float for things bought for the children. What can cause most disagreement is different styles of parenting - for example, disciplining children, allowing them to watch the TV and so on, so make sure you all talk this through.

diet and its door entry policy. You'll want to be able to walk away confident in the knowledge that your child will be well fed, cared for in a nurturing manner and that only authorised people are allowed in and out. The staff should be well qualified for their roles and with the adequate background checks and training needed to look after a group of children of mixed ages and needs.


Who: Childminders look after a group of children in their own home. They need to have background checks and certain qualifications and need to be registered with their local authority. Many have years of experience in loking after children and some women choose to do this when their own children are older. How to find: The NICMA, the Childminders' Association, can offer tips and advice to help you choose. When you're looking for a childminder, ask around among friends or


Consistency is important for children essentially untrained but most have a genuine desire not just to live and work in the UK but to look after children. How to find: You can find them through online agencies or word of mouth. Try to meet them before offering them a job, even if it's just a Skype chat. Find one via the British au pair Agencies' Association, You can also check on the Government's website about laws on employing an au pair uk/au-pairs-employment-law. Benefits: You have continuity, as she will live in your home and be there to care for the children when you can't be. They are ideal if your work schedules are erratic - for example if you work part-time or have a busy social schedule that means you are often out at bath and bed time. Dos and Don'ts: An au pair should be willing to look after the children, shop, cook and clean but you should also ensure that you pay the going rate and that they have some free time. They work out cheaper than a Nanny but may not have the same skills; for example, they may not have first aid training or be able to drive. They do bring a different language and culture into your home and if you want your kids to be bilingual, it's great if she speaks to them in her own language.


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Who: A nursery is a formal centre for care of children from as young as six months. It employs qualified carers. How to find: When looking at nurseries, there are several things to consider. Is it on your way to work so you save time traveling? Does the nursery look clean, well cared for and is it well equipped? Are there adequate facilities for your child to play and rest? And does it offer a properly balanced nutritious menu suitable for the ages of the children it takes in? It helps if there are children there of a similar age to yours. Search a list of nurseries near you at the Government's website, You can also check what's near you by using the website of the National Day Nursery Association, They have a fact sheet which can help you choose where your baby is going to spend her time and an accreditation scheme called e-Quality Counts. Ask if your nursery is signed up to this. Benefits: For families who work nine to five, full-time childcare can prove expensive and may not be flexible enough for you. A nursery may offer a solution, provided you ensure you choose one that suits your views, the age of your child and your pocket. Dos and Don'ts: Once you have found somewhere you like the look of, go for a visit and ask about the nursery's policy on discipline,

especially if you know people with children at your local school - you may find a family who have used a great childminder but whose children are now old enough not to need collecting from school or nursery. Benefits: The care is of high quality but is flexible and affordable, with families being able to use vouchers for part of the payment. Children receive individual attention in a home-from-home setting. Dos and Don'ts: As with anyone looking after your child, ensure they have background checks and that their home is clean and tidy and well equipped with safety items - door locks, stair gates and so on. Childminders must look after no more than six children under eight and no more than three of those can be younger than five. This must include the childminder's own children. They must have public liability insurance. Most childminders will work between 8am and 6pm, although you might be able to negotiate other hours. little darlings


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All UK parents are entitled to Child Benefit, though you may choose not to claim if you or your partner earns over £50K per year. This gives you £20.30 for the first child and £13.40 for each subsequent child. You may also claim staff childcare vouchers from your employer. A proportion of this is tax and National Insurance free. Look online at You can also use childcare vouchers to pay for a registered Childminder. They can be used to pay for children right up to the age of 15.

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All three and four-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year until they reach school age. The Government has also announced that some two-year-olds can access free care in certain circumstances.


You could get extra tax credits to help pay some of your childcare costs while you’re working. This could be up to £122.50 a week for one child and up to £210 a week for two or more children. You can’t claim all of the costs and how much you get depends on things such as your income. Look at childcare-tax-credits.

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The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Check it at uk/disclosure-barring-service-check.

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Don’t panic! You really don’t need loads of gear for a new baby. And while we’re not suggesting you put your baby to sleep in a drawer and wrap them in old sheets, you don’t need to break the bank or equip your home like a professional nursery. Buy the basics – and save some cash for gorgeous clothes and toys! ms in all ite e v a e l and Tip: aging k c a p their ts. receip keep

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• Long sleeved vests or tops to wear under the sleeping bag • Cardigans/ jackets

• Changing bag with travel change mat • Brush or comb • Nail clippers or baby nail scissors • Breast pump • Sterilising equipment • Monitor

• Hat, mittens and bootees • Nursing bras

• Baby Grows • Short-sleeved vests • Socks • Bibs • Milk storage pots

• Nappies • Cotton wool balls or baby wipes • Nursing pads

• Breast pads • Muslins, towels and flannels

Tip: ask friends for second hand clothes. They will have been worn such a short time.

Handy, though not essential Moses basket or crib Baby bath or bath insert Shawl Sling or carrier Bouncy chair Bath and room thermometer Nappy disposal bin

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Some items used on a daily basis are cheaper if you buy in bulk. Look for multi-packs of baby grows, vests and cotton wool, and watch out for three-for-two offers from retailers. Some shops like Boots give you points for all baby purchases - use to buy more!

Do not use second hand: a mattress – every baby should have a new one (The Lullaby Trust recommends a firm, waterproof mattress) or a car seat. However, if it’s from a close friend and has never been in a crash, it’s fine. Wash the covers before using.

The Lulluaby Trust offers lots of help and advice on how to keep your baby safe while he’s sleeping. visit for more details.

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Pop on the carrycot (colour featured; Pomegranate) for newborns. It offers the perfect sleep position for tiny spines and a cosy place to sleep.

ADD SOME COLOUR Both the seat unit and the carrycot come in stylish black with the option to add one of a range of original, gorgeous coloured 'Flavour Packs.' Choose from a soft touch, textured fabric or the stunning 'Chilled' Flavour Pack, which is a lighter weight fabric with a smoother finish. The seat unit Flavour Pack comprises of an interchangeable hood, the harness pads and a luxurious seat liner. while the carrycot Flavour Pack comprises an interchangeable hood and apron. Available in four delicious flavours; Assam, Earl Grey, Pomegranate and Elderberry.

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WEIGHT OR LENGTH; WHEN TWO LAWS COLLIDE. Up until this summer, all car seats were classified according to the lower and upper weight of the child they were suitable for. Now, a new piece of legislation has come in, meaning some car seats are now defined by the length of your child. The


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two systems will run side by side for a few years but it's worth knowing if you're just about to buy a new car seat. The current regulations are known by their "Group" number (see right). The new seats are called I-Size and are always used with the Isofix car seat fitting system.

ISOFIX Developed by car seat manufacturers Britax and car companies several years ago, this is a system where all new cars must have fitting points installed into the chassis. The car seat has prongs which connect with this, making fitting both easy and secure. Some also have a foot prop or top belt as added security.

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Many car seats are fitted using your car's threepoint seat belts. There are routing points on the car seat which are clearly (usually colour) coded and make it easy to swap the seat to different positions or cars. Always check you have fitted it correctly each time you put it in the car.

BASE FITTING Some seats come with a base that is fitted into your car, either with the seatbelt or via Isofix. The base stays in and the seat can be clicked on or off.

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This kind of car seat is great for a number of reasons. It is small and cosy, so a newborn does not look swamped. It is easy to carry during the early months and many fit onto pushchairs (creating a Travel System), meaning you don't have to wake your baby when swapping from car to pushchair. Look for one that includes a newborn insert or head hugger to keep tiny babies' heads in the correct position.


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Once your baby is a bit big to carry in a first stage car seat, choose a model that will take you from around one year to three or four years old. Some work right from birth to this age (called Group 0+ and 1), which will save you money. Look for one with several recline positions, good side impact protection, cosy paddin and washable covers.


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seats are designed to be rearward facing until your child is around four years old. This is a much safer way for your baby to travel and helps prevent neck injuries in the event of a crash.

BOOSTERS It is now considered unsafe to put a child in a booster that has no back or sides, as they have no side impact protection and can slip out of the seat belt if they fall asleep. Choose a Group 2,3 car seat (also called a high-back booster) instead.

THE LAW Children up to 12 years old or 135cm tall must be in an appropriate child car restraint.


Check you've correctly adjusted straps each time you travel. They should be snug so you can fit two fingers between the strap & your child. Keep an eye on your child's weight or length; move up to the next seat when they reach the upper limit.

Before buying, check the seat fits your car.


Leave a newborn too long in a car seat. They should lie flat as long as possible. Put your child in a big, puffy coat or snowsuit. The straps will be less effective and they may overheat.


Group 2 and 3 Suitable from 1536kg or 33-79lbs

Once your children are a bit older, they can sit in a high-backed booster seat, which is much safer then booster cushions alone. Look for one that has good head and neck protection, is lightweight if you need to swap it between cars and is well padded.





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Large families will love this, especially if they often drive extra kids. It has a large interior with flexible seating (two seats front, three middle and two rear) and scores well on safety and comfort. Choose from a 1.6 or 1.8-litre petrol engine or 2.0-litre diesel. It has lower CO2 emissions and better fuel efficiency than previous models; the diesel does 57.6 mpg. Though the two rear seats are small, they're fine for kids. With 32 configurations, you can flatten all rear seats to make room for luggage, shopping and pushchairs. It has a built-in coolbox, cup holders and drop-down play / snack trays.

With a lightweight body, updated styling and a wealth of luxury materials inside, the A3 has some nice extras like a pop-up multimedia screen. Engines come in 1.4 or 1.8 petrol and 1.6 or 2.0 diesel and there’s a six or seven speed gearbox. The five-door Sportback has a higher price than its three-door cousin but has a longer wheelbase (which equates to extra legroom) and an extra 15 litres of boot capacity. It comes with air-conditioning, iPod dock and Bluetooth as standard and controls are well placed and easy to use.

The Off-Road Star: Range Rover SUV (from £71,300)

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A bit of a wolf in peacock’s clothing, this is a great all-round vehicle for town or rugged countryside and is also luxurious and comfortable. With a high-quality interior, it's quiet for such a large car, especially one with a supercharged V8 engine. It comes with a high price tag but has plenty to justify the expense. The use of lightweight aluminium means that it's 400kg lighter than the previous model and it has lower emmissions and better fuel economy, too. It’s still one of the best offroad vehicles around, so if weekends up mountains are your thing, this will take you every mile of the way.

For combining practicality, style and substance you have to go a long way to beat the Golf. As good for around town as it is for longer journeys, this is great if you have one or two kids. The additional benefits of upgrading to the GTI model include power and comfort. With a 217bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine it's powerful and the 18-inch alloy wheels, chunky bumpers and sporty trim save it from blandness. It has tartan seats, a sporty steering wheel and a luxurious interior made from quality materials. Running costs are low, especially if you choose the diesel version. There’s enough room for five adults, so a couple of kids plus buggies are no problem.

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New car seat laws have arrived and we'll need to know all about them. Maxi-Cosi helps give you all you need to know about the new i-Size regulations and how you can keep your little one safer, for longer I-Size refers to new car seat legislation which increases safety levels for children in cars. It means that babies will stay in the much safer rearward facing position for longer and it uses Isofix which has less chances of being installed incorrectly. The new legislation was introduced this summer, though the current legislation will remain in effect for all current belt and IsoFix child seats. is it needed? Car accidents are still the leading cause of child deaths. In Europe each

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Traditional, celebrity-inspired or trendy, how do you choose the perfect name for your Little Darling? As anyone who has already had a baby knows, finding the perfect name is something of a trial. Not only does it have to sound good with your last name (and make sure the initals don't spell anything embarassing) but you have to think ahead, too - if you choose a popular name, will there be hundreds of little Ameilas and Harrys by the time they get to school? Will people be able to spell and pronounce it? Do you mind if people shorten it? Here are some of the top names of 2013 to help you choose, plus some seasonal suggestions.


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Kate Middleton and Prince William: George Alexander Louis

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Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez: Maceo Martinez

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With the press bombarding us with information about wonder foods that will cure all ills on the one hand, and horror stories about saturated fat, sugar and processed meats on the other, how do you ensure your children have a good diet that will build a basis for their life-long health? The old phrase “everything in moderation and nothing to excess” is a good stand-by. Think about how much your child should be eating at each meal, too. “With children, a ‘portion’ of fruit or vegetables is not the same as for adults,” explains Sam. “With very young children, aim for five ‘tastes’ of different foods each day. As they get older, a good guide is that a portion is about the size of their fist.” Remember that different colours equal different vitamins, so when planning a meal, think colour as much as flavour. So a meal with peas, broccoli and cabbage is not as good as one with peas, sweet potato, tomato and yellow peppers. You can also



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I want my body back! Our easy-does-it guide to getting your back into shape. Radhika Holmström

If you’re gazing at your pre-pregnancy wardrobe with longing, wondering when you’ll be able to downsize from your maternity jeans, you’re not alone. “Your body goes through an enormous amount of change during pregnancy,” says Mervi Jokinen of the Royal College of Midwives. “Your pelvis has changed and it’s slightly larger, your muscles have been stretched and there’s more softness around your body.” Theold saying “nine months up, nine months down” is pretty sensible, when you really think about it… So don’t despair – and definitely don’t try crazy crash dieting, as you need all the energy you can get at this stage! But do start getting active. You may not be fully up to it until your six-week check-up, depending on how your labour and delivery went but it’s an excellent idea to get out of the house and get moving.

Start gently

Even if you were quite athletic before your pregnancy, be realistic about what your body can do early on. Apart from anything, you’re still quite likely to have pregnancy hormones in your system, softening your ligaments (especially if you’re breastfeeding), and you’re definitely likely to be more exhausted! Make some practical plans, too. If you're

breastfeeding, feed the baby before you go out – and invest in a seriously supportive bra. And without getting too personal, if your pelvic floor’s still a little, er, undependable, you might want to prepare for that eventuality too!

Hold it Firm

Some forms of exercise home in on those ‘core muscles’ that hold you in and tighten up your tummy; Pilates is an obvious example (and it’s great) but it’s not the only option. Along with the ‘hot new craze’ activities (see next page), some long-standing favourites like aqua aerobics are terrific belly-flatteners too. And don’t forget that pelvic floor exercises work that core too; pull your tummy in, draw up your pelvic floor and while you’re at it pull in your bottom muscles as well…and it’s a win-win in every direction.

Get together with others

One of the big advances in the past decade has been the boom in exercise classes for new mums, from post-natal Pilates classes to

pramming in the park. It’s a great way to meet local people in a non-pressured way – you’ve all got something in common, but at the same time the focus isn’t just on the baby! So check out noticeboards in the park, library, cafés and babyequipment shops. Anywhere where mummies gather, in fact, is a good place to look.

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On the other hand, if you’re finding that taking life moment by moment is quite enough for you at present, spare yourself the extra strain of having to turn up on time for a class and just get moving on your own. A power-walk with the buggy doesn’t have to be scheduled; just grab the baby and go!

Head into the green

Finally, do try to get outside in a bit of green space. Exercise is great for your mental as well as your physical health. Even if you’re totally blissed-out with your new arrival, this is a pretty emotional time, when you’re likely to feel the lows as keenly as the highs. And research from the University of Exeter has found that just five minutes of exercising in nature can start lifting your mood – so getting to the local park, even at this time of year, is an excellent idea.

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DO Try This At Home Josephine Price looks at the hottest new fitness trends for new mums






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What is it? Exercising as hard as you can for four minutes per day. That’s it? Well according to fans, it can be any kind of aerobic exercise – skipping, cycling, squats etc. done in 20-seconds bursts with 10 seconds' rest in between. Is it suitable? Any exercise will have a benefit but you might not keep this up. Best to avoid if: You have high blood pressure or heart problems, and for a few months after birth.

What is it? A mixture of physiotherapy, massage, breathing and yoga poses. Fizzy, or Physiyoga, is about strengthening the body. And with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge rumoured to have taken ante-natal yoga, it's a good all-rounder. Is it suitable? It's gentle but intense stretching helps strengthen your body. Best to avoid if: It's one of the safest forms of exercise, so go for it!

What is it? The dance fitness craze teamed with Latin music. Easy choreography blends aerobic and dance steps in a workout,which is claimed to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour! Is it suitable? Previous dance experience is not required, and with no age limit, it is suitable for pretty much everyone. Best to avoid if: For the first 12 weeks after giving birth if possible.

What is it? Kelly Osbourne and other celebs use hula hooping to target tums and waists. Start with a weighted hoop - easier to keep going than a flimsy one. Work up to ten minutes a day, and swap directions often. Is it suitable? Yes, and can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own home too. Best to avoid if: You have chest pain or dizziness when doing any kind of physical exercise.

What is it? The new version of pirouettes and pliés, barretone is a workout based on ballet moves that stretch and tone, with fantastic results. Fans include Miranda Kerr and even Mick Jagger. Is it suitable? It can increase wellbeing and alleviate pregnancy-related conditions. It redefines muscle tone and can help you lose weight. Best to avoid if: The doctor has ordered you to


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Are children going to school too early? Children in England are starting formal schooling too early. That’s the message of 127 educationalists and children experts who wrote an open letter to the Telegraph in September. They accuse Ministers of treating early years education simply as preparation for school. Instead, they say, “early childhood is a crucial stage in its own right which establishes the values and mindsets and underpin their sense of self, their attitude to later learning and their communicative skills and natural creativity.” The letter marked the launch of the Too Much Too Soon campaign which seeks to delay formal education for Britain’s children. At age 4, children in England start formal schooling two or three years earlier than elsewhere in Europe. Over the last 20 years the pressure to do this has increased as concern over literacy levels in the UK have reached fever pitch and yet literacy

levels have not drastically improved and in comparison to many other countries in the world, have actually dropped. A recent literacy ranking from the OECD put the UK near the bottom of the table when countries like Finland and Norway where children do not start school until age 7 were, as usual, at the top. The views of the Too Much Too Soon campaign echo the earlier Cambridge Review which looked at the condition and future of primary education. Experts there too argued for formal learning to start at age 6 saying that starting earlier can “dent children’s confidence and risks long term damage to their learning.” Alongside the call for later formal education is the anxiety that the role of play is being downgraded. According to TMTS, “active,

creative and outdoor play is recognized by psychologists as vital for physical, social, emotional and cognitive development” and yet, they say, an understanding of this has been cut from key child care qualifications. Recent Government announcements also suggest a move to introduce a system of tests and targets for nursery aged children that currently dominate primary education. In Steiner Waldorf schools children do not start formal education until aged six. This follows three years of kindergarten where the young child’s sense of wonder and love of exploration is nurtured and allowed to blossom. Creativity, artistic activity and imagination are at the heart of the curriculum even in the primary years which enhances and helps develop key skills in literacy and numeracy. In turn this approach enables children to immerse themselves in their learning and enjoy school.

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Leading experts warn that we are forcing our children to start school too early – while others say it does no harm to expect more from our kids. Sally J Hall investigates. In the UK, we send our children to school at the age of four. However, many countries delay the start of formal education to six. A pressure group is asking the Government to consider changing our system so that early years of play are not lost. The Save Childhood Movement is a group of academics, teachers and charity leaders who are calling for more play in the early years. The group says that early stress on the 'Three Rs' takes away a child’s ability to play. They are also concerned that the Coalition Government is planning to introduce testing at five. A spokesperson from the Department

peers. Experts say children should undertake play-based activities before this age. Dr David Whitebread, Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Education at Cambridge University says: "Evidence suggests that an early start undermines children's confidence and leads to early negative attitudes towards school and themselves. The effects are particularly marked in children from disadvantaged backgrounds, 'summer-born' and premature children whose birth-date does not reflect developmental age." Wendy Ellyatt, founding director of the Save Childhood Movement said: “Though 90 per cent of countries prioritise social and

90 per cent of countries in the world prioritise social and emotional learning emotional learning and start formal schooling at six, in England we seem determined to cling to the belief that starting sooner means better results later. “There is nothing wrong with seeking high educational standards and accountability but there's something wrong if it's at the cost of natural development.” Children are currently assessed using the

Early Years Foundation Stage, covering personal and social development, communication and early numeracy, before moving to formal lessons at the age of five. “We need a system that prepares pupils to solve hard problems in calculus, be a poet or engineer — freed from the grip of those who bleat pop-psychology about 'self image’, which is an excuse for not teaching poor children how to add up,” said the Government spokesperson.

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of Education suggested that the Group’s views were “misguided”, and accused them of wanting to ‘dumb down’ education. “These people represent … the culture of low expectations in state schools,” he said. However, the Save Childhood Movement says: “Children entering school at six or seven consistently achieve better educational results and higher levels of wellbeing” than their

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Even if you’re only just pregnant with your first child, the thought of nurseries, playgroups and schools will soon come to mind. The early years simply fly by and with hyped stories of people putting their child’s name down for Eton at birth, how soon should you start to think about your child’s early education? Whether you want to choose a State school, an independently funded one or an establishment that is slightly more alternative, we take a look at the options are available to you.

independent schools

Offering education from four to 11 years, some incorporate a nursery from two. Pre-preps prepare your child for Secondary education at a preparatory school and have a strong focus on academic subjects; many also offer languages and music. Some schools follow a particular ethos such as Steiner (see ‘Alternative’). Entry requirements: each sets its own; some hold a ballot, for some you must register and others have an entrance assessment. Check early to avoid disappointment. Some require a non-refundable registration fee.

special needs

Many state schools offer support for children with special needs. Speak to your Education Authority about what schools near you have to offer. Consider getting a Statement of Special Educational Needs, which can help provide you with additional support.

State Schools

Taking children from four, many offer a nursery from three. Entry requirements: The all-important 'catchment area' is something you'll soon become familiar with. Barrington Dutton at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s Crouch End branch, comments: “Homes within soughtafter school catchment areas are in high demand and typically attract a premium of 10%.” State schools offer the National Curriculum and many offer additional classes in music, languages and art.

Alternative and Faith schools

Usually independently funded, they may offer an ethos, such as the Steiner or Montessori method (see ‘Focus on Steiner’ on page 85). If you wish your child to be brought up within your faith, a religious school might be for you. They are available for many different faiths, so ask at your place of worship for recommendations. Entry requirements: Faith schools usually ask that you're a regular worshipper. Alternative schools may have waiting lists, so check when you need to apply and make sure you do it on time to avoid disappointment.

Free schools

State schools set up in response to what parents feel an area needs, most are Secondary, though a few Primary schools are now emerging, such as Earl’s Court Free School, opening in 2014.

How to find

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to find your nearest school, visit www. the website has details of schools near you, their oftsed scores, number of pupils, and other details.

Enter your postcode and click on the link to discover each school's entry requirements. the catchment area for some areas is surprisingly small and can change from one year to the next.

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A unique London Preparatory School Forest is the only diamond structure school in London and is one of the very few in the country. This means that we teach our 1290 pupils (who are aged 4-18) in single-sex classes at key stages of their education. Our school is located on the edge of Epping Forest in north east London and our school buses go into north London and Essex. Forest 7+ Assessments commence November 2013.

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STEinEr EducaTion The philosophy Steiner education, which is state funded in many European countries, is less well known in the UK and you will have to pay to have your child cared for in one of their schools. Steiner education does not discriminate against children by ability, class, ethnicity or religion and focuses on the needs of the whole child, including physical, academic, emotional and spiritual aspects. It depends upon a good understanding of the development of a child and best of all, it helps encourage a love of learning and of school. Artistic and musical skills are viewed as integral to learning and children can be taught from three to 18 years.

The Early Years A typical Steiner Kindergarten looks and feels quite different to those attached to mainstream schools. There is a strong emphasis on natural materials and no hard or sharp corners or strong colours. Janni Nicol of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship explains,

"Children spend three or four years in mixed aged kindergartens. The enabling environment and qualified Steiner teachers provide age-appropriate activities, stories, puppet shows and more, meeting the needs of each individual child. No formal teaching takes place but children are supported to develop holistically. " Learning the “Three Rs” is not emphasised, as Steiner educators believe that children will be more responsive to acquiring these skills when they are confident and happy in their environment. Janni continues, "All children

children grow in peace, harmony, love and care

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Who was Steiner? Rudolf Steiner, born in Austria in 1861, had very advanced ideas about the education of children. In 1919 he founded a school in Stuttgart and began a worldwide movement of education that promotes human values.

ProfIle: InsIde st Paul’s steIner school In IslIngton located inside a beautiful 19th century church, st Paul’s takes children from the age of three right up to 14 years. It welcomes all families regardless of race or creed. It also has a playgroup for twoto four-year-olds nearby.

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benefit from a childhood where there's time to learn, play and explore social situations, to develop language and to learn daily life skills and grow in peace, harmony, love and care. The whole family is embraced by the curriculum and kindergarten culture and parents bring some of the crafts, festivals etc. into their home - and customs and cultures from home are brought to the kindergarten.

It is important to the school and to its steiner philosophy that each child is educated in a healthy, balanced manner. teaching covers not just the intellectual ability of a developing child but also physical and emotional wellbeing and the curriculum is matched to the child’s age. the aim is to equip children to be

creative and to find their own place in the world. families who wish to explore taking their child to st Paul’s should first book a tour, which is an opportunity to ask questions and see the facilities and staff. following that, they can register for a place.

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Best for… Inspired by pant-based healing traditions, the spa uses Aveda’s range of face, body and hair products. Aveda believes in restoring balance through pure aromas. Choose a 30 minute facial based on your skin’s needs.

Do Try This At Home LIGHT UP Elemis Scent of Spa Candle, £25 The scent of orange, cinnamon and vanilla will help you start to unwind.

BARE FACED Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, £29.50 Remove make-up and deep cleanse with soothing jasmine flower extract and jojoba oil.

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Health Editor Radhika Holmström provides expert advice on your child's seasonal ailments

‘Tis the season for snuffles. At this time of year, it can seem like it’s just one thing after another! What’s more, it’s often hard to know whether you should ring the doctor or give extra cuddles and paracetamol… We’ve talked to the experts about the most frequent lurgies affecting under-fives and got their advice on when to wait it out, when to call the doctor, and what you can to do stave off the problem in the first place. But if you're worried and your child is listless, make that call!

Coughs and colds

You’re not imagining it: pre-school children get between nine and 12 viruses – mostly coughs and colds – between September and March each year, says consultant paediatrician Dr Donald Macgregor, a spokesperson for the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health. “It can seem like it’s one constant cold, but it’s actually one after another.” So you know they’re recovering, even if it’s only to fall prey again! Most of the time it’s best to stock up on tissues and fluids. “There’s very little you can do for the snuffles – getting them to breathe steam doesn’t make much difference – the big issue is to make sure they’re feeding and especially that they’re getting enough liquid (ideally milk).” Most children won’t be able to get much in with a blocked-up nose, so that means ‘little and often’. And make sure everyone in the house is washing their hands

THe vaccinaTables Measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough are all covered by the routine vaccines offered to every child. and while most of the time these are fairly minor illnesses, they can all do real damage. “it makes little sense to avoid the vaccine,” Finn says firmly. “and if you don’t give them now, your child may get ill in 10 or 15 years’ time, long after you’ve forgotten all about it.”

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Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing explained NIPT is a safe and simple maternal blood test which separates the baby’s DNA (genetic material) from the mothers and gives a strong indication of whether the baby may have any one of the three syndromes including Down’s syndrome. The advantage of NIPT is that it is very accurate (greater than 99.5%) and results return as either Low or High risk avoiding the dilemma of moderate risk ranges. For example a low risk result for Down’s syndrome means that the likelihood of a baby being affected is less than 1:10,000 but a high risk result means that there is a greater than 1:2 (or at least 50%) chance that the baby will have the syndrome. If an NIPT test result returns as High Risk parents can then discuss the need for further invasive testing with their doctor or fetal medicine specialist.

Unfortunately NIPT is not yet available in the NHS and a quick internet search reveals a confusing price range in the private sector of up to £1000, even though all tests commercially available in the UK perform equally well. Due to its research links, Ultrasound Diagnostic Services (UDS) is able to offer NIPT at cost price offering the NIFTY test at £350 and the Harmony Test at £400. With future trials at University College and St Georges Hospitals, London there is every chance that the NHS may well be the first in the world to offer NIPT as part of its routine pregnancy care. UDS offers the NIPT test at its London clinics. For more information, contact them on 020 7935 2243 to get peace of mind for you and your baby.

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baby & child health properly too – grubby paws are the top way to pass infections on. If they’re off their food or running a fever for five days or more, make an appointment – and a child who’s got a wheezing cough or difficulty breathing definitely needs help. However, do remember that unless they develop an infection, antibiotics aren’t the answer (see box ‘The drugs don’t work’).


child does go down with it, the main danger signals are purple spots and bleeding under the skin. “If the rash starts to look more worrying, it could be a sign of cellulitis, which is a bacterial infection that’ll need antibiotics.”

Tummy upsets

Two little letters, ‘D and V’ strike terror into every parent’s heart. But horrid though it is to witness your very own little Vesuvius explode from every orifice (especially if you’re on cleanup duty) once again, keep them hydrated and everyone’s hands clean and this too should pass. “We don’t give cool boiled water any

on how heavy a cream you need, though they can make the child a bit slippery to handle. Use aqueous cream instead of soap as well,” he recommends. “Every child will say ‘yuk’ when they’re first creamed up. It doesn’t mean that the product’s irritating them!” Most children eventually grow out of it, he adds. While they are afflicted, the strongest signal that all might not be well – particularly that the eczema might be getting infected, when it’s stinging and painful as well as itchy – is if they can’t sleep for scratching. “Another thing you can do is a quick body-search to see how much of their body’s covered, using their palm as a guide to one per cent of their surface area. If your child has five palm’s worth of eczema – or five per cent – it’s more than just ‘mild’.”

First off: flu is different from a bad cold. If you’re functioning, however grim you’re feeling, it’s almost certainly not flu. It can be nasty – and if your child goes down with a high fever, lots of vomiting or a rash – or if you can’t get any fluid into them – get some advice. If The drugs don’T work they’re asthmatic, make a call to It’s easy to turn up at the doctor’s demanding the surgery too. antibiotics, but remember that these only work And just like colds, flu rolls This is the big one and means on bacterial infections – not on viruses like around regularly. “We see a peak immediate action. Though some colds or flu. what’s more, doctors are getting in flu cases each winter: sometypes of this disease (an infecvery seriously concerned that we’re overusing times in December, sometimes tion of the membranes and spinal antibiotics, and drug-resistant bacterial inin the New Year, though the column around the brain) can be fections are on the rise. There are definitely numbers vary,” says Dr Ken vaccinated against, others can’t. times when they’re necessary – and some, like Eames, who is a flu specialist at Not all types have the infamous meningitis, when they’re absolutely essential the London School of Hygiene rash (tiny red or purple ‘pin– but don’t use them as a first port of call & Tropical Medicine. But the pricks’ which don’t fade when for everything. good news is that, unlike the pressed with a glass) which you pesky common cold, the flu virus might miss if your baby has dark can be vaccinated against. The Asian or black skin – so don’t even better news is that all two and three-yearwait for this, which is a late sign in any case. more: stick with milk,” Macgregor advises. olds (except those with egg allergies or severe Jane Blewitt of the charity Meningitis Now “And once again, little and often is the key. If asthma) are now eligible for a free dose of the advises: “In a sick baby or toddler, things that you can’t get enough fluid in, or if your child vaccine, with plans to extend this; for once it should ring alarm bells are a child who’s unusuis just not acting the way they should – for isn’t done by a needle, but squirted up the nose. ally drowsy or floppy, or one who’s distressed instance, if they don’t feel as warm to the touch “This vaccine has been around a few years, and but doesn’t actually want to be picked up and as usual – then do seek help.” The big thing to gives good protection to children. The nasal cuddled. They may start to breathe quickly or guard against is dehydration. spray is quicker and easier than needles – and make grunting sounds; quite often their cries If your baby is tiny, though, things should a bit less scary,” Eames explains. Mind you, he sound different from usual, too. In a young be rather different because another new vacadds, he wouldn’t be surprised if it caused the baby the fontanelle on the head can start to cine – this one given orally by a dropper – is occasional sneeze too. “I expect the vaccinators bulge, which’ll indicate pressure.” Older chilbeing given at two and three months to protect will keep a packet of tissues handy.” dren may get a stiff neck, say bright light hurts against rotavirus, the stomach bug that often them or complain that their head feels “heavy”. lays families, nurseries and classrooms low. It And along with a high temperature, they may won’t banish D and V completely (alas) but have very cold hands and feet. should make it a lot less common. Blewitt recommends every parent gets hold Tell-tale blister-style rash? Uh-oh. With of the Meningitis Now symptoms card or its measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) Freephone app (see off the agenda for most children (see our inset but above all, she says, don’t work your way box ‘The Vaccinatables’), chicken-pox is one of Eczema isn’t catching but it’s not fun to see down a ‘list’ before alarm bells go off. “If you the few big hitters left these days. Most of the your baby’s skin getting itchy, red or cracked. think it's one of the meningitis symptoms, get time it means a week or two of misery, though Your first tactic is to support the skin’s own medical help immediately.” And if that means it can leave some long-term scars. ability to repair itself, explains Dr Bav Shergill, going straight to A&E, so be it. However, says Adam Finn, Professor of consultant dermatologist with the British Paediatrics of the University of Bristol, there Association of Dermatologists. “Use lots of is actually a vaccine available and more people moisturiser, topping it up during the day. It’s AlwAys AcT ImmedIATely are opting for it. It’s not always that easy to get best to use a cream-based product, with no preIf you suspecT hold of but some private clinics and GPs have servative or perfume – you can get this on premenIngITIs. it – so it’s well worth asking around. If your scription. There are different types, depending


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to the grand North American counterparts, there truly is something for everyone. According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), winter sports holidays have increased in popularity by 10 per cent since 2012. And after the great snowfall last year, the 2013/14 season looks set to be another busy one. Teaching children to ski while they are young is like the old bike trick, once learnt‌

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Choosing where to ski and where to stay with your children in tow is a big decision.

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Location makes all the difference to your holiday, as you don't want to lug gear around unnecessarily. Savvy skiers may opt to send their gear ahead with luggage collection company, First Luggage. And to check out details on snowfall and ski resorts, visit The Ski Club of Great Britain which has plenty of great tips for bewildered first-timers.

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There are conflicting views about what age is best to get your children on the slopes. The French strap on skis as soon as a child can walk, others think it is best to wait until they are about three. Whatever you decide for your under-fours, there's a ski school to suit. And once you've strapped them onto their baby skis, you'll be astounded at the speed with which they learn - and envious of how little fear they show. Even the most apathetic of families will find it hard to ignore the competitive streak that a day on the slopes can ignite! With the mixture of skiing, toboganning and other fun-filled activities at the kids' club, a ski holiday rarely prompts the cry: "I'm bored!" from your little ones. Specialist family ski destinations are packed with nurseries, qualified nannies and instructors, plus they offer itineraries to keep everyone busy from morning until night. Teaching your children to ski yourself causes

mixed emotions - potential parenting battles can be offset by the pride in seeing them swoop off for the first time. If you choose to pay someone to do it for you, make sure to get a certified instructor with experience of teaching young children. Your resort is sure to have one.

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If you have pre-school children, you're lucky you can plan to travel outside of school holidays, thus avoiding the price hikes the travel industry imposes on parents. For those who have to follow the constraints of the academic year, the period over New Year and February half term are renowned for being busy - especially as both state and independent schools have their half terms at the same time in 2014 - but with Easter falling late, lack of snowfall might mean you find more edelweiss than snowflakes.

The good news is that most ski resorts lend themselves to family groups, so it is not difficult to find accomodation to fit your needs. Self-catering apartments are available in all ski resorts and offer the most independence. They also work out rather cheaper but it is important to remember that you might feel the need for a little rest and luxury at the end of a long day shepherding your herd down the slopes. Ski hotels range from basic bedand-breakfast to five-star resorts. This type of break means that someone else does the cooking, cleaning and washing-up and also offers facilities such as swimming pools, spas, gyms and play areas. Prepare to be pampered, but pay for it. Picturesque ski chalets are typical of alpine accommodation. Chalets tend to provide a fullboard experience which means that, unless you hire the whole chalet, you share your meals and leisure time with other guests. Staff are often on hand to sweep the children off to a crèche or separate dining area if requested. Chalets have recently upped their game and many now offer spa facilities to match hotels. Each ski destination has its perks and it is a good idea to find out its secrets. For example, the French ski resorts are flooded with university students in the week before Christmas. Expect noisy crowds in the evenings, but quieter slopes in the mornings.

ToP TiPS FoR A FAMily Ski holidAy FRoM ABTA • Make sure everyone is insured with Winter Sports Cover • Pack layers to keep warm • Always wear a helmet • Carry a piste map with you at all times and choose pistes suitable for your ability • Make sure children are properly supervised at all times • Remember you’ll be doing a lot of exercise,


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which can leave you hungry and dehydrated. Pack a few small snacks just in case • Take extra care in the sun, remember to pack a high SPF with you, • And finally, children love winter sports but keep an eye on them to make sure they are not attempting too much – they will probably be better than you by the end of the week anyway!

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Aspen, Colorado is a great option for intermediates. The Rocky Mountain range is beautifully groomed and like most things American, enormous. The long distance (flights to Denver are 10 hours) turns the trip into a fully-fledged adventure, with no language barrier. Viceroy Snowmass is a fantastic mountain resort hotel with two kids' activity centres. Elegant Resorts price a seven-night stay for a family of four at £6,985.

Avoriaz in the French Alps is a true family destination and being car-free, means that accommodation is ski-in, skiout. A chalet option is the best bet here and Chilly Powder, with a team of qualified nannies, understands that you may not always want to watch the little ones perfect their snowplough. Evenings are a delight, as Francesca unveils her Cordon Bleu training over supper. Expect prices to start at £3,200 for a week’s accommodation for a family of four.

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Norway is fast becoming a popular choice for families to discover Scandinavia. The Trysil resort, the largest in Norway, boasts the biggest children’s area in Northern Europe. The Northern location ensures a longer ski season from November to late April, which helps out with time or school holiday restraints. Travel experts Ski Safari price a seven-night stay for a family of four at three-star Fjellblikk self-catering apartments from £2,140.

If you love skiing in style, Courchevel is for you. The Cheval Blanc hotel understands that what awaits you after a day on the slopes is as important as time spent on them. Brought to the Alps by LVMH, the brand responsible for Dior, De Beers and Dom Pérignon, Cheval Blanc has made its mark with Michelin stars and designer boutiques. Expect to pay £17,969 for a family of four for seven nights.

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WE LOVE: WE HATE do babies enjoy being swaddled? yes

Swaddling is an age-old practise of wrapping a baby’s body in a light sheet or muslin. It has been used for 1000s of years in varying forms and its devotees swear by it to calm a restless baby. Yet some fear it may restrict baby's movements or cause them to overheat. We talk to two mums with strong opinions...


Alice Hanby is mum to Jet, two and pregnant with her second child. “I had heard quite a bit about swaddling when I was pregnant with Jet and a couple of friends from ante-natal classes swore by it. But when I had Jet, he seemed to love sleeping with his arms and legs splayed out like a starfish. I did try to wrap him in the early days but was really worried that he would overheat. Although he slept quite well, I was awake half the night checking his temperature! As he grew, he began to dislike being restricted and so I came to the decision it was really not for us. I know some babies love the comforting feeling but the combination of a wriggly, active sleeper and my worry was too much. After a couple of weeks, we swapped to a sleeping bag and he's been happy ever since.

Faye Norton is a former Night Nanny and mum to three young children. "I think babies like swaddling as it makes them feel snug and secure. When a baby is born they have just been in the very restrictive environment of the womb, so swaddling helps mimic that closeness. When working as a Night Nanny, I saw so many babies benefit from the act of swaddling. Many babies startle themselves awake, throwing their arms in the air as they are falling asleep; this is called the Moro reflex. Swaddling helps reduce this and helps babies feel more settled and sleep for longer periods without being disturbed. I have also seen babies instantly stop crying as soon as they are swaddled. There are many different ways to swaddle a baby, you can leave their arms or legs out, and there are a number of different folding styles. My sons loved it."

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✪ Only swaddle your baby in a thin sheet or Muslin, never a fleece or thick blanket. ✪ Always lay your baby on its back when swaddled, never on their tummy.

✪ Do not add too many layers over the baby when swaddled, check the baby does not feel too hot and never cover their head.

✪ The baby should feel snug but not restricted and should still be able to move their legs beneath the swaddle.

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✪ Do not use when the baby is over three months or has leant to roll over.


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