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TREAT BABY’S ECZEMA NATURALLY. GET SKINFIXED. BANISH THE ITCH, THE OUCH, THE FLARE-UPS WITH SKINFIX GENTLE ECZEMA BALM! Treats and manages eczema, dryness and dermatitis. Packed with natural ingredients like sunflower oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E. Highly concentrated. Safe and gentle.


only at Boots Order by 8pm and collect free from 12pm tomorrow at a store near you. Available at most Boots stores. Please see for full terms and conditions about 2 l JULY/AUGUST 2017 l the Order & Collect service. Mon – Sat, Geographical exclusions apply. Subject to availability

Mini Portable Soother Steriliser Cleans and sterilises dummies on the go Easy to use, the Mini sterilises in just 15 minutes‌ perfect for when you’re out and about!

Prepare the solution

Insert the soother into sponge

Screw the top on

Wait 15 minutes

Stays sterile for 24 hours

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G80 Use biocides safely and always read the instructions carefully on the label. Soother not included.

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CAMPING CUBS BABY ACTIVITY GYM With a woodgrain-patterned structure, this baby gym has a whimsical outdoor feel. The printed mesh backdrop sets the ultimate campground scene, while the plush, sleeping bear tummy time pillow encourages developmental milestones.

Project B Under new managment

Each month you’ll receive products, from relaxation, to healthy eating, to household, to pampering, plus expert advice to match your month of pregnancy. You can sign-up for any month from 12 weeks.

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London Bubble

Bubble London is a premium children’s trade show, free to trade buyers and members of the press. Held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, each event plays host to a unique, edited line-up of kid’s fashion, accessories, gifts and homeware brands.

Aden +anais

aden + anais launch their limited edition Disney collabration this Summer The collection comprise an exclusive 100% cotton muslin products across a range of aden + anais most popular styles featuring the iconic Disney illustrations.

Baby To Toddler Event The organisers of The

Baby Show launch their new show Baby To Toddler first one to be held 18-19 November at Excel London and 2-3rd December at NEC. www.babytotoddler

iCandy perfect pick

Everything you need in one package, that’s the Strawberry vision. With a lightweight aluminium chassis, large lie-flat carrycot and car seat adaptors included, it’s the perfect travel solution straight out of the box. The Strawberry folds conveniently using a unique Step & Fold(TM) action, and the innovative Memory Fold system allows the seat to return to its original position when unfolded. Now with luxurious leatherette handle and bumper bar, the Strawberry really is in a class of its own.

Squidge & PIp

Mary Laun c Pip creating hes Squidge & a stunning gift Perfect for Baby Shower gifts, Birthday gi fts, New ba by gifts. Buy yours to day


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12. products we love

25. Swift Mountain Buggy

Everything you will need from pregnancy to parenthood.

Project Baby review.

16. Group Strep-B 20. Labour bag, what to pack Are you ready for your arrival?

22. Are you ready for a baby?


roject AWARDS 2017


28. womb transplant 30. Wedding season style Even with a bump you can Look the most stylish.


32. Summer ready Keeping cool this summer

35. Metanium Giveaway Giving away three Melobaby changing bags with Metanium spray.

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Is there ever a right time?



First 10 women given the go ahead.

JULY Awareness Month.




37. Top 5 Tips Making the most of your Drs appointments

39. Toddler Tantrums Knowing what to do when they dont.

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Natasha Hewett

From the editor


Rebecca Harding Assistant Editor

If your reading this then you may well be pregnant ... Or maybe your baby is already here... Either way, congratulations and welcome to parenthood! Truly where is this year going? We are already in August, just wish it would slow down a little. For some, Christmas is a million miles away but for press its already here, we are seeing everything that is hitting the stores ready for the Christmas season. I just love a Christmas in July. Stay tuned for all that’s hot this crimbo in the next edition. Whilst the sun is still shinning turn to page 32 to see the latest trends to keep cool even with a bump. We all know that relationships can get a little bumpy from time to time and sometimes there is no fixing, but have you heard of “Bird Nesting”? Nope, neither had we and it was a topic that really got the office talking. Go to page 54 for an insight into the latest craze, for when things dont go to plan. Finally, we all know someone who is a picky eater but if your child becomes one it can cause all sorts of worries and problems, we have come up with 7 tricks for picky eaters on page 64. Enjoy a well earned break and cup of tea. Happy Reading.

Natasha Natasha Hewett, Editor

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Natalie Courtois Fashion & Beauty Editor

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Paul Palmer Webmaster

Gavin Bridle Art Direction

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With many thanks to our contributors: Natasha Wiening Photography, Metanium, Diono, Kathryn Mewes, Annabel Karmel, Sarah Rose, Metanium & all our advertisers.

No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may be reproduced, without the express permission of the editor. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The opinions expressed within Project Baby magazine are not necessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers. Project Baby is printed by Wyndeham Group.

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40. Habits you should steal from your toddler

58. project baby’s beautiful boutique

Learn from your toddler turned teacher.

64. 7 tips for picky eaters

42. Family Travel Take the whole family

48. health & beauty Beautiful saviours for beautiful mums.

50. creating your dream nursery Release the inner designer In you.

54. Bird Nesting

Dressing for those special occassions.

Top tips to get through dinner time.

67. EAT YOURSELF PREGNANT WITH zITA WEST Essential recipes for boosting your fertility naturally.

74. Your child at one Reaching those all important milestones.

The latest craze, when things don’t go right in the family.


56. late bloomers

Products masterfully reviewed by our Project Baby team.

When baby’s speech Is slow going.

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Future Proof With its lightweight chassis, gigantic basket, and ability to upgrade into a double or twin pushchair, the Orange can cater to any parent’s needs. Keeping iCandy a step ahead of the competition, the new Orange travel system allows over 30 unique configurations and combinations



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Keri Kit Joy The sleek, gorgeous leather KeriKit Joy Changing Bag in Black is the perfect unisex backpack style bag for Mum’s and Dad’s, hold all of your on the go baby essentials, not to forget your personal items too!

BABYBJÖRN Babysitter Balance

The Positive Birth Book. Expert advice from Milli Hill, author of The Positive Birth Book, on the signs to watch out for if you think you or someone you know might have postnatal or postpartum depression.

Our baby bouncer runs on fun alone – no batteries required! Your child’s own movements will bounce the chair. Your baby can have fun bouncing, while developing motor skills and balance in a completely natural way.


Valentino Work Valentino’s fierce pyramid studding, secured with three ankle straps and grounded on an elegant stiletto heel, this pointed-toe pair is a masterclass in contemporary elegance.

Hip, Hip, Humidify Ultrasonic Cool Mist increases air moisture for easier breathing and a good night’s sleep.

Large Rocking Mammoth With a sturdy wood base for a smooth ride, our rocker will be a welcome playtime friend. Make your gift even more special by adding our little pull along wooden mammoth toy, to accompany your child’s rocker.

Cozee bedside crib

Rock Of Feather Fun and playful necklace designed to sit just beneath your collarbone – perfect for the beach or as a casual piece with jeans and a v-neck t-shirt.

Tutti Bambini CoZee® Bedside Crib - Charcoal Suitable from birth to six months, the CoZee® Bedside Crib has been designed to allow you to sleep next to your baby developing that special bond without sharing the same bed

JO MALONE COLOGNE A modern story of vanilla. The fragile vanilla orchid forms the perfect counterpoint to the oaky caramel-rich vanilla bourbon, spiced with star anise. Warm and enveloping.

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Priya Trio Set Takes you anywhere, anytime. Everything you need from birth through to toddler stage. +44 (0)1978 10 l JULY/AUGUST 2017 664362 l

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Top product baby skincare


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Because mums know best. Nourishing organic calendula gives your child’s skin the loving protection it needs, making it naturally more resilient. It’s the perfect way to promote healthy-looking skin from the very first day. Available from Boots, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Ocado, independent health stores and pharmacies.

Weleda – In harmony with nature and the human being.

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Mama Mio Tummy Rub This award-winning Tummy Rub Butter Their superelasticising Omega-packed blend of organic oils in an organic Shea Butter base helps protect your tummy from pregnancy stretch marks, and gives your skin super strength and elasticity to fight against the 9 month stretch! Price: £29.50

Pregnancy Health Yoga - tara lee One of the country’s leading pregnancy yoga experts guides you step by step through each stage of pregnancy, labour and post-natal recovery - with a practical book plus a how-to DVD.


Price: £12.99

Naïf has babies covered from hair to toes and everything in between. Made from only seriously natural ingredients. We make the highest quality products because your baby deserves nothing but the best, naturally. Price: £18.00

Products for

bump The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Pregnacare Pregnacare is the most popular and trusted prenatal supplement used by mums to safeguard the diet of those who are planning for pregnancy or are already pregnant. A scientifically developed formulation of 19 important vitamins and minerals, Pregnacare contains vitamin B12 and folic acid at exactly the level recommended by the Department of Health. Pregnacare has been carefully developed by experts so that all ingredient levels are within safe levels for pregnancy and are moderate rather than excessive. Price: £16.99

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Mamas & Papas X Bloom and Blossom Floral Dressing Gown This long sleeved dressing gown is made from soft jersey cotton. The flattering shape skims your growing bump, or is perfect for once baby arrives. The soft jersey cotton is gentle on sensitive skin, with long sleeves to keep you warm. Perfect for during pregnancy or whilst feeding after baby arrives. Price: £39.00


3 of the Best

Editors Choice

nursing bras

Theraline Pregnancy & Baby Feeding Pillow The Original Theraline Maternity & Nursing Pillow has a filling made up of millions of tiny micro beads that are as light as a feather. The amazing filling conforms to the shape of your body during pregnancy, whatever position you are in ... whether lying down or sitting up. It will remain supportive without giving way. It is also anti-allergenic, warm, breathable, will double up as a baby feeding pillow and can be washed at 60°C. body during pregnancy.

The Confetti Nursing Bra The Confetti Nursing Bra featuring a fun Swiss Dot pattern, lightweight, stretchy, wire-free and super comfy!

Price: £47.99

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Perineum Massage Oil

Price: £26.00

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It’s a day you’re looking forward to, but Mums would rather be without tears and cuts in their sensitive skin. From 34 weeks you can prepare, with regular massage using Perineum Massage Oil to enhance flexibility in the skin of the birth area. With sweet almond and vitamin E rich wheatgerm oil, the oil is especially formulated for massages which help the perineum to become more flexible and relaxed, ready for childbirth.

The enforced section under and around the breasts offers extra support. Flexibility in the bra accommodates changing breast size, common during nursing. Price: £40.00

From Price: £11.95

Medela Swing Breast Pump This electric breastpump will allow you to express milk quietly and discreetly, so it’s ideal for a busy lifestyle. As it’s compact and lightweight, it’s great for daily electric pumping. Price: £99.00

Bravado Bliss Nursing Bra The Bravado Bliss nursing bra is perfect for new mums who want a mix of an elegant shape and exceptional fit. Featuring Bravado’s Flexi-Fit support technology, it includes moulded foam cups and a low neckline. Price: £34.00

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P.B Loves Harry & Rose

This set includes:

A Luxury Baby Skincare Gift Box containing all the essential baby skin care products for your baby. A perfect baby shower or newborn gift beautifully presented in a gorgeous white gift box.

•  Baby Soft Lotion – 200ml Hypoallergenic cream, suitable for newborns.

Harry & Rose Baby Skin Care range products are made in England using only Natural, Pure, Soothing and Organic Ingredients. Our products can be used daily, leaving baby’s skin feeling nourished, soft and hydrated.

•  Baby Hair-Body Wash – 200ml Easy to rinse, No-Sting formula. •  Baby Bubble Bath – 200ml gently foaming bubbles. This lovely gift box is presented in a Luxury Gift Box -containing 100% UK recycled paper. From Price: £22.00

Yema Style-conscious parents will love the Yema for its sleek design while babies benefit from the close contact. Thanks to the seamlessly adjustable seat panel and the adjustable headrest the carrier grows with your child. and offers three carrying positions: front parent facing position, hip carry position, and back carry position. These positions promote a natural spread squat position that is important for the baby´s hip development.

Products for

Price: £200.00

baby Uplift Multi-level Baby Bouncer

Summer Infant Slumber Melodies Lamb

AngelCare Digital Video & Sound Monitor

We took the classic baby bouncer and gave it a much-needed lift! Designed to naturally integrate baby into family moments, the Uplift Multi-Level Baby Bouncer starts as a traditional floor bouncer and can be elevated to sofa height - or any level in between - with the turn of a knob.

The loveable lamb is not only super soft and extra cuddly, but will also sooth your baby with lullabies and nature and womb sounds.

The world of parenting is just a little easier with the most versatile baby monitor by Angelcare. It combines a quality baby video and sound monitor with an under-themattress baby movement Sensor Pad.

Price: £160.00

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3 of the Best

Animal Daysack Ladybird The LittleLife Animal Daysack is a great toddler bag for days out or even on holiday travelling. Parents can be assured they can keep their little one close with the parent safety strap included.

Changing Bags

Price: £20.98

SpaceCot Simple, light and comfortable, the SpaceCot is an essential for every home, providing a safe place for babies to sleep, rest or play. Easy to open and close, in as little as three seconds, it’s a hassle free option for homes, holidays or visiting relatives.

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Price: £140.00


Jem + Bea Our Beatrice tote is the definition of downtown chic. This roomy carry-all in butter soft leather has a streamline design and makes for a great everyday essential. Price: £199.99

Plod ons Designed to protect baby’s knees as they crawl around on hard floors or scratchy surfaces. Made from a lovely soft and stretchy cotton, they fit snugly over tiny knees without restricting movement. Price: £5.99

Dribbling Babies Little Box of Cheekiness

Keri Kit Charlie Changing bag is both luxurious and practical. He’s a big boy in a gorgeous ‘Hobo’ shape, slouching beautifully under your arm keeping you looking relaxed and sophisticated. Price: £360.00

Super cute gift set perfect for those dribbling babies. PB LOVE this set its super handy to cover up when feeding, double up as comforter and not fogetting their iconic chewable bibs. Must have gift. A beautifully boxed muslin gift set. Soft aqua green with fun jumping zebras.Ideal as a starter pack for new parents. Even better as a gift. Be quick these will sell out. Price: £29.99

Bellamy Baby Carry your baby’s essentials in style. Our catwalk inspired luxury baby changing bags are made from only the finest leathers, and re designed to not only look good but also be amazingly practical and feel great.. Price: £270.00

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Group StRep-B

What you need to know G

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a normal bacterium which is carried by 20-30% of adults, most commonly in the gut, and for up to 25% of women, in the vagina, usually without symptoms or side-effects.

GBS can occasionally cause infection, most commonly in newborn babies, sometimes in adults and, very rarely, during pregnancy and before labour. GBS is not a sexually transmitted disease. Treatment of a woman and her partner carrying GBS does not prevent recolonisation.

Group B Strep Infection in Newborn babies

Late-onset GBS infection – usually presenting as GBS meningitis – occurs between age 6 days and 1 month and, more rarely, up to age 3 months. After 3 months’ old, GBS infection in babies is extremely rare. GBS is recognised to cause preterm delivery, maternal infections, stillbirths and late miscarriages; and preterm babies are known to be at particular risk of GBS infection as their immune systems are not as well developed.

There are two types of GBS infection in newborns: early and late-onset.

Overall, approximately one in every 1,000 babies born in the UK develops group B Strep infection.

Early-onset GBS infection is more common (2/3 of cases in babies) and occurs when the baby is up to 6 days old; a key symptom is the rapid development of breathing problems, associated with blood poisoning.

On average in the UK, at least two babies a day develop a group B Strep infection one baby a week dies from their GBS infection, and one baby a week survives with long-term disabilities – physical, mental or both.

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Currently, UK guidelines recommend a ‘risk factor’ approach to determine which women should be offered antibiotics in labour to prevent GBS infection in newborn babies. Testing is the only way to know if you are carrying GBS. If you are, steps can be taken that minimise the risk of your newborn baby developing GBS infection. However, routine screening of all pregnant women for GBS is not currently recommended by the UK National Screening Committee or the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.


Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a normal bacterium carried by up to a third of adults, most commonly in the gut, and for up to 25% of women in the vagina, usually with no symptoms or side-effects. It is not a sexually transmitted disease. In the UK, pregnant women are not offered testing routinely for group B Strep carriage, unlike in many other developed countries. Sensitive tests for GBS carriage are not widely available within the NHS, though they are available privately (click here) from less than £40. If you want to find out whether you carry group B Strep, the sensitive ‘ECM’ (Enriched Culture Medium) test is available from those listed at www.gbss. who follow Public Health England’s guidelines for this test. Group B Strep carriage may be detected when samples are taken for other reasons – but often it’s not, because the widely used NHS test was not developed to find group B Strep and, unsurprisingly, is not very good at doing so. The standard ‘non-specific’ NHS tests give a high proportion of falsely-negative results, though a positive result is reliable. It’s good to know if you carry group B Strep during your pregnancy so preventative action can be taken to minimise the chance of your newborn baby developing group B Strep infection.

Risk factors for group B Strep infection Pregnant women carrying group B Strep is perfectly normal. GBS can be present at any time – in a woman’s first pregnancy, or in one or more subsequent pregnancies. It can be a threat during pregnancy, around delivery and afterwards. There are certain situations which increase the chance a newborn baby may develop GBS infection.

These include: Mothers who have previously had a baby infected with GBS – risk is increased 10 times. Mothers where GBS has been found in the urine at any time in this pregnancy – risk is increased 4 times. Mothers who have been shown to carry GBS in this pregnancy – risk is increased 3 times. The following clinical risk factors also increase the chance of a baby developing a GBS infection Mothers who have a raised temperature* during labour of 37.8°C or higher – risk is increased 4 times Labour starts or waters break before 37 weeks of pregnancy (i.e. preterm) – risk is increased 3 times Waters break more than 18 hours before delivery – risk is increased 3 times *A slightly raised temperature may be of less significance in a woman who has an epidural than in a woman who hasn’t.

Q Can I breastfeed if I have GBS? Our medical advisory panel strongly recommends you should be encouraged to breastfeed your baby. Although there have been isolated cases describing GBS infection possibly related to breast milk contamination, the advantages of breast feeding will, in our medical advisory panel’s opinion, greatly outweigh the remote risk of transmitting GBS via breast feeding. High hygiene standards need to be maintained for all breastfeeding mothers, with the hands and nipple areas being kept clean.

If group B Strep is detected at any time during your current pregnancy, you should be offered intravenous antibiotics from the start of your labour and regularly until your baby is born. If GBS has been detected during your current pregnancy from a vaginal or rectal swab If group B Strep has been detected during your current pregnancy from a urine sample If group B Strep was detected during a previous pregnancy If a previous baby developed group B Strep infection. Not every pregnant Mum who has GBS detected during her pregnancy will want intravenous antibiotics in labour. Many will, but others may decide not to have them unless there are other additional risk factors. Do discuss this with your midwife or doctor, or contact us. If you decide against antibiotics in labour, it would be prudent for your newborn baby to be observed by trained staff for at least 12 hours.

July is Group B Strep Awareness Month Group B Strep is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. Strepelle is a home-to-laboratory Group B Streptococcus (GBS) test which can be bought at or at independent pharmacies from £39.99, it simply allows pregnant women the opportunity to test for this devastating infection from 35 weeks, with the highest accuracy ECM testing. If positive they are sent a letter to give them access to the potentially life-saving antibiotics during labour.

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Editors Picks

Fun Facts 7lb 5 oz

Is the average weight of a UK newborn. The heaviest weighed an eyewatering 15lb 10oz.

Gummee Glove Gummee Glove is the multi award-winning teething mitten worn by babies too young to hold other teething products. It eliminates the need to constantly hold toys to a baby’s mouth, and puts an end to toys being dropped on the floor. Price: £14.00

Did You Know

Isn’t that Clever A monitor that you can programe lullabies, includes a night light and push-to-talk function. Watch a live stream of baby’s movements via your phone.

Studies show that toddlers cope better with moving house than older children.

Price: £169.99

Did You Know

Key Features Never miss a key moment, view what happened 30 days ago. Baby monitoring mode & push-to-talk. Your baby in high-definition, day or night. Lulla Light & Music programs.

A growing child uses three times the energy that you do per kilo of body weight, which is why snacks are key to increasing daily calorie intake!

Elvie Elvie is your most personal trainer. It’s a smart activity tracker that will transform your pelvic floor exercises.

1 in 3000

Price: £149.99

Babie are born with teeth. They are called natal teeth.

Only 4%

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Wafer Wisps Everything inside is suitable from 6 months. Handy individual packet is great for children on the go.


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Sarah Bradshaw Traditional Acupuncture Lifeways Therapy Centre, 30 Albany Road, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK CV37 6PG. Tel: 07989 238969

How can Acupuncture help with Fertility?

Alison Fletcher Acupuncture

Designed to provide support in the second and third trimester of your pregnancy, and can help you get a comfortable night’s sleep by offering support for your back, tummy and knees.

Acupuncturists aim to rebalance your energy flow and prime your body for fertility. The British Acupuncture Council believes acupuncture may boost female fertility by doing three key things: •  Regulating hormone function •  Increasing blood flow to the ovaries and    uterus and helping to relax your muscles    which can improve the chance of an   embryo implanting. •  Tackling the causes of polycystic ovary    syndrome (PCOS) – a common cause of   infertility •  Generally helping to relieve stress and make    you feel more relaxed

Acupuncture during fertility treatment. Acupuncture is such a popular treatment for infertility, some IVF clinics have acupuncturists working in their clinics, or they’re keen to refer you to a local trusted practitioner. As the research swings both ways, and the treatment itself is harmless, it’s generally accepted that acupuncture for fertility could be worth trying if you’re looking to increase your chances of success.

Dream Genii Pregnancy Support Pillow

Price: £39.99

Elle TENS Machine Pure Treatment Rooms, 1 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate, UK HG1 1DW. Tel: 07767 291738 www.alisonfletcheracup

The Ultimate Digital Obstetric TENS uses the latest Opti-Max technology. This easy-to-use TENS offers maximum pain relief during labour and beyond. Price: £69.95

Louise Attwood The Jade Centre of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine 19 Blake Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, UK LS7 3NQ. Tel: 07954 139668

Ian Stones at Hove Treatment Rooms Hove Osteopathis Clinic, 233 New Church Road, Hove, BN3 4EE. Tel: 07740300465

Jacqeline hurst Number 7 Clarendon Place Leamington Spa, CV32 5QL Tel: 02476 421 935

Womama Organic Birthing Wrap Every pregnant woman deserves a little black dress to birth in! The Womama Birthing Wrap is the only clothing designed specifically By for Deearnas Maternity labour and birth, allowing you to feel comfortable and feminine on your special day. Price: £55.00

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Labour Bag What to Pack

Now’s the time to gather together all those essentials you’ll need during labour and after your baby’s arrival. Even if you’re not planning a hospital birth, you may need to go in unexpectedly, so try to have a bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant.

What should I pack for labour?   •  Your birth plan and maternity notes.   •  Dressing gown.   •  Backless slip-on slippers   •  Socks.   •  Old nightdress or T-shirt to wear in labour.   •  Lip balm.   •  Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour.   •  Hairbands or a clip.   •  Pillows.   •  TENS pain relief machine   •  Music. If you like music in the delivery room

What should my birth partner pack?   •  Water spray or a hand-held fan,   •  Comfortable shoes.   •  A change of clothes.   •  Swimwear.   •  Mobile phone and charger.   •  Snacks and drinks.

What shall I pack for after the birth?   •  A going-home outfit. Comfy Clothes   •  Nursing bras. Bring two or three.

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  •  Breast pads.   •  Maternity pads. Bring a couple of packs.   •  Nightshirt or T-shirt.   •  Toiletries.   •  Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.   •  Old or cheap knickers, or disposable knickers.   •  Arnica cream. works.   •  Eye mask and earplugs

What should I pack for my baby?   •  Two or three sleepsuits and vests.   •  Baby blanket.   •  Nappies.   •  Cotton Wool   •  Muslin squares   •  One pair of socks or booties.   •  Hat.   • Bottle if bottle feeding   • Carseat   • Jacket or Snowsuit for taking baby home

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Are you Ready for a Baby? Career, life goals, holiday plans… is there ever a right time to have a baby? Kerry Potter examines the biggest decision you’ll ever make. When a woman takes a pregnancy test in a film and sees a thin blue line, one of two things happen: she whoops with joy or her world falls apart. She either wants a baby or she doesn’t – it’s black and white. Real life, however, is more complicated. I remember sitting in my bathroom looking at my very own thin blue line with mixed emotions. I was mainly thrilled – I was 32 and married, we owned a house, this was our plan – a plan discussed and dissected with a large number of my friends at that time (to the point where four of my five university friends got pregnant within six months of each other). But even so, I was also slightly scared. I couldn’t even keep my plants adequately fed and watered, how would I cope with a real live baby? And there was a third thing too – had I done everything I wanted to do with my life yet? Should I have got another promotion under my belt? Should I have tried harder to fulfill my ambition of working in New York? Should I have gone to Glastonbury one last time? Had I completed enough of Project Life to begin Project Baby? Difficult stuff to ponder on a normal day – let alone one when you’re

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so pumped with hormones, the breakfast news makes you cry and you’ve got such bad morning sickness you vomit when you brush your teeth. Like most women my age, since turning 30, I have had many, many conversations with female friends about when to start trying for a baby; all of us increasingly spooked by the ‘fertility time-bomb’ headlines, accusing professional young women like us of putting our careers before motherhood. A GP friend was busy saving up to cover future maternity leave. A party-girl friend who had just got married described how her clubbing crew begged her to do another summer in Ibiza before she had babies. Another was experiencing the choice between IVF or continuing to try and conceive naturally after two unsuccessful years of trying.

A survey of 3,000 women by Centrum last year showed that some women take up to five years to plan motherhood, with a third aiming for certain career goals, a quarter saving £5,000 and 58% aiming to own a property. Meanwhile, the bucket list – once restricted to things to do before you die – now pops up on parenting websites, in the guise of ‘things to do before you get pregnant’, on the premise that there won’t be a lot of bungee jumping going on once you’ve given birth.

There is a sense that we need to get our (metaphorical and literal) houses in order – and live a little – before we take the plunge. The career sabbatical for the gap year you didn’t have at 18, finally running a marathon, writing that novel, going on holiday on your own, travelling to three continents – all things you want to tick off before you settle down to a life of designer pushchairs and Ofsted ratings.


perfect timing So when is best to have a baby? And can we really plan and control this aspect of our lives? Statistics show that we’re leaving it later, sometimes to our cost. The average age of women giving birth now is a year older than it was a decade ago; 29.5 in 2010 compared with 28.5 in 2000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Department of Health research shows the abortion rate for women aged 30-34 increased by 10% between 2009 and 2011 too, indicating more women choosing to delay motherhood until their late 30s.

There’s no getting away from the fact that the biological reality is stark. “The aim should be to have a baby before 35, certainly by 37,” says Dr Magdy Asaad of London Fertility Centre. “It becomes much more difficult after 35. The number and quality of your eggs are reduced. It’s difficult for women because life expectancy is increasing – it’s now 80-85 years – so a 40-year-old still feels young. But it’s a different story with your ovaries. If circumstances allow, you should be considering babies in your late 20s or early 30s.” Ah, yes, “if circumstances allow” – and that’s the crux. When do any of us feel the timing is 100% right? There is no completely perfect time to become a mum. And, of course, it’s not always a simple weighing up of whether your job, relationship and experiences are where you’d like them, there’s also the very real possibility that pregnancy won’t come when you want it. On average, 84% of women will fall pregnant within the first year of trying and one in seven couples have fertility struggles, adding yet another dimension to the “when is the right time” question.

a certain amount of experience and credibility, so you know how to juggle and delegate, and your firm trusts you to work flexibly.” Then there is your relationship to consider. It sounds obvious, but you need to make sure your partner definitely wants a baby too – one US study showed 100% of couples who’d had a baby when the husband wasn’t initially keen had divorced within six years. “If you can’t talk about it and decide when a good time is, how on earth are you going to raise a child?” says psychology consultant Dr Sandra Wheatley. “It’s about coming to a joint decision that’ll make you both happy.” It helps if you’re married too – ONS statistics showed that 80% of married couples in 1991 were still together a decade on, compared to 60% of cohabiting couples.

“Women can feel overwhelmed by everyone else’s opinion. Listen to your own voice and feel confident in it” The cost of having a baby is also on the rise – so can you afford to pay for childcare? If you’re working in London and need a full-time nanny, it could cost you £24,000 per year (which means you’d need to earn almost £30,000 gross to break even). According to Daycare Trust figures, a part-time nursery place (25 hours a week) in London costs on average £6,340 per year, but the most expensive ones go up to £15,000. It’s a bit cheaper in Manchester at £4,592 for 25 hours

care but in Edinburgh it rises again to £5,178. Wherever you live, and whatever you earn, it will be a significant financial factor in your life. A house with your name on the title deeds and a spare room is also a prime concern for potential mums. But the average age of the UK first-time buyer was 29 years old in 2012, rising to 32 in London. Given the average age of a woman giving birth is 29.5, the figures don’t really add up. This may be a case of just having to change your mindset – in the current financial climate, renting a family home is perfectly normal – a new study from Shelter says by 2025, 27% of households will be renting UK-wide. But do the maths first – experts say you shouldn’t be spending more than 35% of the family income on rent to be on an even keel financially. You might not think you have to worry about your friendships, but it can be lonely when you’re the first among your peers to have a baby. A CLIC Sargent survey showed that 40% of expectant mothers worried about being socially isolated after giving birth. So if at least two or three friends are already mums, you’ll have advice and support on tap. You’ll also make new friends – mothers in your NCT group or antenatal class – to help you through those first few years. All in order? Congratulations! You are ready to have a child. But not everything in life fits neatly on a spreadsheet. We are a generation used to being in full control of our destiny, but pregnancy and motherhood simply aren’t like that – they’re unpredictable, wonderful and frustrating in equal measure.

“I don’t think there is a ‘right’ time,” says Nifa McLaughlin, editor of parenting website “There will always be something else going on: an amazing career opportunity, your house isn’t big enough, you have that holiday planned. I don’t think you should be ruled too much by life itself, you should just go on your instincts.”

The best starting place is to work out which barriers are surmountable, practically and emotionally, in your current situation. First up for many women comes career. “Maternity packages differ but usually you need to be in your job for 18-24 months to reap the full benefits,” says Kirstie Burn from recruitment firm PSD Group. Burn believes the best time to have a baby is seven to eight years into your career. “You should be at a certain level of seniority so that when you come back you won’t have to start all over again. You’ll have

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Everyday Fitness

It can be hard juggling your many tasks as a mum, but staying fit should never be a task that is put on the back burner. Use the following tips to make staying fit easier to work into your busy lifestyle.

The Buggy Squat Your new-mum exercise workout

1. Walk It Out While driving may be the quicker option in most situations, walking is the healthier option. If you’re running a quick errand, try to walk or even bike there instead of driving. Not only can you feel great about getting exercise, you are helping the environment at the same time.

2. Exercise with the Kids Find ways to include your children in your workouts. This is a great way to show your children that exercising is fun.

3. Sweep That Fat Away Cleaning is something that you will always have to do and is often an excuse busy mums use to get out of exercising. However, you can turn your daily chores into a workout. Do your chores with more energy or turn on your favorite music and dance while you clean.

4. Canned Goods For Weight Lifting No need to spend a ton of money buying weights, just use everyday household items. When you’re making cereal for your children do a few curls with that gallon of milk.

5. Get Fit in the Office Workdays are full of opportunities to get active. Try taking the stairs instead of the lift, stretching at your desk and go outdoors for lunch. Not only are you taking the proper steps to live a healthier lifestyle, you are also giving yourself a much needed stress reliever while at work. Make those 8 hours count!

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Strengthen your bum and thighs with this postnatal exercise workout

By Cassandra Kempster-Roberts

The buggy squat is a postnatal exercise designed by Pushy Mothers, the Buggy Workout creators, for our sister publication Practical Parenting & Pregnancy magazine. If you’re keen to get your pre-baby body back, grab your baby, the buggy, and try this one out... What it does: Defies gravity and makes buns of steel! Strengthens the bum and backs/fronts of thighs. Get set: Stand behind the buggy, feet hip-width apart, knees aligned in parallel, hands shoulder-width apart, holding the buggy handle. Slide shoulder blades down and draw the tummy lightly in. Action: Breathe IN to prepare, and as you breathe OUT, pull your tummy in, bend your knees and push your bum back as if you’re sitting down on a chair. Keep your knees over your ankles and don’t arch your back. Breathe IN and smoothly return to the ‘Get set’ position, fully straightening your knees. Do 2-3 sets of 8 repetitions.


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Womb Transplants:

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Ethical approval given for operations as part of local clinical trial following procedure’s success in Sweden. By The Guardian

The UK’s first womb transplant is set to take place next year as part of a clinical trial in which 10 women will get the chance to carry their own babies.

braindead but who has been kept alive.

Following the birth of a baby boy last year after a successful procedure in Sweden, the Health Research Authority has granted ethical approval for 10 transplants. The first British baby born from a transplanted womb could arrive as soon as late 2017 or 2018.

“Donor retrieval is a bigger operation than transplanting the uterus into the recipient,” the surgeon said. “We don’t want to subject a live donor to that operation.”

More than 100 women have been identified as potential recipients of transplants for a team of surgeons to be led by Dr Richard Smith. About one in 5,000 women – or 50,000 of childbearing age in the UK – were born without a womb, while some cancer sufferers have had theirs removed.

Smith said using deceased donors reflected the complexities of the operation.

Organ donor coordinators have suggested that about five wombs annually could be made available. After 12 months on immunosuppressant drugs and close monitoring, each woman will be implanted with one of her embryos, with the hope of achieving a successful pregnancy. A baby would be delivered by caesarean section to prevent the donor womb suffering the trauma of labour.

Smith said the technique would offer hope to women who could only have children through adoption or surrogacy. The consultant gynaecologist at the Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea hospital, who has been working on the project for almost 20 years, said he was “really, really pleased” to obtain ethical approval for the transplants.

Six months after giving birth, each woman can try for another child, or the womb will be removed. That would minimise the risk of keeping women on immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of their lives. However, the trial needs to raise £500,000 before any operations can take place. “I’ve always been an enormous optimist,” Smith said. “The project has run with no money from the start. Somehow or other, somebody has always turned up and given us enough money to keep it going.” Just over £40,000 has been donated to the Womb Transplant UK project and contributions can be made here.

“For many couples, childlessness is a disaster. Infertility is a difficult thing to treat for these women,” he said. “Surrogacy is an option but it does not answer the deep desire that women have to carry their own baby. For a woman to carry her own baby – that has to be a wonderful thing.” To take part in the trial a woman must be aged between 25 and 38, have functioning ovaries and their own eggs, a long-term partner and be a healthy weight. Only a third of the 300 women who approached the Womb Transplant UK team met the criteria. Before the trial starts, embryos will be created and frozen using each woman’s eggs and sperm from her partner. They will then undergo a six-hour operation to receive a womb from a donor who is classed as

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A 36-year-old Swedish woman gave birth to a baby boy in September 2014 after receiving a donor womb from a 61-year-old family friend who had given birth to two sons. She and her partner - both competitive athletes - named the baby Vincent, which means “to win” in Latin. “As soon as I felt this perfect baby boy on my chest, I had tears of happiness and enormous relief,” the mother said. She had been told at the age of 15 that she did not have a womb.

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Top 5 Tips To get the most from your pediatrician visits As a pediatrician for many many years, there are a few things I’ve seen that can make for a more effective visit – I want to share these with you!

1. Be prepared! I love when patients come with a list of questions or concerns. Write them down because often you will forget. Keep a running list on your phone or in a notebook between appointments. If you are asked to fill out any questionnaires, try to do so before coming to the visit. All of this will make the visit more efficient.

2. Share! In addition to getting information, you should be giving information. Since your last visit, has your child been to a specialist or had an injury/ hospitalization? Is your child on any new medications or have there been changes in dosing? If you want to discuss a concern without your child present, please tell the staff before so we can meet with you a few minutes before the visit in another room. Also, don’t wait – start with your most important concern. This way, I will be able to look for information regarding your concern during the physical exam.

3. Be present! Check-ups are important visits and you need to avoid distractions. If possible, try to bring only the child scheduled for the appointment. If that is not possible, I often ask parents if I can send siblings out to color or talk with nursing staff. When you are actively engaged, you will get more out of the visit.

4. Prepare! Before the visit, discuss what will happen with your child. In our office, we want all patients to be undressed to their underwear and in gowns – it allows for a thorough exam. Let them know this may be the case. Do not tell them that shots won’t hurt , and please do not say, “If you do not behave, the doctor will give you a shot. ” That can undermine the relationship between the doctor and your child.

5. Shhh! As soon as possible, let your child communicate. As soon as a child can communicate, I like to talk to them, so do not jump in and answer questions for them. Not only am I learning about them; I am also listening for any language difficulties, temperament issues like shyness or anxiety, and also any concerns they may have themselves. I learn a lot from speaking with the child directly.

After the check-up is over, check in with yourself about how you feel. Never leave a visit confused. Ask for clarification. Write down specific advice. And always know you can call back if you need to double check. Together we can make your visit a success!

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Bugaboo Donkey

Single to duo as easy as ABC There is no doubting how easy it is to transform the Donkey from single to double, you just unclick a couple of catches and pull the frame to create a wider frame. You can have the seats in a variety of positions - Twin mode, two carry cots, seat and carrycot, parent and world facing. One of the key features for me is the size of the underneath basket, its huge and when in single mode you have an additonal basket which is really handy, but my little one kept leaning over and grabbing things, all fun and games. Tires do require a pump, so you are risking getting a flat whist walking the dog. The wheels and suspension do both deserve a mention, If your looking for a pram that is suitable on all terrain and is ideal for twins or a pram that will grow with your family this might just be what you are looking for. In single mode it was great for getting on public transport but in double it was a little more tricky. I had to leave the house and set up outside for duo mode, fine in the Summer months but maybe a nightmare in the Winter. The seats are more narrow than most standard prams but still plenty of room. Edward 9 Months and Polly-Ann 2 both were very comfy.

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Toddler Tantrums Toddler tantrums are terrible​. ​For many parents, they are inevitable. Learning how to deal with tantrums is an important life skill, and starts right from that moment in the kitchen or in a store where your toddler starts a meltdown. Managing tantrums effectively will help your child learn to cope with frustration and​n ​ ot getting ​their​way, ​both​now​and​as ​they​grow up. The most common tantrum trigger is when a child hears “no”​— ​it represents rage at not getting ​their​way; at not being able to control ​ their​world. T​ antrums​​are more likely ​to occur w ​ hen a child is tired, hungry or frustrated. For parents, a tantrum can be embarrassing and exhausting and there is an urge to give in​​—​​just to make it stop!​Don’t do it! ​It is crucial that you not ever give in to tantrums, because doing so will VERY effectively reinforce the message that bad behavior is an effective way to get what you want. Interestingly, s​ ometimes ​giving in to a tantrum can be​even​worse than always giving in. I​f your child never knows when you might give in, the tantrums will become more frequent and more severe until you finally relent.

The three important steps to take during a tantrum are:

Ignore it: Walk away and don’t talk, yell, or give your child attention during the tantrum. If your child tantrums in public and you don’t have the nerve to wait it out, a good alternative is to pick her up and take her to the car or another room to allow her to finish working through her anger.

For the majority of kids, consistently applying these three steps will effectively minimize and eventually eliminate tantrums. However, a small number of children do not respond positively to this method. Ignoring the tantrum makes it worse and they are not able to calm themselves down​— ​ ​​they might continue for hours when they are not helped to calm down. While this is still not a reason to give in to the tantrum, your child may need you to hold him firmly, talk quietly and rock him until he calms down. If your child has tantrums ​at an intensity level that is very difficult to control, you should consider seeking professional help from a psychologist or other parenting expert.

Hang in there – every parent has been through it and now you’re ready to face it!

Reward good behavior with positive attention: When your child ends the tantrum, give him a big hug and snuggle. Tell him you love him and that you are glad he has calmed down.

Stick to your guns: Even if your child calms down, do not change your mind. Once a child works through the tantrum, it is common for her to say “I calmed down, so can I have a cookie now?” Keep in mind that your reason for saying ‘no’ in the first place has not changed just because your child has calmed down. Don’t be surprised if your child begins to tantrum when she hears your second ‘no’. You can handle it… you’re a pro!

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Habits You Should Steal From Your Toddler

Okay, we admit it: Your toddler may not seem like the best source for life lessons, considering that it was you who taught her everything she knows thus far. However, you can learn a lot from some of the things she does naturally. Check out these practices you should adopt from your little pupil turned teacher.

Throw a tantrum Obviously, you’re not going to throw yourself on the floor and start kicking and screaming the next time your boss gets on your nerves (even though you may want to!), but don’t bottle up your emotions. “Toddlers are great at ‘letting it all hang out’ emotionally, and parents should do the same (minus the actual tantrum),” says Tina Gilbertson, LPC, a Denver-based psychotherapist and author of Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them. “Too often we refuse to let ourselves get mad or cry about something because we think it’s inappropriate,” she says. But there’s nothing

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inappropriate, or even harmful, about having a feeling as long as you express it in a way that’s safe for you and others, she adds. So next time you’re feeling some type of way, let it out. “Just be honest—at least with yourself—about how you feel,” Gilbertson says. Talking to a trusted family member or friend, writing in a journal, or having a conversation with the person who’s angering you or making you feel sad are a few ways to express your feelings.


Make physical activity fun When you try to exercise and your toddler joins in, it’s as if she’s having the time of her life. She’s super energetic, full of laughter, and once the workout is over, she’s ready for more. You, on the other hand, are probably the exact opposite. You have to force yourself to work out, and even once you do finally get going, you may slog along reluctantly. Kids naturally gravitate to fun physical activities, yet adults often pick exercise because of an internal “should” (“I should run.” “I should lift weights.” “I should do yoga.”), says Helene Byrne, founder of BeFit-Mom and author of Exercise After Pregnancy: How to Look and Feel Your Best. That makes working out something you’ll dread, which mean you’ll be less likely to stick to it. Instead of doing something just because you feel you should, do something you enjoy. “Think back to when you were a kid, and identify your favorite play activities,” Byrne says. “If you loved soccer, then choosing an athletic group activity like a boot camp class might work for you,” she says. Loved bike riding? Try a spin class. And if you were into dancing, give Zumba a whirl.

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Is “no” your toddler’s favorite word yet?

pick yourself up, learn from it and then move on.

Ask for what you Find joy in the want little things Your toddler makes it very clear when she wants something. She asks for it repeatedly (sometimes throwing in the cutest “please” ever), tries to butter you up by giving you a hug or kiss first, and if all fails, she breaks out in tears. Don’t bring on the waterworks, but when you want something, speak up.

No hitting (yourself) “When toddlers fall down, they don’t waste time and energy beating themselves up for being clumsy,” says Gilbertson. “They cry because something bad happened to them and it hurt,” she says. Once they’re done crying, they move on. This is a strategy you need to master. Instead of criticizing yourself harshly and reliving mistakes in your head over and over, take a power nap, don’t dwell on your failures. Instead,

When was the last time you smiled simply because the sun was shining? As adults, we tend to overlook the small stuff. “However, a child can let out a joyful laugh from something as simple as spinning in circles,” says Dion Metzger, M.D., a board certified psychiatrist and co-author of The Modern Trophy Wife: How To Achieve Your Goals While Thriving At Home. Look for your own little nuggets of happiness. “Recall the last time you felt ‘the happy,’” Dr. Metzger says. “Was it taking a walk on a beautiful day, watching a funny movie, or just watching your toddler dance in front of the television?” Remember those moments so you can seek them again when you need a cup of joy, she says. And make sure you’re attentive to (and appreciate) other tiny sources of delight, like a double rainbow in the sky, a kiss on the forehead from your partner, or hearing a favorite song.

Take a power nap You know how your kid conks out right after lunch every day? Start doing the same. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a short nap (think 20-30 minutes) can help improve mood, alertness, and performance. So if you’re able to, sleep when the, toddler sleeps.

Your toddler raises her shirt in the grocery store and has no qualms about stripping down to her birthday suit while you have company visiting. No, we’re not suggesting you flash your neighbor or bare all in the middle of the post office, but you should follow your child’s lead and love the skin you’re in. When you feel good about your body, you’ll take better care of it. In addition, the way you talk about and treat your own body will influence your child’s body image. So adore your body, even if you aren’t back to your pre-pregnancy weight. Some ways to boost your body confidence: Eat healthy, balanced meals, work up a sweat on most days of the week (to release feel-good endorphins), and make sure you get enough shuteye.

Just say “no” Is “no” your toddler’s favorite word yet? If not, it’s coming. If you ask him if he’s sleepy, tell him “Good Morning”, or offer him an apple, his response will be the same: “No!” Though his negativity can be frustrating, try following his example. Of course, you don’t have to be as blunt (read: rude) as your toddler, but say no to things you don’t want to do or don’t have the time to do. It will reduce your stress and free up time and energy for things you really enjoy. l JULY/AUGUST l DEC/JAN 2015/16 2017 l



Family Holidays Take the whole family


Schooner Bay


Lopesan Baobab Gran Canaria

The hotel offers a fantastic world of exotic experiences and spectacular architecture with a blend of modern amenities and an African feel. The huge tropical gardens with several pools, ponds, waterfalls and sandy beaches mark the way to the spacious hotel area. An African hut with bars, restaurants and a café provides a true chill-out area. Built in 2008, the hotel offer 677 rooms in total and facilities available to guests include a 24-hour reception, hotel safe, currency exchange facilities, lift access, a games room, kids’ club and children’s playground, conference facilities and a car park. For an additional fee, guests may also make use of the WLAN Internet access and room service.

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Historic, secluded, courtyard The Popular Algarve resort of Martinhal is opening in Cascais, just outside Lisbon An utterly lovely seaside town with beaches, golf, riding and surf as well as historic Lisbon in easy reach it would make a perfect long weekend or half term holiday/

This small luxurious development of residences is set within landscaped tropical gardens overlooking stunning waters just outside historic Speightstown. There are watersports available through the Cobblers Cove Hotel a little further down the beach.


Travel Tots Are we there yet? Are we there yet? You may hear that question many, many times while traveling to over the holidays, so we have some fun activities for holiday travel to help!

While travelling with your little one may seem daunting and at times feel endless, with a little preparation you can make the time in a car (or plane) go by more smoothly. These ideas can be used again and again. Also think about keeping a travel kit in your car for unexpected traffic jams, or longer than planned doctor appointments.

Post-it notes and crayons – the glorious sticky paper will be sure to occupy them. Be warned, you may end up with a note stuck on your forehead! (Note from Stephanie of Please and Carrots: my newly potty-trained girls were terrified of the automatic flushing of the toilets in airports – post-it notes were a life saver to block the motion sensor!) Traveling in the dark? Think about some glow-in-the-dark objects – necklaces, bracelets and wands can entertain long after the sun has set. Did you know they make Glow in the Dark Silly Putty? You may be tempted to play with that too!

One of my favorite activities is to make a doctor kit for your child to take care of her sick doll or stuffed animal. Fill a bag or container with Band-Aids, gauze, Q-tips, washcloth, empty plastic bottle, small flashlight, and so on. Show them how to care for their “baby”. Your child will take care of many common illnesses as well as a few you have never heard of!

Cookie sheets are magnetic. You can add a small container with magnetic letters or shapes to make up pictures throughout the trip.

Teach your child a few tried and true games. For children 4+, the Memory game can be made by putting pairs of stickers to two sets of index cards. Start with a few (perhaps 3) pairs until he catches on, then add more cards to make it more interesting, not to mention time consuming. You can also start with younger children – they may not “get” the game, but can enjoy the cards with stickers! Was this a hit? Once they get into Memory, it is time to teach some simple card games like Go Fish or Crazy Eights.

Add another layer of fun to these activities by individually wrapping them and handing them out as presents during the trip. Do not give them out all at once, but during intervals (say, every hour) to make certain each activity gets its proper play time. If there are days of traveling, you might want to switch the activities out and bring in new ones to keep things fresh. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure has never been more true than preparing to keep little ones content while traveling.

A small container with stickers, paper, and crayons can entertain your child for a nice long time. Or you can try a dry erase board and wipe off markers for variety. If you are somewhere where you worry about crayons or markers getting onto other things, you can consider an etch-a-sketch to draw or markers that only work on special paper. Audio books can keep your little one content for hours. Some are available for free at the local libraries, or you can download them. Bring the actual books as well so your child can follow along. A collection of pictures and a small photo album will keep your child busy for a surprisingly long time. They can sort and move the pictures around while discussing the memories that were made.

And remember to also tell them stories about all the people you are going to meet, so they are excited and feel connected when you finally reach! Happy holidays, and wishing you smooth travels! (Note: do not leave children unattended with any of these activities.)

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Travel Must Haves Nuna Sena After a busy day away from home, you’ll appreciate a simple and easy-to-use travel cot. The chic Nuna Sena easily pops open, thanks to its clever zig-zag leg design. And then in the morning you can refold it with just one hand. From Price: £150.00

Mini Portable Soother Steriliser 2 in 1: cleans and sterilises soothers on the go Allows you to always have one soother ready whenever you need it.

Price: £6.95

Trunki Trunki was created to beat the boredom so often suffered by travelling tots. Designed to be used as hand luggage, kids can pack Trunki with all their favourite belongings whilst parents keep them in tow. Price: £39.99

Konfidence Floatsuit They work on the same principle as The Original Konfidence Jacket, providing adjustable buoyancy for the wearer and freedom of movement through eight removable floats worn in outer pockets. Price: £22.99

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Meet the Ickle Bubba Aurora in Sunshine Yellow It’s swift one handed folding action and compact fold allows parents to stow the stroller without any fuss, reducing time and stress. Pop it into the carry bag and simply wear it over your shoulder for easy transportation. Price: £125.00

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Everything you need for a goodnight sleep.

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SnuzPod Much more than just a bedside crib, SnuzPod is the multi award-winning 3 in 1 bedside crib that allows you to sleep safely next to your baby. SnuzPod’s clever and stylish crib design has been made with you and your baby in mind. Price: £179.00

russell the dream sheepdog Our adorable cuddly Russell® with sofly changing warm glow, gently lights up the room with a calming green and blue ‘colour therapy’ display. Price: £34.99

The Sleepyhead® DELUXE The ultimate pod for your baby from ages 0-8 months old. The pod is multifunctional, multitasking and offers a safe and comfy spot that lets baby sleep, rest, co-sleep, lounge, play, cuddle, do tummy time and get diaper changes. Price: £120

Whisbear Whisbear the Humming Bear - an ultimate response to the need of a GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP! Whisbear not only helps babies fall aslees, its CRYSenor automatically activates calming white noise when your baby starts crying. Price: £50.00

Medela Swing Electric The Medela Swing Breast Pump including Calma with 2-phase expression, the only research-based breast pump technology to mimic a baby’s natural nursing rhythm. Price: £99.99

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HEALTH travel

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A new baby costs parents upto 750 hours of sleep

5 Sleep Myths Every Parent Should Know Rice Cereal at Bedtime

Sleep Control

Myth: Adding rice cereal to a bedtime bottle helps babies sleep through the night.

Myth: You can control when and how long your newborn sleeps.

Reality: There’s no proof that this method has any impact on Baby’s sleep.

Reality: Newborn babies fall asleep when they’re ready and wake up when they’re hungry, wet, or upset or because of some other normal cue.

Dr. Adesman Explains: “In fact, it can even go the other way.

Dr. Adesman Explains: “The key word here is ‘newborn.’ A lot of

Introducing rice cereal too early can be unsafe. Babies might not be able to digest rice cereal before 4 months of age. Parents often try to rush the natural process and push the milestones, but this practice is really not recommended.”

parents will try to create a schedule, but when babies are very young, Mum and Dad really need to respond to Baby’s cues.”

Swaddling Realities Myth: Swaddling is an outdated method for comforting a fussy baby.

Baby’s Sleep Position

Reality: Swaddling, when done properly, can be an effective and soothing technique.

Myth: It’s OK to put your baby to sleep on his side.

Dr. Adesman Explains: “Swaddling is a very helpful technique when

Reality: To reduce the risk of sudden infant

it comes to comforting. Some parents worry about their baby overheating, but if she’s dressed properly, that’s not an issue. Positioning is important, so ask your pediatrician or someone experienced to show you the right technique.”

death syndrome, healthy babies should always be put to sleep on their back -- not their stomach or sides. Dr. Adesman Explains: “Part of the reason for the confusion is that when the government first came out with its ‘Back to Sleep’ campaign, it said side or back, but just a couple years later, it modified this recommendation because sometimes babies roll from their side onto their belly. The safest sleep position for babies is on their back. Unfortunately, some pediatricians are still giving parents misinformation.”

Nap = Soundly Sleeping Baby Myth: A nap in a car seat or stroller doesn’t count. Reality: If your child is sleeping soundly, it counts. Dr. Adesman Explains: “Kids are pretty versatile when it comes to where they sleep. If a baby falls asleep somewhere other than his crib, there’s really no reason to transfer him. Also, remember that although beautiful nurseries might be created with the best intentions, crib bumpers, mobiles, and other decorations can pose a safety risk to infants.”

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health & beauty

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beauty Emma Hardie

Formulated with grape seed oil and sweet almond oil that are rich in essential fatty acids - work together to help to plump and soften, whilst moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin E balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores. Price: £38.00

Bobbi Brown Moisturizing Foundation

Belly Bandit Flawless Flawless Belly’s™ WonderWeave™ material allows you to indulge your belly with a deep moisture treatment, 24/7. Simply apply your favorite stretch mark cream to your belly (day or night), slip on your Flawless Belly™ and dress as usual! Price: £49.96

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Foundation meets skincare. Bobbi’s revolutionary 2-in-1 foundation utilises Light Reflecting Technology to instantly give skin natural luminosity without traditional pearls.. Price: £33.00

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Essie Nail Varnish

Because fashion always starts at the fingertips, Essie’s chip resistant formula and outstanding durability is not only easy to apply and fast drying, but will give your nails superb coverage and a professional finish.

Bumble and Bumble

Price: £8.95

Sunday Shampoo

A weekly detox for product junkies and infrequent washers. This product is a great relief from shampoo boredom. For best results, use prior to a weekly Deeep Masque. This product is not for color-treated hair.

Price: £18.00

Organic Rose Cleanser


This smooth, non-greasy cleanser will leave your skin cleansed, and feeling fresh and alive. The gentle formula lilfts away dead skin cells and can be used to remove make up and mascara. Cleanse your skin in the morning and evening.

This skin saving formula from Aesop contains an impressive list of ingredients known for their astringent and soothing properties. Effective without stripping or dehydrating the skin.

Price: £26.00

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Post Pregnancy Care

Bootcamp Boobs

Bootcamp Butts

Price: 45.00

Boob Tube Bust & Neck Firmer helps lift & firm boobs skin while reshaping the muscles beneath in only 4 minutes a day intensifying pecs & defining cleavage.

4 Minutes-a-day Exercise System to Reshape Your Butt Tighten Lift & Boost Muscles. Ideal both for personal use & as a gift.

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SnuzKot Discover the NEW SnuzKot Collection, with so many styles and colours, create your dream nursery for your little creation. Converts from birth to approx. 10 years Price: £349.00

Personalised New Baby Elephant Flower Clock ENCHANTED WOOD FABRIC With this designer girls fabric, you can make cushions, curtains, use the material to make your own indoor tents and even use on soft furnishings. Price: £48.00

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Celebrate the birth of a new baby with this beautiful personalised wooden elephant clock engraved with baby’s name, birth date and weight. Price: £34.99


Twinkle Twinkle

Creating Your Dream


The WoolNest by moKee | Summer Dash Handle

Chaise Longue This glamorous chaise longue will have them beaming with pride (and perhaps playing at ‘Princess’ a little more often!)

The WoolNest is our modern take on Moses basket. It is a cosy and comfortable bassinet for babies up to 6 months.Made of the best quality wool, it will make baby feel as cosy as in the womb. Amazing felt qualities create a perfect environment for baby to relax. Its round shape muffles noise and keeps out drafts, it is soft but sturdy. Price: £89.95

Price: £233.00

Kid tess tree bookcase A fabulously fun bookcase in the shape of a tree by Mathy By Bols! The shelves are positioned to represent the branches whilst giving the appearance that the books are tilted at exciting angles. This fantastic kids bedroom storage creates a brilliant scene in any bedroom. Price: £1,245.00

Raise a Reader

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Butaca Nursing Chair The Butaca Nursing Chair has been designed for you to relax and unwind with or without your baby. The back is shaped perfectly, and with the rocking base, this is the ideal place to feed and bond with your newborn. The design and size compliments any nursery, but also would not look out of place in any room in the home. Price: £346.00

Steiff Studio Bear

The Baby Cot Shop Cadogan

ClouSteiff Studio Bear ia made of cuddly soft woven fur in a deep brown colour. This large bear has been hand stuffed and is a real ‘show stopper’. His face and paw pads have been carefully hand airbrushed by the highly trained artisans at Steiff.

The Baby Cot Shop: The Cadogan nursery furniture set is a heritage collection created to be passed on for generations. It is handcrafted with solid hardwood and ideal for the style-conscious nursery. The ends are upholstered and tufted in linen, available in a range of fabrics. Price from: £5400.00

Rabbit Lamp Award winning childrens rabbit light, our very own White Rabbit lamp will help babies and children sleep well. The soft warm night light shines through this bone china... Price: £70.00

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Price: £2410.00


Boori Sleigh Royale Cot Bed Boori’s Sleigh Royale Cot Bed in White is an amazing investment for your child, it will really last a lifetime. The Sleigh Royal Converts from cot to toddler bed suitable from birth to around 5 years , Can be used as a cosy sofa when little ones outgrow the toddler bed. Integral under cot tidy drawer for extra storage and for those little teeth it comes complete with Toddler Guard Panel. Price: £990.00

Patsy Peacock Mobile

Anne-Claire Petit Mama Teddy

The Patsy Peacock Mobile has been wonderfully designed to ease little ones into a harmonious night’s sleep where dreams about favourite animals and whimsical tales from the animal kingdom can be enjoyed. The mobile has been created with soft and comforting pure polyester felt and is finished in a stunning and engaging array of bright and vivacious colours, ideal for igniting the imaginations of little ones.

This charming series of crocheted soft-toys is designed by AnneClaire Petit whose interest in handicrafts and love of traditional craftsmanship has grown over years. Most of the detailed work is hand-crocheted by women living in countryside villages of Northern China..

Price: £34.00

Price: £141.00

LINCOLN DOUBLE WARDROBE This beautifully elegant Lincoln Wardrobe from Obaby is the perfect addition to any nursery or bedroom. Featuring a wealth of storage space it’s a key piece to keep you organised. Open the double doors to reveal 3 internal drawers, 3 storage shelves and 2 hanging rails all you need from a Wardrobe and more. Price: £399.00

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Bird Nest One Way to Deal with Divorce A mothers story

The children simply live at “home” and the separated or divorced parents take turns living with them there, but never at the same time. The core element of this arrangement is that each parent maintains a separate residence where they live when it is not their turn at the “bird’s nest”. When my ex-husband and I were considering divorce, there were many things that paralyzed me with fear. My absolutely most terrifying concern was for my children’s adjustment. Early on I had lunch with a friend who is a family law attorney. She offered some really good advice. She said, “Everybody is different. Your family is not like any other family, your divorce doesn’t have to be like anybody else’s either nor does your custody arrangement. Get something you can both agree to on paper with the mediator, and then do what works and makes you guys happy. If it doesn’t work long term then you revert to what you agreed to on paper. The paper work can be a ‘just in case you stop agreeing about the children’ plan.” That lunch opened up a world of possibilities for me. Although my Ex and I didn’t agree on much, we did agree that the children should have as easy a time of it as possible. It wasn’t their fault after all. I told him of my lunch with this friend and what she said. We both agreed to consider alternative custody arrangements. While googling ‘alternative custody arrangements’ I stumbled on Birdnesting Custody. I was interested and found a few articles, but most were negative. After scouring around the internet a few days, I did find a few actual stories from people that had done it successfully.

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Birdnesting custody is an arrangement where the family keeps the marital home, both parents paying into a household account to cover basic household expenses (in lieu of child support) and you rotate time in the ‘nest’. The children never leave, the house has custody of the dog even, and the house becomes the children’s home and source of stability.

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Why We Chose to “Nest” Prior to learning about the possibility of Birdnesting my heart would clench inside my chest every time I considered moving the kids or that they would go back and forth from me to their dad’s. We had only recently moved across town into a house that was in the ‘right’ school district. Our children were getting older and it was urgent to be in the right district if we hoped to avoid private schools. We had moved in the nick of time for our oldest to start middle school. We still had boxes that weren’t unpacked. I hated to think of moving them again. Additionally, at the time, the housing market had just crashed to rock bottom. We had no equity in the short time in this house and would be lucky to get what we paid just months before. Also, we have one child with ADHD. Bringing the appropriate things back and forth from school to home is a daily challenge for her. I had no idea how she would function with another home and bag. My ex-husband agreed to try this arrangement based on these factors. Our mediator was initially intrigued but became a great cheerleader over the course of our sessions. She had never heard of it by name or the concept of Birdnesting as anything more than a transitional arrangement, but she encouraged us to try. She wisely counseled us to have specific rules and to never forget that the house is the safe place for the children. In my travels on Google I had found some ideas that other people used to keep boundaries clear in the nest. My ex-husband and I have 50-50 custody. Financially it works like this: we created a house account that for nest expenses. No cash withdrawals are ever made from that account. Mortgage, utilities, cable, groceries, kid expenses, braces, our life insurance policies, etc., are paid from this account. On paydays, we each pay the nest first. It was determined the percentage that each of us made of our household income (60/40). We added up the money required to run the nest and he puts in 60% and I put in 40%. Anything that comes up that we haven’t accounted for falls under the 60/40 rule. Running the nest is less expensive than running our household while married because we each pay for our own cars, insurance, credit cards, and basic life expenses etc. out of our own money.

Our Nest Rules: 1.  We respect the privacy of the other’s spaces in the nest. 2.  Leave the nest like you found it. The parent that rotates on shouldn’t have to come in and clean up the other’s mess. 3.  No overnight guests of the opposite sex in the nest. They may visit but may not stay past bedtime. 4.  The person on nest duty is responsible for groceries in the house, kid laundry, etc.

Some couples that Birdnest share an apartment where the off parent goes and they rotate between the apartment and house, but neither of us thought we could manage that. I have family in town that graciously offered me a guest room when I’m off of nest duty. I try to be as unobtrusive as possible. My ex-husband has a studio apartment for his off times.

Initially we were trying to figure out how we could possibly have money enough after paying for the nest to afford nice apartments for the children and then we realized that the beauty of this is that the kids never go there, so both of us do it as cheaply as possible. They’ve been to his apartment for short visits but they’ve never spent the night.

How Others React I get mixed reactions when I tell people about our custody arrangement. Some cheer me on and commend me for our unique arrangement. I love those people. Equally, some people are very negative and say that it will never work. Well, it has worked for almost 3 years. Some say that it will never work when we have other partners. So far that hasn’t been a problem either. When we date we just tell them up front about our arrangement. Some are confused until they realize that we are never at the nest at the same time. We cross paths several times a week, but we never stop walking as we pass. I did read about several families that Birdnested for many, many years and in that time both spouses remarried. They simply kept the nest going like before and at bedtime their new spouse went back to their shared home. Their kids grew up and then they sold the family home.

The Downside to “Nesting” There are downsides, I won’t lie. It is expensive. But until the housing market improves we are unlikely to be able to sell the house without losing money. Also, I get tired of living out of a bag. When I go back on nest duty I take my dirty clothes out of my bag, add them to the laundry room floor and pack again when I leave. It is an inconvenience. But then I remember that I’m not a child and I made my own decisions about my marriage and divorce. None of which my kids got a vote on. I remind myself that every day I pack the bag is a day my children don’t have to do it and feel proud that at this time they are spared that experience. The Advantages •  Said to be child-centric: it focuses on the needs of the children. •  Children are able to continue to live in their home for a greater sense of stability. •  Minimizes the difficulty for children of living in two places, like forgetting homework, toys, clothing, or other belongings at the other parent’s home. •  Parents might be better able to handle the experience of moving back and forth between their residences than the children might be. The Disadvantages •  It is expensive. Unless the parents are able to share the residence in which the children do not live, they are looking at having three residences, one for the children and one for each parent when they are not living with the children. •  It requires a large degree of civility between the parents and the ability to get along and make decisions together. In general, the absence of conflict is the best indicator of resiliency for children, both in a marriage and post-divorce. •  It does not take into consideration what would happen when one or both parents enter a new relationship. Even before this aspect of “moving on” occurs post-divorce, both parents often need to individuate from each other and establish separate lives in order to disentangle from the marriage relationship they had with each other. Bird nesting does not adequately foster this aspect of divorcing. •  House rules: in order for parents’ movements to occur in a nondisruptive manner, both parents would need to have similar rules and house cleaning sensibilities. Would you ever consider Bird Nesting we would love to hear from you email

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When Baby’s Speech is Slow Going Written by Marianne Brown, speech and language therapist and owner of the Children’s Therapies practice in Putney.

As a parent it’s often difficult to know when a child’s development falls within the ‘normal’ range and when there is cause for concern. Just like learning to walk, children develop the ability to communicate at different speeds, and some will encounter difficulties along the way.

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What is the difference between speech and language? Speech is how we produce or articulate the sounds that form words. Language refers to the way we receive, understand and express information through all forms of communication - verbal and non-verbal. Although speech problems and language problems are different, they often overlap. A child with a language problem for example, may be good at pronouncing words but be unable to join more than two words together. A child whose speech may be difficult to understand may still use words and phrases to express ideas. And another child may speak clearly but have difficulty understanding instructions.

Early signs of social When to seek help communication Parents are correct in thinking that some problems and children do naturally grow out of some of autistic spectrum these speech or language difficulties, but unfortunately it is impossible to predict disorders We also meet many parents whose children are facing more serious difficulties. At as early as 12 months children can be observed for symptoms of autism or social communication problems. Possible signs can include (but this list is by no means exhaustive): •  A lack of early babbling •  Limited copying of speech sounds •  Limited copying of actions such as     clapping hands •  Not pointing to ask for things or to     get someone’s attention

Speech delay

•  Lack of other gestures such as waving

As a very rough guide, and remembering that each child is different, your toddler should have an expressive vocabulary of around 50 words by the time they are 2 years old, and you should be able to understand about half of what they say. If your little one only uses certain sounds or words repeatedly, and is unable to use spoken language to communicate more than their immediate needs by this age, he or she might have speech or language problems, or a combination of both.

•  Rack of shared enjoyment and rarely     smiling or laughing when playing

which ones. What we do know is that the earlier parents seek help, the more successful therapy is likely to be. We also know that children entering school with a speech or language delay are much more likely to have difficulties accessing the school curriculum. If you have any concerns about your child’s communication development, contact your GP, or a speech and language therapist directly. They will either be able to reassure you that everything is fine, or assess your child and work with you on strategies and techniques to help your child’s communication.

•  Repetitive actions or movements

•  Poor eye contact •  Limited play with toys Some parents of young children with social communication issues initially wonder if their child is hearing properly as the child does not respond to their name being called. Children with delayed language should have a hearing test to rule out a hearing problem.

Children’s Therapies have clinicsin Putney and Clapham South, telephone 020 8673 7930 or visit www.childrenstherapies. A Hanen ‘More than Words’ course for parents will commence in June, please call Children’s Therapies on 020 8673 7930 for further details.

However children with an

Stammering and lisps autistic spectrum disorder Stammers and lisps are two common speech difficulties that we see here at Children’s Therapies. To help a child with a lisp, a therapist will demonstrate the correct production of the ‘s’ and ‘z’ sounds, highlighting to the child how the tongue is hiding behind the teeth. The child is given lots of opportunities to listen to the production of the correct sounds, and then helped to produce ‘s’ and ‘z’ correctly from a sound to use in conversation. For children who stammer, the therapist will try to establish any factors that may be contributing to the problem, and work with the parent on strategies to help the child to talk more easily, including overcoming fear and anxiety.

or social communication difficulties may have problems with paying attention and understanding language, so they do not respond when their name is called even though their hearing is fine. There are many successful communication programmes which therapists can offer children with these type of difficulties, even before they have received a confirmed diagnosis. One we recommend is the Hanen ‘More than Words’ parent course. This was designed especially for parents of children aged 5 years and under and teaches parents how to help their child reach their full communication potential.

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Aston Martin Smart jacket Price: £74.00

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Project Baby’s Beautiful Boutique Mini MORI Panda T-Shirt Price: £17.00

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Liberty Peacocks of Grantham Hall Print Mesh Dress Price: £44.00

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Jo II, Navy Blue Leather Buckle T-bar Price: £37.00


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Sapphire & Pink Cotton Jacquard Dress with Gold Thread Price: £70.00 Blue Cotton Dress with Broderie Anglaise Price: £38.00

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r o f s k c i r t 7 Picky Eaters! Do you have a picky eater? I have one. It’s strange honestly because I have one great eater and one that’s totally picky. I’m not sure what I did wrong or right. I wanted to share some tricks and hacks I’ve found that might help you with your picky eater. Anything help is good, right?

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1.Dinner Winner Plate Make eating a game!

7. Let go of your end of the emotional rope.

No one likes losing (especially if you are competing against your brother or sister) and at the end, if you make it all the way through, there is a surprise!

You can’t force your child to do anything, especially eat, so just stop trying. Simply offer her nutritious, varied foods—and eat them yourself. She can have hers, or not, but you’re showing her how. Do you still remember having to eat your veggies or clean your plate before you could leave the table? Adam Strauss, M.D., a pediatrician in Westwood and Mansfield, MA, offers a word of caution. “When parents demand that their kids eat certain foods, they’re attaching negative connotations to it. Pretty soon, the struggle is worse.” Put the food on her plate, but if it stays there, don’t push her and don’t stress over it.

2.Food Swaps These picky eater swaps make total sense! This chart gives you a list of foods and you choose which things your child already eats. Then you can see if your child likes that, the chances are great that they will like this.

3. Copy Kids This technique is kind of crazy, and I’ll be honest, I had the DVD and lost it before I ever tried it with my kiddos. They say kids can learn best from other children, so this features videos of children eating fruits and vegetables – one for each of the twelve fruits and veggies. You put a bowl of that particular food on the table and pop in the DVD and see what happens. They say your kiddo will start eating!

4.Dip The easiest way I can get my kids to eat something they are unsure of is to dip it. Ketchup, ranch dressing, mild salsa, peanut butter, cheese sauce, yogurt…. There are so many things you can dip fruits, veggies and meats in.

5. Don’t get hung up on the time of day your child eats, or how much she eats at a sitting.

Give straightforward praise, even if he takes only one bite of something new.

For example: “It’s great that you tried the chili!” Basing the praise on how you feel (“Mummy’s so happy!”) sends a questionable message: He controls your emotions with his fork. “I used to feel really attached to my kids’ eating the dishes I’d taken the time to make. My emphasis on my split-pea soup especially made everyone miserable. Finally, one day I ignored the soup but put out some fun sides, and the kids ended up tasting the soup.”

It’s okay if your kid doesn’t eat three square meals every day as long as over the course of a week or two she eats things from each food group.

6. Stick with it. You’ve probably heard it before: A child has to try something ten to 15 times before he likes it. “While that sounds daunting to many parents who have a hard time getting their kids to try something once, it does get easier,” says Dr. Williams. His research shows that once you get the ball rolling on tasting new foods, it takes on average only six attempts for kids to accept them.

Doddl Ergonomic Childrens Cutlery Price: £16.95 For children aged 1 to 5 years. Supports little ones instinctive self-feeding behaviour. Natural progression from baby-led weaning. Encourages development of the pincer grip, needed for learning to draw and write. Short ergonomically designed handles makes controlling cutlery easier. Helps children learn to eat independently. Allows child to develop skills and make the successful transition to adult cutlery. BPA Free and Dishwasher Safe.

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Pretty Stokke Trip Trap


This high-chair enables your child to sit at the family table and interact with you and other family members. With adjustable seat height, footrest height, seating depth and footrest depth, the chair adapts to your growing child to ensure comfortable seating at all times. Suitable for children ages 6 months old to adults (300lbs) Prices From: £155.00

Icandy MI Chair


As baby gets older and no longer needs

Price: £260.00

4- in- 1 Knuma A versatile and innovative 4 in 1 High Chair that will see your child through the first six years. From weaning to homework, one product does it all. Designed with longevity in mind as it is suitable for babies of 6 months up to children of 6 years to use.


Price: £189.00

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A few colourful baby feeding spoons and bowls

Bibs and clean cloths Saucepans and/or a steamer

a highchair it is simply transformed into a stylish child’s chair or rocking chair that is suitable for up to the age of six.


Essential Weaning Equipment

A hand blender or food processor Ice cube trays or small containers

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Eat Yourself Pregnant with Zita West Essential Recipes for Boosting Your Fertility Naturally More and more couples these days are interested in natural ways to improve their fertility. And having the best possible diet is one of the most important ways in which you can help make a big difference. In this fabulous new full-colour cook-book Zita shows you 80 tasty and easy to prepare recipes that are packed full of all the most important nutrients your body needs to prepare for a successful pregnancy.

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Stress-Less Weaning Programme As part of their Stress-Less weaning programme, Babymoov has selected some of its most popular recipes featuring delicious, seasonal root vegetables to demonstrate just how easy it can be to get babies and toddlers eating the recommended five-a-day. From first taste purees, to healthy treats, all the recipes included are quick and easy to prepare, especially with the help of the Nutribaby 5-in-1 food processor, saving on both mess and time. Julia Wolman, Babymoov’s stress-less weaning expert explains the health benefits of each recipe and why we should all be tucking into more veg this autumn. Perfect for starting to wean your baby…

Makes: 16 bars Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes

Butternut, Carrot and Goat’s Cheese Puree

Ingredients: 1/3rd of a Butternut Squash (approx. 150g peeled pulp) 2 carrots 1 small potato ½ an onion 30 gr fresh goats cheese a few drops of olive oil

Method: 1. Peel the butternut squash and remove the seeds. Cut into large chunks. 2. Peel the carrots and potato, rinse and chop into small pieces. Peel and slice the onion. 3. Put all the vegetables into the basket of the Nutribaby

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and set a 20 minute cooking cycle. 4. Check they are cooked through and tender. Blend the vegetables with the goats’ cheese and a few drops of olive oil. 5. Enjoy!

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Carrot, Sweet Potato Puree with Turmeric Julia says: “Sometimes the orange pigment can show in babies’ hands and skin as their bodies get used to the beta-carotene, however this is rare and if it does develop is not harmful. Sweet potatoes are not only a starchy carbohydrate food providing energy, but they also count towards “five-a-day”. Flavouring food with herbs and spices such as turmeric during, and beyond, weaning is far preferable to using salt and can help babies develop an adventurous palate right from the start.”

Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: 100g carrot 100g sweet potato ¼ of an onion Pinch of turmeric Knob of butter 5cl single cream

Method: 1. Peel the carrot and sweet potato, rinse and chop into chunks. Peel and slice the onion. 2. Put all the vegetables into the basket of the Nutribaby and set a 20 minute cooking cycle.

3. Check they are cooked through and tender. Blend the vegetables with the single cream, pinch of turmeric and knob of butter. 4. It’s ready to be tasted! So Simple.

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Salmon, Potato and Beetroot

Julia says: “Beetroot is an increasingly popular and highly nutritious root vegetable. It provides iron; a mineral which many young children do not get enough of in their diets, and is very important for cognitive (brain) development. Babies are born with stores of iron but from around six months these start to deplete, so all dietary sources of iron are extremely important during weaning. Beetroot also contains various other important micronutrients such as folate (naturally-occurring folic acid) and magnesium. Don’t be alarmed if you find your baby’s wee is a bit pink after eating beetroot - this is called beeturia and is not harmful!

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: 1 portion of salmon 1 potato 1 medium-sized beetroot 1 teaspoon of oil

Method: 1. Peel the potato and dice into small pieces (1-2cm). 2. Place the pieces into the cooking basket and start a 20 minute cooking cycle. After 5 minutes add the second basket with the salmon in. 3. Peel and dice the beetroot. Add it to the top basket for

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the last minute of the cooking cycle. 4. When the cooking cycle has finished, put all the ingrediants into the blender bowl whilst hot, add the oil and blend everything for a beautiful pink puree.

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Little Carrot Cakes

Julia says: “Carrots are a great way to give cakes and biscuits a nutritional boost and some natural sweetness. Adding yogurt during baking also provides extra calcium, important for strengthening babies’ growing bones. For a healthier version why not experiment and substitute some of the sugar for raisins or dried apricots instead - dried fruit provides natural sweetness and is also a good source of iron for young children.”

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 60 minutes

Ingredients: 2-3 carrots (roughly 150g peeled) 1 orange 200g of plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 100g ground almonds 200g sugar 3 eggs 100g yoghurt 60g butter at room temperature 1 tiny pinch of salt

Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and grease and flour coat one loaf time or smaller shaped ones. 2. Peel the carrots and slice. Put them in a basket and start a 20 minute cooking cycle 3. Squeeze the orange and when cooked, blend the carrots and orange juice into a puree. 4. Transfer to a bowl and keep at room temperature.

5. Add the flour, baking powder, almonds, sugar, eggs, yoghurt, soft butter and pinch of salt to the bowl of the blender. 6. Give it a few pulses, then add the puree. Blend all together. 7. Put the mixture into the greased tin and cook for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the tin.

These recipes and more can be found on Babymoov’s FREE ‘Cooking Baby food’ app and blog. The app is available to download at the Play Play Store HERE and Apple Store HERE. The blog can be viewed online at:

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Mum Tip “Use a soft weaning spoon they’re nice and small so you can try little teeny spoonfuls at first.”

HappyEating A survey, launched by leading baby food brand Organix, reveals that one of the biggest barriers to introducing new foods during weaning is baby’s facial expression in response to new tastes. It can be challenging to introduce new foods during weaning and the faces babies pull can be interpreted by parents as disgust or dislike at what they are trying, which can make it all the harder. The Organix weaning survey reveals: •    More than half (55%) of mums say a baby’s facial expression puts them off trying to     encourage their baby to like a new taste and flavour. •    49% say it’s a struggle to keep babies interested in food. •    42% say they find it hard to get babies to try new foods during weaning. From sweet carrot to sour lemon and bitter broccoli, weaning is the beginning of a taste adventure, the first opportunity for your baby to explore and experience taste sensations. Evidence shows that it can take between 10 and 15 times to introduce a new food or flavour and that learning about food is all about familiarity and repetition. So by understanding more about their babies’ facial expressions, parents are likely to feel more confident about introducing new foods. Baby faces and understanding what they mean … But what is the meaning of that face your baby pulls as they try a new food for the first time? What’s your baby really trying to tell you?

Mum Tip “Keep trying - if your little one rejects a new food, offer it again in a few days’ time. If they still say no, try again in a few weeks’ time”

“For example, what mums and dads might interpret as a look of shock or disgust, doesn’t necessarily translate as not liking the taste, what’s more likely is that baby is puzzled by the intensity of a new flavour. A surprised expression could be curiosity about the depth of flavour, the chances are they think the flavour is good but it’s very different to what they’ve eaten before – it’s all part of them experiencing and learning new tastes on their weaning journey.” It can be challenging to keep offering new foods and coming up with new and inspiring ideas to tempt little ones, but it’s important as those first tastes during weaning help define a child’s future relationship with food.

Weaning is an exciting time for everyone so for lots more weaning advice, weaning recipes - from purées to finger foods - and to download your free copy of the Organix Little Book of Weaning please visit or follow #realfoodface

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Mile stones

YOUR CHILD AT ONE YEAR How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 1st birthday. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

What most children do at this age: Social and Emotional


    •    Is shy or nervous with strangers •    Cries when mum or dad leaves •    Has favourite things and people •    Shows fear in some situations •    Hands you a book when he wants to hear a story     •    Repeats sounds or actions to get      attention •    Offers an arm or leg to help with      dressing •    Plays games such as “peek-a-boo”

•    Responds to simple spoken requests •    Uses simple gestures, like shaking head      “no” or waving “bye-bye” •    Makes sounds with changes in tone      (sounds more like speech) •    Says “mama” and “dada” and      exclamations like “uh-oh!” •    Tries to say words you say

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Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

    •    Explores things in different ways, like shaking,      banging, throwing     •    Finds hidden things easily •    Looks at the right picture when it’s named •    Copies gestures •    Starts to use things correctly; for example, drinks      from a cup, brushes hair •    Bangs two things together     •    Puts things in a container, takes things out of      a container     •    Lets things go without help •    Pokes with index (pointer) finger     •    Follows simple directions like “pick up the toy” Movement/Physical Development

    •    Gets to a sitting position without help     •    Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture      (“cruising”)     •    May take a few steps without holding on     •    May stand alone

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Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child: Baby Darcy Bear

•    Doesn’t crawl •    Can’t stand when supported •    Doesn’t search for things that she sees you hide •    Doesn’t say single words like “mama” or “dada” •    Doesn’t learn gestures like waving or shaking      head •    Doesn’t point to things •    Loses skills he once had

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Project Baby Reviews LEVO Rocker

GRO EGG It looks brilliant, giving a lovely soft glow to the nursery and the colours are a great visual indicator of the temperature which save you stumbling around in the dark trying to peer at a non-light up one. On the subject of the thermometer being inaccurate, I have to say it is definately not a problem with my egg as I have compared it to an extreamly accurate thermocouple thermometer and they always read no more than 0.1 of a degree apart. Best Thing I have bought. Price: £22.00

Project Baby Rating: Kidly 3 sprouts

Meet the gorgeous Charlie Crane Levo Rocker. this is an amazing piece of furniture for baby’s from birth to around seven months with a maximum weight of 12kgs. Your baby will be the most comfortable and most stylish baby in this rocker. The natural rocking softly follows the movement of your baby. The seat has a 3-point harness to keep your baby safe and is very easy to take off for washing at 40 degrees C. Features •  Easily assembled within minutes •  Modern to match with most interior •  Natural rocking follows the movement of your baby •  Perfect for infants from birth to 7 months or 12kgs. Price: £149.99

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This puts the cool in cool bag, Stomp to it! Your little muncher will fall in love with this Rhino Lunchbox from 3 Sprouts. This insulated animal lunch bag can fit a range of containers. This does the job nicely and has lots of space, plus keeps everything cool. There’s also a handy strap on it with a buckle which you can use to attach to a pram or backpack. Lots of lovely designs to choose from. Price: £15.00

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Potette 2- in 1 Kidly

NUK Bottle

This is a really handy product as it folds up and fits into a rucksack for carrying around with you. The bag for use on its own is fantastic and mess free. The seat fits well as a child loo seat on all the toilets I have tried it on (and it’s been a few!). The reason I haven’t given 5 stars is sometimes it’s hard to refold and more significantly because the seat itself is really small.

Looking at the teat on the bottle it is definitely more designed to mimic a breast and the feeding hole is not placed right at the end of the teat so it squirts straight to the back of the throat. It is placed more to the side of teat thus hits the roof of the mouth allowing it to mix with the baby’s saliva before swallowing. Great idea in my opinion.

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express & Go This is a brilliant breastfeeding starter set to aid with expressing, storing and bottle feeding expressed milk to your baby. The set comes with everything you’ll need except for the breast pump itself but what I really like about this set is that Tommee Tippee haven’t limited it to be just used with their own breast pumps and that it can be used with other brands pumps too and they have included three breast pump adapter rings which should fit most breast pumps.

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Stokke Steps

Initially I was considering two other highchairs, but once I saw this one I knew it was the one. It’s a regular chair that adults can use, for a little more it becomes a highchair and it’s easy to clean, looks good and is well-built. My apartment is so small it’s easier to take the highchair elements off and use it as an extra chair rather than fold it and try to store it somewhere. I am Extremely happy with this chair. It’s also easy to assemble.

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Clubs & Classes puddle ducks

The swimming and life-saving skills your little one is taught on the Puddle Ducks programme will stay with them… for life! Skills for Life means that at Puddle Ducks, every child is taught to swim using a tailored programme that is unique to them, and their levels of ability and confidence, within our structured framework – we keep it fun and we know that it works!

yoga bellies

YogaBellies offer authentic classes, therapies and workshops for women and children at every stage of their lives including pregnancy and birth; for post-partum mum and baby and now also, yoga for children. We offer yoga for women from mentruation to post menopausal. We even have a revolutionary new Birth Preparation course called Birth ROCKS for mums and their birth partners. The sessions incorporate a range of authentic yogic and holistic techniques.

Little Kickers

With a network of 1,500 coaches and 210 franchises in 16 countries, we’re Little Kickers are now the world’s biggest and most successful pre-school football academy and there’s plenty more to come. They are constantly enhancing their classes with the help of their experts.


Baby Ballet

La jolie ronde

Stagecoach Theatre Arts is a highly regarded network of performing arts schools with a proven record of delivering quality dance, drama and singing lessons to youngsters worldwide.

An award-winning baby ballet Song and Dance Academy with an exciting educational movement to music programme.

Over the years Stagecoach has provided a springboard for some of the UK’s leading young talent and has had the privilege of watching thousands of kids grow in confidence and ability. They offer brilliant kids’ parties, children’s holiday activities involving musical theatre and drama workshops.

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Designed to encourage babies and young children to enjoy the joys of song and dance, baby ballet has built up a fantastic reputation for providing children with the opportunity to express themselves within a fun, safe and caring environment.

La Jolie Ronde is a leading provider of language learning through extracurricular language classes and the supply of language teaching resources. Hundreds of thousands of children learn French and Spanish each week either in the classroom or in one of our after-school or lunchtime classes. La Jolie Ronde provides a proven method with a solid underlying structure that enables children, aged between 3 & 11 years old, to progress year after year in French and Spanish.

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kiddy cook

Fun Cooking Classes for Kids Aged 4 – 11yrs. During each session the children have fun with hands-on gastronomic experiments and recipes and they are encouraged to learn about ‘good’ food and to explore new flavours in an educational and fun way. Each workshop encourages the students to discover the excitement that food can bring. Children get involved in the whole cooking process from reading the recipes to weighing and measuring the ingredients.

Water Babies


At Hartbeeps they put your child at the heart of their magical, musical adventures. They offer original and super fun, developmental baby classes, toddler classes and pre-school classes, as well as educational sessions, pregnancy classes, stay & play with baby discos, and fabulous children’s parties.

Clubs & Classes Monkey Music

All of our classes are set to a soundtrack of original songs, remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies. We take you and your little one on a sound journey and bring the story to life.

Monkey Music has an award winning reputation for innovative, beautifully presented music classes for each stage of your little one’s development, from 3 months to 4 years. Amazing puppets, hand crafted props, specialist percussion instruments, movement, bubbles and lots more. Guaranteed giggles and learning, great for making friends too!

Diddi Dance

rugbytots Rugbytots is the first of its kind; a specifically designed play programme using the multiple skills of Rugby to create a fun and enjoyable environment whilst developing basic core motor skills.

Water Babies is the UK’s leading baby swim school, teaching a core skill to hundreds of babies & children every week. The courses are very different to traditional swimming lessons. For a start, because they only use warm water pools, babies can join them from birth. And while the emphasis is on having fun, their course is carefully structured, with progressive lesson plans for each week.

At Diddi Dance they realise and encourage endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45 minute dance class. Using various dancing games and exercises, bells, hoops and dance ribbons to their own funky pop songs so your little one not only improves their rhythm and co-ordination but also their social and gross motor skills. Classes are ideally suited for both boys and girls between 2-4 years old, however they have had children as young as 16 months.

All Rugbytots lead coaches are paediatric first aiders, Rugby qualified coaches, CRB checked and trained to a very high standard to ensure your children enjoy their time at Rugbytots in a safe and organised environment.

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Project Baby July - August 2017  

Getting you summer ready, with the kiddies in tow

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Getting you summer ready, with the kiddies in tow