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60 years of great advice from M&B!

60 years of great advice from M&B!

To celebrate our landmark 60th anniversary this month, Mother&Baby looks to the past and the present…

Do you want to know the best way to get your toddler to bed when all he wants is to play? Are you searching for advice on how to encourage your baby to eat veg, or cures for morning sickness?

If you are, you’re not alone. Mums have been looking for answers to these questions and many more for the last 60 years, since Mother&Baby first hit the newsstands – and probably for a lot longer besides!

We’ve gathered together 60 indispensible pieces of parenting advice, one for every year we’ve been published. Half of them are taken from our archives, and half are written by today’s top experts. The thing they all have in common is that they’re going to help you be the best mum you can be, and have a happy, healthy baby. That’s been our aim since our very first issue. You can read all the advice in our March issue, on sale now, but here are some of our favourites...


Every mother knows that feeling of arriving home with baby and the realisation that she has to cope alone with its bath, its washing its feeding without the help of trained nurses.


Bathtime should always be full of fun. One parent told us her child would look at herself in the mirror with all the shampoo on her head in a lovely foamy shape. Sometimes Mummy put a bit of lather on her chin too, as a beard. 


What are daddies for? This question requires different answers at different stages. First: to work and get money for the home and the food, and to help the mummies look after the babies. Second, to help the mummy make a baby.


Sometimes your baby will accept no one but you. It is wonderful to know your baby thinks you are great, but enough is enough. Even the most willing slave needs an occasional break. Don’t worry if this is how you feel, you love your baby, you just need a rest!


In those first precious photos after the birth you will look like a very, very happy person who has also just been run over by a bus – and you’ll still love them.


You being only half present, spending time on your phone, makes your child more likely to act up. Focus on him, setting aside time in the day when you give total attention to him, whether that’s on the bus or in the evening. Try at least 20 minutes of child-led play or chat every day.


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