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Wednesday Lunch Club Q+A With M&B’s Shopping Editor

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Missed our Wednesday Lunch Club with M&B’s shopping editor? Don’t worry, you can read all of the expert advice she shared here

Every week at Mother&Baby we bring you the Wednesday Lunch Club – a chance to get brilliant advice for your parenting questions from a top expert. This week, M&B’s shopping editor Sarah Lafarge was on standby to answer your questions.

With over 17 years of experience at top publications, Sarah’s also a mum of two and knows all the key buys you need for life as a mama.
She’s M&B’s go-to for all fashion, shopping and baby product questions – and cleared her schedule this week to give you all the tips and help you need.

If you missed the chat, here’s what happened…

You should be having your breasts measured every few weeks as they can change so much during pregnancy

Some of my friends that are mums spend lots on kid’s clothes, but I don't see the point as my toddler just gets hers messy all the time! Can you suggest some durable and affordable brands that are still stylish?

Sarah: I'm a fan of supermarket clothing ranges – often amazing value and good quality too. The F&F collection at Tesco mixes on trend pieces with key basics and I love TU at Sainsbury's range of fancy dress and role play costumes.

New on the scene is Morrison's Nutmeg range, which is available at Kiddicare, too. Lots of cool funky basics with sizes from baby to pre-school age that won't break the bank!

I'm pregnant and want to breastfeed my baby (if all goes to plan!). What nursing bras do you suggest? Do I need to get fitted for one?

Sarah: You definitely need to be measured for a nursing bra. You should be having your breasts measured every few weeks anyway as they can change so much during pregnancy. This is not just to prevent the dreaded droop but if you’re properly supported you're less likely to get backache.

There are some lovely nursing bras on the market if you want something feminine and frilly I like Amoralia and also Elle MacPherson's Intimates range, available at Figleaves. For a less fussy look, Cantaloop is a new range of seam-free nursing bras that are available at Boots.

I'm having a baby in April and still need to buy a buggy. Is there one I get can for £250-ish (max £300) that is suitable from newborn but will last years?

Sarah: What you need is a 2-in-1 pushchair or pramette. These are models that lie flat and are parent facing – ideal for newborns. They transform into a traditional forward facing pushchair for the toddler years.

The Petite Star Evolve is great value at just under £300 (this includes a car seat too) and has performed well in M&B’s reader tests. My personal favourite is the Silver Cross 3D – it’s just over your budget at £325 but well worth it.

I’m six months pregnant and finding it really hard to find smart work clothes. Any suggestions?

Sarah: Have you tried Seraphine? They are a specialist maternity brand and have lots of celebrity fans – including the Duchess of Cambridge! They have a great range of maternity and post pregnancy clothes, at reasonable prices.

I want to buy a baby carrier and leaning towards the Stokke Babycarrier. Is it a good one?

Sarah: We have just tested this in our February issue (on sale now!) and it has some really good features and is very versatile. It depends on your lifestyle and how often you'll use it as it is one of the most expensive on the market.

We've had good responses back from our testers and it was found to be very good at distributing your baby's weight evenly. For more info see our baby carrier’s gallery.

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