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Mother and Baby magazine is a great read for anyone (both male and female or it is geared more towards women as the title suggests) expecting or anyone who already has a baby or young child.
The articles in the magazine are mainly geared towards pregnancy but there are also articles regarding baby care and advice about toddlers. There is a pregnancy time line in the magazine which gives a detailed time line of how your baby is growing inside you. There are also tips on what you should and shouldn't be eating while pregnant and also articles about what to expect health wise during pregnancy.
Each edition also has real life births stories which cover pretty much every birth situation that could arise. From natural labours, planned and emergency c-sections.
Each edition also has reviews on all kinds of baby products, from nappies and bottles to big items such as cots and prams.
There are also a number of competitions and giveaways which are always very good.
Mother and baby magazine is a perfect magazine for anyone who is expecting, has a baby or a young child. I am addicted to getting this magazine and have done ever since my first son was born. Unfortunately I didn't know about it when I was expecting him. A friend of mine introduced it to me and I would recommend it to anyone.
It is a monthly magazine that costs £2.70. It is well worth the money and you usually get some kind of gift. This month (June 10) you got a small travel pack of herbal wipes with their own small carry case which is very handy when going out. The magazine is packed with useful information on problems, topics and products as well as real life experiences of mums.
The magazine is split into sections so they are easy to return to if you want to look back at something. Starting with 'First Words' which is where you can have your say in certain things by visiting its website askamum.co.uk. It is an informative section with up to date trendy items to buy and debates on subjects that are hitting the headlines. It also has tips on what to wear and pampering products for yourself. Something I find extremely useful now is the book review page on children's latest books and books for yourself. There is also a reader offer on one of the books.
Then it's the bump to birth section which isn't much use to me now but I don't mind reading the real life stories it reminds me of my own experiences. Each month there is usually a subject that is researched into great detail to do with pregnancy or birth. Like this month 'pain relief.' There is always an inside story which is a break down of how your baby grows week to week. I think this is nice if your expecting as you can follow it each month.
Moving onto the useful part for me is 'Baby & Toddler' which always has handy articles on weaning, potty training, sleeping patterns and lots more. I have found this very helpful over the past year and often find myself going back to articles. Every month there is a health notebook page that deals with different common illnesses toddlers get.
Towards the back we have 'Life and Style', 'Shopping' which has different reviews on big buys every week and 'Offers and competitions'. At the back there is a directory of sites that have different kind of products for babies, children and mums.
So it just shows how much can be packed into one magazine and you never feel they have scrimp on anything. All the information is useful and if it's not at the time it will be in months ahead when you tackle the challenges of motherhood. Which at time can be hard work but the most rewarding job ever.
I first bought Mother & Baby magazine when I was pregnant and expecting my first daughter. With this being my first obviously I was very nervous, scared, excited. I had no other friends who were pregnant and I felt as if I had nobody too relate my symtoms to.
Thats when I went ahead and tried too find a magazine. There were many different ones on the shelf but the one that stood out most was 'Mother & Baby'. It was bright and colourful, Looked quite a thick mag, Free gift on the front and was only £2.60 which I thought was a bargain!
On the contents page of the magazine it gives a clear range of subheadings eg. Club mama, Health, Pregnancy, Features, Shopping and Regulars. Under each of the subheadings are the page numbers with different headings. I found this really easy too find what page your looking for which is a plus as I hate it when I find a page but when have too go trawling through the contents and there not clear on what subject the page was about etc.
There is a good variation too read from pregnancy to actually having your baby and going through the toddler stages.
After reading through a few pages, dotted about were Q&A columns where real mums & dads write in and share there problems and a expert from the magazine gives you their advice. I love this part of the magazine as because it was my first baby I didn't have a clue on what was normal and what was. This helped me see that I wasn't the only Mum in the UK that was having different problems and that their are other people in the same boat!
Also throughout the magazine there are lots of surveys & polls which have been done too show you all the most trendy and most recent items too buy through your pregnancy and your newborn. E.g. Pushchairs, Highchairs, Moses Basket, Maternity Clothes. This is fab as the worst thing when being pregnant is too shop around everywhere too find the most cheapest, trendyist place for your items so advertising the different things on here most definatly helps!
The magazine gives you advice in great detail on things like Breastfeeding, Labour, Weaning, Bathing, potty training, pelvic floor exercises. All the important things we want too know as a mother that sometimes we are too embarssed too ask a midwife or doctor. The magazine gives full pictures and detail on each subject aswell.
A particular magazine which i enjoyed the most was June 2008 Issue. This had an article on ' Your Body after birth - The naked truth'. This is where five mums shared how they felt about there post-birth naked bodies. They also had a photo of each of them naked so you could see that your not alone and other mums do actually look the same as you. They each what they didn't like about themselves and what they did. How they lost weight and how some couldnt lose weight. Weight is such a big issue for women at the moment with all the silly media exaggerating how fast celebs lose their weight which isn't a normal thing to do.
In my opinion I would definatly recommend this too any mother or even dad too have a flick through if your in doubt of anything as it will definatly put your mind at rest and there is such a variety of things too ready about.
I bought this magazine through both of my pregnancies and found it to be the most interesting of all the pregnancy and mother magazines and I bought pretty much every single one through my pregnancies.
It's great value for money and if you subscribe monthly it works out about 20% cheaper and they regularly offer a free gift which changes all the time if you subscribe which can be a toy to free nappies. I think I got a hand puppet, probably not the best free gift they have offered though.
What I love about this magazine more then anything is the true birth stories, as everyone wonders what giving birth is actually going to feel like. I won't lie, it hurts like hell but if you are prepared for what else is connected with giving birth you somewhat feel better about it overall.
They don't just cover normal birth stories but also planned csections to emergency csections.
I, myself have had 2 births and both have been different, my first was very traumatic and we nearly lost our son as he got stuck in the birth canal.
The 2nd was a planned csection due to my previous delivery and it was the best delivery I had out of the 2 because I felt more in control, my first delivery sadly is something I put to the back of my mind.
They have many different sections to this magazine, especially if your pregnant, included is a time line of your pregnancy so you can see how your baby is growing inside of you which is very interesting.
Lots of tips and advice for pregnancy from what to eat, what not to eat and also what to expect through your pregnancy including health issues.
They also have reviews on baby items, prams, car seats etc which is reviewed by 3 or 4 different people and I really enjoy reading this.
This magazine is mainly for pregnant woman, first time mums but I'm a 2nd time mum and my youngest is 10 months and imp still reading because I enjoy the birth/real life stories and there is also a fair bit of advice on toddlers.
There are loads of giveaways and competitions every month in fact I won a toddler Hoover the other year.
Most months there are some discount vouchers for baby goods which always come in handy.
Overall this is a must have read and for £2.60 (cheaper if you subscribe) it's excellent value for money as it covers so many areas from pregnancy to toddlers.
during my pregnancy, I didn't know any mums or mums to be. I found Mother and Baby magazine a lifesaver.
The magazine is easily laid out, with sections laid out in chronological order, from pregnancy to toddler age. Each section is full of up-to-date news, reviews and articles covering sections you need to know. There is a regular feature covering an expectant mother, reminiscent of "Emma's diary", as well as a letters page, which gives away gifts (usually a maclaren pushchair) to the author of the "star letter". The competitions are very generous too, with the February 2009 featuring prizes such as a lullaby player, a Zia pushchair, a trike, car seat, a vacuum cleaner, and a toy chest worth £500!
The magazine regularly features tried and tested reviews on the essential buys for new mums. It also covers baby milestones, the latest health advice, and features on what to expect during labour. I also found the magazine a great source of advice with regards to maternity rights and employment.
I've found the magazine a lifesaver and definintely worth £2.60 each month. I recently subscribed to the magazine for £22, and recieved a free in the night garden toy set, just in time for an additional christmas present for my son.
If you're expecting or a parent looking for advice, Mother and Baby is worth a look.
I read Mother and Baby quite often when I was pregnant and now I have my baby, I still enjoy to read it.
There are lots of baby magazines on the market but for me, this one stands out as being the most informative and interesting to read.
There are often free gifts on the front cover. However, I find them to be of limited use. Some are great, some get sent straight to the charity shop. I guess it depends on the age of your child and what you already have. I buy the magazine anyway so getting something you need on the front is just a bonus.
MY FAVOURITE CONTENTS:
Letters - useful to hear about the tips and hints and opinions of other mums.
Product testing - different baby products are tested by mums and results are reported back. This is a great feature to get opinions on products before you go out and buy them. It has saved me money!
Articles based on real experiences of real women. They focus on both pregnancy and birth stories and the early months of a baby's life. The thing I find really useful is that they use lots of different types of mums so there is always someone that you can identify with.
Reader's questions - experts give advice on problems. This is really useful for common problems we all encounter.
The magazine is £2.35 for each copy. It is printed monthly. It is inline with other pregnancy and parenting magazines that come out on a monthly basis. However, I find there is far more information packed into Mother and Baby and so you get more for your money
Overall a really great read!
During both of my pregnancies i always bought mother and baby magazine. During my first pregnancy i was very scared and i felt i couldnt talk to anyone, then i found out that i had to have an elective c-section so i was absolutely petrified. When i had questions but didnt feel i could ask my midwife or GP i always turned to mother and baby magazine. No matter what question i had they always seemed to cover it. I like how other mums tell you about there experiences and share there tips. Also they have a giving birth page were mums tell you exactly what there labour was like. Yes you may hear it from family and friends but its nice to hear it from someone you dont know so you know they are not covering up the bad bits etc.
I started to lose my fashion sense when i was pregnant as i couldnt find the perfect clothes to fit me or any good maternity shops but motherandbaby have a fashion page and they help you out on what to wear and where to shop.
You can but this magazine from any good supermarket or newsagent usually for £2.50 including a free gift
I have been reading mother and baby from the day i got my positive pregnancy test and now ive just had my 2nd baby i am still an avid reader.This magazine contains such a variation of reading it just keeps you coming back issue after issue.The magazine often comes with some sort of little freebie and i have found that 9 times out of 10 they are ones worthy keeping.What i love about the magazine is that it tackles issues which sometimes you can even talk about with your closest friends and sometimes a little reassurance that someone else is having the same problem can be all you need to not be so worried.
the tips in the magazine have helped me countless amounts of times and also the product reviews have helped me make many a descision on what i will buy.
The magazine has alot of competitions and also fashion advice which is great as people do seem to think once you are pregnant that you lose your sense of fashion but with magazines like this introducing maternity fashion shops that you just dont know exist help this problem. I love reading the other mums birth experiences and when i was pregnant first time round i found it a real eye opener as they were all honest stories not like when you ask some girl in the office who only really wants to scare you !!
I keep my issues as i use them to go back and refer to if a problem arises with my little one.Last year my son suffered a febrile convulsion after having one of his injections and it was only from reading mother & baby that i had any idea what to do when he was fitting very scary experience and some mothers out there wont have read this knowledge and this magazine in my opinion is providing a service which is very useful as lets face it the nhs is not what it used to be.
I will continue to buy this magazine and for the usual price of £2.50 per issue i dont think you can go wrong....they also do reduce the price alot so you get all the great usual features for an even better price.
Keep up the good work !!!
I have been an avid reader of this magazine for over a year now, I first started to buy it when I was around 7 months pregnant so I could have some baby knowledge behind me! And boy, am I glad that I did!
I seaarched through Ciao to find a review on it, and although there are 18 reviews, there aren't newer than 2004, so I thought I would give an up to date look at Mother and Baby Magazine, as I am sure some things in the magazine have changed in the 3 years since the last review! So here goes my little review:
The magazine is currently retailing for 2.35 for a copy, and the magazine is printed monthly. The issues come out at the end of a calendar month, and it is always for the following month i.e. June 2007's issue came out at the end of April 2007. Compared to other similar magazines, this is a reasonable price, and I think you get a good lot of reading for your money!
Usually, you also get a free gift on the cover of your magazine. Obviously, these are baby related gifts, and some of the gifts I have received include a Teletubbies plate, sunshades for the car, a Nursery Rhymes CD, a fleecey blanket and a changing mat. Not bad if you ask me! If I haven't needed a gift, I always know someone who can make use of them!
Now I will give you a little run through of the typical featurs you will find each month in the magazine. Firstly, there is always a letters page, which shows readers' opinions on things in previous issues and general chat about all things baby.
Nine Magical months is the story of one mums pregnancy and the first 8 months of her babies life, with photos taken at each stage and this always is a 3 page spread. I love this feature as they do the article using all sorts of mums, working mums, stay-at-home mums etc.
Another favourite part of the magazine for me is the Testing section. Each month, the magazine tests 2 different products, and they are actually tested by real mums! I can verify this as I have actually been a tester myself. It is useful to get a range of opinions and several times I have used these articles to make a decision about a product I have needed for my son.
Birth Stories is an obvious must for a parenting magazine. They usually showcase 3 readers' birth stories, usually all on the same subject i.e. "You won't believe what happened" or "I have birth abroad" etc. They usually show a photo casebook as well, but beware these are really graphic birth imges, not for the squeamish My partner nearly fainted when he saw the pictures!
There is also a toddler section, which talks about things for mums with older children, probably from about 1 year old onto 3 years old. It has given advice ofn tantrums, potty training and how to broach the subject of the birds and the bees with your toddler. I have kept all my old issues so I can refer to these now my son is getting to this stage in his life!!
The last regular feature that comes to mind is the diaries of 4 different mums, right at the back of the magazine. Each mum is at a different stage of development with their child i.e. one is pregnant, one has a newborn, one has a toddler and the other has older children. They are a good read when you have 10 spare minutes!!
I also love reading the readers dilemmas, where readers of M&B write in and give their advice to the readers, and also I love the tips I find in here about money saving, weaning, and many more parenting topics! There is even a page for the Dads, which is a nice touch so they don't feel too left out!
This is a great magazine with all you would expect from a parenting magazine, and a bit more on top. The free gifts are not junk as you might think, and it really is a bible for new mums with picture guides showing the most basic tasks such as nappy changes and bathing a newborn! Marvellous!
P.S. There is also a great website for this magazine, which includes a Message-board to talk to lots of other mums like you! I'm a member so see you there!! x
Mother and Baby
The No1 Baby Magazine
Since finding out we were expecting, what seems like years ago (but really only 6 months...) both my partner and I have been reading pretty much everything we can get our hands on as far as baby-related material goes. Baby books, online information, and magazines. I must say, Himself is far more inclinded to buy magazines than I am, swayed as he is by the shiny lure of Free Stuff! But this is one magazine I have very much enjoyed, getting it as a gift from my sister first, and then buying it in the shops in later months.
What do you get?
Well, for the fairly reasonable sum (in magazine terms at least) of £2.40, you get a magazine packed full of information, as well as a freebie usually - like a baby book, a bib or baby cutlery - I think we got a baby plate on one of the earlier issues which I quite like for my crackers and cheese at the moment!
The cover of the magazine usually has a lovely looking mum and her lovely looking baby posed on the front, and bright coloured lettering to tell you what you'll be able to read about inside.
Example Issue - June 2007
The issue I'm looking at now is the June issue, and it has various topics inside - like a guide to going back to work, which has a whole page devoted to the types of questions every mum-to-be needs answers to, like maternity pay entitlements, childcare fee help and breast-feeding breaks at work. It also has a double page spread on becoming self-employed after you've had your baby, which often means you can combine earning a living with staying at home to watch your babies grow up!
Each magazine has a pull out card section with four recipes to collect to cover different stages of weaning, from 6 months to 1 year plus. this month's sound yummy, particularly the salmon and broccoli with rice for babies 1 year and up - easy to make and looks lovely! The cards all have perforated edges, so if you want to be ultra organised and separate them, maybe even file them...you can!
There is always a section on babies' health, called the Health File, and this is great to help you understand certain problems your baby might have, from teething to ear infections. Spotting the signs information section and tips from other mums both help to reduce the blind panic that I'm sure some new mums may face when presented with a baby that won't eat or won't stop crying.
The Baby Basics section covers things like swaddling your newborn, breastfeeding tips, and, in this month's issue, bathing your baby. Checklists for mum and dad so they know what to have ready before starting, and some basic safety tips are really useful for first time mums like me, as I'm sure without them I'd have the baby stark naked and in the water without thinking about having a clean nappy and massage oil at the ready for when she comes out! The pictures are lovely in this section, and it's written without any sort of patronising tone, which is good!
The section at the back is full of giveaways and offers, as well as a shopping guide where mums try out and rate different products every month.
My Overall Opinion of the Magazine
I really enjoy reading and looking through this magazine - knowing that it is edited by a mum of two (a three year old and an eight month old), really helps a lot I think, as the issues discussed are all current, the products are all out there on the market now, and it's as up-to-date as you'll see anywhere. The inclusion of a lot of Real-Mum related stuff, from user comments of products to question and answer pages really makes this a magazine written by real mums who know what they're on about, and that in turn means you feel more trust towards it. I think that of all the baby magazines we've brought into the house since the news broke of our new arrival, this is probably the one we'll keep buying, and the one we'll trust.
Highly recommended for good information and a jolly good read!
Thank you for reading, Kate (and bump!) x
Since i found out I was pregnant with my now 16 month old girl I bought every baby magazine I could get my hands on. I felt so overwhelmed with the level of responsibilty I needed all the advice and comfort I could get. Now that my daughter is getting older I still love to read baby magazines but am a lot more selective about what I choose to spend my money on. Mother and Baby usually costs £2.10 but is regularly on offer for £1.99. The majority of baby magazines are between £2-£3 so the price offers good value. It is avaliable the first week of every month. The magazine itself is A4 sized and always bright and cheerful with their main article titles written in bright colours across the front. You usually find you get a free gift with the magazine. This can be anything from a baby hat, to wet wipes, or baby books. You can regulary get story books from the Kipper Dog collection free with the magazine and these books are usually a few pounds each themselves. Each issue is normally around 170 pages and is jam packed with advice, product reviews, personal experiences and competitions.There are a lot of adverts in the magazine, at least 50 pages are just adverts. I do not mine this though as I like to know what new baby products are out and also you get a lot of money of vouchers as part of the advert. Am going to be a bit boastful now but I won 3 months worth of Hipp baby food as the result of an advert in this magazine. I had to answer three simple questions and send it to a freepost address. You could enter as many times as you liked, you I entered a few hundred times and I won!! It was quite funny as I didn't know I won and we had a knock at my mums house and a man was outside with a deli of 16 huge boxes of baby food. My mum was not happy as we didn't have room for it in the house. With these competitions firstly you never think you will win and secondly you would have thought you would get vouchers for it all, not get it
all in one go! Anyway.....Obviously the content of the magazines changes each month but the main sections are:- Mum's club, from bump to birth, hello baby, best buys, back to work and toddler time. The Mum's Club section is all about real life situations and stories from other mums such as how to potty train your baby, how to babyproof your relationship and the moment I told my partner I was pregnant. These stories are always very personal moving and sometimes even funny. The are full of pictures and often have a useful summary at the end. It has an agony aunt page for readers relationship problems. From Bump to birth is all about the nine months of pregnancy and advice for those trying to become pregnant. They have a week to week diary of what your baby is doing and how big it is which I even read now as I still find it all amazing. There is always a lot of personal advice about pain relief and birth partners. It is of course vitual that you learn as much as you can about what is avaliable before you give birth. They have a no nonsense way of describing pain relief which I found very refreshing. Each month they have a different birth photographed such as water, home, natural and active. This section is very graphic and I find the pictures a little too revealing for my liking. There is also an ask the midwife page when you can send your own questions in and have them answered. Hello Baby is all about the first year with your baby. It has cut out and keep pages on how to bath a baby, change a nappy anf how to get a bedtime routine. They have an ask the health visitor page when you can have you questions about your baby answered. The Best Buys section is one of my favourites. Each month they review different baby products such as monitors, cots, prams and food. The reviews are done by readers and are informative and offer great comparisons for you. The Back to work section usually has a diary of
a week in the life of a working mother which is exhausting to read in its self! It also sets out pplans for returning to work and gives money and legal advice regarding going back to work. Toddler Time is a fun section that gives you recipes, fun activities to do and funny things toddlers say. They had a great acticle recently on body parts and what to do when they discover them. They offer solid advice and often in an amusing way. The competitions and offers are spread throughout the magazine the number of prizes avaliable each month varies but you normally find at least 12 competitions with hundreds of prizes on offer. Mother and Baby is a great read for any pregnant lady or mummy. I have continued to buy and and shall do so until my daughter is at least out of her head banging stage - still waiting for that arcticle to come up before she hurts herself!! Thanks for reading, Em XX
Mother and Baby is a great start to get to grips with the new world of parenthood. After buying a number of magazines, though, I find they're all the same, Mother and Baby is no exception. It's simple to read, and packed with adverts and great offers. However, the product reviews aren't always helpful as they test (for example) car seats, and buggies etc, and rarely give anything less than 3 out of 5. Bad products are rarely highlighted for us to avoid. Also, car seat tests rarely include the all important factor, safety. They don't test the seats in collisions or impacts. I'd prefer a harder more honest magazine if I were to believe some of the things they review.
I first started reading this magazine whilst pregnant with my daughter (now 4), and now I'm pregnant for the second time I am religously buying it again as I find it a mindfield of information. For starters there is a free gift in every monthly issue, this month was some bibs and a Babies R Us catalogue. But apart from that there are competitions to win various things such as prams, highchairs etc, theres usually an article on a specialist subject every month such as 'how twins are concieved', information on your growing baby (eg, what a typical 7 month old can do), medical matters such as colic, coughs and colds etc, weaning advice, they usually test a number of products each month (this month was double buggies and highchairs) by selecting a number of mums to road test the product, theres a large section on pregnany (everything you need to know really) and then there are the diaries of some Mums everyday life with thier babies/toddlers, these I always find very interesting. They even usually have a diary of a Mum in labour, with grafic pictures of the birth, not for the squemish!!! I could go on forever, but theres so much in this magazine I couldn't possible name everything. The only way to find out how informative it is, is to go out and buy a copy yourself. The price of £1.99 is great, and when you see how much you get for your money you'll wonder how you managed without it!!!
If you can't decide which baby magazine to buy. Then listen to someone who knows GO AND BUY THIS ONE NOW. A great price at only 1.99 and you always get free gifts as well- sometimes as any other magazine, they can be a bit naf when out of the packet but saying that they were giving away free mam dummies the other month which any mother will know is an absolute must. I have a 6 year old daughter and am now 8months pregnant with my second child. Even though i've been through it all before it is good to refresh the old memory and nice to hear other peoples experiences and tips about pregnancy. The articles are always very informative an offer some invaluable advice. They product test all kinds of nurseryand baby equipment which is largely done by other mothers ( cause lets face it we are the ones that know) until you've looked after you're own baby and battled with prams in door ways and car boots and public transport and babies that scream all day, you haven't got a clue. To summarise, i would say, go and buy this for yourself and treasure it throughout you're pregnancy and birth. There is something in here for all ages, so whether you're a teenage mum or a more mature mother, it is well worth a read.
This has to be one of the best informative baby magazines on the market, you can definitely seperate it from the rest. With it's topical issues, help and reassurance it has everything you could ever expect from a magazine. It's health features are something i want to praise them on because when my 2 year old started behaving odd, having bad mood swings, sleeping a lot and excessive thirst I knew something was wrong so I mentioned this to the doctor over the phone and i mentioned could it be diabetes and he said there was no way it could be as he would be really ill with this. I thought no more about it until i got that months magazine and by sheer chance there was an article on diabetes. I quickly scanned through the symtons and my son had all the signs, by this stage he was drinking up to 6 pints of milk a night. So i rang the doctor to make an appointment but they could'nt get him in till 2 days later. But next morning he had severly worsened and was on the verge of lasping into a ketoacidosis coma, so we got him in just in time. I cant praise mother and baby enough had we not seen that article i don't know what would have happened, we would certainly have thought it was just a bug and he would have gotten over it.