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More a friend than a magazine, Practical Parenting is with you every step of the way, covering everything from conception to birth, babies and beyond.

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      08.08.2011 12:33
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      One of the best pregnancy and parenting magazines around.

      It's a long time since I've been pregnant - fifteen years, in fact! So to help get me up to date on any changes in the intervening years, one of the things I did when discovering I was pregnant was to stock up on pregnancy magazines. When I had been pregnant in the 1990s, my favourite magazine was Mother and Baby, which is still around. I also liked reading Practical Parenting, which has since been renamed Practical Parenting and Pregnancy. It comes out monthly and costs £2.99 an issue.

      It is a glossy magazine with around 145 pages in, so it does feel as though it is worth the money. You get free gifts quite often too, which are always an attraction for me. The latest issue (September 2011) comes with a free soother (dummy) and muslin cloth.

      Like all magazines in this genre, they have articles which cover aspects of pregnancy, plus ones on newborn babies, older babies and toddlers. I generally just read the ones on pregnancy at the moment, but I store the magazines to use as reference guides, so later on, I plan to go through them again and read the articles on newborns when it is nearer my due date.

      Each issue, the contents page is divided up into clear sections, so you can find which bits interest you. The sections are - Up Front, Mum 2 Be, New Mum, Your Baby, Your Little One, Me Time, Shopping, Your Family plus Competitions and Offers. I tend to enter some of the competitions as you can do them online for free, so why not? The magazine also has a website which is madeformums.com and is worth a look.

      I enjoy reading the reviews on certain products and especially the ones that are tested by mums. In recent issues, they have compared six baby rockers, six potties and various car seats, and these are done in a really clear and helpful way. It makes it easy to see which item scores best in each department and I think this will be a feature I use to help me decide on some of the baby equipment we purchase nearer the time.

      The items on maternity fashions are good too, as they include some cheaper items alongside the more expensive ones. There are some photos of celebrity mums with their children and actress Angela Griffin has a monthly column, but it certainly doesn't feel as though it is centred on celebrities, more on the everyday mum and mother-to-be.

      The Mum 2 Be section of the magazine is the one I enjoy the most, of course, as it is the most relevant to me at the moment. One of my favourite parts is the regular Bump Blogs, where they have three women featured, one from each trimester, who is interviewed and tells you about their pregnancy at that particular stage. So whether you are in the first twelve weeks, between 13 and 26 weeks or in the final 13 weeks of pregnancy, you will have someone to relate to and compare your feelings and experiences with. As I don't know any other pregnant women in my village, this is useful for me.

      There are pages of adverts in each issue, but these are often interesting ones, so they don't seem too annoying. They are pretty much all relevant to the subject matter of the magazine so you find adverts about baby milk, baby food, buggies, toys and the like.

      In the July 2011 issue, there was a three-page article on the size of pregnancy bumps (Bump Size - Does it matter?), which I found especially interesting, as my bump is already quite big and many thought I was carrying twins before my twelve-week scan confirmed it is just one baby in there, so it is probably just because it is my fifth baby, that I look more pregnant than I am!

      The article that most attracted me to buying the September 2011 issue was 'Six Rules of Pregnancy You Can't Afford to Break' which was also an interesting read. However, one of these was perineal massage and I really don't fancy doing that in the slightest! I do try to keep remembering my pelvic floor exercises though!

      The tone of the magazine is friendly and chatty, informed but never patronising. I have found it really useful for answering questions and concerns I have, as well as updating my knowledge on the latest baby things available and the latest schools of thought on when to wean your child, sleeping positions for babies, the new technologies in ultrasound scans and all the things that have changed in the fifteen years since I last had a baby.

      I try to buy at least one pregnancy magazine a month and Practical Parenting and Pregnancy is certainly establishing itself as one of my favourites. If the subject material is relevant to you, I would definitely recommend you give it a try.

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        19.08.2010 08:41
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        was helpful for my first child but won't need it anymore

        A member of our family subscribed to this magazine for us when I found out I was pregnant, I thought it was a great idea to get a head start on what to expect when the baby arrived, I was quite happy to see that it also gives you advise on the pregnancy as well.

        When we receive it in the post it is in a grey plastic bag so you can not see what the magazine is, so it is ideal if you don't want everyone in your household knowing!

        They often have free gifts if you subscribe for 12 months.

        There is a lot of advertisments in the magazine for baby food, prams etc which can take a lot of the pages but is great for inspiration if you havn't bought every thing yet.

        There is normally a Tot gossip section which gives you the lastest news on various facts.

        There is a section where people have written in with questions for a Midwife & Health Visitor, which is useful if you have any concerns with that subject and you didn't feel comfortable asking yourself!

        There is always lots of pages dedicated to fashionable maternity clothes and some websites that I never even knew were about!!!!

        Every issue there is a tale of 3 pregnancies where real mums right in and let you know whats happening to them and how they are getting on in the 3 trimesters, which is great to get different peoples perspectives.

        We have had about 8 issues now and have found that it is starting to repeat itself, so it is ideal at the start when you are learning new things but after a while you find your reading the same stuff so we won't be subscribing anymore.

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        01.10.2009 14:07
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        A good magazine

        I really like this magazine, its the only magazine I buy currently even though my baby's now 13 months I'm still baby obsessed and find most others boring.

        I tried a few parenting / birth / baby magazines when I became pregnant and this is the only one that I've stuck with. There are different sections for pregnancy and birth, baby and toddler as well as 'you time' and recipes. I really enjoy reading the whole magazine and find the articles interesting, relevant, practical and realistic. I also save all the magazines and find that as my baby reaches different stages I like to have another look through them to see if there are articles that I might have not taken in the first time but are now relevant.

        I've been buying the magazine almost monthly for the last two years and still find it interesting and not too repetitive. Although I have now parted with a few older copies for a friend who is pregnant as most of the magazine is still relevant.

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        24.05.2006 12:52
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        Best parenting magazine ive ever bought!

        Practical Parenting is a magazine for parent's and parent's-to-be. It comes out monthly and will cost you £2.40 - £2.50 which is a good price to pay.


        I have the june edition is the most up to date one out at the moment. The front cover has a picture of a mum holding a baby, and the cover stories that are including which are:-



        - 10 steps to an easier labour

        - Why your baby keeps waking

        - Soothe Exema

        - What to wear this summer

        - Tried and tested - car seats, night lights, baby food & changing stations

        - Dr Tanya Byron "my golden rules for tantrums"


        As you can see the articles cover everything from babies to toddlers.


        Most months they give away free gifts on the front of the magazine. Some of them have been a plastic cutlery set and a changing mat. When i subscribed i got a cuddle toy, a tompee tippe cup and a bath toy.


        The magazine is set in to different sections to make it easier to read. The first part is You and your pregnancy, then it is you and your baby, then you and your family and then lots more which includes letters, news, subscribing to the magazine, freebies to win and what is coming up in next months edition of the magazine.


        I find the Baby and Child section most useful at the moment as my daughter has jus turned 1 and the difficulties with feeding and tantrums have started already!


        There are quite a few advertisements, but they are all related to babies and toddlers which is good.


        I have been getting this magazine for 3 months now, and do find that you will find the same sort of things in each edition, like the week by week of pregnancy. Though I have to admit I love reading this part as it brings back all the memories of my pregnancy!


        The magazine is all in colour with the front page being glossy. All the information and articles are really easy to understand, so parents-to-be will find it a good magazine to read. The magazine has 129 pages to browse through, and the articles are very interesting to read.


        At the back there is a section called Classifieds, where you will find addresses and website addresses for everything realated to children and babies like nursery items, clothing, holidays and more. This is very useful as it gives you idea's as where to look for what you need.


        Experts write in this magazine and these include Health Visitors, Family GP, Community Midwife, Psychologist and a few others as well. This makes all the information that you are reading reliable.


        I have a subscription to this magazine which i got while at the baby show at the secc in glasgow. It only cost me £9.99 for a 6 month subscription! Which i have to say was a special offer at the baby show. A 6 month subscription normally will cost you £12.84 which gives you a saving of 20%. And most of the time they have special offers on with the subscription that you get a free gift when you subscribe. In this months magazine it is a box of lego duplo which is worth £14.99.


        The main reason I decided to subscribe to this magazine was for the free gift with it! I am glad now that I did buy it as it has been a fountain of knowledge to me!


        I highly recommend this magazine to parents-to-be and parents!!!


        I hope this reveiw has helped you make a decision on buying this magazine.


        Thanx for reading xxxx

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          18.07.2001 04:39
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          I first bought Practical Parenting when I found out I was expecting my first child just over four years ago, and I can't stop having it delivered each month. The magazine is full of useful articals covering pregnancy, baby and toddler years. I found that I was starting to skip the pregnancy stuff after about a year and then I got pregnant with my second child which meant I was back to reading the lot again. My children are now four and two and I usually end up reading about two thirds skipping the pregnancy and baby sections. But I can't bring myself to cancel it as there are still some really interesting articals covering my concerns with my children. You can buy the magazine on an annula subscription for £24.00 oer annum which I believe is money well spent especially if you have children.

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            07.06.2001 03:57
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            I always buy practical parenting, i consider it to be the very best magazine for parents at all stages of parenting. I have Callum who is 2yrs 7mths and Lucy 9mths and have obtained some very useful information from this magazine, after all i need all the help i can get at the moment! i like the letter pages full of letters from mums facing similar problems to mine. Also the pregnancy diary is always a good read too, Practical Parenting follow 3 mums through their pregnancies (all at different stages) to show what happens in real life pregnancies. They always include articles on pregnancy and birth,Your baby and child, Health, Family life and Early education and development as well as competition. It is just such a good all round covering from pregnancy, through birth to toddlerhood and beyond that I often keep the magazines for future reference. At £2.20 I think it is really worth every penny and i would reccommend it to everyone!

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              19.05.2001 04:59

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              A colourful magazine full of interesting ideas and tips for life as a parent - Advantages: Lots of info on all aspects of parenting, Not just for parents of newborns!, Great free gifts - Disadvantages: Only once a month!

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              01.05.2001 04:17

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              I am now expecting our second child in September. My other daughter is 3 years old. When I was pregnant the first time round I started to buy this magazine. I found it really informative, now pregnant again I've started buying the magazine again and have found it just as informative. It is full of hints tips birth stories what to expect and help. I'm having trouble with my daughters sleep at the moment and this month there is a whole section on sleep so I will be trying it out and am really hopeful of some good results. Some months the free gifts are fantastic and well worth the cover price alone without all the great information that comes from such a great magazine. If you are expecting or have a young child I can't recommend this enough.

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              20.02.2001 20:08
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              I first read Practical Parenting magazine over two years ago when I was expecting my son. Although I was a midwife, I was still experiencing pregnancy for the first time, and wanted to read about other's experiences, read about recommended products and generally enjoy the 'shared' experience that a magazine can let you feel. Practical Parenting is a monthly magazine and currently costs £2.10 an issue. If having read it you decide you like it, you can save money by taking out a 1 or 2 year subscription. Each issue has details of how to apply for this. It's quite a nice feeling to have a magazine pop through the letter box. I keep mine next to the loo! Well it's often the only place I get the peace and quite I want to be able to read it! I was very lucky to win my years subscription now exactly a year ago, after winning 'Letter Of The Month', and at the time prizes ranged from toys to money. I got lucky and won £50 and A years subscription. Now that my free copies are no more, I have decided to take good look at the magazine to see if it is worth spending my own money on. The magazine has undergone several makeovers since I first read it. I used to enjoy turning to the back to read all the readers letters and see their photo's and accompanying funny stories. Now reader's letters occupies just one page towards the front of the magazine, and there are less photo's. I prefered the old style that made you feel you were part of a real community that read the magazine. You are still invited to write into the magazine but there are no prizes or awards for good letters(and I know this would have appealed to Dooyoo users!). If you do decide to write in however(and thus see your words in print), it's worth knowing that your letter may be heavily edited to fit in. My original prize winning letter was drastically changed and in doing so completely spoilt what I was trying to say. Having
              told people that my letter was going to be published, I then felt quite embarassed at what was eventually published. Another word of warning, in the small print it mentions that anything you write can be 'reused in any media.' You may not want this. I feel that readers letters are a great source for journalists to hive off others ideas! Apart from all that, what about the rest of the magazine. There is a large focus on pregnancy and birth. The articles are well written with imput from a panel of expert's including a Midwife, Health Visitor and family G.P. Each issue carries an update on three different women's personal pregnancy diaries. Each highlights a different aspect of care, i.e ultrasound scanning, and gives you information which is very useful. Each magazine has articles on early education and development. Any recent research findings are highlighted. Some of the topics covered in recent months are left handedness, speech development and baby's body control. The last issue had a good item on toddler's behaviour which was particularly good. Every months the magazine covers a broad range of health issues, such as what to do if your child had a tummy upset, or you're baby sounds wheezy, as well as basic advice on dealing with cuts and briuses, for example. All the advice is either written by, or in association with a qualified health care professional, so you know that you can trust it. The Baby And Child section has some lovely articles on baby and child behaviour. Recent issues have covered the problems of bedtime troubles and getting rid of a dummy. The section also gives really interesting information on physical development such as how much a baby can see at different stages of development. There are things for you to try, each issue has recipes for homemade baby foods and foods to get you're toddler to eat a healthy diet. They all seem alot easier to follow than
              your average Gary Rhodes recipe! There are also activities for you to try with your chid, such as art projects for a rainy day. Probably one of the most helpful sections is that of items on test. Everything get's tested at some point or other, and previous reviews can be ordered so you don't have to worry that you missed a certain item. A panel of mums 'road test' different makes of a product each month, awarding each with a mark of 1 to 5 stars. Items are given points according to value for money, safety, looks and ease of use. The best value item and the best buy overall are clearly displayed. General advice is also given, for example, February's issue reviewed pushchairs that can be used from birth. They summerised some of the important issues to consider; choosing a compact, umbrella-fold model if storage is limited, get lockable front-swivel wheels for good manoeuvrability, check that the pushchair comes with cosy-toes and weather shields when considering your budget, and going for all-terrain wheels if you live in the country. The magazine has regular items on pregnancy and child fashion, but with only a limited selection displayed(not being a fashion magazine specifically), may serve to give you ideas only. However, I did spot a really nice shirt for my son, which I later popped down to Tescos to buy. This was good as so many fashion items in magazines only feature designer clothes. No good for the likes of me on a budget! Practical parenting features clothes for all budgets. Of course, no magazine would be complete without a good smattering of exclusive offers and competitions. Practical parenting often comes with a free gift. I have recieved a free feeding bowl and a wipe clean mat amongst others things, and there are often free gifts to send away for. Practical Practical also publishes it's own range of baby, toddler and childrens books at very reasonable rates(£3.95) each. A
              nd with new titles being announced every month, provides a good choice. They also have an ordering system where you save 10% on your order with free postage and packaging. If you order 3 books or more, you get an extra book free. I recieved 'Busy Babies Go Swimming' for 1 to 2 year old's, free with an issue, and it's not bad! I haven't won any competitions yet, but could have won a car, clothing or a complete nursery amongst other things. The back of the magazine has a useful classified section. I found out about baby sleeping bags by comparing the different products advertised, this resulted in a purchase. It's a good source of information if your looking for a family friendly holiday as well, as hotels and holiday parks specifically target young families through advertising in the magazine. Overall, Practical Parenting is a good magazine that over time builds into a useful resource for you to share with friends and family, as they reach different stages of family life. I'm very reluctant to throw any issues away, and often find myself returning to an issue months later as my children go through the various stages discussed.

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                15.01.2001 02:16
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                I only buy 2 parenting magazines from the wide choice available, and Practical Parenting is one of them. It is in sale every month and costs £2.10, which I think is a good price for a magazine containing so much real reading and not just bulked up with page after page of advertising. Quite often, there is a free gift attached, and this month it was a large PVC mess mat which was covered on nursery rhymes. The articles are varied and cover pregnancy as well as parenting issues. In February's issue there are articles on: Breastfeeding: 10 days following the birth of her baby, a new mum kept a breastfeeding diary, and although it was brutally honest, it was done in a humourous way. Tummy Upsets: This article was excellent, it is broken down into separate sections depending on your childs age, and give you guidance on when you should call a doctor and other methods of soothing upset stomachs. It also gave you a list of questions to ask your doctor if you need to take your child there. Morning Sickness: This type of article has been written so many times before, but there is always someone who will benefit from it, as there were ideas for taking the edge of the sickness, and also looks to kill a few myths. My favourite section is The Pregnancy Diary, and it features 3 different women, 1 in early pregnancy, 1 near full term and a new mum, each one will have been featured since they were newly pregnant so you could see them developing and then finally with the baby after it is born. When I was pregnant, I found this invaluable as the women featured were experiencing a lot of things that I was, and it helps to know you are not alone. As with most parenting magazines there are true life birth stories, and various problem pages, and I find the magazine well balanced for babies and toddlers. Well worth reading, and who knows if you are like me you might learn a thing or two. You
                can also see Practical Parenting the Tv programme on UK Living on satellite every weekday

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                  04.12.2000 06:36
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                  I tend to find a lot of the magazines aimed at mums great when you're pregnant and feeling hormonal and soppy, but not quite so interesting when baby has arrived and you're level headed again! This magazine is full of different stories and information, and doesn't just churn out the same old info on pain relief in labour etc. again and again, as some of the others seem to. Well laid out with lots of good offers. Not really aimed at babies and pregnancy, but what it does cover tends to be stuff you haven't read elsewhere. Very good at information for families, as oppose to concentrating on first time mums. Well worth a read, and not too expensive for the amount of articles you get.

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                    09.10.2000 19:41
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                    My wife has been buying "Practical Parenting" for about 3 years now, and we keep all the back issues in a drawer, as a valuable source of reference. What is the point of buying all these "Babycare" books, when you have real life "case studies", offering useful tips from REAL people? Unlike other magazines of the same genre, this magazine doesn't repeat itself too much, even after 3 years, there are still articles about subjects never before covered. Also, this magazine usually has at least two pages of free to enter competitions -the ones where you have to send in a postcard. I have actually been lucky enough to win several of these over the years - nothing very major, but a nice suprise nonetheless. There is usually a useful free gift attached, again these freebies don't repeat themselves too often, having said that we do own three of their cover cassette tapes with songs for toddlers on, and two videos! Definately the best of the bunch, particularly for "real" stories and free gifts and compers.

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                    03.10.2000 05:49
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                    Out of all the magazines there are Practical Parenting has my thumbs up big time. They have been a tremendous help for me so far. The different ways you can give birth, pain relief, what to expect of your newborn baby, teething, colic, weaning, potty training, if your baby's not feeling well, if you're expecting your second child how to tell your first, tantrums,etc. Then there is the section where they discuss children's books, which is vey nice it gives you an idea which books are suitable for your child. Product information, it was a great help when it came down to making a choice in what to buy. Free gifts are very good, I've got a nice selection of tapes with nursery ryhmes and the kids love them. Free books, and other products. Ideas for creativitie play and games for different ages. The recipes are nice it gives you some new inspiration for dinner time. I think the magazine is value for money. I can recommend this magazine to all expecting and new parents. Ellen

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                    30.08.2000 15:32
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                    I have been receiving this mag since my eldest was born in 1995, I have three children and am expecting another. It is very informative...maybe too much so in that some of the things it tells you about are not yet widely available (like a mobile epidural for instance.) I like the personal stories because you can always take home something you read from them...and I like the lay out of the whole magazine. It covers abslotutely everything about parenthood (though maybe not very much about non-average circumstance like single parents (I know that's probably average!) fathers at home, extended families and such like. The editor is very accommodating though and will quite often provide a section on a particular topic if you ask. I think that you can nevr have enough information on parenting today even if this mag does repeat itself sometimes, you can pick up a lot from it even 5 years after picking up the first copy!

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                    15.08.2000 20:30
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                    This magazine is a fountain of knowlage for parents of unborn,newborn,toddlers and preschool alike. I find the articles informative,helpful and written in a way that is easily related too. wether it's sleepless nights,teething,worrying about which products on the market are really best for your child,you will find an answer or advice in this magazine. There are also fun meal idea's for faddy yougsters,helpful seasonal advice ( eg the last edition covered essential holiday must haves,suncare tips etc). A must read for all mums and dads.

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