Things you don't know before you're pregnant

From stretch marks to sleepless nights, there are 101 things we're told to expect when we're expecting, but what about the bits nobody mentions? If you're feeling befuddled, we have the answer: Bumpfest – Mumsnet's one-day event covering everything you don't already know about birth and babies.

Back to school: be prepared

back to school

Preparing for the first day of school? Whether it's the first time ever, a move to a new school or simply getting back into your morning routine again after the long summer holidays, we've got you covered.

Baby names - what do our choices say about us?

Last week, the most popular baby names in England and Wales were announced. In a guest post, Kirsty Smith tackles the thorny issue of what our kids' names say about us. How did you decide yours?


What is your sharenting style?

Question time: How did your parents hear about their grandchild's latest achievement? Are you a Share-y Mary - or completely off the grid? It's time to take our quiz to find out.

Gender pay gap: 'we must act'

Guest post: Stats released this week show that many women earn three-quarters of what their male colleagues do for the same job. Grazia editor Jane Bruton argues that demanding transparency from businesses is essential.



9 ways kids trump adults when it comes to toilet talk

We asked Mumsnetters to share with us the - ahem! - eccentric things kids say about keeping clean. The results were rather marvellous. Imagine if we could all get away with talking about our toilet routine like this...

Win a Champneys spa package

Champneys spa

Where's your favourite place in the UK to breastfeed? Share your top spot with other Mumsnetters on our breastfeeding map - and enter the competition to win a fabulous Champneys spa package.


'University isn't everything'

Guest post: A-level results are in, and as university places are confirmed and lost, MN blogger Kerrie McGiveron - who dropped out of university at 18 and returned when she was 27 - argues that there is no 'right way' to do higher education.

Mumsnet Reviews: breadmakers

Breadmaker with bread in

Inspired by the Bake Off...but in need of a helping hand from technology? Find out which breadmakers have been awarded Mumsnet Best - and share your own recommendations by writing a review.


BlogFest: Early Bird tickets selling out fast

blogfest

BlogFest: Our glittering celebration of sharp writing and big ideas will take place on Saturday 8 November. Book now, and you can grab an Early Bird ticket for £75.

100 free books up for grabs!

Knightley & Son: K-9

Tweed-wearing mega-brain Darkus Knightly returns for his second adventure in Knightly & Son: K-9 and we've got 50 free copies to give away. For younger readers The Dinosaur that Pooped returns to make history, in The Dinosaur that Pooped the Past, apply for your free copy now! 


Guest Campaign: Elliot's Footprint

Elliot's Footprint

Elliot's Footprint is battling to improve and extend the services that so many bereaved and heartbroken families rely on after losing a precious child.

Potty training

Toddler on potty

Everything you need to know: Tips on how to tell when your toddler's ready for potty-training, and how to go about the whole messy business - plus, getting your child to stay dry through the night.



Pregnancy symptoms

morning sickness

Wondering whether to test? Take a look at the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy - from sore breasts to weeping over TV adverts - and if you're still not sure, mull it over on our Pregnancy Talk board.

Baby names: your one-stop shop

Baby

Baby name finder: Still racking your brains for the perfect moniker? Consult our baby name finder for information, inspiration, and a before-it's-too-late objective view.


Trying to conceive?

Ovulation

Thinking about having children? Chart your fertile dates with our ovulation calendar, try the tips on our advice pages, and talk to others in the same boat on our conception boards.

Family competitions: enter now

August's prizes include £1,000 to spend on whatever you like, a family break in Cornwall, five iPad Minis and loads more.