Top tips for staying cool when you're pregnant

Pregnancy: What could be worse than trying to go about your day-to-day life in a heatwave? Also being pregnant, is what. MNers share their coping strategies - from things you'd never think to put in the freezer, to doing sweet FA.

Heatwave-beating homemade lemonade

Video: Combat the summer heat with this easy homemade lemonade recipe. It's simple, refreshing and sweet enough that the kids will love it too.

Bumpfest is back - bigger and better than ever

Our one-day pregnancy and baby event returns on Saturday 26 September. Whether you're a first-timer, or simply feeling a wee bit rusty since your last baby, Bumpfest has all you need to know for birth... and beyond!


"No baby book will tell you the whole truth"

Guest post: The realities of life with a newborn took Like Real Life by surprise. Sound familiar? Read what she wishes she'd known, and check out Bumpfest - our one-stop event about pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

How to host the best barbecue EVER

Al fresco: There'll be no burnt bangers for your guests this year - they'll be dining out on the wisdom of the crowd, with these surprising BBQ recipes that really work. Enjoy!



"Female protagonists' problems are inherently more dramatic"

Webchat: Our June Book of the Month author Nick Hornby joined us last night to chat about Funny Girl, as well as his forthcoming film adaptations and British comedy in the swinging 60s.

School fair this weekend? Cake recipes this way

Butterfly cakes

Recipes: From regal Victoria sponges to flying off the stall fairy cakes, Mumsnetters share their tried and tested recipes for a successful school fair cake stall. 


How to survive the summer holidays

Child outdoors

Scotland: Kids just broken up? Here's how to ensure you've not been driven completely up the wall in six weeks' time. And if your children haven't finished school yet, read on to Be Prepared.

Stairgate to heaven

Baby behind stairgate

Baby essentials: Don't wait until they're crawling! Find out which stairgates have been rated Mumsnet Best - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.


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