Webchat: Got a question for the Green Party leader?


Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party England and Wales, will be joining us for a webchat tomorrow at 1pm. It's a brilliant chance to grill her on anything from the future of small political parties to what it's like to be at the eye of a media storm - post your questions now.

Klaxon: World Book Day is this Thursday!


Costume crisis? Check out our World Book Day guide for inspiration. And if you've pulled off brilliant - or desperate - costume feats in the past, share your wisdom with the rest of us!

A full night's sleep - still a distant dream?

Webchat: Baby Sleep expert Jo Tantum will be on hand to answer your questions tomorrow, 10-11am - and help guide the bleary-eyed towards a more peaceful night's sleep. Post a question now.

Brain tumour research: "I'm fighting - angry, but smiling"

Guest post: Mel Hennessey only discovered she had a brain tumour when she gave birth to her daughter. Five years later, she's determined to fight for better treatment - on behalf of all those who didn't survive.

Secondary school places - how did it go?

school crossing

Anxious parents around the country found out whether their child got a place at their first choice of secondary school this week. Join the conversation - and find out how to appeal if you were disappointed. 

Who ate all the pies?

bacon egg pie

Recipes: Hooray, it's British Pie Week! This make-ahead pie is a perfect lunchbox filler for kids or grownups - or browse our pie chart <baboom-tish> to pick your own.

"I'm telling the RSPB about you!"

...and other insults you'll only hear from furious children, who invariably come up with the most imaginative ways to put grown-ups in their place. Here are 17 of the best.

Planning a holiday? Look a little closer to home

Travel: If you're in search of somewhere to take the family, don't overlook the glorious getaways right on your doorstep. Take your pick from Mumsnetters' top UK destinations for a great family break.

Got the itch?

Pregnancy: Itchy skin during pregnancy is common, but that doesn't make it any less uncomfortable - or worrying, if you're unsure of the cause. Read up on this expert advice for dealing with it.

MNers' top-ranking washing machines

Washing machine

Reviews: In need of a new washing machine? Whether you're thinking of going budget or luxury, find out which makes and models Mumsnetters rate highly - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

150 free books up for grabs this week

The Storms of War

To celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland we've got 50 copies of modern re-telling Looking Glass Girl to giveaway this week as well as 50 copies of the Lewis Carroll original. We're also offering 50 copies of the historical novel The Storms of War.

Amref Health Africa


Giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most dangerous things a woman can do. Help Amref Health Africa train more midwives and prevent needless deaths.

Potty training your toddler

Get advice on helping your toddler make the transition from nappies to pants, without too many accidents. From how to know when your child is ready to getting through nights - with minimal stress.

Am I pregnant?

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 - or consult our Pregnancy Talk board.

Getting pregnant: advice and tips


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.

Pregnancy exercise and wellbeing classes near you

Local: When you're pregnant, gentle exercise and wellbeing classes can be a great way to prepare for - and recover from - the big day. Our Local editors have rounded up the best where you are.