"I'm pregnant again after a long gap - this time, I'm ready to ask for help"

Guest post: Victoria Smith (a.k.a Glosswitch) describes the pressures she felt as a new mother, and reflects on how her perspective on parenting has changed since she had her first child.

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. 

No fuss veggie supper

aubergine stack

Recipes: Slice and stack - this simple aubergine and halloumi bake couldn't be easier to throw together. Which shouldn't stop you from giving others the impression it took AGES.

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!

Need a new book to get stuck into?

Royal Wedding

Giveaways: This week we're giving away 15 copies of the new Meg Cabot book Royal Wedding, as well as 50 copies of Times Chicken House Children's Fiction competition winner, The Sound of Whales.

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.

"So, where do you see yourself in five years' time?"

job interview tips

Careers: Got an important job interview coming up and want to nail it? Mumsnetters share their top tips and techniques for making the right kind of impression at the interview stage.

Using up courgettes - frugal just got seasonal

Courgette fritters

This week on Gransnet: From fritters to courgetti to [cake] - here are some great ways to use up a glut of courgettes. Plus perfect picnic salads.

Pregnancy calendar: week-by-week from conception to birth


Week by week: From bundle of cells to bundle of joy, find out how your body and your baby are changing, in our calendar.

Baby names: Moon Unit or plain Jane?

boy baby names

Naming baby: Stumped for monickers? Fending off in-law suggestions to name your child after Great Aunt Hildegard? You need our patented Baby Name Finder...

Potty training? Take heart...

Mumsnetters have heaps of advice on helping your toddler make the transition from nappies to pants with minimal stress.

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.

Talking Red


Tens of thousands of women in the UK have a bleeding disorder but don’t know it. Talking Red is The Haemophilia Society's campaign to drive awareness of the symptoms.