Refugee crisis aid: get involved - and get in touch

Mumsnetters are collating suggestions for practical things you can do to help refugees fleeing conflict zones in the Middle East – and we're polling users to canvass opinion on whether we should launch an official campaign on the situation. Add your voice to the discussion.


The Mumsnet essential freshers shopping list

Students moving in to uni

University: If your baby young adult is preparing to head off to university, don't even think about hitting the shops without our list of the freshers essentials Mumsnetters swear by.

Sleep deprived? Join the club

crying baby

Babies and broken nights go hand in hand, but it can be hard to believe you'll ever emerge on the other side. Fellow sufferers (and survivors) share their stories and coping strategies.



Speedy school-night suppers: one-pot spaghetti

Spaghetti in bowl with fork

Food: Fill little and big tummies in just 15 minutes with this super simple Italian recipe from Anna Jones, author of A Modern Way to Cook. The best part? Minimal clearing up.

"Our overprotective parenting has undermined a generation"

Gift of Failure

Guest post: We must allow our children to fail, writes author Jessica Lahey, from the first moment they try to grasp a toy, or tie their shoelaces, until they head out into their own lives.





What will your child be when they grow up?

Child on phone

Ever wondered what the future holds for your offspring other than driving around in a bubble car? Take our (very scientific) quiz to find out.

Pregnant? Get pampered at Bumpfest!

Manicure

Events: Bumpfest will be back on Saturday 26 September. As well as everything you need to know about pregnancy, birth and beyond, you'll be treated to manicures from Le Salon and special mum-to-be treatments from Elemis. Tickets are just £35 – or £60 for two.



Discover new things to do in north London

Woman unwell

Local: Explore the capital's northern borough of Barnet, with its thriving community arts scene and plenty of green spaces for little ones to run around.

Nailing the working mum morning routine

Office workers

Careers: Trying to leave the house on time in the morning once you have kids can be a nightmare. Here's how to make that part of the day work for you and your family.



Beat boredom with a Ryman arts and crafts hamper

Arts and crafts materials

Review of the Month: We're giving you the chance to win a hamper of arts and crafts materials from Ryman. Simply write any toy review to be in with a chance of winning.

Too fat, too thin... whose business is it anyway?

Scales

This week on Gransnet: Who's joining in the September Dryathlon? And what's the best way to deal with comments about your weight? So many questions – that we've got the answers to.



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

Pregnant woman

From bundle of cells to bundle of joy, find out how your body and baby are changing with our calendar.





Baby names: Moon Unit or plain Jane?

Baby names

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...

Potty

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



Getting pregnant: advice and tips

Ovulation chart

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.

Join The Big Draw

The Big Draw

The Big Draw is the world's biggest drawing festival with thousands of enjoyable and free activities around the country – anyone can get involved! Join The Big Draw now.