Book lover? We've got Christmas covered

best childrens books for christmas

Books - the perfect present, giving pleasure long after other gifts have been tossed aside. We've rounded up the best new books to give as gifts this Christmas - for children and grown-ups. Come and browse!

Mumsnet wins 'online comment site of the year'!

Justine with Comment Award

We won it: We're thrilled that Mumsnet has won the Comment Award for 'online comment site of the year' - testament to the extraordinary quality of debate on Mumsnet. Congrats to you all! 

'The man I fell in love with is now a woman'

Guest post: What's it like when your life partner realises that they are transgender? A Mumsnet blogger writes on adapting to a new life, how their children are coping - and why she wants to share their story.

Thanksgiving: best recipes round-up

thanksgiving recipes

Whether you're an expat pining for pumpkin pie or just fancy honing your festive food offering in advance of Christmas, our Thanksgiving recipes for this Thursday are just the ticket.

Got a picky teen? We've the perfect gift for 'em

Hard-to-please teenager in your house? We've scoured the internet for a selection of gifts to amaze and delight the fussiest of teens this Christmas.

Which companies did you rate as family friendly?


Our Family Friendly awards celebrate the companies making life easier for UK families - find out who has gone the extra mile to make family life less challenging. 

"In the olden days, milk came from cows"

funny cowq

Did you know that eating broccoli is an environmental crime? Or that spaghetti is harvested from camels? Behold: the origins of food, as recounted by Mumsnetters' kids

Weaning babies: how to do it

Baby self-feeding pasta

Your questions answered: Worried about when and how to move your baby on to solid food? We've distilled MN wisdom on the messy business of moving your baby on from a milk-only diet.

Mumsnet Reviews: child bikes

Child on bike in winter

Ah the unbridled joy of receiving a bike on Christmas Day. If you're shopping for one, find out which makes and models Mumsnetters rate - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

Baby names: your one-stop shop


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.

Guest Campaign: Dance4Change


Dance4Change uses the power of dance to build the self-confidence, independence and friendship networks of deaf and blind young people. Support Dance for Change by Dancing like a Dad!

Ebola Crisis Appeal

Ebola Appeal: Last week, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched a campaign to help those affected by the Ebola Crisis. MNHQ is supporting the campaign by offering free ad space across the site - find out more.

Tower Hamlets: hidden gems

Mumsnet Local: Spend a day in the busy borough of Tower Hamlets and discover some of London's best-kept secrets, including markets and museums to keep the whole family entertained. 

Christmas book giveaway

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas

We've got 50 free copies of The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas. This wintery tale features elegant elves, coiffured reindeer and a whole cast of Fairytale folk in their festive finery. Perfect for getting DCs in the Christmas spirit.

Family competitions: enter now

November's prizes include a £100 spa voucher, Hobbycraft vouchers, Louise Galvin haircare products, £500 worth of vouchers of your choice and loads more.

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.

Trying to conceive?


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.