Scottish Referendum: polling day

Scottish referendum

In the news: After months of passionate argument from both camps, Scotland finally goes to the polls today to vote in its historic referendum. Come and discuss the day's developments as they happen - and catch up on what Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling had to say on the key issues in their Mumsnet Debate.

What to acquire when you're expecting

newborn buys

Baby buying guide: Infant in the offing? What should you be spending your money on? Take a look at the products Mumsnetters say were worth the money - and the ones that really, really weren't...

Come and chat to author Elizabeth Gilbert tonight

Elizabeth_Gilbert

Webchat this evening: Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert joins us this evening at 9pm to talk about all her books including The Signature of All Things, described by one Mumsnetter as "an epic novel to immerse oneself and luxuriate in."


Secondary school: the fun starts here

school crossing

If your child's starting secondary next September, you'll be well aware that open day season is upon us. Fear not: we've guides on how to make your choice, and how to weather the application process.

Blogfest is back!

blogfest

This year's programme is packed with fabulous speakers, gripping panel sessions, and expert advice - plus lots of goodies and extras and a swanky evening reception. 



10 ways to reduce your sugar intake

Chocolate chip cookie

As scientists call for our sugar intake to be slashed, Mumsnetters share their tips on the small changes you can make to what you and your family eat, to help you all cut down. 

Contraception: 'older isn't necessarily wiser'

Guest post: Genevieve Edwards from Marie Stopes argues that women who don't fit the footloose twenty-something stereotype are being short-changed when it comes to contraception. When was the last time you changed yours?


Potty training

Toddler on potty

Everything you need to know: Tips on how to tell when your toddler's ready for potty-training, and how to go about the whole messy business - plus, getting your child to stay dry through the night.

Lib Dem support for Miscarriage Care Campaign

Miscarriage care logo

Update: Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Health Minister, has said he will personally argue for the inclusion of our Miscarriage Care Campaign in the party's manifesto - so please keep the pressure up on Jeremy Hunt.


Mumsnet Reviews: baby car seats

Baby in car seat

Child Passenger Safety Week: See how Mumsnetters rate the various extended rear-facing baby car seats on the market - and add your own review.

Grab a Bumpfest ticket for 45

baby

Expecting a baby, and befuddled by the reams of advice and info out there? You need Bumpfest - our one-day event dedicated to all things birth and baby-related. Book now using the code MUMSNETTER to nab a ticket for just £45.


24 hours in Buckinghamshire

Local: Walk through the park where Harry Potter was filmed, treat yourself to some Michelin star dining or spend an afternoon at an inspiring museum. Explore Buckinghamshire with our Local editor's top pick of the county's attractions.

Free Julia Donaldson books!

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

Book giveaway:  Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox is the brand new children’s picture book by the dream team of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks and we’ve got 50 copies to give away



Guest Campaign: Don't Stop the Music

James Rhodes

Internationally renowned pianist James Rhodes is campaigning to stop thousands of children missing out on a good music education and the chance to learn an instrument.

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?

Ovulation

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.

Family competitions: enter now

September's prizes include a family break to Holland, a £100 John Lewis voucher, three months of fruit and veg boxes and loads more.