MenB vaccine: "My baby had meningitis - I was helpless"

Guest post: From 1 September, all newborn babies in the UK will be vaccinated against meningitis B. Here, blogger Lizzi Wallace shares her family's experience of their baby contracting the disease.

Put your kids' questions to Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell

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Books: We're thrilled that past and present Children's Laureates Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell will be joining us for a webchat on Wednesday 2 September at noon to answer your kids' questions – post them now.

Speedy school-night suppers: one-pot spaghetti

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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.

Webchat: your security questions, answered

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Following the recent attacks on Mumsnet, we're pleased to announce that security expert Graham Cluley will be joining us for a webchat on Wednesday 2 September at 1pm – post your questions now.

Early labour - "Is it supposed to hurt this much?"

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Guest post: MN Blogger Kirsty Smith didn't 'do' baby classes, so early labour came as a bit of a surprise for her – and her partner. Here she describes their unconventional approach to preparations.

What will your child be when they grow up?

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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!


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.

8 tips for coping with morning sickness

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Pregnancy: The gift that keeps on giving (sorry). If you're suffering from morning – or any other time of the blimmin' day – sickness, fear not: Mumsnetters have these pearls of wisdom to get you through the worst.

Nailing the working mum morning routine

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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

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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.

The cheat's guide to ridiculously impressive cake icing


This week on Gransnet: Wow your friends by mastering the surprisingly simple art of buttercream rose icing. Plus, five things to do before summer, ahem, ends.

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

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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?

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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

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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.

Get first aid #RappedUp

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Keep your children safe with some simple first aid skills. Download your free baby and child first aid app from British Red Cross now and get first aid #RappedUp.