World Book Day is nearly here...

Which literary character will you be fashioning for your child this year? Whether you're a sewing whizz or looking to pull something together last minute, MNers have an array of great costume ideas you can whip up in a jiffy.

Housing webchat: "we need to build communities"

Houses

Conservative Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis, and Labour Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds, came in to answer your questions on house prices, renting, building plans and more. Catch up on what they had to say.

Got the secondary school offer you wanted?

school crossing

UK secondary school places were announced this week. If your child didn't get a place in the school they hoped for, one option is to appeal against the admission decision. Find out how to go about it. 


Brain tumour research: "I'm fighting - angry, but smiling"

Guest post: Mel Hennessey only discovered she had a brain tumour when she gave birth to her daughter. Five years later, she's determined to raise awareness and fight for more investment - on behalf of all those who didn't survive.

A handy lunchbox pie for Pie Week

bacon egg pie

Recipes: For British Pie Week (2-8 March) - a make-ahead pie that'll work nicely for lunchboxes for the kids (or you).



Do you dream of getting a full night's sleep?

Webchat: Baby Sleep expert Jo Tantum will be on hand to answer your questions on Wed 4 March, 10-11am - and hopefully help guide the bleary-eyed towards a more peaceful night's sleep. Post a question now.

"I'm telling the RSPB about you!"

...and other insults you'll only hear from a furious child. From dobbing you in to the RSPB, to uninviting you to their parties - children come up with the most imaginative ways to put grown-ups in their place. Here are 17 of the best.


Planning a holiday? Look a little closer to home

Travel: If you're in search of somewhere to take the family, don't overlook the glorious getaways right on your doorstep. Take your pick from Mumsnetters' top UK destinations for a great family break.

Got the itch?

Pregnancy: Itchy skin during pregnancy is common, but that doesn't make it any less uncomfortable - or worrying, if you're unsure of the cause. Read up on this expert advice for dealing with it.


MNers' top-ranking washing machines

Washing machine

Reviews: In need of a new washing machine? Whether you're thinking of going budget or luxury, find out which makes and models Mumsnetters rate highly - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

Free books up for grabs this week

Behind Closed Doors

We've 50 copies of Behind Closed Doors to give away this week. When 14-year-old Sophie disappears one night, it looks at first as though she ran away. But as the investigation unfolds, a wealth of secrets start coming to light.


Amref Health Africa

Amref

Giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most dangerous things a woman can do. Help Amref Health Africa train more midwives and prevent needless deaths.

Potty training your toddler

Get advice on helping your toddler make the transition from nappies to pants, without too many accidents. From how to know when your child is ready to getting through nights - with minimal stress.



Am I pregnant?

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 - or consult our Pregnancy Talk board.

Getting pregnant: advice and tips

Ovulation

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.


Pregnancy exercise and wellbeing classes near you

Local: When you're pregnant, gentle exercise and wellbeing classes can be a great way to prepare for - and recover from - the big day. Our Local editors have rounded up the best where you are.