The way we were: pregnancy, 1970s style

1970s child

What we used to expect: Was it all smoking on the maternity ward and Guinness on prescription? In a trip down memory lane, Mumsnetters and their mums talk about what it was like being pregnant in the 1970s.

Changes to the national curriculum: what to expect

A new version of the national curriculum comes into effect this September, dictating what children in English state schools learn, and when. Find out what the changes mean for your child at each key stage.

How to make perfect scones


All fired up by the Great British Bake Off? Get stuck in yourself with Mumsnetters' top tips for turning out sublime scones - every time.

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.

Back to school: be prepared

back to school

Preparing for the first day of school? Whether it's the first time ever, a move to a new school or simply getting back into your morning routine again after the long summer holidays, we've got you covered.

How to fill rainy summer days

craft materials

Wondering how to fill the long final stretch of the school holidays? We've got plenty of fun ideas for keeping little hands occupied. Try some of our bloggers' craft activities and other tips for entertaining kids both indoors and out.

Mumsnet Reviews: swim nappies

Swim nappies

Introducing your baby to the joys of swimming? We've a shiny new swim nappies category in our Reviews section - find out which ones Mumsnetters rate, and share your own recommendations.

24 hours in Southampton

Local: From a walk around the old city walls to a night at the theatre or family trip to Peppa Pig World, explore bustling Southampton with our Local editor's tips on must-visit places and hidden gems for first time visitors and locals alike. 

'We must raise awareness of tongue-tie'

Guest post: Ellie Stoneley was left feeling guilty and inadequate after struggling to breastfeed before her baby was diagnosed with tongue-tie. She asks why there is not more awareness and support around the condition.

100 free books up for grabs!

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention and fighting your way to the top. Hector Trogg's Perfect World is the story of a daydreaming schoolboy, packed with accident and adventure. We've got 50 copies of each to give away.

Family camping: tips and hacks


Travel: What do bath mats, glowsticks and frozen wine have in common? They're all essential if you're planning a camping trip. Mumsnetters show us how family camping should be done with their list of tricks.

Meet the mummies

British Museum mummies

Visit the British Museum for a special exhibition view of Ancient Lives, New Discoveries on Tuesday 9 September. The session is exclusively for mummies - and daddies and carers! - with babies and children of all ages welcome.

Guest Campaign: Avaaz


Covering up child abuse is not currently a crime in the UK. Avaaz is campaigning to change that, by supporting proposals for a new law which could make it mandatory for schools, hospitals and other instutitions to report suspicions of child abuse.

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.

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.

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.

Family competitions: enter now

August's prizes include £1,000 to spend on whatever you like, a family break in Cornwall, five iPad Minis and loads more.