Breastfeeding and expressing: what MNers wish they'd known


Breastfeeding can be an amazing experience - but also a pretty steep learning curve. Here's the advice you really need - from MNers who've been there, done that, and have the Lansinoh to prove it.  Don't forget, there'll be loads of in-the-know advice on this and much more at BumpFest.


Announcing... BumpFest!


Pregnant with your first child - or second, or third...? Then join us at BumpFest - our one-day event will be packed with talks, workshops and activities to prepare you for becoming a parent.

Eek - what to buy a one-year-old prince?

gifts for one year olds

Prince George's first birthday: if you're struggling with gift ideas, look no further. MNers have got it wrapped when it comes to perfect presents for one-year olds - equally suitable for princes, princesses, and commoners!

Returning to the dating game


Guest post: Following the end of a long-term relationship and a year of breast cancer treatment, MN blogger Scars, Tears and Training Bras returns to the dating game - and discovers that much has changed in the intervening years.

Summer holidays: how to make it out alive

Children running

Looking for ways to keep busy now school's out? We've a whole range of ideas to keep everyone amused, whatever their age. And, more importantly, whatever the weather.

11 beauty hacks you'll thank us for

Baby Bottom Butter

You've heard the rumour that haemorrhoid cream reduces wrinkles - but Sudocrem as a primer?! Read our beauty hacks roundup - each one tried and tested by (some very brave) MNers.

Video: perfect prawn and orange tagine


Video: Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Honey and Co rustle up a super-fast tagine - 15 mins start to finish! Both are former Ottolenghi staffers - so if you're a fan of fresh Middle Eastern flavours, you'll love this recipe. 

Passports: don't panic


With no sign of the Passports Office backlog being cleared anytime soon, here's what you need to know about applying - and what to do if you're anxious about getting yours in time.

Summer dresses: the MN edit

summer dresses

Searching for the perfect frock for a summer 'do'? Relax - MNers have scoured the shops on your behalf. Perfect dresses for weddings, graduations and garden parties - or to skim a blossoming baby bump!

100 free books up for grabs

Aren't We Sisters?

Looking for a new book to get stuck into? This week we're giving away 50 copies of Aren't We Sisters? as well as 50 copies of Judas Scar, the gripping new novel by Amanda Jennings.

BlogFest '14: grab your Early Bird ticket


BlogFest: Our glittering celebration of sharp writing and big ideas will take place on Saturday 8 November. Book now, and you can grab an Early Bird ticket for £75.

Review of the Month competition

Gulliver's theme park

Looking for an end of term treat to get the holidays off to a flying start? For July's competition, write a day out review and you could win a family Gulliver's theme park ticket.

Guest Campaign: Migrants' Rights


This week, we're supporting the charity Migrants' Rights as they fight for every person's right to live with their family, regardless of how much money they make.

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

Celtic Manor

July's prizes include a family ticket to Camp Bestival, £100 to spend at The White Company, two nights in a luxury lodge in Wales  and loads more.