16 things you'd tell your pre-birth self

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If you could go back in time to before your first birth, what would you tell yourself? We asked Mumsnetters to use the magical power of hindsight, and share their tips.

If you've an infant in the offing, come along to our first ever Bumpfest, a one-day event all about birth and your baby's first six months. Our Early Bird offer ends soon, so hurry - and don't forget to nab an extra third off the ticket price when you book with two friends!

18 signs you may have PFB syndrome

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Warming cucumber sticks so your PFB won't get a chiilly mouth? Read this and other manifestations of Perfect First Born syndrome - and do add your own shameful examples to the thread.

'Sexualised action figures limit girls' play'

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Guest post: The last couple of weeks have brought us the female Thor and a new Wonder Woman. Both have been designed for the male gaze, argues co-founder of IAmElemental Julie Kerwin - and it's essential that we offer children an alternative.


Are they bored yet?

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If your kids are already moping and making you twitchy, we've a whole range of ideas to keep them amused - whatever their age and (crucially) whatever the weather.

14 ways Mumsnetters made their sibling's life hell

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Most parents hope for harmony between their offspring - but were Mumsnetters little angels with their own siblings, back when they were nippers? Um, that'll be a no.



Bumpfest: those birth myths busted

Childbirth: mainly breathing and Rescue Remedy, right? Read Mumsnetters biggest pre-birth misconceptions - and don't forget, there'll be loads more no-nonsense advice from those in the know, at our inaugural BumpFest.

Mumsnet hack: microwave meringues!

Video how-to: No-whisk microwave meringues. Yes, really. Takes three to four minutes and all you need is one egg white and 300g of icing sugar. Cook, serve, take a bow. 


Loom Band Challenge: amazing entries

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Some amazing entries to our Loom Band Challenge - we've £200 of Hobbycraft vouchers up for grabs, so get your DC involved (we'll take their ages into account!).

Mumsnet reviews: family tents

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Going camping? In need of a new canvas abode? Find out which family tents have been voted Mumsnet Best in our Reviews section - and share your own recommendations with other Mumsnetters too.


Potty training

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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.

300 free books up for grabs

The Secret Place

We’re really excited to be giving away 300 copies of The Secret Place this week. It's a beautifully-written suspensedful tour de force - and we haven't been able to stop talking about it here at MNHQ. 


Guest Campaign: TCAA

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This week, we're supporting The Children's Air Ambulance – the UK's only dedicated paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service – who work to safely transport critically ill children to the care they desperately need.

BlogFest: Early Bird tickets selling out fast

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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.



Pregnancy symptoms

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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

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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?

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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

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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.