16 things you'd tell your pre-birth self


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.

Our Early Bird Bumpfest offer ends soon, so hurry - and don't forget to nab an extra third off the ticket price when you book with two friends!

A guide to my kids, for my child-free friends

messy child

Blog of the day: "Everything ends in tears. Small children cry all the time, over anything." Eeh Bah Mum offers up some tips for visitors who are unfamiliar with small children and their doings.

Mumsnet hack: microwave cheese sauce!

Yes, it's happened. We have made a video of the legendary Mumsnet microwave cheese sauce recipe. You're welcome. 

21 perfect picnic recipes


With a soggy August predicted, make the most of the sunshine while you have it and head outdoors for an alfresco feast this weekend with our 21 recipes for a cracking summer picnic.

Where are the real female superheroes?


Guest post: The last couple of weeks have brought us the female Thor and a new Wonder Woman. Both are sexualised, argues Julie Kerwin - we need to offer girls some action heroes they can relate to.

Signs you may have PFB syndrome


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

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.

Loom Band Challenge: amazing entries

loom band rabbit swimming costume

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

family tents

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

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.

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


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


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

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.