Mother & Baby (UK) - - WELCOME - Emma Bai­ley, Ed­i­tor (and mum of two

Hooray! 2019 is here and I can’t help day­dream­ing about all the fun fam­ily stuff I want to pack into this year. I love tak­ing a mini life-pause in Jan­uary to lift my fo­cus from the every­day chaos and look for­wards at the whole year stretch­ing out in front of me, and plot an in­tended, if overly-hope­ful course. I’m think­ing hol­i­days, happy kids, and han­dling the pan­de­mo­nium of life on my par­ent­ing ham­ster wheel a lit­tle bet­ter!

We’ve got all sorts of ex­pert help to get your 2019 off to a great start in this is­sue of

Mother&Baby. Our fab sleep ex­pert, Lucy Wolfe, shares some smart steps to get all the fam­ily sleep­ing bet­ter on page 57. You’ll find the 10 New Year’s res­o­lu­tions your tot would like you to make on page 46 – and he’ll be way more con­tent if you do de­cide to adopt them. And there are yummy veg­giepacked recipes to speed your young­ster straight to his five-a-day on page 100.

But, be­fore you do any­thing else, turn to page 86 to dis­cover the sim­ple things you can do right now to be a hap­pier mum. I’ve tried them all and they’ve hon­estly helped me to ac­cept that I’m a pretty good mum, thanks very much, at least in my kids’ eyes – and that’s what re­ally mat­ters. And I hope they help you, too – this mum-busi­ness can be tough at times, and ac­cept­ing you’re do­ing an amaz­ing job al­ready means you’ll en­joy this crazy ride all the more. Happy new year!

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