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There are so many options for transporting your little one. For any parents wanting to get out and about (and even on hols) without too much gear, we’ve got strollers covered

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Smack the child, praise the Lord!

A Californian couple believe babies should be beaten into obedience. Now they are bringing their methods to Britain. And childcare expert Penelope Leach is leading the battle to keep them away. By Mary Braid

Before the week is out: Try this

WOULD YOU like your baby to be greener? Not in a queasy sense, of course, but in an ecologically sound one. Yesterday Green Baby opened in Islington, north London, the first retailer to offer one-stop shopping for environmentally sound washable nappies, organic baby toiletries, jogging strollers and the like. Eco-friendly doesn't have to mean homespun: there will also be smart designer clothes on sale. A predicted favourite line is the Boo Boo bear: a handcrafted aromatherapy teddy stuffed with wheat and natural herbs - chamomile, lavender and peppermint. Mail order is also available.

Letter: Fathers at home

Fathers at home

Tried & tested: Baby monitors: The baby boomers

Today's baby monitors doesn't just listen, they can film and detect changes in breathing too. Is all this really necessary, asks our panel?

Lyric sheets: Sir Elton Takes Stock

Enough to worm the IIamas

Letter: Hanging on

Sir: When telephone callers are caught in one of those cacophonous queues with a distorted musical pacifier, why are they not updated as to its changing length? At least then, there would be some sense of progress - or a rational decision to ring off.

In thing: The jogging pram

Thought motherhood had saved you from the treadmills of the gym? Ha, think again. A jogging pram has been invented. Mounted on three sturdy spring-loaded small rubber wheels (all the better for negotiating park runs or even rougher terrain) - the jogging pram is meant for mums intent on bouncing back after birth. If a baby really is the ultimate lifestyle accessory, one seen hurtling along in a hi-tech jogging buggie is sure set things at an altogether different pace.

Railtrack vows to help crash victims

Rail investors at annual meeting urge haste in compensation cases

Back to Victorian values for classroom posture and poise

The high chairs and sloping desks of the Victorian classroom have been largely abandoned, but osteopaths say their return could help prevent many back problems suffered by children.

Formidable escape from a horse called Formidable

A racehorse, Formidable Flame, bucks and crashes through the barrier into the spectators' enclosure at Southwell Racecourse, Nottinghamshire, yesterday, after breaking free from its starting stall

'How could I, a man-machine, need help?'

Tom H, 32, is an accountant in the music business. He lives in London.

Letter: Bottle-fed, but still eats his greens

Sir: I have always thought there was something a little odd about my 14-year-old son. Reading your newspaper has enlightened me: he likes all vegetables except parsnips, and activities such as Combined Cadet Force field days are meat and drink to him. I fear for his future - will he be a social outcast?

Baby girl stabbed in her pram

A baby girl was seriously ill in hospital last night after she was stabbed by a mentally-ill attacker while in her pram in a shopping centre, police said.
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
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