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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408801485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408801482
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Mumsnet is the most invaluable resource for anyone who's ever reproduced - a giant repository of wisdom, information, support and jokes' India Knight 'Mumsnet Because you're worth it!' Dr Tanya Byron 'It's like having a million big sisters who are there all the time and never get fed up of you pestering them' Red

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Created nine years ago by two new mothers, Mumsnet has become an 'internet phenomenon', according to the Sunday Telegraph, and 'the country's most popular meeting point for parents', according to The Times, and it is widely regarded as the UK's leading online parenting community. It has 100,000 registered uses, and 250,000 monthly users, and its members are loyal, active and passionate about the site. Fans of mumsnet include India Knight, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, to name but a few.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SoupDragon on 5 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
Who should you trust to support you in raising your baby? Mothers who have been there, done that and got the T shirt covered in baby sick. If you're having a problem, chances are someone else has had it too and this book probably has not just THE answer, but several possible answers for you to take your pick from. Parenting is not a one-size-fits-all job so neither is this book.

Covering everything from ravaged nether regions to baby mementos via the chances of the world being run by squirrels, this book will have you sighing in relief, howling with laughter and finally remembering to do your pelvic floor exercises.

If you want real advice from real mothers, choose this book. If you want to strap babies to rockets and fire them over Southern Lebanon, I suggest you choose a different one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kaf20 on 31 Jan. 2011
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Books containing advice on bringing up babies usually leave me worried and anxious. When my baby was three months old, I read in Jo Frost's book that my baby should be in an established routine by now. I almost cried as my baby was nowhere near anything like a routine. Well, thank god for mumsnet. This book won't tell you what to do or how you should do it - it's not an alternative to books like Gina Ford or the Baby Whisperer. Instead, it contains extracts from different parents who share experiences, give advice, and most of all, reassure. I have found it useful for giving me ideas of how to approach different aspects of looking after my child (e.g. practical advice on weaning, the low down on what to expect at mother-toddler groups). Most of all though, this book is funny. It really is. And being able to laugh at others attempts of getting their baby into a routine at 3 months old is far better than crying over your own (completely normal) situation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chocolatemonster on 4 Jan. 2011
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I have been a fan of mumsnet since 2008 when pregnant with my first child. I found the 'talk' sections on the site to be very entertaining, very useful, very reassuring and very accessible for advice of all kinds, so when I saw that they had a book out summarising all the advice mumsnetters had given over the years, I jumped at the chance to buy it for myself. I am now pregnant with my second child and have not had much (any!) time to re-read the baby books, so I bought 'Babies' to read as a refresher and 'Toddlers' to read for tips on dealing with my toddler! Very pleased with both purchases - as with the website; great tips, balanced views and nice summary section after each chapter. I like that original quotes from various mumsnetters have been put in and very much like that the book is written from a mum's/parent's perspective and not that of an 'expert', so you don't feel as if you're parenting skills are being judged. Highly entertaining (laugh-out-loud risk if reading on the train/in public!) and not too long/overwhelming as many baby books can be. All in all, would definitely recommend both/either book(s).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Walker on 5 Mar. 2010
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I'm pregnant with my second and bought this as a refresher. It covers a wide range of topics (including a lot of things that you can't read about on anywhere else) and offers multiple suggestions for dealing with problems rather than pushing you down any one route as a parent. It is very reassuring to read about the experiences of other mothers and realise that you are not alone. It's also very humorous and I'm sure will be a great help when I'm next up in the middle of the night, desperate for some light relief. The website is a fantastic support but it's great to have so much advice in one place that you can dip into easily when you need to. Highly recommended for any new parents.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Raven VINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2010
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Forget your Gina Fords/Dr Spocks/Miriam Stoppards because this book is really the only one you need (that is if you need or want a book at all). It's based upon the vast wisdom of hundreds of real parents (mostly mothers but a few Dads too) from Mumsnet. I am a sometimes Mumsnetter (not that often as there is too much else going on) but can testify to good advice, support and humour when it's needed. All this and more has gone into this book and that is what makes it a more human face to parenting a baby than the other "experts" out there. Brilliant. I read it from cover to cover and found it readable and humerous - far more so than some of the books which were around when my 7 year old was tiny. Well worth it.
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By Sarah on 3 Dec. 2011
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I first read this book when i was around 20 weeks pregnant and found it amusing at the time. I read it again (3 times!) after the birth of my son and found it hilarious! The book is well written and provides a balanced view to lots of 'baby issues'. It includes posts from real parents and gives a light-hearted overview of life with a new baby. I like that it gives both sides to each argument, and doesn't ever make the reader feel there is a 'right' or 'wrong' way to do things. I now buy this book for all my pregnant friends - i think it's great!
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I just didn't a get a comprehensive view from this tome. A bit too fluffy.
Much better was a book I found written by a GP called ' Babies All Wrapped Up.' It felt reassuring to read something practical written by a GP who'd had children. Felt as if she was there with me, not in a freaky way, but just very friendly and informative. If I were to suggest getting one book, it would definitely be the Winstanley one.
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