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Babies: The Mumsnet Guide: A Million Mums' Trade Secrets [Paperback]

Mumsnet , Carrie Longton , Justine Roberts
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1 Mar 2010 Mumsnet
Babies: The Mumsnet Guide is an introduction to the strange world of the postnatal, a world of strong emotions and revolting excretions, the sublime and the ridiculous. It is the gathered up, boiled-down wisdom of thousands of mums and the occasional dad who have posted on since its launch in June 2000 about everything to do with life after baby. From thoughtful advice about breastfeeding, colic and getting some sleep to debates about parenting gurus and the best form of childcare, by way of a fair bit of gore and the odd bit of flagrant silliness about postnatal vaginal circumference and baby names, Babies: The Mumsnet Guide contains the advice, thoughts, experiences and random burblings of thousands of parents. Parents who have done a lot of the worrying for you already.

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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: 22.8 x 15 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,494 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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mothers know best 31 Jan 2011
By kaf20
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy even for a second time mum! 4 Jan 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for new parents 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you will need. 6 Mar 2010
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I was up until the early hours reading this book - it made me laugh a lot but was also very (sometimes scarily) honest about having a baby and the effect that it has on your life (and body!). It is light-hearted enough to read even when you haven't slept for days... This book will remind you that you aren't alone, and that like you, millions of women have been up at 3 a.m., rocking a baby and wondering what on earth has happened to them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very funny 2 Oct 2013
Has kept me company and in stitches through many a long night feeding!! Practical and honest. Its a good read and a far cry from the other regimented baby books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good 19 Aug 2013
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Buy this if you don't want to be told what to do, or be patronised as a first time mum. It provides you with a wide variety of opinions and gives enough information to enable you to make an informed choice. It covers everything and also has a lot of humorous anecdotes!
Slight downside is that I sometimes found it hard to find something if I needed the information quickly, but still well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Arrived quickly, and as described.
Published 15 hours ago by Mr D M Edgeler
2.0 out of 5 stars Too sensational and depressing
We have been really disappointed with the book. We were expecting it to be full of tips for parents but instead was full of cliche and sensational stories. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kahjoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful read for new mums/dads
As a first timer, this provided me with a useful starting point for what to expect. My only criticism is that it still doesn't quite give you in the true picture of how hard the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ms Charlotte H Whittaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
We bought this for our daughter on the birth of her first baby at age 39. All went well and the book has come in very useful.
Published 19 months ago by Arthur Bradford
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version highly recommended
I was not sure whether to buy this as some reviews said it hadn't been formatted for kindle properly, but apart from the odd blank page it's fine and doesn't detract from the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Millie Bookery
1.0 out of 5 stars Try Babies All Wrapped Up instead
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. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
bought this book for my pregnant daughter.she swears by it now. Everything you need to know and get you through your pregnancy. Its also amusingly funny. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by aboora
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
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! Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any new parents
Of all the baby books I've read, this is by the far the best. Hearing from lots of different mums (and a few dads) gives you a very balanced perspective. It is pretty funny too.
Published on 23 April 2011 by FlorenceRedbird
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