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First-Time Parent: The honest guide to coping brilliantly and staying sane in your baby's first year [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Atkins
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Forget unrealistic childcare manuals – this is the book you really need to help you cope brilliantly with those first chaotic days and months ahead.

As a health journalist and mother-of-three, Lucy Atkins is familiar with both the medical aspects of childbirth and baby development, and the reality of day-to-day life as an exhausted first-time mum or dad. In her feisty, humorous style, she begins with that first mind-blowing day and addresses the issues unique to the first-time parent who stares at their newborn and thinks “Where are the instructions?”

Anticipating the questions and concerns of all new mothers–Why does my baby cry so much? Will I ever lose all this weight? Am I a bad parent because…?–the book provides practical advice and level-headed reassurance. It addresses the needs of the baby and, very importantly, those of the parent during the first year of their baby’s life.

Contents include:

• Starter’s orders – the equipment and kit you really need, as opposed to what the department store tells you
• Hello – how to cope with the first few hours
• Start – coming home, bonding, how to survive the first few days
• Sleep – for everyone!
• Cry – why your baby cries, what to do, why you'll want to cry, too
• Eat –breastfeeding, supplemental feeding, moving to solids, nutrition
• Grow – baby's physical and mental development
• Play – yes, you two actually can have fun
• Thrive – health considerations for baby and parent
• Live – adapting to your new life, the changing mother-father relationship
• Work – coping with being at home and with going back to work
• Also includes information on single parenting, and on adopted, multiple and special needs babies.

The First-Time Parent is on your side, and reassures that you can cope brilliantly with your new baby and your new life.

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‘A great book for any first-time mother.’ Sarah Beeny, TV property expert and mother of four.

‘An honest, down-to-earth guide.’ Mother and Baby

‘You can't go wrong with a book as comprehensive as First-Time Parent.’ Tidewater Parent

‘Eminently more friendly than most baby manuals.’ Sunday Express

About the Author

Lucy Atkins is an award-winning British journalist and author. She writes for newspapers such as The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and a range of women’s magazines. Lucy has been a first-time parent - as well as a second- and third-time one - and currently lives with her family in Boston, USA.

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More About the Author

Lucy Atkins is an award winning author and feature journalist. Her new novel, The Other Child, is the story of devastating secrets in a marriage, and will be published in June 2015. The Sunday Times called her debut novel, The Missing One (Quercus, January 2014; Quercus USA February 2015) a 'gripping page turner'. It was Psychologies Magazine's first book club pick and reached number 11 on the UK paperback bestseller chart. Lucy is also the author, co-author, or ghostwriter of eight non-fiction books and is a Sunday Times book critic. She has written features for UK newspapers including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Express, The Times, and magazines such as Red, Woman & Home, Psychologies and Grazia. She has lived in Philadelphia, Seattle and Boston, and is now settled in Oxford, UK with her husband, three children and dog. For news and events see Follow Lucy on Twitter @lucyatkins

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent down-to-earth advice 26 Jun. 2007
Having bought and read a large number of baby books (our son was born in Feb '07), this is the best we have found. Honest and very accessible, it's the kind of book you can (and will) turn to again and again before the Big Day and afterwards. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOD SEND! 28 May 2013
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amazing i bought this when i was 25 weeks pregnant as they say nothing will prepare you... but this at least helped with what the rough guideline are to parent hood. helped alot and gave a sense of confidence.. would recommend to ALL parents not just new!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This has to be the best baby book I've read, I just wish I bought it earlier whilst pregnant and binned all the other patronising, dull and text-booky type ones (written mostly by unbearably bossy midwives). If you only choose one book to have I would totally recommend this one-it's honest, funny, down to earth, concise and written by someone who has recent personal experience of raising 3 young ones. It's written and formatted to easily dip in and out of (which new parent has the time or energy to wade through huge hard backs?), has all the important up to date guide lines and government info and even covers topics that other books I've read don't cover such as traumatic births and suggested web sites etc.
Even though it's not as comprehensive as other guides ( like the 'What to expect?' range or Dr. Mirium Stoppard for example)it really does cover everything you could possibly need to know and more. My baby is now 5 months old and in the few weeks I've owned the book I've used it so many times and it has given me not only more confidence and insight than all the other books put together but it has genuinely made me laugh too- something I haven't done properly due to sleep deprivation for quite some time!It really does keep it's promise to help you cope, stay sane and feel normal. Personally, what I have really valued is the authors way of helping you feel like she is on your side and not to feel so pressured by everything (it's your baby, trust your instincts!) especially as a first time parent so many things can make you feel lost or overwhelmed.I have found that so many other books make you feel guilty or incompetent and tell you what you 'should' be doing. Cannot recommend highly enough and look forward to more guides by same author.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first time parent 4 Oct. 2010
Easy to read, and full of useful information.
Because some of us do need a step by step photo guide to putting on a nappy.
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Would give it 10 stars if I could! 25 Nov. 2009
By A. Lee
We were swamped by books on how to bring up our child when expecting a baby; this was the only one that actually sounded like the writer was a mother herself, AND realised that not everyone in the world thought as she did on parenting, or had a child exactly like her own.

Lucy Atkin rounds up all the most common strategies advised where parenting is concerned and offers them with neutrality. She has an honest but non-directional attitude to the great breast v bottle dilemma, she talks with sympathy about women who need to choose childcare early and offers tips on how to spot a good option, and she has some of the most sensible words on diet for toddlers I've ever read. She also recognises that children are simply hard work, as well as exciting, challenging and fantastic. It's such a change to read something that isn't a series of orders, sickly and unrealistic, or depressing. She really conveys what having a first child is like, in all its messy, confusing, glorious excitement, while offering the most down to earth and sensible advice possible. There isn't, anywhere, that depressingly common conviction that anyone whose parenting style is different to the writer's will scar their child for life.

Last but not least, she has listed all the very best resources for new parents - from Mumsnet to Crysis, via the wonderful breast feeding clinic at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous publication 16 Jun. 2011
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My health visitor advised that all books should be thrown away when your baby is born due to the conflicting information you will get. My advice for any first time parent is that this book is the only one you need to buy. Not only does it give you no nonsense practical advice but it gives complete reassurance that your baby will not break or explode if you make a minor mistake. It emphasises the importance of remembering that both you and your baby are learning here, nobody is instantly the perfect parent so give yourself a break and take it easy, you will get the hang of it.
My daughter is only 9 weeks old and I constantly refer back to this book for guidance and peace of mind. The humour with which it is written also encourages you to laugh at yourself as you relate to the issues it covers.
I love it and have already recommended it to some of my friends who are expecting their first baby!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only new baby guide worth reading 29 Oct. 2008
By A. Lee
This book is the only one that's actually been worth it. The statements are all evidence based (research cited), it makes it very clear that babies differ, and the writer has 3 kids to back that up, and it's honest without being bleak. The advice is sane and warm, and non-prescriptive. So many books are written with a dogmatic certainty, and self-appointed experts scare parents into thinking their way is the only one. This book explores the practicalities, the theories and the realities of having a small baby; sleeping to feeding to the basic baby-kit requirements - but it never loses sight of the fact that life goes on, and babies grow up, and parents can and should take a deep breath and enjoy this time, too. I can't recommend it enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Very informative for first time parents like us! Very well written and simple to understand.
I know I will reread this over and over
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Bought this to read on my kindle while feeding my then 4 week old baby and it's been really helpful so far. Read more
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Bought it as a gift for a pregnant family member, she says it's very useful reading.
Published 7 days ago by W. Jones
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my daughter expecting her first baby she found the book to be ideal giving you help and answering questions Def recommend
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Published 13 days ago by Rachm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a quick read
It was a good overview of what to expect as a new parent. Not very detailed though therefore do not recommend it if you are looking for instructions on how to do thing.
Published 16 days ago by seyed sadeghi
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great, light-hearted introduction to parenthood
Such a great, light-hearted introduction to parenthood :) Put me at ease regarding a lot of topics and tells you straight, which is good! Great humour and really informative
Published 18 days ago by Suzanne Keys
4.0 out of 5 stars Only started to read it but i really love the tone of the book and the...
Only started to read it but i really love the tone of the book and the friendly manner it is written in. It is my first pregnancy book and I hope it will help. Read more
Published 24 days ago by D.V. Aftan
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