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First-Time Parent: The honest guide to coping brilliantly and staying sane in your baby's first year Paperback – 30 Apr 2009
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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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Because some of us do need a step by step photo guide to putting on a nappy.
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.
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.
The writing is considered and with real warmth. This book cost me less than a tenner, whilst antenatal classes cost us over £150. I know which one we'll get more use out of as our scary but amazing parental journey continues.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good basic guide although possibly not much I wouldn't have realised myself. However it is very readable and doesn't seek to baffle with overuse of jargon. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by shopper1982
I found this book to be well written and packed with useful information without being patronising.Published 1 day ago by Stujg
As a first time mom I bought this book going by other reviews. I was so excited to read this before it was delivered as I was so keen to learn how to look after my child. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sara
Excellent book well received by my daughter as a first time MumPublished 4 days ago by Mrs J.E. Chamberlain
The best book I've bought so far. It actually tells you what you need to buy and prepare yourself for. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a soon-to-be dad I wanted to do my research. Having read a number of reviews I decided to go for this book to help me out. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mr Williams
lots of informaion and an easy read, not bombarded with facts or told how to do it!Published 14 days ago by Emma Taylor
Love this- certain things - like a list of possible reasons baby might be crying- may sound obvious when you're thinking clearly and rationally, but when confronted by an... Read morePublished 18 days ago by erin james
I found it offensive how the author deemed it paramount to abuse if a parent didn't provide a child with refined sugars. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jaime P Clifton