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Mums on Babies [Paperback]

Justine Roberts , Carrie Longton , Rachel Foster
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30 Mar 2003
Drawing on the wealth of material on the "Mumsnet" website, this guide presents the collected wisdom of real parents who have been through it all and survived to pass on their experience to others. Each chapter contains a distillation of the best postings submitted by thousands of the site's users, punctuated by fact boxes, tips and summaries of what parents have to say.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (30 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844030717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844030712
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Justine Roberts is a football writer for the Daily Telegraph and former TV producer with two-year old twins. Carrie Longton is a former TV producer with two children under two. They met at ante-natal class and founded the Mumsnet website in June 2000.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Top tips from real experts 28 April 2003
By A Customer
I've bought a lot of parenting books in my time and some of them have actually been of some use.
But this is one of the few that combines tips from "ordinary" parents (mostly, but not all mothers) with some "expert" corroboration. Having been in many of the situations described in the book as a first time mum, I know the suggestions and advice it contains are pragmatic and have often worked for me.
The book is based on a successful and widely admired website which has a discussion forum for mums to exchange views on many issues including parenting. It is so wide-ranging and busy that sometimes really excellent advice gets "buried" even when it is a few weeks old. It was great to revisit some good tips on babycare that I had seen before but had forgotten about. And even in this day and age not everyone has internet access (especially at 3am when your baby is teething and commanding all your attention).
I'd really recommend this book in its own right (how many other "non-academic" parenting books have the guts to put in a bibliography of other similar publications?) and as an introduction to the website.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like talking to your friends 22 April 2003
This is such a practical and reassuring book! The Mumsnet website prides itself on offering real life support and advice - often at three in the morning - and this book is a distillation of some of the message board contributions made by ordinary mothers from all over the World.
The book includes the occasional 'expert' tip and does not pretend to give accurate medical advice, but there is a wealth of 'Well I tried this and it worked for me..' anecdotal stuff that really shows a cross-section of experience. There's nothing at least one mumsnet member has not experienced - and they're all willing to share it with us! I felt like a better, less lonely mother after reading it. So will you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like chatting with your mates 4 April 2003
By A Customer
We all had mums and we were all once babies - but when you're sitting on an ice-pack with a tiny child in your arms and a husband who's looking kindly but terrified - you feel as though no-one's ever done this before and you are ON YOUR OWN...
Well, not any more. This book has been compiled from contributions to the website and is packed with open, honest and practical real-life experiences from hundreds of mums out there. There are a few tips from 'experts' and it does not pretend to give professional medical advice, so it really is like talking with other mothers - but with time to concentrate on what they're saying! After reading this book, you feel as though you may just be quite a good parent after all...and still be a human being.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The advice is timeless... 3 Jan 2005
By Mrs. L
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Just like the other reviews stated, it's great to hear the advice from a 'parent' rather than an 'expert' as they have litterally been through the same as you. I think the advice is timeless, meaning the same ideas seem to work again and again whatever year you buy this book. You can take or leave what you want from it. You also find yourself going back to it again and again as your babe gets older. Can't wait for a toddler version to come out!
Topics covered in the book are: Breast & bottle feeding, Sleep, Food, Baby's health, Your health, Parenting, Relationships, Childcare & going back to work, and Travel.
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