Clever new publication...practical and witty.... Just the ticket for modern
mums and dads to be.
-- Irish Independent
Welcome combination of humour and real-life stories to ease your worries. -- Junior Pregnancy and Baby
A brilliant and useful read that doesn't patronize the reader but
offers clear, honest facts. -- The Sun
Clever new publication...practical and witty.... Just the ticket for modern mums and dads to be. -- Irish Independent
Welcome combination of humour and real-life stories to ease your worries. -- JUNIOR Pregnancy and Baby
From the Author
When I had my daughter three years ago, I was desperate for a book that really told me how it was. I wanted reassurance that the devastation wreaked on my body wasnt permanent. To be told that my utter failure to follow a routine meant I was still qualified to be a mother, and that my baby wasnt defective because she refused to eat and sleep when she was meant to. And that (whisper it) I wasnt the only person who found life with a new baby exhausting, yet rather boring at the same time. Mostly, I wanted a book that made me feel normal. They were all out there, the volumes that told you how to breastfeed, change a nappy, encourage your baby to sleep through the night. Others were fun to read, sharing the experiences of the author and her friends. What I really needed was a mixture of the two: a book that gave the answers to real questions can I breastfeed and still drink alcohol? Which is the right formula for my baby? When do most people start having sex!
again? Will I ever fit back into my jeans? Is a nursery better than a childminder? backed up with stories from real parents who had been there themselves. All this combined with more serious sections on illness, development, and where to go for further help.
So, when my new son was days old I started scribbling some notes. This book has the benefit of being written as I was going through it all, without the rosy tint of hindsight. Its set in a very real world of busy labour wards, statutory maternity leave and community midwives who make you stay in all day waiting for a visit, so you wont find reference to choosing your own paediatrician (as if!), like in some of the other books out there. Its also set in the very real world of grumpy partners, competitive fellow parents, and nipples that squirt embarrassingly in public places.
I certainly learned a lot during the process of researching this Rough Guide. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!