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Complete Baby and Childcare: Everything You Need to Know for the First Five Years Hardcover – 2 Jun 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DK (2 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405329750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405329750
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Takes the mystery out of parenting . . . its commonsense approach will inform, reassure and inspire all parents. (The Times)

About the Author

Dr Miriam Stoppard – doctor and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, is the UK’s best-known expert on pregnancy and birth. A popular medical writer, broadcaster, and newspaper advice columnist, she is trusted by millions of mums and dads for her clear, accessible advice. Find out more at www.miriamstoppard.com.


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I must have read a different book to the previous reviewer! I found it full of helpful, kind advice. I bought it when I had my little boy and didn't notice it being particularly gender biased. What she does say is that you can encourage traits in your child - little boys are often good at puzzles - make sure you give your daughter puzzles too! Little girls tend to be more interested in books - make sure you read to your son!
As with most aspects of childcare, as everyone's child is an individual (makes the world a more interesting place that we're all that way), you have to pick and choose the advice that best suits your style, your inclination and your offspring! I'm not a Gina Ford fan - but that doesn't mean I've not found things in her books that have been useful; particularly when my daughter arrived and I had to deal with two.
I would recommend this book - it covers a vast area of ground - but I wouldn't say it was the ONLY one I'd want on my bookshelf.
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Invaluable, sensible, advice. I think all my questions as my first child was growing up from birth to toddler were answered. No book can fully take the place of a doctor but common issues are covered here very well and, living in Africa where getting to a doctor requires a full day, this book gave us some knowledge and plenty of peace of mind. I read the first third of the book prior to birth and that stood me in good stead for early issues and questions, e.g. croup and one febrile seizure, both of which I had read about and so had no untoward concerns when they happened. I knew what was going on and what to do. I have two gorgeous happy healthy children and, like me, there must be thousands of others around the world who owe some level of thanks to this lady for that. Before choosing this one I had reviewed several others. I also bought several others, but this is "the one".
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Excellent practical guide. I bought it for my son as a first time Dad in waiting and he said he thought it was a very sensible book and confirmed that you do not need to spend a fortune on loads of expensive kit to feed, clean and generally look after a baby. Common sense always prevails.
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This book is really comprehensive for new parents. It is easy to read and dip in and out of because of the layout inside, each page is broken into subheadings with bulletpoints etc. For this reason it is brilliant as a quick reference guide, which, lets face it, with a new baby is what you need. That said, it is probably more useful to read before you have a baby. I have referred to it a few times since having my baby but used it mostly before he was born. I knew nothing about babies and equipment when I was pregnant so this was a great fool proof book to start off with. The babies in the book are extremely cute too!
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What a great book. Our son is 16 months old now, and this book has been a source of important information since he was born. We are living in Australia, so family advice is not easy to come by. 'Aunty Miriam' as she is called in our house, is always at the ready. No matter what the scenario (food, illness, play, routine, etc), there is always a matching article in this book, providing reassurance and comfort that you - as 'new parent' - are on the right track.
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Complete Baby and Childcare: Everything You Need to Know for the First Five YearsI bought the pregnancy book and found it contained everything you need to know (just as the book states!). Miriam Stoppard is a name you know you can trust and it is a good reference book for everything you encounter and need to handle when you become parents for the first time. Highly recommended reading.
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A thoughtful and comprehensive book, guiding new parents through most queries and incidents of babyhood. I bought it for my daughter and son-in-law who are expecting baby no.1 to have as a reliable source of information ready when they need it. I trust Miriam Stoppard's advice and her approach and have benefitted from it myself as a new mum some 30 years ago.
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I bought this book because I had the Miriam Stoppard pregnancy book and as a first time mum I had no idea what to do with a baby! I skimmed the first sections before having my baby but I'm now continually dipping in to it for sleeping, weaning, socialising etc information. Really useful of you feel a bit uncertain, would highly recommend.
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