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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007269447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007269440
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (395 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Reassuringly full of advice that doesn't make you feel like a bad parent. I found the crying checklist the best- a run through of things to try and then to accept that you've done everything you could - so don't feel bad! New parents always feel like they're doing the wrong thing and this book reassures them they ultimately won't blow up the baby if the nappy goes on backwards once!
4stars because some more practical things are not very clear.
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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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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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It's my first baby and I started reading this after my 15 week scan when I knew everything was going to be alright with the baby. I couldn't put it down! It told me everything that I'm going to need to buy, what to bring to the hospital, what's going to happen during the birth and straight afterwards and how to deal with emotions and even pesky visitors. I'm still reading through it. Some of it shocked me but that's because no one has ever told me about them before. Now I feel much more prepared for my baby and less nervous.
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Rating it as it's ok is probably being a little generous to be honest. There is some good info, advise and tips, but not anywhere close to comprehensive or enough. The book just scratches the surface of addressing the issues to be faced by 1st time parents and is full of large baby pictures - if I wanted an album of baby pictures, I'd buy that. In this case it was just an attempt to fill up the pages. Don't recommend.
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For first-time parent like me with absolute zero experience with babies this was a Godsend. It's easy, practical (pictures, links, address book of all contacts mentioned in the book). The author provides you with clear, uncomplicated information of how to deal with your baby in the first year. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend.
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