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First-Time Parent: The honest guide to coping brilliantly and staying sane in your baby’s first year

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It addresses the needs of the baby and, very importantly, those of the parent during the first year of their baby's life. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance.

Reading this I was able to find areas I wanted to delve into deeper which is why I feel that this is a great starting point for people to find areas they want to know more about. I began to read this in the last month of pregnancy as everything has suddenly become real and I realised I had NO CLUE what I was gonna do when my little person arrives. I read most of it and found the down to earth common sense advice and insight useful to a fist time mum. As a health journalist and mother-of-three, Lucy Atkins is familiar with both the medical aspects of childbirth and baby development, and the reality of day-to-day life as an exhausted first-time mum or dad. Covered a lot of the bases, found the bullet point lists of steps to do in certain situations (baby can't sleep, baby struggles breastfeeding, baby is crying) really helpful.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.

Lucy's third novel The Night Visitor, has been optioned for television, Her new novel, Windmill Hill has been described as 'a triumph' by Philip Pullman. Forget unrealistic childcare manuals – this is the book you really need to help you cope brilliantly with those first chaotic days and months ahead. Cry - why your baby cries, what to do, why you'll want to cry, too * Eat -breastfeeding, supplemental feeding, moving to solids, nutrition * Grow - baby's physical and mental development * Play - yes, you two actually can have fun * Thrive - health considerations for baby and parent * Live - adapting to your new life, the changing mother-father relationship * Work - coping with being at home and with going back to work * Also includes information on single parenting, and on adopted, multiple and special needs babies. In a humorous style, the book begins with that first mind-blowing day and addresses the issues unique to the first-time parent who stares at their newborn and thinks Where are the instructions?I read the 2009 edition and my only criticism is that some of the information in the later chapters, particularly regards relationships and work, seems a little outdated or stereotyped. I'm unsure why mothers should read the entire book while fathers only read the snippets for them at the end of chapters. i also like that it covers the growing/developing stage by trimester rather than week by week or month by month which prevents you from comparing your baby to average and statistics and let it grow/develop at it's own pace.

Her last novel, MAGPIE LANE, a literary mystery set in an Oxford College, was chosen as a Book of the Year by the Guardian, The Telegraph, Good Housekeeping magazine and Radio 4's Open Book. Easy to read, like the realistic style and approach to 1st year of parenthood, lots of useful information and tips without getting too detailed but with lots of resources if you want to i. Although I know these are the practicalities, it would be more readable if there were a better balance.By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose.

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