First-Time Parent

First-Time Parent : The Honest Guide to Coping Brilliantly and Staying Sane in Your Baby's First Year

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Forget unrealistic childcare manuals - this is the book you really need to help you cope brilliantly with those first chaotic days and months ahead.

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. In her feisty, humorous style, she 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?"

Anticipating the questions and concerns of all new mothers-Why does my baby cry so much? Will I ever lose all this weight? Am I a bad parent because...?-the book provides practical advice and level-headed reassurance. It addresses the needs of the baby and, very importantly, those of the parent during the first year of their baby's life.

Contents include:

Starter's orders - the equipment and kit you really need, as opposed to what the department store tells you
Hello - how to cope with the first few hours
Start - coming home, bonding, how to survive the first few days
Sleep - for everyone!
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.

The First-Time Parent is on your side, and reassures that you can cope brilliantly with your new baby and your new life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 700g
  • Collins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • edition
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0007269447
  • 9780007269440
  • 85,673

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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
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About Lucy Atkins

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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