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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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Yes, I still feel clueless in many ways, but I am starting to accept that that is just the way I am feeling in the face of starting life as a mum as I worry about blanking out everything I read once baby is here and I am sleep deprived.

I understand that mothers are the ones who tend to take the lead on childcare, but it would be more forward thinking to aim the whole book at both parents. also it promotes a more relaxed and fun, for babies and parents, play-time approach rather than intellectual/over-stimulating one. New moms and dads will also learn about the baby's crying, feeding their child, the baby's physical and mental development, health considerations for baby and parent, the changing mother-father relationship, and coping with being at home and with going back to work. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. 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.Although I know these are the practicalities, it would be more readable if there were a better balance.

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? Cry – why your baby cries, what to do, why you’ll want to cry, tooEat -breastfeeding, supplemental feeding, moving to solids, nutritionGrow – baby’s physical and mental developmentPlay – yes, you two actually can have funThrive – health considerations for baby and parentLive – adapting to your new life, the changing mother-father relationshipWork – coping with being at home and with going back to workAlso includes information on single parenting, and on adopted, multiple and special needs babies. I read this book a few weeks after I had had my daughter and really really wish I had read it before or straight after I had her as there was so much information, with hinsight, that would have helped me and caused unnecessary worry. It addresses the needs of the baby and, very importantly, those of the parent during the first year of their baby’s life.

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. The First-Time Parent is on your side, and reassures that you can cope brilliantly with your new baby and your new life. 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? By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. 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.

We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. It addresses the needs of the baby and, very importantly, those of the parent during the first year of their baby's life.

The edition I read it also very outdated (always refers to the partner as a “he” and assumes there is a partner) and has some incorrect information (such as old NHS guidelines). It also has so much information for mothers, yet there are only tiny sections for fathers thrown in. I’m so glad I’ve read this book in my third trimester before the baby arrives- whether you can apply it all or an amount goes out the window- the reassurance of it right now is real. 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. Contents the equipment and kit new parents really need, how to cope with the first few hours, coming home, bonding, how to survive the first few days, and sleeping.

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