First-Time Parent

The honest guide to coping brilliantly and staying sane in your baby's first year
Author(s): Lucy Atkins
Original Publish Date: Mar 04, 2010
Product Number: EB00608074
Released: May 15, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780007361069
Publisher: Collins
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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.