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First-time Parent

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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Forget unrealistic childcare manuals -- this is the book you really need to help you cope brilliantly with those first chaotic days and months ahead. / Real photography of real people -- not sanitised studio shots / An excellent antidote to the anodyne baby manuals that fail to take into account the turmoil of the first-timer / Lucy Atkins is a respected health journalist with excellent media contacts and publicity potential / Feisty but highly informed advice / National and regional consumer PR campaign targeting Parenting, Women's and Family press. / Consumer competitions to win baby related goods and vouchers

About the Author

Following a degree in English from Oxford University, Lucy Atkins established a career as a successful health journalist. She often contributes articles for the Guardian and is a literary critic for both the TLS and the Sunday Times. Her work has also appeared in the Times, the Telegraph, and Red magazine. Lucy has been a first-time parent, as well as a second- and third-time one. She lives with her family in Oxford.


`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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