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Five of the Best...

Parenting Books

By Zoe Craig

There are literally thousands of parenting books on the market. So many, that choosing between them can be a daunting task. But these five tried-and-tested options really make the grade, offering simple, effective and easy-to-understand information and advice.

Best Book About Your Baby's First Few Weeks

In those overwhelming early days, this book is a soothing source of sensible advice offering calm, practical and, most importantly, manageable chunks of information about those first precious months with a newborn.

Each chapter covers a week of your baby's development, including everything from sleeping and feeding to washing and playing. Written by two experienced mums – one a paediatrician, the other a health writer – this is packed with practical tips covering all the basics such as baby burping and dealing with nappy rash.

Your Baby Week By Week, Dr Caroline Fertleman and Simone Cave, pub Vermillion

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Best Book About Getting Babies to Sleep

Sleep! From the moment your little one is born, the subject of sleep will be forever in your thoughts. Even if your newborn is a 'good' sleeper, there are no guarantees sleep issues won't emerge when your baby enters toddlerhood and beyond (sorry).

Parenting expert and mother of four (four!) Sarah Ockwell-Smith offers gentle solutions to your baby's sleep 'problems' in this reassuring, evidence-based book. It'll reassure you that you’re not 'doing it wrong' if your baby doesn't sleep through the night.

The Gentle Sleep Book, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, pub Piatkus

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Best Book About Being A Mum

Feeling inadequate? Unsure what your baby wants? Tired all the time? Short-tempered with your other half? Then you need Naomi Stadlen's What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing. The book is a comprehensive collection of anecdotes about motherhood, gleaned from hundreds of real mums from diverse backgrounds and spanning over a decade of experiences. Psychotherapist Naomi Stadlen's approach is refreshingly reassuring.

What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing, Naomi Stadlen, pub Piatkus

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Best Book About Baby Health

It might not be sexy or fun, but there's something deeply reassuring about having this information-heavy tome on your bookshelf. Baby & Child Health will be there for you during those stressful times when your little one falls ill. So much better than making scary symptom searches on the internet, this book gives you just the right amount of visual and practical detail on more than 150 childhood ailments. Plus, there's a handy guide to what should be in your medicine cabinet.

Baby & Child Health, Everything You Need To Know, Dr Philippa Kaye, pub DK

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Best Book About Baby-led Weaning

Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett's Baby-led Weaning Cookbook is a real two-for-one, explaining everything you need to know about baby-led weaning (if you’d rather skip boring purees and find the joy in real food) combined with more than 130 delicious and varied recipes for the whole family. The first section covers all the practical basics about how to wean your baby. Study the science bit, then get onto the fun of creating loads of tasty treats that everyone can enjoy. The recipes are simple enough for even the most nervous cooks to follow, and you might find some favourites that become part of your culinary repertoire for years to come.

The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook, Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett, pub Vermilion

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Zoe Craig ​​

Zoe Craig is a mum and freelance journalist juggling writing about arts, culture, parenting and lifestyle
while enjoying time with her son, aged 4. She's expecting her second baby in spring 2018.

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