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Saturday, 28 April 2012

The Ultimate Baby and Toddler Q&A (Netmums)

The Ultimate Baby & Toddler Q&A: Your 50 Most Common Questions Answered

How do I pick him up? Is it OK to bring her into bed with me? Is it OK to give him a dummy? When will she sleep through? When should I start weaning? When will she start crawling? How do I make a start on solids? When will he start talking? When should I start potty training? So many questions for mothers of babies and toddlers - but all the answers are in THE ULTIMATE BABY & TODDLER Q&A, a comprehensive and accessible handbook from Netmums, the fastest-growing online parents' organisation in the UK. This indispensable guide includes hundreds of top tips and suggestions from other mums - it's real advice that really works from real mums who have experienced what you're going through

This is a book that mothers' with newborns could be given and would answer so many of those niggling questions that keep us mums awake at night worrying about. 

There are many questions in the book, which is divided into chapters relating to newborn babies, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, and 12 months +. The questions are by real mums, and so are the answers! There are answers from the net-mums experts as well as some of the net-mums members.

This is the sort of book that can be dipped into at any time and be referred to for advice. There are lots of topics covered, including sleep, bonding, that never ending topic of conversation, poo, post natal depression, feeding, teething to name but a few. 

One of the main things I like about this book is that advice and answers to questions are given by both the experts and by other mothers. Advice from experts are 'normal' in these sort of books, there are many on the market and can give conflicting advice and opinions. However, this book also contains advice from other mothers/carers who have been in the situation, had the motherly instinct, maybe been confused by the conflicting advice - which is best? and gone with their instinct, there are a number of members opinion's given for each question.

Net-mums is becoming a very well known and popular forum, with members or organisers being invited onto television to debate a wide range of topics - this is very similar to the book, drawing on the many differing opinions of its members.

I would highly recommend this book as a great gift for any new mum. It offers support and advice on a wide range of topics that parents and carers are likely to worry over during that first year and beyond.

Thank you to the publishers, Headline, for sending me the book to review.

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