As most new parents have discovered babies do not come with an instruction manual, my GP & midwife gave me a variety of leaflets and booklets but nothing seemed to work for me, so before Baby J arrived I ventured into my local book shop with the intention of buying a book to guide me through the first few months / year of parenthood. After finding the 'baby aisle' I became sucked into the sea of books and quickly found myself drowning. There were so many to choose from, on such a wide variety of topics but none seemed to fit write with me and as I hadn't a clue and found myself leaving empty handed feeling very overwhelmed. In the end I was given a book by my sister in laws and used that for the first few months, and what was missing from that I used the web and took pot luck in finding the right answer.
So when Lisa Clegg asked the Slummies if we'd review her book 'The Blissful Baby Expert' I jumped at the chance. Could there be a book that suited the every day mummy and daddy?
There is nothing more frustrating than reading a book written by professionals that half way through becomes clear that the author clearly has never had children. This is what makes The Blissful Baby Expert different, Lisa Clegg the author is an experienced maternity nurse who has looked after 100's of babies and supported their families, she is also a mum to 3 young children so has written this book from a professional stand point, but with also her own experiences
Lisa guides you through the journey of parenthood covering all the essential topics -
- Before the baby is born
- Going into hospital
- Coming home
- Common problems and illnesses
- Development milestones
Answering common questions along the way.
I really like the style the book is written, it has a friendly tone which made me feel the advice was coming from a friend. The advice in the book is easy to follow and makes sense. The illustrations are done well and are easy to follow.
Reflecting back over Baby J's first year I felt that the book covered all the topics that I sought advice on else where, not only that it gave me honest information, telling you what the recommendations are and also her opinion. The advice given in the earlier sections on feeding, and sleeping would of helped me no end and made my life so much less stressful. Lisa also mentioned other authors which is a rarity. I found the section on teething most useful especially as baby J is still in the middle of it, the book provides you with a diagram of when the teeth may come through, and for me matched up pretty well.
The Blissful Baby Expert is one of those books that should live on every new parents coffee table, as it contains so much useful advice that you would want to pick it time and time again to check on bits of information. My hubby was also impressed with it, and found that he could use the book too. So many baby books seemed to be written just with the mums in mind and often forget the dads need help too.
Thank you Lisa for writing a book for the real mummies and daddies of this world who need honest, friendly, professional advice. BIG THUMBS UPhttp://www.theblissfulbabyexpert.co.uk/
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