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The Best Books for New Mums

Posted on 16th February 2021 by Mark Skinner

Becoming a parent for the first time can feel like a very daunting task. From (not) sleeping to feeding to getting the right baby monitor and crib, it can feel like there are a million different choices and that everything depends on making the right one, all the time. Fortunately, there are plenty of books out there that are packed full of sound advice and reassuring testimony from other mothers - here is our pick of the best of them.   

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From touching and amusing anecdote to the difficult decisions around being a working mum and dealing with feelings of guilt, Giovanna Fletcher lays bare the manifold wonders and unavoidable struggles of modern parenting in this collection of heart-warming letters to her three young sons.
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An inspirational guide to life as a black mother from the founder of Make Motherhood Diverse, I Am Not Your Baby Mother is a brilliantly observant and timely book about the problematically homogenous portrayal of maternity in British media.
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Eschewing quick-fix answers and illusory perfection, psychotherapist and author Philippa Perry’s book encourages a more realistic, empathetic approach to raising a child, revealing the secrets of rewarding parenting.
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The lessons she's learnt while grappling with two small boys - from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training - will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it's definitely not just you...
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A parent of five children aged one to seventeen, Stroud has plenty of wisdom and insight to offer women at all stages of their journey through parenting, and this beautiful, refreshingly honest account of all aspects of motherhood is required reading on a provocative topic.
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Written by a midwife, Hooper’s informal and accessible guide to pregnancy, birth and the very first stages of motherhood is a wonderfully reassuring read about a life-changing event.
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Rich in practical advice and relatable anecdote, Pentland’s memoir of the ups and downs of her parenting journey provides great comfort and reassurance to new mothers.
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Revelling in the mess, chaos and frustration (and also profound love) of being a new parent, Kirby’s hugely popular Hurrah for Gin highlights the realities of parenthood through hilarious cartoons and observations.
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Plotting a course through the morass of advice, recommendations and techniques available to new parents, Oster utilises the data to discover what really works when it comes to childcare.
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Getting to the bottom of why French children are so well behaved, Druckerman draws upon years of experience of observing her Gallic counterparts and their offspring to deliver a playful yet perceptive parenting guide with a difference.
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One of the most provocative and explosive parenting books ever written, Chua’s deliciously witty and eloquent account of her extremely strict and pushy parenting regimen is an eye-opening story of cultural expectations and unorthodox expressions of maternal love.
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The other side of the coin to ‘tiger parenting,’ Alexander’s guide to how the Danish raise happy, well-balanced children through nurture and laid-back communication is a highly important and necessary work.
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The mother of all baby care manuals, Murkoff’s definitive guide to everything from buying baby products to dealing with sleep and feeding issues really is the bible for all first-time parents.
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Interspersed with classic lullabies and nursery rhymes, record your child’s milestone moments and achievements from birth to age five in this beautifully presented volume.
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