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Books for Parents

There are loads of great books about pregnancy and childcare on the market. These are some of the books that we've reviewed and would recommend. Amazon offer great deals.

The Day-by-Day Pregnancy Book, by Maggie Blott

No other pregnancy book provides this level of detail, allied with such extraordinary photographs, 3D scans and illustrations which reveal in unprecedented clarity exactly what is happening to you and your baby every single day.

From early foetal development to how your hormones prepare you for birth, learn from world-class experts. Plus, obstetricians, midwives and parents advise on your baby's development, medical matters, your changing body, diet, fitness and much more.

A special hour-by-hour rundown of what to expect during and immediately after birth, plus further reassurance for the first two weeks of your baby's life, will give a helping hand through the culmination of your pregnancy, from pain relief to those first intimate and unique moments between you and your child.

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Desmond Morris answers questions about babies such as "What makes babies cry?" "How important is a mother to her baby?" "What comforts a baby?" It's a facinating, informative and extremely well written book, written from the babies point of view. The book has been around a while but is still relevant.

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Your Pregnancy Bible

The Experts' Guide to the Nine Months of Pregnancy and the First Weeks of Parenthood by Anne Deans. This book is written by a team of experts - doctors, midwives, health visitors and researchers - under the direction of a practising obstetrician. It provides practical & reassuring advice on all aspects of pregnancy & early parenthood, from the antenatal care you'll need & emotional considerations, to how to look after your newborn & your body after birth. It shows the baby's physical development in utero week by week - including life-size illustrations. Special sections cover the milestones of each trimester & help you to keep track of important check-ups at a glance. My daughter used this book during her pregnancy & found it extremely useful & informative.

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The Baby Whisperer

This book is perfect for first time parents. It contains essential tips on calming, connecting with and communicating with your baby, with advice on problem solving, from nanny-to-the-stars Tracy Hogg.

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Optimum Nutrition for your Child's Mind

By Patrick Holford and Deborah Colson.

This book gives all the information that you need during pregnancy and afterwards to use nutrition to help your child develop to his or her maximum potential.

Essential reading for anyone with a child having problems at school but also well worth while getting when you're pregnant to ensure that you're getting sufficient nutrition for you and your baby.

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Books of Baby Names

There are loads of books on baby names and not a lot to choose between them. Amazon has a great selection at reasonable prices.

A friend of my daughters gave her what I think was some good advice with regard to choosing a name for her baby. He said "for goodness sake just give it an ordinary name there's nothing worse than having a really unusual name". The name of her friend is Merlin so I think he probably knows what he's talking about! My advice would be just not to be in a hurry to decide. You need to live with it for a long time so really make sure you're 100% happy.