Planning for baby

Going from two salaries to one and the costs of baby items can be daunting, but you can keep within budget.
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07.Recommended reading

Pregnancy and birth

  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley
  • Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke
  • The New Pregnancy & Childbirth by Shiela Kitzinger
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff 
  • Conception, Pregnancy and Birth by Dr Miriam Stoppard
  • Attack of the 50 foot hormones by Emma Tom

Baby care

  • Baby Love by Robin Barker
  • Baby on Board by Howard Chilton
  • How to Stay Sane in Your Baby’s First Year: The Tresillian Guide by Catherine Fowler and Patricia Gornall
  • The New Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford
  • Save our Sleep by Tizzie Hall
  • Sleeping Like a Baby by Pinky McKay
  • The Wonder Weeks by Hetty van de Rijt and Frans Plooij
  • First-time parents by Dr Miriam Stoppard

Caring for older babies and toddlers

  • The Mighty Toddler by Robin Barker
  • The Complete Secrets of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph and Sharon Biddulph
  • Kid-Wrangling by Kaz Cooke
  • Parenting for a Peaceful World by  Robin Grille
  • Todler Tactics by Pinky McKay
  • Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett

First aid and safety

  • First Aid for Babies and Children Fast, in association with St John Ambulance

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