I recently reviewed Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year which you can read here.
I have also read and loved Dr Dawn’s Guide to Toddler Health. This book follows a similar format and offers brilliant advice for parents of toddlers.
Like the First Year book, this book gives you a timeline of childhood checks and milestones. I love this section as it is really useful to refer to as your child reaches each stage. It offers you reassurance.
The Potty training section is really useful as I know this is something a lot of parents struggle with or worry about. We aren’t at the potty training stage yet so I will define refer back to this.
I loved the section on your Toddler’s Medicine cabinet, I like to be organised so find this list really useful to refer to. I feel reassured knowing I have the essential items.
The A- Z of toddler ailments is something I know I will definitely keep looking back at. It is useful to know if you need to seek medical advice or you can treat at home.
There is also a section of first aid, something which is essential for all parents to know.
Like with the Baby’s first year book I would definitely recommend this to all parents and feel I will refer to this constantly throughout Finn’s childhood.
I was recently sent a copy of Dr Dawn’s Guide to your Baby’s first year and Dr Dawn’s guide to Toddler health . Dr Dawn Harper is a GP, Mother of three and famous for shows like Embarrassing bodies and Born Naughty?
I really enjoyed reading both of her books. They both offer no nonsense straightforward advice on your child’s health. In this review I will talk about the book Your Baby’s First Year.
I love how Dr Dawn introduces herself she is immediately relatable. Despite being a GP it is obvious she has the same new Mum fears we all have at some point. I knew her advice wouldn’t sound patronising or unachievable like some parenting books.
The book contains tips for looking after yourself, this is so important and something we all forget.
I also loved Dr Dawn’s practical weaning tips, there is so much conflicting advice now a days it is nice to hear advice from a GP who you know is giving you the facts.
I read the whole book from start to finish in one sitting but I know I will keep referring back to the advice given. Especially the A-Z of infant ailments.
I wish I would have had these books when I first had Finn as I would often worry and turn to Google if Finn was ill, which made me worry even more. This book offers sensible advice and you know you can trust a GP.I particularly enjoyed the sections on travelling with a baby and sleeping as these were worries of mine.
There is a handy developmental checks and milestones timeline, Dr Dawn explains what will happen at each check which again is perfect for a worrier like me.
The section on vaccines is very informative but not an overload of information. It would be useful for anyone who is unsure if to let their baby be vaccinated as all the side effects and reasons why we vaccinate are explained.
I would definitely recommend every parent to be or new parent buy this book. It would also make a brilliant book for any parents to be.
I have a confession to make … I am a Baby group addict. I know some people I have spoke to say some groups are a waste of time and money for young babies but I loved getting out and about in the early days and chatting to other new Mum’s.
You name it from baby massage, messy play, baby matters, Mummy coffee mornings, rhyme time, Baby sensory, gardening club, swim a song, playgroup, baby sign we’ve done it.
I like a routine (as much as possible with a young baby) and to be out and about,
so I think when Finn was first born I liked to know there was a group we could go to each day. We didn’t necessarily go to one every single day every week as I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself, but I liked knowing there was the option. I live in Chester, where I moved for Uni so found it good to meet new people with baby’s the same age.
I know a lot of people don’t like attending because they feel shy about meeting other people, but I’ve always found everyone to be really friendly after all everyone is in the same boat. It really helps to have people going through the same experiences to talk to. Plus there’s usually coffee ,always a bonus.
I found my local children’s centre, libraries, Facebook groups and Mum’s in the know (a Facebook page) best for finding groups. A lot of them were free or minimal charge as well. Now Finn is getting older and I’m back at work we do 2 classes a week (messy play & gardening club) which I will do a blog on soon. I found going to these groups has helped Finn to be confident around other babies and enjoy new experiences.
If you’re feeling nervous about attending a group with your baby or toddler just give it a go us mums love talking about our baby’s so there’s always an ice breaker.
Let me know what groups you love to attend as we are always on the look out for new ones to try.