Let's talk about the first year of parenting

02 July 2022
Volume 30 · Issue 7

In 2017, a University of Swansea study that looked at infant parenting books that promote strict routines found that a large majority of mothers with an infant aged 0–12 months found them unhelpful and reported stress, anxiety and even depressive symptoms. One of the study's authors was Amy Brown, a researcher in maternal and infant health and the author of the book Lets talk about the first year of parenting. Reading this book, it is obvious Professor Brown used the study to inform its content. This book is, at its heart, an owner's manual for carers of babies in their first year of life. The aim is to impart, in bitesize chunks, relevant and useful advice to parents, without overwhelming readers with facts and instructions. Most importantly, it provides evidence-based information and advice that does not pressure parents who may already be struggling with the reality of life with an infant.

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