Review & Giveaway: Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

Since having Little M I’ve realised how totally clueless I am about babies. The NHS website it great for information, but you have to know what you’re looking for, don’t you? Not to mention the rather overwhelming, seemingly endless visits in those first weeks from midwives and the health visitor; and then you somehow have to get yourself and your baby out of the house for a specific time (what?! Are they mad?!) and down to the GP for the six week check. I did find myself frequently wondering in those early days and weeks, just what are these people looking for? What do they want with my baby?

Enter Dr Dawn Harper. You know, that lovely lady with the luscious dark locks on Embarrassing Bodies. She’s very helpfully written a new book all about what to expect in baby’s first year. And she’s a doctor, so she knows her onions. Or rather, babies.

Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

This book covers everything from feeding your baby (both breast milk and formula milk; how refreshing!) to when to expect the midwife or health visitor to visit (and what they’ll do). It also details what the doctor is doing at the six week check when (s)he’s examining your baby. I only wish I’d read it a bit earlier as Little M is 13 weeks now so has done all this. Having said that, it still made for interesting reading and it’s good to know what was going on, even retrospectively.

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Even more interesting is the chapter about immunisations. Unfortunately, the vaccination schedule detailed is already slightly out of date as the Meningitis C vaccination stopped being given on 1st July 2016, but nevertheless Dr Dawn has explained what’s in each vaccine and, perhaps more importantly, written about the illnesses they protect against.

I’ve written recently about my worries about Little M and her immunisations, but now that I’ve read this book, I feel even more confident that we’ve made the right choice by ensuring that she has them. It would be irresponsible not only to her, but also to society as a whole if we were to opt out.

Dr Dawn has also written about how to ensure the best environment for your baby’s sleep, what to expect from teething (including how to cope with it) and simple things that I’ve often wondered about like how to clean your baby’s teeth, how to bathe them and how to cut your baby’s nails (I must confess I reach for the nail file in this instance as I’m terrified of nipping Little M’s skin!). I really like the way Dr Dawn has succinctly covered answers to those questions that you really want to know, but feel too stupid to ask!

There’s also a section about typical baby ailments and another on baby first aid. For a book of less than eighty pages, it really does cram a lot in. And that’s what I like about it. It gets straight to the point when, frankly, you haven’t got time to faff about. I only wish I’d had Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year in my life sooner, before Little M was born!


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There is one prize of a copy of Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year . No cash alternative.
This competition is open to residents of the UK only.
Competition ends 18th September 2016.
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The winner will be notified via email within 7 days of the closing date, and must respond within 28 days to claim their prize. Jules of Pondering Parenthood will then arrange delivery of the prize within 10 working days.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year to read for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are my own.



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