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'How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids' and other books mums should read in 2019 

New mums, hello! We're here, you're not alone. We know how hard it can be and we are here to help.

First of all, well done on making it this far, you've survived pregnancy, grown a little life inside you and brought it into the world successfully - you deserve a standing ovation. Now comes the easy(!) part, all you have to do is raise them. The prospect can be scary at times and you'll find yourself learning on your feet. There may not be someone there to answer every little question you may have about being a parent, so do what Matilda did, turn to the magic of books. 

We've rounded up a list of 11 of the best parenting books to help you in a variety of different ways. From caring for your post-partum body, to learning the foolproof way to soothe your baby to sleep, through to hilarious parental anecdotes that will have you in stitches, and just how to navigate going back to work - we've got it all! 

The best parenting books 2019:

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1. Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults, introduced by Lucy Mangan

All this parenting really takes it out of you, you're up all night and sleep has become a thing of the past. So when you get a chance to sit down, baby sleeping softly by your side, pick this up and have a read. Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults does exactly what it says on the tin, with excerpts from old favourites like The Secret Garden and Wind in the Willows, the tales will leave you feeling cared for and parented. And sometimes that's exactly what you need!
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2. Raising Boys in the 21st Century, by Steve Biddulph

Are you a mumma to a lovely little boy? If so, this really is essential reading for both you and your partner. Navigating the current climate can be hard when everyone seems to have an opinion on the importance of gender and how to raise your boys. But really, all you've got to do is raise him to be kind, compassionate and to respect women - that's not hard surely? This book has some great pointers and is a really interesting read.
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3. The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, by Heng Ou

Jam packed full of recipes and health advice for new mums, this amazing book is based on the lost art of caring for mum after birth. Author Heng Ou believes that while the first forty days after giving birth are primarily for bonding with your baby, they are also for healing your body - rather than being expected to 'bounce back' straight away. A fascinating read!
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4. Confessions of a Single Mum, by Amy Nickell 

This brilliant and joyful book is about Amy's journey after falling pregnant age 24 and how she navigates through motherhood as a single mum. 

Amy’s recollections of raising her son Freddy without a father debunk the misconceptions that often surround single mums, while also providing an honest, hilarious and wonderfully frank portrait of parenting highs and lows - something all families will relate to.
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5. The Very Hungover Caterpillar, by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees

Parenting can sometimes seem every serious. But this hilarious parody book for adults is guaranteed to lighten the mood of any new parent - making a brilliant present! From the bestselling authors of 'We're Going on a Bar Hunt', this parody of a much-loved storybook is a must-have in 2019.
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6. Truly Happy Baby: It worked for me, by Holly Willoughby

'A practical parenting guide from a mum you can trust.' We have to say, if we're going to trust any celebrity baby book, it's one written by the nation's sweetheart, Holly Willoughby. Gather up as many tips as you can from the lovely Holly, including a cookie recipe that is said to promote lactation in new mothers, and how best to bath your new-born. First time parents will love all the practical advice. 
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7. How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids, by Jancee Dunn

A hilariously candid account of one woman's quest to bring her post-baby marriage back from the brink, with life-changing, real-world advice. Part fiction, part memoir, we bet you'll devour this in a matter of days. We did! 
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8. Nobody Told Me, by Hollie McNish

The wonderfully comical Hollie Mcnish has written a book of poetry and anecdotes to get you through the first year of being a new mum. Recounting her own experience of pregnancy and parenthood, you will relate to almost everything she writes, from morning sickness to toddler tantrums. A fabulous read!
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9. The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums, by Beccy Hands Alexis Stickland

This one is all about you. A handy survival guide to managing the emotional and physical rollercoaster of becoming a new mum. From creating cooling breast pads with chamomile tea and quick stretches to relieve aching muscles, through to recipes to nourish your postnatal body and 5-minute fixes to restore your sense of humour, this book is a lifeline for new mums! 
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10. Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work, by Jessica Shortall

This is the only book you need as a mum going back to work. A definitive guide, Work. Pump. Repeat. is the first book to give women what they need to know beyond the noise of the “Mummy Wars” and the judgment on breastfeeding choices. With genius hacks and a lot of humour, Jessica shortall provides you with the moral support you need to deal with the guilt of going back to work. Don't succumb to it - you're a boss mum! 
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11. Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology, by Diana Graber

As a new mum, you might be thinking this one is a bit premature. We bet your tot is still more entertained by a plastic spoon than they would be with an ipad. However, it's always good to be prepared, and let's face it - we're living in a digital age that is unavoidable. This book is a fantastic read and really helps you think of ways you can raise your child to form healthy relationships with technology, so that they don't grow up addicted to the screen! You won't regret reading this one. 
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12. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, by Tracy Hogg

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer is a lovely, funny book by Yorkshire-born nurse and television presenter Tracy Hogg. Known for her ability to sooth any baby to sleep, Tracy's advice is invaluable for any new mum. An all-rounder kind of book, you won't be be able to put it down and will be sure to put her techniques to good use. 

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