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Im having my first baby but where the hell do i start??!!

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Hi all - Well its my girlfriend thats having the baby (thanks god lol) and we found out this monday that she is 5 weeks pregnant. Was a total shock but good news now :0)

As i know practically nothing about pregnancies and babies etc can anyone suggest any books, dvds, or internet sites that are worth looking at for advice and info?

Any help would be great as I would like to be as informed as I possibly can to help out where I can etc but as we all know the internet is vast and people recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
hi and good on you for wanting to learn as much as poss.
im sure someone on here could recommend a good book for u,
i have 5 children had my 1st at 18 before having my kids i looked after children alot so i learned quite alot then
have u got any mates with kids?
#2
asda , basic baby books in there mate , we have 2 (kids as well as books ) a baby one and a toddler one .

I will see if i can find it
#3
edjaned
hi and good on you for wanting to learn as much as poss.
im sure someone on here could recommend a good book for u,
i have 5 children had my 1st at 18 before having my kids i looked after children alot so i learned quite alot then
have u got any mates with kids?


I do have a few friends with kids but to be honest they are not really friends whome have really bothered with learning anything at all. It didnt help their relationships with the mothers and i dont fancy being like that thus my search for info begins lol.
#4
Oooo, congratulations hun. Bin a few years since I had my 1st. I had a great book from Boots (I'm certain they still do them) only £1 or free with boots card. Gives week by week details of what's going on. x
#5
why not talk to your parents?
#6
alnbowes
asda , basic baby books in there mate , we have 2 (kids as well as books ) a baby one and a toddler one .


Didnt realise they have books in asda for this sort of thing - i will pop in their on the way home if you think they are a worthwhile purchase. Thanks!
#7
Think you might find this link handy

http://www.mothercare.com/gp/node/n/42766041/026-5833004-7794037?ie=UTF8&mcb=core

Congratulation !!
#8
hannah19790
Oooo, congratulations hun. Bin a few years since I had my 1st. I had a great book from Boots (I'm certain they still do them) only £1 or free with boots card. Gives week by week details of what's going on. x


Thanks, thats ideal - then i have an idea of whats actually happening and what to expect.
#9
Congratulations. It nice tyo see a bloke that is actually that bothered to go out and learn. Well done!
#10
Two good sites are

http://www.babyworld.co.uk/
http://www.mumsnet.com/ (really good prouct reviews from real people)

:thumbsup: Welcome to the world of the dark circle eyed people ;-)

P.S. join Boots Parenting club, tesco equivalent, etc
#11
Congratulations to both of you :) I found Dr Miriam Stoppards books on Pregnancy and Childcare really helpful - especially when I had my first (I've got 3 now).
banned#12
congrats to you both, most of it you learn as you go along, best wishes to you both xx
#13
schaf
why not talk to your parents?


:w00t: 20-30 yr outdated advice can rub you up the wrong way I've found :whistling:
#14
congrats to you, there is nothing that will prepare you for the trip ahead, just enjoy every minute and look after that girlfriend of yours. good times :thumbsup:
#15
What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect) (Paperback)
and
What to Expect the Toddler Years (What to Expect) (Paperback)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_b/203-0917581-1551147?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=what+to+expect


I havent got this one which on the same page , What to Expect When You're Expecting (What to Expect) (Paperback)
but if owt to go by the other 2 are cracking :thumbsup:

I got it from ASDA though mate , think it was cheaper ..
#16
tightasagnatschu
:w00t: 20-30 yr outdated advice can rub you up the wrong way I've found :whistling:


agreed:thumbsup:
#17
congrats :)

you will learn most as you go, and remember advice can differ depending where its coming from
banned#18
banned#19
Oh well done btw.....have a cigar

http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o436/FoosballChum/Petershubcigar.jpg
#20
Many congratulations to you both ... you are now heading for the ''best time of your life'' .. enjoy every second of it .. there are lots of good books on the market for pregnancy , childbirth & parenting, I can't recommend any but my advice would be take it slowly & learn a little every day as you go along. Good luck :thumbsup: :)
#21
Well Done! Nice to see you asking for help :thumbsup: (woman like that thing :p)
banned#22
Congratulations and would be nice if you can read through some baby books
#23
First [COLOR="Magenta"]CONGRATULATIONS & WELL DONE BOTH OF YOU[/COLOR] I made this thread a little while ago i hope it helps i personally found the tesco forum excellent whilst i preganant last year
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=205899
#24
Thanks everyone for all the advice and links etc - thats a good amount to look through for the next few days/weeks. Worth getting a much info as i can - at least that way their should be answers to 'most' things in them.
#25
congratulations! Everyone is giving really good advice, I will offer my own. Having had a baby which came out 11 pounds 6 ounces I suggest you lock away the chocolate!!!!!
banned#26
Sure start centres seem good places for advice on children/child care etc...
1 Like #27
My girlfriend is 7 weeks pregnant. When we had our first appointment with the midwife a couple of weeks ago, we were given what they call a pregnancy pack at the reception of the Doctors. It gives everything you need to know in there including the developmental stages of the baby up to a couple of years old. Ask at your Doctors or ask your midwife about it next time you are there.
#28
Congratulations!
[url]www.babycentre.co.uk[/url] is great - lots of straightforward advice and a week by week timeline.
I've got 4 kids and they are the most valuable people in my life. Don't go out and buy all the paraphenalia before you've chatted to everyone about what they used and didn't use.
Nice one!
#29
Congratulations Your midwife should give you a book called birth to toddler or something like that I will try and find what books I had when I was pregnant last year...
Also Huggies website is another good one for advise and help xx
#30
Right these were the books I got and referred to a lot and enjoyed ready I bought them from Amazon uk


The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You
.
The Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy
#31
Congratulations to you both !!

In all honesty, the best thing you can do is just be interested. When I was pregnant with my first, my weekly ritual was to sit and read the Boots guide and look at what was happening with my baby that week. However, the miserable toad next to me just ummed and pretended to be interested every week.

Read the books to get a general idea, but all pregnancies and births are different, so just make sure you enjoy the whole experience and be there for support and to offer pickled onion monster munch at 6am each morning - or was that just me that needed those..... :whistling:
#32
Congratulations :-D

Well done you for asking for information good to see you are getting involved already :thumbsup:
#33
tightasagnatschu
Two good sites are

http://www.babyworld.co.uk/
http://www.mumsnet.com/ (really good prouct reviews from real people)

:thumbsup: Welcome to the world of the dark circle eyed people ;-)

P.S. join Boots Parenting club, tesco equivalent, etc


I recommend these sites too - if your girlfriend joins one of the forums on babycentre she will have a group of mates the whole way through (e.g. if she is due in March 2009 join that forum - any niggles she can post for answers, everyone has scans done at same time etc. She can sign uo for weekly progress emails too.). Also when she goes to docs/midwife she shoudl get a free book called Emma's diary which has week by week information and the NHS do one which I think she gets when you go for 12 week scan which is also very good. HTH
banned#34
donnydude
My girlfriend is 7 weeks pregnant. When we had our first appointment with the midwife a couple of weeks ago, we were given what they call a pregnancy pack at the reception of the Doctors. It gives everything you need to know in there including the developmental stages of the baby up to a couple of years old. Ask at your Doctors or ask your midwife about it next time you are there.


Congratualtions donnydude, how did you do it, considering you are on here most of the time :roll:

I'm staying on here as long as i can to avoid pregnancy :-D
#35
[QUOTEoffer pickled onion monster munch at 6am each morning - or was that just me that needed those..... :whistling:[/QUOTE]

My craving was bacon sandwiches
#36
I'm having my first this christmas and the wife bought me this book, really helpful and informitive but funny at the same time
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blokes-Guide-Pregnancy-Jon-Smith/dp/140190288X
#37
Few wee things I will mention that I would have found good to know when I was a new mum for 1st time.

The pram... yes it is kind of a big deal when it's your first but prams are a bit like fashion and are "in and out" in a season. Don't pre order your pram and pay it up as by tie you get it, it will no boubt be cheaper and the "new edition" will be out. Also big flashy prams may look good but aren't very practical so if you go for one, you may regret it later.

Parenthood can be very competative. If your friend who has just had a baby buys something which looks super duper but you don't need it, don't buy it just to keep up. Rise above it. I wish I did but I bought my first all sorts to try and keep up with the jones'.

Adverts.... don't pay attention to them! You know the way they make the dullest of things look great fun for a baby? Ignore it, it probably took them 3 weeks to get that shot and your little one would rather play with the box it came in.

Thats a fewof my tips LOL
#38
DLM
Congratualtions donnydude, how did you do it, considering you are on here most of the time :roll:

I'm staying on here as long as i can to avoid pregnancy :-D


I wouldnt say I am on here most of the time!

I'm not going to go into detail of how I did it as it's a family forum but..................when a boy and girl are very very drunk and their clothes get very very wet, these things just happen.

I don't think you are in any danger of getting pregnant. Most ISP's provide microfilters nowadays to stop spinsters like yourself getting pregnant from their cyber boyfriends.

Hope that helps
banned#39
donnydude
I wouldnt say I am on here most of the time!

I'm not going to go into detail of how I did it as it's a family forum but..................when a boy and girl are very very drunk and their clothes get very very wet, these things just happen.

I don't think you are in any danger of getting pregnant. Most ISP's provide microfilters nowadays to stop spinsters like yourself getting pregnant from their cyber boyfriends.

Hope that helps


I'm happy about that :thumbsup:
#40
Congrats on the baby I would recomened Bounty.com amongst others but go on the web and join all the parent baby groups Tesco Boots Pamper Huggies Babies R us Mothercare Emmas Diary they all send out different items of advise vouchers and freebees, I also subcribed to Mother and Baby magazine and Pratical Parenting only did it once then canceled but I still have the mags and keep going back to them now my little ones are a little older 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 so been well worth the subscription cost and you always get a free gift:-D If you are looking at using reusable nappies I would recomened looking at The Used Nappies Company [url]www.usednappies.co.uk[/url]. we brought one set of nappies for our little ones new and another lot second hand and you can not tell the difference now so dont worry about buying second hand

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