- The Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting
by Gina Ford. If you like routine then this book is for you. Many rave about this book and others are equally as passionately against it. I found it useful for my first in trying to get into some sort of routine, particularly at bedtime, but I did not follow any of it to the letter.
- The Secrets of a Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with your Baby
by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau. This book helps you identify and accept what type of baby you have and what type of parent you may be. There are no rights or wrongs. They describe a pattern of feeding, sleeping and playing that can be flexible.
- Breastfeeding. Is this normal? a post from Unicef describes how important it is to recognise that each experience we have is unique and individual and to go with the flow and follow what our baby needs, rather than imposing unrealistic expectations on our baby’s behaviour and ourselves.
Some suggested parenting websites
- Aha parenting by Dr Laura Markham, an American clinical psychologist, who is author of the books Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting and Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life.
- Maggie Dent.com. “Commonly known as Australia’s ‘queen of common-sense’, Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. She is a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages. ” This is a great resource full of insightful articles and blogs.
- Mums net
- Surrey mummy
- Horsley mums Facebook group. Ask to join the closed group, which has an active forum.
Local parenting courses & workshops
- The 10 Week Parenting Puzzle course run by Surrey Nurturing Links explores the Nurturing Programme in depth. It is suitable for children of all ages although some courses may be run for specific groups.
- The 4 Week Parenting Puzzle Workshops are mainly run in Children’s Centres for parents of under 5s. However, these workshops also run in some schools for primary aged children.
The Surrey Henry Programme. The HENRY Group Programme is an 8-week course designed to give parents and carers of children up to the age of 5 the tools and skills they need to provide a healthy family lifestyle. HENRY is a unique and highly successful evidenced-based intervention to protect young children from the physical and emotional consequences of obesity. HENRY works because of its holistic approach, recognising that emotional well-being and confident, responsive parenting are just as important for a healthy lifestyle as nutrition and activity.
- Hatchlings, a bookable group (following a health visitor referral) on Tuesdays for parents to discuss topics like sleep, feeding, baby first aid & looking after yourself.
- They hold a drop-in baby clinic every Tuesday 11am – 12.30pm.
- Positive parenting workshops, usually for 2-9 years age.