If you want a practical book I found Baby Love to be full of useful information rather than a book that endorses a particular parenting approach.
Best tips for first time mothers:
- If you're planning on breastfeeding get prepared as for many women it is overwhelmingly difficult. In saying that, once established boobs are great when you're breastfeeding your baby as it solves just about all issues - feed to sleep, feed to feed, feed to comfort, feed if they are sick. Presto, content baby! (Exceptions may apply.) Best advice I got for establishing breastfeeding was to feed them at every squeak. Feeding lying down and bedsharing saved my sanity and got some sleep.
- Keep visitors at arms length and make their visits short.
- You will most likely be terrified when you bring baby home but adrenalin will kick in. Sleep deprivation happens when the adrenalin wears off.
- Have ready meals prepared in the freezer and stuff to watch on DVDs so the nights don't get too lonely.
- Ask any and all questions on here, don't worry if you think they are stupid. We've all been there. If anyone gets narky at you they are a twit and someone will point that out to them.