I have just finished reading Dr Ellie Cannon’s new book, “Keep Calm, The New Mum’s Manual” and I am delighted to report that this no-nonsense parenting guide really hit the mark with me!

When I was pregnant for the first time, with Wilfred in 2011, I was desperate to read anything that would help me (and my baby) survive the onslaught!  However, I was left wanting…every book I picked up irritated me with either its hippy-esque or militant tone, and there seemed to be very little in between!  But now, we have a happy medium.  Dr Ellie Cannon, a GP and mother of two, has written a book to help new mothers wade through the mountains of conflicting advice and to trust their in-built parenting instincts.

Dr Ellie encourages you to understand that there is often no right or wrong with parenting, and that if you let your instincts guide you,  you and your baby will fall into a happy rhythm soon enough.

Her chapter on “Milestones” should allay any fears mothers might be having about their child’s developmental stages.  She explains what is normal at what age and when/if or why you should seek help.  For example, mothers of Bottom-shuffling babies will learn that their child may walk a little later than a crawling baby, and therefore need not worry when comparing their baby to someone else’s!

Dr Ellie provides great and practical advice on how to deal with a baby suffering from Colic.  She does not diss alternative therapies, but encourages parents to try them out for themselves, but warns against embarking on expensive courses of treatment where there is no proven result.

She offers a great chapter on the Post-natal period, including a check list to aid the diagnosis of Post Natal Depression, which is perhaps helpful in itself as a way of discounting PND and just opening up the debate of how hard life as a new mother can be and how miserable you can feel sometimes (without being clinically depressed).

Her chapter on Vaccines is essential reading for every new mother who is hesitating about giving their child the recommended childhood vaccinations.  She talks through the myths associated with Vaccines, such as “My baby’s immune system be overloaded”, “Vaccines contain Mercury” and the big one.. “MMR causes Autism”.  I would implore you to read her sensible and expert advice on this very important subject.

For a multitude of reasons, mothers today are perhaps more hungry for information than our mothers before us and it is brilliant to have access to a book that helps us to identify the real and important advice that will genuinely help us and build our confidence as parents.