The Mumsnet Books: The Answers to Everything

Pregnancy: The Mumsnet Guide book cover 


Babies: The Mumsnet Guide book cover 


Toddlers: The Mumsnet Guide book cover 


The Mumsnet Rules 


Did you know that in addition to the vast repository of wisdom that is Mumsnet Talk, you can also get some of the best bits in book form?

Our Mumsnet guides will fortify you when your internet connection is down, your toddler has drowned your smartphone in the toilet or you need to curl up with a good book. Just click on the images above to find out more about the Mumsnet books.


The rules

The Mumsnet Rules

The Mumsnet Rules is packed with juicy nuggets to arm parents with the sort of insights that usually come with hindsight.

Drawn from Mumsnet Talk, the goal of the Rules is make you into the person you would be if you had had two or three children to practise on before the ones you actually have. Written by a mystery Mumsnetter (and JustineMumsnet) these rules are about finding your bearings, doing things in a way that makes your life just a bit easier. 

The Golden Rules:

1. You don't have to bake with your children.
2. Don't fret about milestones.
3. Don't buy a guinea pig for your child.
4. Ignore unsolicited parenting advice from old biddies on buses.
5. Don't give up work for your children (unless you want to).
6. Cut their hair off.
7. Let them eat cake.
8. Boycott World Book Day.
9. Don't hit your kids.
10. Put away your mobile, turn off your laptop and don't even think about a BlackBerry or an iPhone.

Buy it for any poor saps friends who haven't found Mumsnet yet and you'll be giving them a road map through the minefield that is 21st-century parenting. Buy it for yourself for those moments when being a parent is driving you doolally and you need a bit of perspective (and a good laugh).


Pregnancy: The Mumsnet Guide

Pregnancy: The Mumsnet Guide book coverMorning sickness to maternity leave, stretch marks to swollen ankles, birth plans to births-not-so-planned, and all the jitters and joys in between, the Mumsnet guide to pregnancy takes you through every stage of the hormone-sodden path to parenthood.  

The guide is packed with advice, wit, wisdom and reassurance from other Mumsnetters on potential pregnancy concerns such as:

  • When should I go public?
  • Am I going to be a good mother?
  • Is it OK to have a glass of wine… maybe two?
  • Am I the only one with ankles the size of cabbages?
  • When am I going to start blooming?
  • How do I stop complete strangers patting my bump?

Add some wickedly funny illustrations and the whole lot printed on planet-friendly paper and we immodestly claim that if you only read one book while you're pregnant (or thinking about it), this should be the one.


Babies guide iPhone appBabies: The Mumsnet Guide

If you're a new parent, then Babies: The Mumsnet Guide is your road map to the strange world of the postnatal - a world of strong emotions and revolting excretions. And now you can download the Babies guide to your iPhone with a FREE app.

If you can't log on to Mumsnet because it may wake up a Precious First Born whose sleep-resistant powers are positively superhuman, then this is the book/app you need to hand for those middle-of-the-night crises (but make sure you don't laugh too loudly).

Babies: The Mumsnet Guide contains the advice, thoughts, experiences and random burblings of thousands of parents on:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Colic
  • Sleep
  • Food
  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Childcare 

It's the gathered-up, boiled-down wisdom of thousands of mums and the occasional dad who have posted on Mumsnet since its launch in June 2000. Throw in some debates about parenting styles, embarrassing admissions, a fair bit of gore and the odd bit of flagrant silliness and you have the answers to everything you need to get you through life with a baby.

(Until you get to toddlerdom and then you need Toddlers: The Mumsnet Guide.)


Toddlers: The Mumsnet Guide book coverToddlers: The Mumsnet Guide

Toddlers: the Mumsnet Guide distills the experience and advice of hundreds of thousands of parents who've lived with a sleep/food/reason-resistant toddler and survived to laugh about it.

It covers all aspects of toddlerdom with honesty and practical advice about negotiating the legion of parenting pitfalls, including:

  • Behaviour and discipline
  • Potty training
  • Sleep problems
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Food and fussy eaters
  • Travel
  • Education

So if you're at your wits' end (an oft-repeated phrase on the Mumsnet Talk boards), let Toddlers: The Mumsnet Guide restore your sense of perspective and reassure you that you're not alone in the frequently bewildering experience that is parenting a toddler.


Please spread the word! We want as many mums (and dads) as possible to benefit from the brilliant advice in the Mumsnet guides. Review them online, tell your Mumsnet Local friends, tell your NCT group, buy them as presents - whatever you do, you'll be doing A Good Deed.

Last updated: about 3 years ago