The Mumsnet Books: The Answers to Everything

Rules paperback 


Pregnancy: The Mumsnet Guide book cover 


Babies: The Mumsnet Guide book cover 


Toddlers: The Mumsnet Guide book cover 


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

Why Did Nobody Tell Me?

Why did nobody tell me… that you don't need to worry about the other parents at the school gates? 

Why Did Nobody Tell Me? offers invaluable advice on not only how to survive the school gates but how to navigate every part of the tricky path of parenthood.

Drawn from the Talk boards, and based on the assumption that if thousands of parents have found a piece of advice to be helpful then you can be pretty sure it's worth knowing, this book shapes that collective wisdom into dozens of dos and don'ts that will lead you through the minefield that is 21st-century parenting.

Provocative, funny and a triumph of common sense over hysteria, Why Did Nobody Tell Me? will act as a buoyancy aid to help you keep your head when all about you are losing theirs.

Why did nobody tell me...

  • That the gurus don't always know best
  • That you don't have to 'get your figure back' six weeks after birth
  • That it's OK to let them eat dirt
  • That you don't have to have a naughty step

And most importantly...

  • That you should never buy a guinea pig



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 or Android smartphone 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