Win the Essential Parent Baby Care Guide 4 dvd box set (worth £35)

Robert winstonI have 2 sets of this brilliant Essential Parent Baby Care Guide DVD box set to giveaway.  The guide comprises 4 DVDs with over 8 hours of visual demonstrations coveting everything new parents need to know to raise, happy, safe and healthy babies through its many parenting tips.

Recent research has revealed that 80% of new parents felt they were not equipped to deal with this practical side of parenting. According to David Cameron people spend more time learning to drive than they do learning to become good parents! I’m not sure about that but I do definitely think these care & development DVD’s are a good idea.

These essential Parent Company DVDs are solely concerned with supporting parents in their own choices. If a mother wants to breastfeed it shows her how and if she chooses to bottle feed it shows her how. That is quite unusual these days.

Professor Winston is a baby expert and has advised the company throughout the making of these DVDs.


DVD 1 – “Feeding” – includes Breastfeeding, Formula Feeding, & Introducing Solids, and is presented by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative, and a Paediatric Nutritionist from the British Dietetic Association.


DVD 2 – “Care & Development”  -includes everything you need to know on Care from a experienced Midwife (bathing, nappy changing and so on) and a Consultant Paediatrician (recognising a meningitis rash, treating fever, building the immune system, and so on). It also includes a comprehensive Development section, presented by teachers & Development Psychologists – and covers physical, emotional and cognitive development. Finally it includes a full visual demonstration of Baby Massage techniques, advised by Paediatric Physiotherapist from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.


DVD 3 – “Sleeping” is presented by a sleep expert who advises the NHS.


DVD 4 – “First Aid and Accident Prevention” – includes the entire infant first aid course from the St John Ambulance, and advice on safety from the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

They are available on the company website, or in any John Lewis store.

You can click here for baby care advice

How to Win a Set.

Simply tell me in the comments below which part of caring for a newborn you have found or fear will be the hardest?

For a second entry sign up to my newsletter and let me know in a separate comment that you have.


I entry per person please

I can only post in the UK so winners need to have a UK postal address. Winners picked at random on 13th July.


Good luck!




  1. iain maciver
    June 29, 2012 / 9:22 am

    when they are growing up will be the hardest

  2. laura banks
    June 29, 2012 / 9:45 am

    getting them to eat certain foods that even i don’t like

  3. Lou Taylor
    June 29, 2012 / 5:58 pm

    Managing to look after anewborn properly whilst exhausted is the bit that is worrying me most.

  4. Ashleigh
    June 29, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    when they aren’t well!

  5. Ashleigh
    June 29, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    i am subscribed by email

  6. claire woods
    June 29, 2012 / 8:12 pm

    Breastfeeding was the best but the hardest thing I have ever done.

  7. claire woods
    June 29, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    signed up to your newsletter.

  8. S Edwards
    June 30, 2012 / 7:16 am

    going from milk to soilds

  9. vanessa crowley
    June 30, 2012 / 8:53 am

    weaning them i think be hard

  10. helen rhoads
    June 30, 2012 / 11:36 am

    when they have colic

  11. Rachael Simmons
    June 30, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    We’ll be trying for a baby soon and I’m worried we’ll forget really important things, such as having immunisations done and working out a feeding routine. Also, my partner is a policeman and I worry he will not be able to spend as much time with our children as other dads do.

  12. Tracy Nixon
    June 30, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    Feeding was a huge dilema as some books/people recommend feeding on demand and others say sticking to a routine! My first baby seemed to be hungry all the time so I started weaning him at 4 months. The second was a terrible feeder so I had to feed him almost every hour! My two daughters we opposites too but by then I felt more confident in following my intuition!

  13. Tracy Nixon
    June 30, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    I am subscribed to your newsletter!

  14. JJ
    June 30, 2012 / 2:28 pm

    Im very scared about leaving baby unattended even for a few seconds, i.e when daddy goes back to work. Im not sure how im going to take a shower or go to the loo. Im think im a bit over anxious lol.

    June 30, 2012 / 3:00 pm


  16. Emma Clarke
    June 30, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    Breastfeeding is what I fear the most

  17. Emma Clarke
    June 30, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    I have signed up to the newsletter as a second entry.

    June 30, 2012 / 5:21 pm

    Taking them from bottle to solid, getting the balance right

    June 30, 2012 / 5:22 pm

    Have signed for newsletter

  20. Victoria Boland
    June 30, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    Lack of sleep at night.

  21. fiona waterworth
    June 30, 2012 / 11:26 pm

    sleepless nights, when the baby just wants to feed and mumble

  22. abigail craig
    July 1, 2012 / 12:14 am

    bathing the baby.. they wriggle lots!

  23. Meg Charlish
    July 1, 2012 / 8:09 am

    The colic evenings from 6 till 10

  24. Andy D
    July 1, 2012 / 8:51 am

    Changing the Nappy

  25. Rachel C
    July 1, 2012 / 1:47 pm

    I’m worried about when the baby is ill – how do I know if it is nothing to worry about or if I should call a doctor? I have a feeling that when my baby is born I’ll become an over anxious mother – rushing him or her to the doc’s every other day lol.

  26. Hazel Christopher
    July 1, 2012 / 2:32 pm

    Establishing a routine.

  27. hayley Green
    July 1, 2012 / 7:42 pm

    Getting a sleep routine in place 🙂

  28. Summer
    July 1, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    To try to get them to into a routine (feeding/sleeping) they didn’t seem to like that!

  29. Kate Cunningham
    July 1, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    I was very scared bathing my babies and I was still nervous bathing my granddaughter. @01592_katie

  30. Kate Cunningham
    July 1, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    subscribed to newsletter via Google Reader @01592_katie

  31. siobhan marie
    July 2, 2012 / 11:26 am

    getting the complete balance right . sleeping mostly x

  32. Solange
    July 3, 2012 / 3:43 am


  33. Jenny
    July 3, 2012 / 10:27 am

    The serious lack of sleep!

  34. Cheryl
    July 3, 2012 / 11:03 am

    All of it! From whether I should breastfeed or bottle, how many times do I change a nappy, how do I hold them when they have a bath!! EEEEEkkkkkkk! But I’m sure I’ll be fine and I can’t wait!!!!!!

  35. Jodie Burnett
    July 3, 2012 / 5:34 pm

    Im worried about knowing what it is my baby wants when they cry.

  36. Hilda Hazel Wright
    July 4, 2012 / 2:13 pm

    Not knowing what is wrong sometimes when they’re crying, its hard not to feel like you must be doing something wrong.

  37. Hilda Hazel Wright
    July 4, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    I’ve subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks for the competition!

  38. Harriet
    July 5, 2012 / 12:13 am

    Lack of sleep

  39. Josie Coltman
    July 5, 2012 / 1:41 pm

    Feeding my son solids, especially when my son is teething. He goes right off his food and I always feel bad when I have to throw food away, because he’s refused to eat it.

  40. Emma Howard
    July 5, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    Coping with the lack of sleep

  41. Kristian
    July 7, 2012 / 12:35 am

    The fear of being able to keep them safe from harm

  42. Robyn Clarke
    July 7, 2012 / 7:32 am

    My baby is due in 2 weeks time and we’ve got my mum, my father in law, sister in law, brother in law, niece and nephew coming to visit from South Africa the day after the baby is due. Only my mum will be staying with us, but I’m most dreading the visitors and how we are going to try and keep them and baby happy.

  43. Robyn Clarke
    July 7, 2012 / 7:32 am

    Subscribed to emails

  44. Brimstone Rox
    July 7, 2012 / 10:37 am

    My fear is what if I don’t feel an instant bond with my baby.

  45. Suzanne sendell
    July 7, 2012 / 11:24 pm

    Are they too warm or too cold

  46. Victoria m
    July 8, 2012 / 9:42 am

    I worry about PND

  47. Laura Cooper
    July 8, 2012 / 2:41 pm

    I think getting enough sleep to keep me sane will be the hardest thing.

  48. Laura Cooper
    July 8, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    I have signed up to your newsletter.

  49. Keith
    July 8, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    kitchen accidents

  50. Catherine Miller
    July 9, 2012 / 8:21 am

    Settling down into a good feeding routine.

  51. Elizabeth Smith
    July 9, 2012 / 10:55 am

    Sleeping. I need a lot of sleep to stop me turning into an ogre!

  52. Heather Shaw
    July 9, 2012 / 3:01 pm

    The bit where they depend on me. for everything.

  53. Sam R
    July 10, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    Breastfeeding i found very hard and an emotional roller coaster, i fear for their safety, some say i am over the top with that and also i was massively freaked out by the umbilical cord falling off hehe

  54. Sam R
    July 10, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    signed up to newsletter aswell 🙂

  55. Louise R
    July 10, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    Bathing them safely

  56. Emma Bradshaw
    July 10, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Being too tired to look after them properly!

  57. Hayley Todd
    July 11, 2012 / 9:10 am

    Being an expectant first time mum, whilst I cannot wait for my little girl to be here, I am very nervous about many aspects of her being here in the real world! From breastfeeding – will she be getting enough nutririon, what if she can’t breastfeed, what if I can’t breastfeed! Being worried that there is something wrong if I can’t stop her crying – whether she is in pain or feeling poorly! I will be worried about leaving her unattended for even the smallest amounts of time, literally seconds, so can picture myself carrying her everywhere with me, including to the bathroom and leaving the door open with her in her moses basket right by the door!

  58. Toyah Rusby
    July 11, 2012 / 11:51 am

    I feared sleep with my new born, as she had been in SCBU on a ventailator with respiratory distress for 18 days. I was such a worry bringing her home and being comfortable letting her sleep. She now only settles when being held and we’d love some adive on her self setlling, but we’d never let her cry it out.

    July 11, 2012 / 12:22 pm

    getting them eating the healthy meals

  60. Alix
    July 11, 2012 / 1:39 pm

    functioning without sleep!

  61. Nathalie Taylor
    July 11, 2012 / 6:58 pm

    Worrying that you are not doing things right and the lack of sleep x

  62. Nathalie Taylor
    July 11, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    Signed up for newsletter x

  63. B.B MC
    July 11, 2012 / 10:59 pm

    Establishing good routines for baby and parent

  64. B.B MC
    July 11, 2012 / 11:02 pm

    Subscribed. Many thanks. Interesting and informative reading.

  65. Kuli
    July 11, 2012 / 11:11 pm

    Being a first time mum I was anxious about all the basics when my daughter was born, i.e was she breathing normally? Was she ok when she was sleeping? How would I know if she was not ok? Was she getting enough milk from breastfeeding and so on. However, I read up on a lot of the basics to satisfy myself I was doing the right thing.

  66. Gillian Holmes
    July 12, 2012 / 10:33 am

    When they turn 13…

  67. Amanda Durley
    July 12, 2012 / 11:20 am

    At the age where my son knows what he wants but cant tell me

  68. Amanda Durley
    July 12, 2012 / 11:20 am

    subscribed by email.

  69. Christina Michael
    July 12, 2012 / 11:37 am

    when they are crying in the middle of the night and you are sleep deprived yourself

  70. Emma Smith
    July 12, 2012 / 12:41 pm

    For me it’s always the broken sleep

  71. Emma Smith
    July 12, 2012 / 12:41 pm

    have signed up for newsletter

  72. Jenny Rogers
    July 12, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    Bathing the baby especially when wriggly.

  73. Leanne
    July 12, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    Feeding for what seemed like all of the time, constantly changing both his and my clothes when we are covered in sick and feeling guilty that perhaps it was something I’d eaten that was making him sick.

  74. katherine grieve
    July 12, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    Not looking forward to teething!!

  75. Rach
    July 12, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    The lack of sleep!

  76. Janine Atkin
    July 12, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    i found the lack of sleep difficult. my son slept in the day and was awake at night and trying to change that routine took what seemed like forever!

  77. sue willshee
    July 12, 2012 / 7:32 pm

    for me the hardest part was being released from hospital and knowing that I had sole responsibility for the welfare of this little being. I had been in hospital for 10 days following a caesarian so when they let me out I had a panic and wondered how I would cope on my own!

    July 12, 2012 / 8:55 pm


  79. Sarah
    July 13, 2012 / 1:34 am

    Being unwell 🙁

  80. Sarah
    July 13, 2012 / 1:36 am

    I have signed up to your newsletter

  81. Matt
    July 13, 2012 / 6:47 am

    When they are feeling unwell

  82. katie brown
    July 13, 2012 / 7:48 am

    I found breast feeding to be really hard and after exhausting sleepless nights i just couldnt do it. but when i gave up and started formula feeding things seemed a million times easier. just that one change helped me cope.

  83. katie-rose jex
    July 13, 2012 / 9:29 am

    trying to get them settled on breast feeding

  84. Andrea Farrar
    July 13, 2012 / 11:14 am

    “Oh baby boo, why are you crying? ” check the book, it doesn’t sound like any of those cries…”I’ve just fed you, burped you, you have a clean nappy, why are you crying?…oh, ok, you just wanted more booby, right-o, I’ll just carry you round then – why can’t you cling on like a monkey?”

  85. Adrian Clarke
    July 13, 2012 / 11:29 am

    Getting up in the middle of the night 2 or 3 times & then
    waking up feeling like you have not slept!

  86. joanna barber
    July 13, 2012 / 1:51 pm

    Breastfeeding, everyone expects it to just happen and it doesn’t always!

  87. Claire Hall
    July 13, 2012 / 2:13 pm

    I was scared of “breaking” my baby!! Thinking I was being too rough or heavy handed!!

  88. Sheila
    July 13, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    Being alone with my new baby for the first time is what I’m dreading when I have it

  89. Gary Topley
    July 13, 2012 / 9:37 pm

    I think lack of sleep is always a tough one and also scared to even pick the baby up sometimes thinking that something on it would break as it was so delicate.

  90. Gregrina
    July 13, 2012 / 10:23 pm


  91. leonie
    July 27, 2012 / 10:54 am

    im 14 weeks pregnant and so scared of all of it!! but i think the main concern has to be sleeping, for baby and me!!

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