One of my favourite gifts after giving birth was a book called Go the F*ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. I can’t remember who gave it to me (because baby brain is real), but I remember getting a lot of laughs out of it. Which is exactly what you need when you’re hormonal, sleep deprived and coming to terms with the responsibility of keeping a tiny human alive.
So next time you’re shopping for your friend/cousin/shaman’s newborn, don’t forget; MUMS NEED PRESENTS TOO! Pick up one of these books, show up at the door, take the baby into another room and give them half an hour to read (cry/go to the toilet) in peace.
1. Where the Wild Mums Are by Katie Blackburn.
“The day Mum didn’t get dressed and went on strike, Dad called her ‘a Wild Thing’. Mum said ‘Cook your own dinner’ and stomped off upstairs to have a bath . . .” And so begins Where the Wild Mums Are. A homage to Where the Wild Things Are, this mum delves in to a fantasy world of conga lines, cocktails and being crowned ‘Queen of the Wild mums’. But at the end of the night she remembers who she loves most of all… this book is witty, heart warming and perfect for any mum. Not too cynical, not too sweet. (There’s also a sequel, Where the Wild Dads Went.)