18/04/2013 07:25 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Parenting Books That Really Help

Despite the huge numbers of parenting books available, as any parent will tell you
- particularly any new parent - finding time to read them is a laughable idea.

So much for my idea that I would spend maternity leave writing a book. I didn't even have time to read one. That's

In fact when my first child was born the best I could manage was to dip in and out of a book a friend had bought me as a present.

Things have calmed down since then and I've had a chance to seek out books that should be on every new parent's reading list, even if they only manage a page or two every few weeks.

See the gallery below for some life-saving reads.