Tommy’s Free Pregnancy Guide

Tommy’s is a charity that funds research into pregnancy problems and provides free, accurate and up-to-date information for both medical professionals and parents-to-be.

They have a Pregnancy Guide available which provides a lot of indepth information. You can request a copy of the pregnancy guide from this link HERE. Due to huge demand for the publication it is still free but you need to pay postage and packing.

Tommy’s also provide a number of free publications including: Having a premature baby; Planning for a healthy pregnancy; Pre-eclampsia – your questions answered and many other guides. If you click on the link above it will take you directly to the Tommy’s publication page.

Birth to Five Department of Health Book

Do they still give out the Birth to Five DOH book to new parents? Just in case they don’t (and because I couldn’t find mine anywhere!) enclosed is the link to the book.

I was looking for some inspiration recently for food and the book had some good suggestions. It’s also a useful reference guide if you want to check up on something to do with your child’s age. I don’t recommend printing it because it’s a big document but it is good to dip into when you need it.

Birth to Five Department of Health Book

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Library Membership

Visit your local library or complete the Online Registration Form to join

  • If you live, work or study in Hampshire you can become a member – it’s free to join. You’re never too young – even babies can join!
  • If you have difficulty using the library we have specialist services which can help you.
  •  A wide selection of books, films, games and music for you to borrow. Try something new – libraries run courses and workshops from arts and crafts to employment preparation.
  •  Free internet and IT in every library and Discovery Centre. WiFi is available in several libraries so you can use your own devices too.
  • Access library resources from home – you can download ebooks and audiobooks and use our online reference collection.

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Bookstart is a national programme that encourages parents and carers to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible.

Bookstart gives the gift of free books to children at three stages in their early life, along with guidance materials for parents and carers.

The scheme enjoys sponsorship from around 25 children’s publishers, Red House Books and government funding via the Sure Start Unit.

Bookstart Book Crawls

For children aged 0 – 4 years old.
You will be given a collector’s card when you join the Book Crawl and a sticker for the card each time your child visits the library.
When your card is full your child will qualify for a Bookstart Book Crawl certificate, which may be presented at a special event.


Fun and free Rhymetimes for babies, toddlers and their parents or carers are organised in many libraries around the county.  They aim to encourage parents and carers to share action songs and rhymes with babies from birth onwards.