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Jo Tantum , Barbara Want
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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Book Description

22 Jun 2005

Baby Secrets will guide you through the early weeks of your baby's life and take you into the blissful world of nighttime peace.

Unlock top maternity nurse Jo Tantum's secrets, just as Barbara Want did when she gave birth to twins and found herself completely unprepared. You too can begin a happy spiral for you and your baby. Discover:

· The secrets of sleeping through the night

· How to calm their crying

· Simple feeding routines

· The joys of play

· How to cope with more than one

Jo's approach is warm, empowering for you as a parent and very reassuring. Her advice is easy to follow and very simply, it works. Barbara is proof of that and they can't wait to pass it on.

Jo Tantum has worked with parents and their babies around the world for the last 18 years. She is now in demand as a maternity consultant, twin specialist and sleep expert. Barbara Want is a journalist and television producer who has worked for the BBC on many programmes, including Panorama and Newsnight. She lives in London with her husband and twin boys.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (22 Jun 2005)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 071814709X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718147099
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jo Tantum is an extremely successful and 'in-demand' maternity nurse. Her approach to babycare is warm, empowering and reassuring, and makes for very happy babies, mums, dads, brothers and sisters.

Barbara Want is a writer and TV producer who employed Jo when she had twins and felt she couldn't cope. Jo was a miracle for Barbara, and together they share the techniques that will help any new parent with all aspects of caring for your baby.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' for new mums 13 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
I read this excellent book when I was pregnant with my twins and found its down-to-earth, reassuring tone and approach very empowering. It is full of very useful advice. It made me feel that I would be able to cope when they arrived, and I did (without that armies of help that everyone assumes you need with twins). The other reviewers are right: it does work. My husband and I have never really suffered from the terrible sleep deprivation that everyone warned us about, thanks to the fact that early on we implemented its advice and our babies soon learned to fall asleep by themselves, which meant we had an acceptable stretch of sleep at night that got longer and longer as time went by. We've never had to wait for things to 'fall into place', as is sometimes the case with babies, as we were following a plan of action that would lead (we hoped) to their sleeping through the night. They now sleep happily from 7pm to 7am!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 17 Dec 2013
By sb1
Format:Kindle Edition
a fantastic guide to help get baby in to a routine, my baby was so much more contented, and slept through the night at 10 weeks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book which I recommend to any new parent 29 Nov 2013
By Stlucia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love this book - I have used with both my kids and I think as a result have had two good sleepers. Having said that it is not easy and does take some dedication and sometimes a few tears - within reason..... A good read and great advice to get your little one to sleep well. I buy this book regularly as a gift my new mummy friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab 12 Nov 2013
By Nicola
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It is very much just as described. I am very pleased with this product and I would recommend this product to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 23 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book saved my sanity. It is very easy to follow and not patronising. I would highly recommend it. I wish I had bought it sooner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 31 May 2013
By LucyJ
Format:Paperback
I brought this when I had baby no.2 on a friend's recommendation. I found it really helpful. More laid back and practical than Gina Ford. Have been recommending it to my friends ever since.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I Only found this book when my daughter was 10 weeks old, before the book I fed on demand and had no routine in place. I had a very unsettled baby who would not sleep unless she was on me. She cryed alot during the day and night. Bed time was awful and it would take forever to get her to sleep, there was alway tears along the way.

I did not believe in routine and teaching babys to sleep until I got to the point where I could no longer go on and something had to give. Thats when I come across Jo Tantums book and I thought, I'll give anything a go. IO was not really expecting it to do what she claims.

Once I started with her book I implemented her routine and It was amazing!
My baby changed over night. (literally) She become much more settled, happier and did not cry even a third of the amount she did before. I could now take her out and about with out worrying she could kick off at any time and I would have to leave.

I implemented the sleep advise (to get baby to bed with out fuss) and I have to be honest the first night it took 2 hours with lots of tears from both sides, it was grueling and the hardest part of the routine. The second night it took 45 minuets. The third night it took 10 minuets. The fourth night I bathed, fed and put baby in her cot and she went off to sleep no problem, no fuss, no crying, not even getting her to sleep on me first, just straight in to the cot and off to sleep she went.

After that my baby went from waking every 3 hour to waking every 4/5 hour.
It has gradually got longer and longer. My baby is now 6 month and sleeps 7am to 7pm some time until 8am if im lucky. Jo Tantum does claim to get the babys sleep 7am to 7pm before six month, but My baby is a small baby and I think thats whys it has taken a bit longer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that good. 9 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
I too bought this book when i was pregnant. I was ready to do the space soothing, but it hasn't worked once. Also how do you stick to a routine when it can take an hour to get my baby to sleep? My daughter is ten weeks and sleeps really well at night but her naps aren't very good. I'm hoping it gets better. Don't get too stressed about routines try to feed every three hours if you can and do whatever it takes to get them to go to sleep so you can sleep.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book
This book has really helped me to get my life into some sort of routine. I bought the book when my daughter was 7 weeks old and feeding, changing and trying to get my baby to sleep... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Soo worth it!!!!
I have never wrote a review on anything in my life but after last night I feel I have to. I Brought this book when I was pregnant and made sure me and my Partner studied it so we... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a really great book
If you don't like the idea of controlled crying or self soothing then this maybe isnt for you but its great for helping to get into routines and adapting them around your baby. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kerrie Blakemore
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable
Really useful book with lots of advice and tips, I especially like the information on mild ailments to refer to. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bex
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
This book helped me to get my baby into a good sleep routine at night. I only really stuck to the night time parts of it but I loved that it actually explains how to self soothe... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jo Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for first time parents!!
As first time parents & completely clueless we were very keen to establish a routine with our baby as soon as possible! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kirstin A. MccAllum
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Saver
I bought this book when my twins were 9wks old is the desperate hope that it would clear the fog of jumbled feeds and naps. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Referance Book
My wife and I bought the book for our daughter (new mother) and her feedback has been very positive as confirming she is doing things correctly and picking up tips and ideas as she... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Pearson
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date
I quite liked some of the techniques in this book when I bought it - but Jo Tantum herself says she no longer uses these techniques and the book is out of date. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss R L Connock
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I was leant this when I had my first child and it was my bible, it is full of useful advice, tips and presented in a non patronising or controlling manner which suited me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scottish Lass
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