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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749958286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958282
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the mother of four children. She has a BSc in Psychology and worked for several years in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Following the birth of her first child, Sarah re-trained as a Paediatric Homeopath, Antenatal Teacher and Birth and Postnatal Doula. She has also undertaken training in Baby Massage, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. Sarah specialises in gentle parenting methods and is co-founder of the GentleParenting website (www.gentleparenting.co.uk). Sarah writes a parenting blog (www.sarahockwell-smith.com), which is read by 3 million parents per year, and is the author of BabyCalm, ToddlerCalm, The Gentle Sleep Book and the forthcoming The Gentle Parenting Book. She frequently writes for magazines and newspapers, and is often called upon as a parenting expert for national television and radio.

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BabyCalm is a brilliant, positive resource that focuses on intuition, feelings, love and trust. (Sheena Byrom OBE, freelance midwifery advisor)

Everything [said] in the book really resonated with the way we hoped we would parent (Dame Sarah Storey)

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Babycalm TM (www.babycalm.co.uk) is an award-winning company running a unique blend of early parenting classes with one aim: to turn stressed-out new parents and crying babies into happier parents and calmer babies. This book shares their inspiring ethos and methods.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Creep on 24 Mar. 2013
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This is the book I wish I had read before I had my daughter. I buy it for every pregnant friend now! Although it is full of excellent baby calming tips based on current research evidence, the main message that comes across from this book is allowing new mothers to trust their instincts again when it comes to parenting, resisting the notion that the baby trainers way of enforced routines and strict parenting guidelines is the only way to raise a child. As a midwife I wish I could give a copy out to every new mother on discharge home! You won't regret purchasing this book. I simply cannot wait for the ToddlerCalm book to be released later this year!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CBarker on 17 Jan. 2014
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Loved this book! So refreshing to read something that encourages listening to your natural mothering instincts rather than ignoring your baby and leaving them to cry. I also think its important that we understand how mothering has evolved and that the fundamentals of massage, BabyWearing and safe co-sleeping have been essential for many cultures around the globe for centuries. I think we in the West have somehow lost our way and have become so detached from our families and this book really helps see what we're doing wrong in modern day society without being crunchy or hippy-ish. I also found the realistic information about natural cycles of infant sleep an eye-opener and its made me SO relieved that I'm not doing something wrong just because my baby does not "sleep through the night" - its perfectly natural for babies to wake regularly and my expectations have adjusted to take into account developmental leaps which makes coping with sleepless nights much easier "this too shall pass". From chatting on various baby forums I really think there is a revolution in more gentle parenting happening and it speaks to a lot of women who are fed up with being told what to do by so-called "experts" who don't even have children!
I highly recommend this book and encourage all parents and those who care for babies to realise that new scientific evidence supports all these methods. It's a constant learning-curve but here is a fantastic place to start!
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 1 Oct. 2012
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This book is a gem!

When I was pregnant I was nervous about what to do and how. I bought a baby book by a different author, misled by the title into thinking it would teach me how to make my child happy. I remember my husband commenting on my contorted facial expressions when I read about bizarre rituals where the day was broken into 20 minute slots dictating how long I bath my baby, how much milk I should express and when, when I eat my breakfast, and specifically what I must eat.

Unsurprisingly it turned out the author of that book had never had children. It went in the bin, so no one else could read it.

Baby Calm is the delightful antidote (written by a mother of four) and I so wish it had been published 6 years earlier!

Every parent should read this book if they want sensible advise on how to deal with becoming a parent and the needs of a newborn, while maintaining their own calm and sanity,

If you're going to be a parent, you need this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Feb. 2014
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After reading books by people like Tracy Hogg which made me feel like I was doing it all wrong & whose ideas about sleep training went against everything I wanted to do, this book gave me the confidence to do what I thought was right! So happy I read it, it's made me a happier more confident mum & my baby is happier too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Aug. 2013
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I wish this book had been around when I was a new mum 10 years ago! The very prescriptive books weren't for me, but everything else I read or was told was so confusing and contradictory, and no-one seemed to recognise the difficulties of wanting some peace but having a baby who screamed when she was put down, unless she was cuddled to sleep. I needed a book which would offer ideas and strategies whilst supporting me to follow my instincts, and for me this is that book. Sarah offers reliable, evidence-based information in a way that's accessible, supportive and easy to read. You could read it cover to cover, or just dip into the chapters that seem relevant right now - it would still make sense. The whole ethos of the book is about helping parents to find the confidence to trust their instincts and value their innate knowledge, recognising that each parent will find their own way to having a calm and contented baby. Sarah recognises that doubts, struggles and making mistakes is normal, common and OK, which is very reassuring, and suggests that the best way to help mothers develop their parenting skills and confidence is to offer lots of support, rather than lots of instructions. Anyone who is looking for information and support to enable them to do what feels right as parents will appreciate this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 3 Dec. 2013
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I did know the philosophy behind BabyCalm before I read this, but I still found it a pleasant surprise that the opening chapter goes straight into the idea that it is the reader who knows what's best for her child not the author. Repeatedly throughout the chapters the reader is reminded to trust her instinct. This makes it different from a lot of other books on parenting as it immediately shows that it respects the reader.

It also comes at parenting from the perspective of what the baby needs as opposed to what the parent should do to it, which I like. I particularly liked the chapters on parenting around the world, as this illustrates just how alienated from our own true nature that we have become, and how normal it is to keep your baby close to you at all times.

I like the way that it is organised too - with just enough info in each section. It's easy to read, understand, digest and apply. It is affirmative as much as it is informative. I also found it to be a bit therapeutic - over 2 years after my birth, even having written my birth story a couple of times, I found reading the chapter on birth trauma allowed me to peel away another layer of this experience for myself.
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