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Babycalm: A Guide for Parents on Sleep Techniques, Feeding Schedules, and Bonding with Your New Baby Paperback – 4 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (4 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628736704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628736700
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,004 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 an 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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 1 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 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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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DebG on 26 Feb. 2013
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This was such a pleasure to read! In my personal and professional life I have so much to say on responsive, natural parenting - particularly on days when I feel I am one of the few sane people left in our so crazy society that many people suggest that I write a book. I have no plans to reinvent the wheel as this book says everything I would want to say.

It is logical, informative, very easy to read and follow, contains a good balance of references, research, parental anecdotes and personal opinions and running through the book is the recurring message that parenting methods are personal choice, but preferably informed and aims to instill confidence in all new parents to become their own experts to their babies.

It is thought provoking; it offers non-threatening alternatives and explanations to current popular parenting methods and really helps parents make a truly informed choice. The author makes no demands of the reader, there is no step by step, "you should do this with your baby", "your baby should be doing this by now" and from the very start, it is made clear, this is not another "I'm going to tell you how to tame your baby" manual (thank God!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KSC on 20 Jan. 2013
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This book has come 6 1/2 months too late for me but is reassuring nonetheless. It is SO supportive of mothers and their natural instincts that its had me crying with tears of relief that we have been doing OK all this time regardless of what the 'experts' say.

It is very general, so don't buy this book if you want to know what to do and when to do it with your baby, its all about trusting your instinct and going with what feels right.

The secret is that there are no magic answers, there are suggestions in this book that may help but my baby cried a lot, even though we co-slept and he was 'worn'.

I don't agree with everything in it. We don't let our son cry it out but he usually cries a bit before he goes to sleep because he's tired. There's a big difference between that and leaving him to scream until he collapses to sleep. As with all books take from it what is useful to you.

If you are going to buy a baby book I'd urge you to buy this one and avoid The Baby Whisperer et al like the plague they are likely to make you feel a failure and make you and your baby cry even more.
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