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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2011
This is the only baby care book I bought myself after I'd freaked out by Baby Whisperer that I had been given. With my newborn I wanted down to earth advice and guidance and this book was great for that; it was like talking to a knowledgeable big sister or good friend. It is not patronising and MOST IMPORTANTLY does not make you feel like a failure for not doing things a certain way from day 1 - which is the problem I had with BW (for the record I did revisit the book when baby was about 3 months and found it a bit more helpful then though still have a problem with its tone and some of the stuff in it). Like any book like this it has its limitations - unfortunately nothing or nobody is going to be able to give you black and white advice on how to take care of YOUR baby, nor should they. I found the limitation here to be that if things did not go as "supposed to" in 0-3 month section then the remaining part of the book is sort of irrelevant because it only builds on that, not catering for a situation where things did not go according to plan; for example my baby slept ok from birth and slept better and better until crash, at 3 months that all went to pot and she started waking min 3 times a night. In the book after 3 months it was all about "now your baby will be sleeping better and better and perhaps through the night"...
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2007
I have a 3 month old baby and this book was a breath of fresh air. It is packed with information but I didn't feel talked down to, it's just like a friend telling you all the stuff you want and need to know. I wish I could have Jo in the house to help me every day but I guess with this book she is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2012
I bought this book 2 years ago when I had my first son and it was a huge help. Really easy to read and you can almost hear Jo's voice as you read the advice she gives.
She suggests feeding plans and also things to stimulate your baby. There is all the usual advice in here that you would expect from a baby book, about sleeping, feeding, bathing etc.. however the way she has written this book is so friendly and non condescending that you dont feel embarrassed at having to look at a book for baby advice when you read it.
I now have a second baby and I have dusted off the book and am referring to it again for advice when I need it.

A very good book.

My sister in law is now expecting and I bought her a copy of this book and she loves its.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2015
In preparation for my LO's arrival I read a lot of books. I thought the Anerican sleep trainers sounded like a good idea until I actually had a baby. This idea of a schedule for a newborn doesn't work in real life! Jo's approach is more realistic and she gives lots of good tips and techniques that are great for first time mums without being patronising (other books tell you 'baby must be feeding by 7am' etc. Jo is much more about getting to know you baby and going with your intuition. A definite must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2013
Nothing that isn't really common sense outlined in this book so very disappointed by this read. The book is short and doesn't go into much detail about key subjects and routines.
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I had read the positive as well as the negative reviews here. I have to say that this is the only book I have read so far that has answered my doubts about what I can and cannot expect from my baby.
Contrary to some of the negative reviews here, I think that everything is very clear and that Jo's recommendations for establishing routines are stated well: you need patience and perseverance. The routine schedules are just a suggestion I believe, so it doesn't make much sense to say that "they are all over the place" She clearly says that you need to observe your baby's habits and be flexible.

Also I appreciate the stance about immunization. I think that if some parents can afford the luxury not to vaccinate is because the vast majority of us takes the risks to vaccinate, scared as we are.

Also, I kept reading that you should impose a sleeping routine but nowhere had I read when. Now I know that I am not doing anything wrong if I rock my son to sleep and if he alternates night when he sleeps through the night and days when he wakes up for a feed. I am not sure I will be able to make him cry himself to sleep, but all in all, I love the sensible style Jo advocates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
Very happy with the book, great condition and very pleased about the delivery service too. The book has all info you need, I strongly recomand it. Go Jo! :)
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2007
This book is full of useful, practical advice and is so easy to use, whether you read it in one sitting or dip in and out for reference. As a new mum, I feel much more confident now - thanks Jo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2013
This book really helped with a newborn baby - very easy to read and practical help for all situations. Would recommend.
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on 11 August 2013
We bought this about 3 weeks into parenthood as we were feeling a bit adrift in the world of Gina Ford and the Baby Whisperer - one seemed too strict for a very young breast feeding baby and the other offered very little guidance as to schedules to help keep me sane. Having watched the TV series I hoped Jo's book would offer the same common sense but caring approach to baby care as she shows in the series. Fulfils those requirements to a tee, nice emphasis on trusting your own instincts and more importantly for us gives real framework of when to expect baby to be able to cope with things so I can relax and accept my baby just needed hugs and cuddles til a certain point and she won't become an unmanageable monster if I don't have her in rigid regime by 1 month old.
Well laid out, good size to read whilst feeding baby and takes you through to a year of age. Perfect.
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