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Clever Baby, Happy Mummy!
on 7 July 2011
As a mother of three children, including my youngest who is now ten months old, I picked this book up out of curiosity rather than expecting to learn anything new. I was particularly interested as both of the co-authors are also mothers of three children so I wondered how closely their experiences and views would match my own.
I found the book to be really accessible, clearly written and well structured as the book is split into sections according to the age and development of your baby. Throughout the book, there are loads of simple ideas for activities and interacting with your little one. What I really liked was that the book didn't assume that a parent has an unlimited budget and unlimited time, unlike other parenting guides! Many of the suggestions cost absolutely nothing and can be carried out as part of everyday activity, just remembering to include baby in everything that goes on (which most of us do anywhere through necessity.)The book suggests bath sharing, playing water games, using a baby carrier (which I found to be a life saver anyway) and also had ideas for making first toys and simple games to play with little ones, according to their age.
The majority of the stuff suggested was really simple and would appeal to any Mum, no matter how lacking in cash or creativity they may be. The only drawback to this simple approach is that some readers might feel slightly let down, particularly if they are already fairly vocal and vigilant about interacting with their baby already. There isn't really anything here that stands out as being very innovative or surprising, but I did find that quite reassuring as I already seem to be doing everything to promote my baby's development and didn't end up feeling inadequate after reading this!
Overall this is a really fun, positive read that should inspire new parents to feel good about the time they spend with their children and interact with them at a level that is appropriate for their level of development.