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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful up to 16 weeks, but loses the plot afterwards!, 26 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Your Baby Week By Week: The ultimate guide to caring for your new baby (Paperback)
I found this book very useful when my baby was newborn, but once it gets onto them being expected to sleep through the night from about 20 weeks and how much to feed them when weaning it lost the plot.

For instance, it tells you that you must train your child to sleep through the night without feeding from about 20 weeks and otherwise you are destined to night feeding forever (I am summarising a lot here). They advocate the crying it out method, without even controlled crying (going back every so many minutes). The books says that you make things worse by going back, so let them scream until they fall asleep. It even tells you to stock up on extra sheets in case they are sick from all the screaming that you have left them to which I think is disgusting!

Many babies are really hungry at night at this age and actually very few sleep through yet. They will grow out of the need to feed at night soon enough (times normally run in families so thought to be genetic), but if you decide to sleep train there are much gentler methods which do not involve this cruel treatment...even the most extreme sleep trainers would not tell you to do this.

In addition, the bits on weaning are not very helpful as push for early weaning at around 4 months and suggest huge amounts that they should be eating each day. My son could not manage more than one tbsp per meal for aout 4-6 weeks before he eventually really got going, so again this book has it wrong.

In summary, great for the early stages, like telling you that if breastfeeding you will be constantly attached to your baby for the first few weeks, but ignore for the last couple of months as it will drive you to insanity and is not helpful.
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2009 18:59:11 BDT
Mrs R says:
Completely agree with this review. I found this book very useful at first but once I got to 17 weeks it was no longer for me. At the start of the chapter on 17 weeks it states that the current guidelines are to wait until around 6 months to wean but after mentioning this, the author proceeds to push early weaning to the point where in every following chapter the main focus is on weaning and feeding, thus of little use to me as I waited til 6 months.
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