2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Well worth the read,
This review is from: Dream Babies: Childcare advice from John Locke to Gina Ford (Paperback)
This is a fantastic overview of babycare literature and the different trends that have emerged over the past two and a half centuries. As a new parent, it is incredibly reassuring to read that experts do not agree, and to realise that no matter which path you choose, someone will agree with you and someone won't. It also helps put the advice that you're given into context and is a good antidote to the fear instilled by those childcare experts who hint that the world will fall apart of you don't follow their advice.
My only complaint is that on occasion there are too many of Hardyment's own wry comments and asides. As a survey of literature and ideas, I felt a little more objectivty was needed. Although she marks out clearly that she herself is of the Spock generation and that this is bound to influence her assessment of the different babycare approaches, it is possible to achieve some distance from that and offer fewer evaluative comments. Also, on the odd occasion I had to reread passages to work out if the comments were her thoughts or those of the author she was discussing.
Nonetheless, it was thoroughly enjoyable and informative. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who feels overwhelmed by the advice out there.