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I wish this book was available back in 2003!,
This review is from: What Every Parent Needs to Know: The incredible effects of love, nurture and play on your child's development (Paperback)
I really wish I had read this book prior to having my first child. Unfortunately, the book had not been published when my first child was born.
This book confirms what I instinctively know is 'right'. However, I didn't dare voice my thoughts (or even practice them) when my first child was born because much of Margot Sunderland's advice in the book goes against what is considered as mainstream parenting practice. At least, where I live in.
For example, I have never felt comfortable with the idea of "controlled crying", whereby you leave your 1 month old baby alone in their cot, in their own room, to cry themselves to sleep. However, I was told at the time by someone was a great advocate of controlled crying, "I have never known a baby die from crying themselves to sleep". Nevermind. The book is now published and her advice is still very useful in other ways.
By the way, if you are a fan of a certain author who has written a book about routines and contented babies, you will probably not take to this book. You will probably be rather critical.
However, if you are into "attachment parenting", you will probably enjoy the read and agree with the views and reasoning.