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Babies: A Parent's Guide To Enjoying Baby's First Year Paperback – 4 Mar 2010

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Revised edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847377793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847377791
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Christopher Green is also the bestselling author of TODDLER TAMING. For more than 20 years he has helped parents with advice on babies, toddlers and young children, and his humorous, no-nonsense approach has preserved the sanity of many mums and dads. A paediatrician and honorary consultant to the Children's Hospital in Sidney, Dr Green's legendary sleep technique is now used worldwide.


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Dr Green has always been the common sense guide and makes you laugh when you most need to. But his ideas are neither dictatorial or silly. Mostly based on oodles of common sense and years of experience. Some passages are seen as a little old fashioned now to some...like advising you to stock up on tins and easy foods for once the baby is born on the assumption that your partner/husband is helpless around the house. Some readers sadly still do have this sort of partner but thankfully food delivery to the home is more advanced nowadays. These small details don't detract from his wisdom and sense of humour. His best advice is for the eternally crying baby and toddler. It seems harsh but it works and ultimately it is for the good of both child and parent that they sleep. Everyone I know who has used the method found it worked well and in only about 2-3 nights!
Enjoy, he made me laugh a lot when I needed perspective.
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I had trouble with the tone of this book and found I couldn't connect with the voice of the author. Some of the ideas and comments seemed old-fashioned or just plain odd like,

'If you are married to a non-cooking male, you had better run a crash course in tin-opening, egg-boiling and bacon-frying, or leave a few frozen offerings in the freezer.' Who knows, perhaps if I leave a saucer of milk on the back step I'll also be able to tempt him into the house too... what is this - the 1950s?!

Or, harmless enough, but odd:
'It may seem a little premature at this stage [pregnancy], but it does help to consider a few children's names before the event' i.e. the birth. Hmm. You reckon?

And then there's the Controlled Crying bit. This is a technique the author developed and has promoted since 1975. The basic idea being that a baby who is left to cry for a pre-determined length of time will settle itself sooner, develop a better sleep pattern and be generally more independent and confident... and who knows, maybe this is true, but it just doesn't ring true for me and it was that made me put the book aside. Surely a newborn baby cries because that is the only means it has to communicate some kind of discomfort - and that could simply be to do with adjusting to being 'on the outside'. I can't imagine that it has the ability to rationalise to itself, 'I may as well not cry because no-one's going to come'. It all feels a bit like trying to impose an order on something that is naturally chaotic and, often irrational.

However, the book does contain a lot of information that might be really useful to other parents-to-be - it depends what you're after.
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Bought this for my daughter. Even though she googles everything she still finds this book to be her "bible". She refers to it all the time for tips and answers. Great reference point. Buy one.
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this is a great book which gives down-to-earth practical advice to new parents. It is often alternative in it's views and really refreshing. Would definately recommend!
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An updated version of a book we found very useful.
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