Babies: A Parent's Guide To Enjoying Baby's First Year Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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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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Enjoy, he made me laugh a lot when I needed perspective.
'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. I much preferred the Kaz Cooke Rough Guide to Pregnancy in terms of tone and structure, but I can imagine that some people might find the humour side of that doesn't work for them and they'd prefer something a bit more traditional. If that's the case, then maybe you would find this book more useful than I have.
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