Babycalm: A Guide for Parents on Sleep Techniques, Feeding Schedules, and Bonding with Your New Baby Paperback – 4 Mar 2014
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"Sarah Ockwell-Smith's BabyCalm(TM) provides a welcome antidote to the storm of advice that so often overwhelms new parents. . . . Perfect for any mother-to-be." --Dr. Laura Markham, Aha!Parenting
Babycalm TM (www.babycalm.co.uk) is an award-winning company running a unique blend of early parenting classes with one aim: to turn stressed-out new parents and crying babies into happier parents and calmer babies. This book shares their inspiring ethos and methods. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
When I was pregnant I was nervous about what to do and how. I bought a baby book by a different author, misled by the title into thinking it would teach me how to make my child happy. I remember my husband commenting on my contorted facial expressions when I read about bizarre rituals where the day was broken into 20 minute slots dictating how long I bath my baby, how much milk I should express and when, when I eat my breakfast, and specifically what I must eat.
Unsurprisingly it turned out the author of that book had never had children. It went in the bin, so no one else could read it.
Baby Calm is the delightful antidote (written by a mother of four) and I so wish it had been published 6 years earlier!
Every parent should read this book if they want sensible advise on how to deal with becoming a parent and the needs of a newborn, while maintaining their own calm and sanity,
If you're going to be a parent, you need this.
It is very general, so don't buy this book if you want to know what to do and when to do it with your baby, its all about trusting your instinct and going with what feels right.
The secret is that there are no magic answers, there are suggestions in this book that may help but my baby cried a lot, even though we co-slept and he was 'worn'.
I don't agree with everything in it. We don't let our son cry it out but he usually cries a bit before he goes to sleep because he's tired. There's a big difference between that and leaving him to scream until he collapses to sleep. As with all books take from it what is useful to you.
If you are going to buy a baby book I'd urge you to buy this one and avoid The Baby Whisperer et al like the plague they are likely to make you feel a failure and make you and your baby cry even more.
This book empowers mothers to trust their own maternal instincts, to watch the baby not the clock. It doesn't tell you that you're a failure as a mother if you don't want to leave your baby to cry, infact it provides support for all the things you are feeling when the world around you seems so fragile. Sarah (author) reassures you that all is ok and quite normal, she reminds us of newborn behaviour and that what society has tricked us into believing is not true and that following your natural instincts is the right and only thing to do!
I will be buying this book for every friend who becomes pregnant.
This book is refreshingly honest, heartfelt and, well, real.
The author claims to not be a `baby expert'.
This may raise a few eyebrows as how can she not be an expert?
However, once you read the book you will see how the label of `baby expert' can easily lead to you, as a new parent, thinking that you cannot know enough to be the expert on your own baby.
And that is a horrible mistake.
It doesn't matter whether you've never even held a baby in your arms before you hold your own. It doesn't matter if you know you don't have a maternal or paternal bone in your body. None of that matters.
When it comes to you having a baby, you simply need to spend time learning about your baby. He or she will tell you what he/she needs if you will only trust yourself to listen.
And you and your baby will begin an amazing journey together. I did; Sarah Ockwell-Smith did; and many others who've gone before you did.
Remember it's your choice how to parent, your choice what and who to listen to.
How can you go wrong if you truly listen to your baby and follow your instincts?
If you need some help justifying this to yourself then read this book - the science and the stories will convince you. If you need some help convincing others (like well-meaning family and friends) that you're doing the right thing, then again read this book or point them towards it. You will never regret it. And if you need them there are plenty of tools outlined in the book you can use to help you in the journey.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this as a present for a new mum. Not read it myself but Iove Sarah Ockwell-Smith and have read Toddler Calm which is ace. So this will get 5 stars as I'm sure it's just as goodPublished 3 months ago by G. Hebden
I loved this book, it made me feel good as a first time mother. I know lots of ladies say about Sarah's books that most of the content is just common sense, but how many of us... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Helena B.
Very useful and readable book. The chapter on sleep is very helpful.Published 7 months ago by Rachel Horn
Fantastic book. Reminds you to listen to your instincts, and lets you know what the world looks like from your baby's point of view. Brilliant.Published 9 months ago by Frances W.
This is a great book. Lots of common sense and very affirming. Strongly advocates bed sharing and co sleeping. Goes into lots of detail as to how it can be done safely. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Apple Crumble
Tried everything in this book for over 8 weeks and even hired the author for 2 weeks of consulting via email and I really liked her but in the end none of it really helped. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ecotist
Great quality, very happy with this product! I totally reccomend it!Published 12 months ago by Katerina