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The Babysense Secret Paperback – 20 Jan 2011

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DK (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405348232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405348232
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Megan Faure (BSc OT, OTR) is a lecturer for Institute for Sensory Integration (SAISI) and regularly lectures to both professionals and parents on baby and childcare issues. Megan is the founder and chairperson of Infant Sensory Integration Training programme. She writes articles for magazines and has made numerous television appearances in South Africa. She is married with three children.


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Format: Paperback
I bought this new BabySense Secret book as I'm now expecting our second baby (I have both the SleepSense and ToddlerSense books also by Megan) and have to say that I think this book is brilliant already. I'm only 18wks now, but have read it cover to cover already and love the format and how clear it is to dip in and out of.

I was late finding this author, so skipped the BabySense book but imagine that perhaps this is a mix of that and SleepSense, but know I'm going to refer to it no end once this baby arrives!

We were blessed with a beautiful baby boy last time who was early and arrived quite dramatically - who then snack-breastfed and catnapped for his first 6 months of life leading to a very exausted mummy and daddy. The SleepSense book was the one thing that finally got him napping regularly in the daytime (which then in turn leasd to longer stretchs of night sleep) and so this time around, with a toddler to care for too, I now feel armed with the information we need to ensure this bubs is going to be as settled and calm as we can help him/her to be, which will hopefully lead to a more rested us!
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I have found this book very useful in setting a routine with my first baby. It gives tips on nap times, self-settling, when and how to entertain your baby without them becoming over-stimulated. It is broken down into age brackets as things can change so quickly with a new baby! It is an easy to follow plan, none of the strict routines you may find with other childcare "experts", it provides a lot of good tips and a good base for finding your routine by watching baby's cues.
So far it has helped me immensely in getting to grips with being a new mum and I would recommend it to any mums-to-be.
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This book is very clear and nicely presented accesible language and you an pick bits out and refer to it when you need to. I had a few books about chilcare but none which helped me understand my baby until I was given this one. It really helps you understand what your baby feels and see the world through the eyes of a baby. It also gives examples of activities and things you can do with your baby and is very detailed. eg. It will explain different types of crying and suggest ideas of what you can do. An example would be when babies are overstimulated they explain what 'warning signs' are and give you a detailed Ccount of what you can do, not simply tell you to play with soothing toys(if you don't know what they are). I felt this book helped me understand my baby and helped me deal with issues and situations confidently (especially as my daughter was of a nervous disposition, which rubbed off on me!). A must have for first time mums!!!
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I was given this book before having my first baby. On starting to read it before J arrived it seemed to make sense - watching and responding to baby's cues rather than a rigid routine and promises of a happy baby! After he was born I quickly realised several problems stemming from the fact that my baby obviously hadn't read this book. He would stay awake much longer than advised despite hours of rocking in a dark room, he has always kicked and waved his arms about whilst obviously very happy not distressed and tended to show the hunger cues immediately after rather than before a feed. The book also goes against current health advice which says that babies should sleep in the room you are in both day and night until 6 months. I quickly stopped following this book and my son and I have worked out our own pattern. Today I looked at the book again wondering whether at 4 months it would make anymore sense. I was quickly hit by a sentence commenting that if you're now feeling a bit cooped up after 4 months of motherhood, don't worry your baby can now cope with the stimulation of going out! To be honest though with trying to get at least 2 carefully timed, baby cued naps in their quiet sleep space a day I'm not sure how going out fits in. And socialising after 6pm is not allowed. It obviously works for some parents/babies but there is no room for manouvre if your baby won't fit the pattern. Perhaps borrow this book from a library, give it a try but don't feel guilty if your baby doesn't fit. Move on and find another way of doing things.
I give it a 2 instead of a 1 as some of the ideas for activities are good (but I prefer baby's first skills for suggestions) and the suggestions for settling your baby to sleep without immediately cuddling or feeding were helpful.
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Can't recommend this book highly enough. Megan Faure offers helpful, insightful and practical advice at every turn and my wife and I have found it invaluable in raising our (now) seven-month-old. It really, really works and our daughter was soon into a healthy and happy routine. Everybody says she's exceptionally happy and advanced for her age and that's partly down to reading this book both before and after the birth. Five stars.
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