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OK - not bad but not great either
on 25 July 2005
I picked up this book in the local bookshop and was surprised to find myself so drawn into it that i had to buy it. I was even more surprised to find i have quite a lot in common with Jools, and i found this book so easy to consume that i read it in less than a day.
There were many things i thought were good about this book, but i have to say most of them have already been covered in previous reviews here. So i won't bore anyone by repeating anything.
What i found difficult to associate with is Jool's rather controlling approach to motherhood. Sorry but one example is her taking fruit along to other children's birthday parties. If i were hosting one of these parties I would feel most insulted! I am very keen to feed my children a healthy, balanced diet but I found myself skipping through quite a few of her pages on weaning as the details were a little too obsessive and dare i say yawn-inducing.
Also, i think Jools should thank her lucky stars for having two such 'easy' sounding babies. I'm all in favour of routine, but there are very few babies that i have come across in real life that are happy to breastfeed on a 3-4 hour schedule. Believe me, i tried and tried to schedule it with my first but she would have none of it! Neither do i know many babies that seem to sleep so well. The fact that Jools has two kids willing to exclusively breastfeed at regular intervals throughout the first few months, plus sleep through the night so easily and click into a routine so effortlessly, makes me feel that Jools has been extremely fortunate and really should wait until she has a truly tricky baby that rises at five every morning and has colic throughout the first few months!