Nanny Knows Best: How to Bring Up a Happy Child Paperback – 9 Sep 1993
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Easy to say, hard to do, what happens at 2am when they're still crying and won't go to sleep? Nanny has a chapter on that, combining theory with practice and time-proven tips. In fact, she has a chapter on everything. So buy a copy, read it with your feet up over cocoa, and marvel at how, despite being 70, Nanny is really rather Zen.
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1] Nanny says she puts all 'her' babies in dresses, for the first few months. I am old enough to remember the pre baby-gro days, when this was the norm. It did no harm, but I cannot see many modern parents wanting to put their sons in dresses.
2] All babies should have some formula from the first month.
3] A parent asked about what words to use when children talk about their genitals. I think there were some suggestions for boys. But she loftily said that little girls do not talk about their private parts! They do, but in some cultures might not in front of adults, having picked up it is rude to do so.
4] She rightly points out that a 3 year old who you take to a playground, won't want to leave the swings. Her suggestion of keeping them strapped in their pushchair and just letting them watch others, sounds awful. If she does not want them making a scene when it's time to go, why not wait until they are older before taking them.
On the other hand, she sees babies as individuals, who develop at different paces, and advises against comparing one child with another, in terms of who walks/ talks first etc. She also tells parents children need to be shown, not told how to behave.
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