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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007159021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007159024
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Caroline Deacon is an NCT breastfeeding counsellor and tutor. She also works as a freelance journalist, writing for parenting magazines on a wide variety of issues. Most importantly, Caroline is the inspired mother of three young children, which gives her firsthand experience to help new parents and write this book.


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By K8 on 26 Mar. 2017
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But very good if you just take a few of the suggestions on board.
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By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2005
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So many baby books around take control away from the parent by telling them what to do. Here's a book which recognises that your baby is an individual and puts you, the mother, back into the picture. It doesn't dictate a strict off-the-peg pattern to fit every baby, but gives a range of options to try: feeding patterns, dealing with colic and sorting out sleep.
One of the most appealing things about this book was that the author isn't claiming to be some sort of mystical maternity guru. She gives the reasons for why your baby may behave in a certain way, and why a particular solution might make a difference. Did you know why warm baths make you sleepy? Caroline Deacon explains all about how body temperature works as a sleep trigger, letting you understand the background and fit her suggestions to your own situation. She also gives loads of references to scientific research, so you know it's not just personal philosophies.
The organisation of this book may seem quite complex at first - I read the last chapter first, then found it easier to dip in and out, and I used the index a lot, too.
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If you have read other parenting tomes and found them very offputting for their patronising style and ritualistic practices with no evidence base to support their advice then be reassured, this is not at all of the same ilk.
Caroline Deacon is an NCT breastfeeding counsellor who has researched her book very thoroughly and gives very good reasons for the suggestions she gives. And they are suggestions, no "how to raise the perfect being and still have time to polish your nails" just good, common sense, explanations and the feeling that you are the one who gets to decide how to parent your baby. Its brilliant, do buy it.
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This book is so reassuring, especially as i read it when my son was already 6 weeks old and id learnt alot of the stuff via trial and error but it makes you feel good that you learnt it by yourself and that you'd done the right thing!!

This book is simple and easy to understand and also provides advice rather than strict 'you should / shouldn't' it very much believes babies are individuals and that they should be treated as such. Its a very mother reassuring book and enjoyable to read as you can flick directly to the advice you need at that time......what new mother has time to sit and read a book back to back.....if you do then you dont need this book!!!
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I love this book and wish I had read it whilst pregnant. I never wanted to impose a strict routine on my baby and this book reassured me that my ideas are positive. It is about being a kind and caring mum and is informative about issues such as sleeping and feeding as the baby grows. I love Caroline Deacon's ideas about a babymoon and really getting to know your baby in those precious first weeks without giving into outside pressures such as endless visitors. The author is totally in tune with the experiences and emotions of mums with new babies. A wonderful, refreshing read!
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This excellent book is an NCT publication aimed at parents of babies aged 0-2. I didn't read it until my son was about 15 months old and had learned most of the contents already by trial and error - and there was a lot of error on the way! I wish I'd had this book from his birth or before as it would have saved a lot of tears and worry. I would have made the same decisions I made anyway, but with a great deal more confidence.

The book is very well-researched with solid statistics behind every recommendation, but it is not prescriptive at all. Everything is presented as an option with the evidence behind it and the reasons it might work, allowing parents to make their own choices for themselves and their child. It empowers parents rather than dictating to them.

I very much enjoyed the chapter headings which include quotes on childcare from the last 200 years. Some things never change and parenting advice goes in and out of fashion all the time. This book isn't about fashionable ideas, but about what works in reality, and I recommend it to all parents.
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Recommended to me by an NCT friend I found this book interesting and thought provoking. Whilst it doesn't give as many practical tips as some it has really helped me to understand my baby's needs generally and become more attuned.
I think its also very strong on emphasising how advice has changed over the years, which is very useful if the older generation are giving Mum some of out of date or bizarre advice (it happens I know).
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I like this book it is quick to read and builds your confidence. I don't think it's that useful in teaching you lots of new things (well it wasn't for me), but it does reaffirm your actions and gives you research based evidence that underpins the techniques in the book. Actually knowing why something works, instead of just doing it because a book tells you to, does build your confidence
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