Babycalming: Simple Solutions for a Happy Baby Paperback – 1 Mar 2004
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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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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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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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Bought on a recommendation and have found its advice very useful so far (6 weeks in!)Published 15 months ago by Matthew Rodgers
Not very helpful, she didn't add anything new to my knowledge. I expected it to be more practical and full of tips but it isn't .Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by L Alvarez Veas
The ideas in this book, backed up by research, helped me understand my baby's needs and reassured me that we could find our own way of doing things. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2011 by Kate
I read this book a few weeks before my baby was born and felt enormously relieved that someone was advocating the wait-and-see approach...i.e. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2011 by isolde
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