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Great stuff, especially if you're on a budget
on 19 August 2005
I was given this book at the birth of my first child & found it invaluable - I'm now buying copies for all my pregnant friends (currently 3 of them: we've obviously all got to that age...)I think it's great; it gives you lots of practical advice on how to amuse a baby/toddler at various ages, and tells you what sort of things they can learn to do and might enjoy. I particularly liked the suggestions on what household items might be used for babies to look at, listen to, hold, kick at, etc. - this gives the kid plenty of variety without the parents having to shell out on lots of toys which, let's face it, are only going to interest the baby for 5 minutes.
I read both the other reviews of this book (because I was surprised it hadn't got a 5-star rating overall!), and I think they both might have a point. I agree with the second review that the book's very useful. On the other hand, when my baby was born, I was in the position described by the first review (i.e. of never having spent 5 minutes with a baby before)! But I think there are probably plenty of us first-time mums out there who would be as grateful as I was for a good basic guide to what the baby might enjoy and how they should be developing at different ages. So, 5 stars.