Top critical review
Sexist and old fashioned
11 September 2018
This book is ideal for women in the 1950s.
While it has some useful tips, you have to dig through sexist claptrap to get to them. For example:
- organise with your mum or your sister to watch your eldest when you go into hospital for the birth of your baby (I presume because your dad or your brother don't know how to look after babies).
- show your partner or your mother-in-law how the washing machine works, so that they can do the washing after you have had the baby (presumably because as the woman of the household you do the laundry while your partner works - he definitely would never have done a load of laundry).
- And the authors' very helpful advice to dads: "your partner will be more desperate than ever for you to muck in and help with the childcare, even though you are also expected to get up and go to work after yet another broken night".
Seriously? This is exactly the kind of rubbish that reinforces unhelpful gender stereotypes. The book is so patronising to women and doesn't provide a huge amount of practical advice about introducing a sibling to your toddler.