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Baby Sense In the only book on baby care based on an understanding of how a newborn interprets the world occupational therapist Megan Faure and nursing specialist Ann Richardson explain how parents can help their newborn cope with his new environment Offering age appropriate advice on sleeping eating and early learning as well as the basic sensory principles Baby Sense is the perfect tool for every parent who has ever wondered why a baby is crying and how to soothe him Great Full of easy reading tips advice and need to know's for new MumsWould not be without it I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone At best it's a cursory glance at many of the different aspects of bringing up a baby but it lacks depth in many important places Perhaps concerning many of the recommendations it makes are uestionable or even just plain badBefore elaborating on all these poor ualities it's probably fair to point out one positive thing about the book The purported theme the sensory experience of a baby is an interesting one and there is one interesting section in the book where they discuss the signs of sensory overload in a baby While I don't have any way to verify whether what they describe is accurate across the board I picked up at least one or two signs of overwhelm that my son does seem to display I found this uite useful Unfortunately this is only one short section of the book though and there rest really isn't very usefulThe book is seriously undermined by some of its poor recommendations As a starting point many of the suggestions like making your baby sleep on his side or placing a loose object in the crib with him fly in the face of the recommendations to prevent SIDS While perhaps less dangerous I find the suggestion to feed your baby sugar water to lengthen the times between breast feeds almost as ridiculous Generally speaking the nutritional guidance in this book is terrible They would have you feeding a baby formula to top up breastmilk even in the absence of a really good reason to do so having cereal grains well before the 6 month mark and giving a baby iron and plant protein supplements rather than just feeding them animal proteins that contain healthier versions of bothDespite its short length the book is painfully repetitive There is a section with tables at the end of each chapter including advice on how to treat your baby's sensory environment Unsurprisingly the advice is pretty consistent across all agesFinally there's a tonne of unnecessary filler in the book which reads a little bit like advice from your grandmother I don't think anyone buys a book on parenting to be told to draw a face on a wooden spoon or that wooden blocks are a good choice of toy Sadly much of this book seems like it's just anecdotal advice rather than impactful or insightful ideas There seems to be very little in the way of reference to actual scientific dataIs the idea of a 160 page book that will tell you much of what you need to know to raise your baby through 1 year of age too good to be true? Of course it is If you really don't have time for any detailed info you might get a little value out of reading this but given some of the bad advice mentioned above I'm not certain this is where you'd want to turn even in that situation I see this book was first published in 2002 and doesn't seem to have been updated since so it's probably no wonder that it's out of date But so many people urged me to read it that I'm feeling let down all the same First I was annoyed by the conservative assumption that babies are always born into a nuclear family where mom is the primary caregiver and will be breastfeeding My family doesn't look like that To be fair most parenting books make the same assumptions about gender roles so Baby Sense is hardly alone in that I truly believe that a major problem in our society is men's lack of involvement in child care and parenting experts such as the authors can be influential in emphasizing that dads are important to child care too and showing ways in which they can be involved There was subtle guilting of moms who feel inadeuate when babies won't stop crying these women previously pursued career success which means they now are easily hurt by baby's lack of responsiveness At times the advice is uestionable like taking your baby to a chiropractor or offering homeopathic tissue salts and then describing these methods as tried and tested I was annoyed by a section suggesting that mothers have a bath in order to ward off what may very well be post partum depression Important issues in parenting and baby development are skimmed over with no real advice for what to do when problems occurI also found the advice was internally contradictory eg at one point the authors advise not getting hung up on baby hitting development milestones early or at particular ages because each baby develops on their own terms and early achievements in this area doesn't predict future success but then the chapters on each age cohort reinforce the earlier boundary for milestones and expect baby to hit these earlier rather than laterThings I did like descriptions of the baby's sensory world and suggestions for toys activities at each age This book has a lot of useful information about developing and stimulating your baby from 1 week to 1 year old I found it really helpful as the activities were specific The book also helped me to understand how my baby would act at each age The info about the various stages of stimulation were excellent and helped me to understand my baby For this info I would give the book 5 stars My criticisms relate to the section on sleep The number of hours a child is supposed to be sleeping per day are too high and the awake time too short for each age group Maybe I didn’t have such a sleepy baby but I was really stressed when I saw how much my baby should be sleeping according to the book versus how much he was actually sleeping Considering the authors have worked with a number of children with sleeping and eating problems I thought they could have covered on how to get your baby drowsy before putting him down to sleep what good nap and bedtime routines are and how to tackle the problem of a baby that needs to be rocked to sleep or likes to sleep in your arms besides sleep training and leaving them to cry I also thought they could have covered on certain feeding issues such as what happens if you don’t have enough breast milk they just say that you have enough milk if your baby is content between feeds and about whether the formula you are using is agreeing with your baby mine cried for weeks before someone mentioned to me to change his formula

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