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BabyCalm: A Guide for Calmer Babies & Happier Parents

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 4th 2012 by Piatkus
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Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite parenting book so far, but I think the appeal is primarily for people who are interested in attachment parenting--while I'm pretty sure the author never uses that term, that's what she's talking about. This book never directly tells you what to do (except to stop worrying), which I like, but lays out evidence (through both studies and anecdotes) as to how you already know what you're doing. I had read stuff about how it's better to be a "good enough" mother than a perfect mo ...more
Sarah Field
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
a brilliant parenting book which all new parents should read! informative, evidenced based advice which supports your intuition rather than prescribing a parenting style
Irina Gorokhova
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really warm, kind and inspiring for all first-time mothers. The book doesn't´t give you a manual or practical guide on how to nurse a newborn baby but tells you in an open way how you should learn to listen to your baby´s signals and trust your mother instincts. You are the best mother for your baby and you know exactly what your baby needs!

It was really inspiring to read it the time when I was holding my new born baby-girl in my arms and thought that I had no idea how to take care of this amaz
Emma Codd
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for every new mother who prefers a gentle, instinctual, attachment style of parenting. I wish I’d read it before my baby was born, but with a 5 month old, it still resonated. This book put my mind and heart at ease about responding to my baby in a way that feels natural. Highly recommend.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully reassuring. Nice to read something that you don't always agree with that anticipates and encourages that--a lovely parenting guide that embraces taking what fits you and leaving what doesn't.
Ana Magbergelsen
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super supportive, baby centered, researched based and most of all gentle. I found it super supportive of my instinct as a mother.
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Compassionate, mother centered, nonjudgemental and informative.
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best mothering book for a baby ever!!
Samantha Levang
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I began this book knowing that it was very geared toward attachment/gentle parenting, which I was eager to learn more about. I thought it was misleading, then, in a funny way, that the bulletin points on the back of the book seem to advertise how to get your baby on a sleeping and feeding schedule. Maybe that's the author's way of luring in unsuspecting, desperate parents and infiltrating their mainstream, western thinking about infant behavior. They'll soon find that any "expert" advice with th ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
An antidote to Gina Ford, the Baby Whisperer and their ilk. It is probably best read before the little one's arrival. Very much of the attachment parenting genre.
Negatives: seems rather short at about 200 well spaced out pages.
A lot of the info is available online as well. E.g. The sleep section.
Rather too many plugs for BabyCalm (TM) classes for my liking.

All in all good for reassurance that following your instincts is the right thing to do.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I didn't agree with everything in this book (I am reading a range of things and picking the parts I like the idea of!) but it had some really interesting insights into the loss of maternal instinct in today's society and how a baby-led approach to parenting can be highly beneficial to the psyche of your child in the long run.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glad I bought it!

This book encouraged me to keep trusting my maternal instincts and it has helped me develop my own personal parenting philosophy. Thank you, Sarah Ockwell-Smith
Great book to boost a new mother's self confidence in her own instincts!
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Shelves: parenting
Reassuring in tone, lots of encouraging words, but some of it a bit OTT for me.
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Born in Bedfordshire, England in 1976, Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a mother of four school aged children, three boys and one girl.

After graduating with an honors degree in Psychology, specialising in child development, she embarked on a five year career in Pharmaceutical Research and Development, working with clinical trial data, until she became pregnant with her first child in 2001. After the birth o

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