The latest in my getting-ready-for-baby books, this was recommended to me by you, my loyal readers. Or, the readers of my other blog, Conscientious Confusion, since this blog didn't exist yet at the time.
I really enjoyed this book because it was very down-to-earth and easy to read. The tone was like an English nanny talking to the reader, which is what it is. This lady has been an English nanny forever and ever. It has lots of charts to help you figure out what your baby is "saying" to you.
I liked it's middle-of-the-road approach, it was neither BabyWise nor Attachment Parenting, but somewhere in the middle that was very sensible. I especially liked her E.A.S.Y. method, which stands for Eat, Activity, Sleep, and You Time. Meaning that the baby should eat and then stay awake for a little while before going to sleep, and while it sleeps, that is "you" time for the mom. To take naps, get things done, or do nothing and just recover. She even describes the different stages of sleep that infants go through. What is interesting is that she says that in one of the stages they often make whimpering or crying noises which can be mistaken for waking up, but actually signals they are about to go into a deeper stage of sleep, which is good for them - you just have to leave them alone and let them continue sleeping. I did not know that!
I borrowed this book from the library, but I think I am going to purchase my own copy to have on hand when the baby comes.