When Your Baby Cries

When Your Baby Cries : 10 Rules for Soothing Fretful Babies (and Their Parents!)

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Bursting with practical ideas, reassurances and collected wisdoms, "When Your Baby Cries" will restore your sanity. Bestselling childcare author Deborah Jackson reminds us that babies soak up all the love we have to give. Here are ten effective ways to care for even the most distressed baby, while looking after your own needs as well as boosting your confidence. You can learn how to relax, become your own expert and deal with unwanted advice. You can find out how crying works and why it gets out of control. You can discover babies' secret signals and how to cope with colic. Crying babies and harassed parents everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief: here is a way to restore the harmony of family life. It comes with a new foreword by the author.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 177g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1905177259
  • 9781905177257
  • 897,938

Table of contents

Relax Become your own expert Let your baby get a word in edgeways Hold the tears Turn up the heat Let the fun begin Give generously! Give in to good sleep Wear your baby well Upholster your soul
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About Deborah Jackson

Deborah Jackson is the author of the best-selling baby and parenting books Three in a Bed, Baby Wisdom and Letting Go as Children Grow.
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Our customer reviews

What a refreshing and welcome change to some of the other, schedule-based parenting books on the market. Jackson's style is compassionate and non-judgemental, and her subject well-researched. Easily read in one or two sittings, 'When Your Baby Cries' is split into ten chapters, or 'rules', on why babies cry and what you might do to soothe them. Jackson's message is to relax and communicate with your baby - your baby, not a clock, will tell you when s/he is hungry or tired... The book is attachment parenting-focused - having read Deborah Jackson's 'Three in a Bed' I expected it to be - but every parent, AP or not, will have something to take away from this.show more
by T Leggett
Calming, enlightening, empowering... Deborah Jackson has written a book which comes as close as any to achieving all three for the carers of crying babies. She understands the anxiety, desperation, guilt and sense of failure which can so easily overcome parents who are struggling with an unsettled babe. The book is laid out with stressed parents in mind, perfect for people who need comfort and reassurance in small doses, who haven't the time or concentration to spare on a weighty and prescriptive tome. Thought-provoking facts on parenting and babies intersperse longer passages of comforting, non-judgemental and pressure-releasing narrative. She reminds parents that they are the ones who know their baby best, and that it can be better in the long run to learn to listen to their instincts rather than slavishly following a set of rules in a book or taking on board lots of well-meant but often conflicting advice. Despite the tag-line to its title, this is not a book about rules. It's a book about reminders of how humans all over the world instinctively care for and live with young babies. She explains how adopting some of these natural practices, especially baby-wearing, breastfeeding on demand and co-sleeping can diffuse the tension that can escalate the problem of crying. In fact she points out, that sometimes babies just cry, for reasons other than a medical problem or specific discomfort. She suggests 'encircling' and 'encompassing' the crying, rather than trying to suppress it. What a relief! This book nurtures stressed parents and reminds them of their instinctive wisdom. Highly recommended for anyone who is stressed by a crying baby.show more
by Jil Manning
Excellent book!! Don't let the title put you off. Deborah Jackson writes this book for parents which draws on anecdotal evidence and research from our own and other cultures. Unlike Gina ford she does not set herself up as a "parenting expert" but empowers parents enabling them to realise that when it comes to their baby that they are the only experts. Deborah Jackson advocates breastfeeding, kangaroo care, baby wearing and co-sleeping in a mother-centred way. Her book can be read in a few sittings or dipped in and out of, I have to warn you though once you pick it up you won't be able to put it back down.show more
by Aisling Cartin
I don't like prescriptive child-care manuals, I prefer to follow my instincts when it comes to parenting. The title led me to expect that I wouldn't care for this book. I was wrong. Deborah Jackson's "rules" are no more than common sense, the collected wisdom of human evolution. There is nothing of the popular Gina Ford-type guru about Jackson. She speaks from experience as the mother of three herself and along with the shared wisdom, she provides a fascinating anthropological perspective with snippets of research and tales from other cultures to illustrate the rules. The accessible style and presentation of the information with readouts headed "Did you know?" and a summary of each chapter "in a nutshell" means that a mum with a crying baby might actually find the time to read and digest what Jackson has to offer and it's certainly worth reading.show more
by barbara Higham
This book is very easy, fast and pleasant to read. In an attempt to make a simply structured manual, the author organizes her ideas of how there is no better expert in (your) baby care than yourself. They are ten rules about how you should have no strict rules. It has many ideas in common with Liedloff's "Continuum Concept" (I'd say the best of it) and also some attempts to bring those ideas closer to nowadays western moms.show more
by Carla Alexandra Silva Coimbra Morais
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