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As a new mum of twin boys I found this book to be a God send. My boys are now 7 months old and I had failed to get them on any set regime other than feeding them when they were hungry and letting them sleep when they were tired. At 6 months they were not yet sleeping through the night and that's when I heard about this book.
The E.A.S.Y. routine makes complete sense and I am happy to report works very well for my twins. They are now sleeping through the night - thanks solely to the advice that I found in this book!
My advice to anyone reading this review is.... read this book and let it guide you from the very start. I wish I had heard about it before the boys were born. It's a lot harder to put older babies on to a new routine once they are used to another way. But even so, the E.A.S.Y. routine works.
I hope this helps.
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Mark from San Diego panned this audiobook so forcefully that I almost didn't buy it. But a friend with a toddler recommended the book for both before and after delivery, so I gave it a try and I'm glad I did.
Mark from Sand Diego says that a majority of the book concerns the breast-feeding debate, which is not true. He says the author attacks breast feeding with a vengeance, which is also completely false. And I have no idea what he's ranting about with his comment on "the mechanism of cleaning bottles" which does not come up even once! (Is it possible that his review is for the print book, and that the abridged audiobook took out "most" of the original's content?)
But this is not a review of a terrible review. It is a review of a book that was very helpful for this first-time expectant father. The author explains the reasons behind her methods, provides helpful mnemonics for remembering them (the E.A.S.Y. approach to routines, and the S.L.O.W. steps to relieving crying). She emphasizes calm, communication, independence, moderation, and individuality most of all. She presents no hard-and-fast rules, but rather offers guidelines for figuring out what your baby wants and needs, and for balancing the demands of a new family and a sane household.
Most of the criticisms of the print version over at Amazon are like San Diego Mark's: people with strong opinions on particular schools of parenting who take issue with the author's refusal to embrace their dogma. I can't know enough yet to take a stand either way. If nothing else, this book serves as a very helpful introduction to the debates themselves.
I recommend it as a first book for newly expectant parents -- a good place to start, but not the final word, I'm sure.
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