OH LOOK I READ A BOOK and it is about infants. I swear I am also doing other reading (including but not limited to Vampires both Academy and Diaries) but I am balls at reviewing. So.
As far as I am concerned, getting a baby to sleep requires voodoo and sorcery and you basically have to pick what variety of sorcery both works for your babeling and makes you feel good about yourself. Because of this, when any book ANYWHERE starts talking about the Facts of Sleep and how it’s SCIENCE I am like, Nope. Science is something different from what you are saying it is.
Ok so. Parenting books can be pretty smug. This one is EXTRA-smug, and is all like, You should evaluate all parenting styles by looking at the results, FOR EXAMPLE this totally fictional infant whose parents follow our style and who is a DELIGHT, as opposed to her totally fictional cousin whose parents are permissive eejits and who is the tiniest of tyrants.
The language is overly simplistic and saccharine and makes me want to smack something. This will be great, everything will go smoothly, your baby will be a JOY to be around and will have such JOY. And maybe it was super-revolutionary in 1995 to be like, You don’t have to feed your baby every time they whimper OR on a by-the-second schedule! You can sort of feed them whenever they seem hungry and it’s been a while!
Which, a lot of this is common sense, like, if you’re on a plane and the baby is crying and it’s still half an hour from his next approximate scheduled feed, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY FEED HIM for the sake of your fellow passengers. And I am like this is stating some serious obvious but my mom made the excellent point that if this book is being printed and people are reading it then someone out there is like, Huh, makes sense.
Ok and also, using ‘mom’ and ‘baby’ as non-capitalized proper nouns makes me PUNCHY. Mom loves sleeping through the night, and baby is content. Dude. We have articles for a reason. And then sometimes the language is just odd. ‘You may desire to put a pillow under your supporting arm…’ ‘Desire’ is the wrong verb there, right? It’s awkward, right? Or ‘Here are several workable techniques to assist in burping your baby to bliss.’ WHAT? Look, I just want her to not barf on me.
And even though it’s like, The decision to breast- or bottle-feet is TOTALLY UP TO YOU AND WE DO NOT JUDGE, when you keep referring to ‘that most miraculous of foods, mother’s milk,’ it sounds kind of judgey. You know what? The WHOLE BOOK is pretty judgey.
As always, there are good dribs in amongst the other drabs, and some parents who have two thumbs (this guy) have to read all the literature just so they can feel good about just kind of doing whatever.
Four caterpillars, though.