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Author: Christina Hardyment
"Excellent overview but fact checking a bit sloppy…"
Very good overview of childcare advice through the centuries. But as with many nonfiction books written by articulate and intelligent nonspecialists, the facts are a bit off, which makes some of the interpretation a bit thin. Doesn't totally matter but could've been better done. E.g. the "anthropological" take on Hugh Jolly - he wasn't being all Rousseauvian about savages, he worked in Nigeria... and the idea that Truby King's origins were somewhere warm and tropical so therefore he advocated babies sleeping with the windows open - nope, one of the reasons he was such a fruitcake is that Karitane is a bloody freezing damp place at the end of the earth where it rains all the time!
"I read this while I was still pregnant as I…"
I read this while I was still pregnant as I thought it would help to get an overview of how advice to parents has changed over the years. The book is very comprehensive and covers the 18th Century to the present day. The historical detail is fascinating but to me the real benefit of the book lies in seeing how "expert" advice changes with the seasons and thus in giving all of us a bit more faith in our ability to take the best advice that we can get but also to trust our instincts that ultimately we know what is best for us and our babies.
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