- File Size: 278 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Publisher: Sorted Publishing; 1 edition (November 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EUM9T88
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As another reviewer has pointed out, the title is entirely accurate. I can't fault people for being ignorant of what a newborn child needs, but I had to shake my head more than a few times while reading this. I mean, they are from a First World country and by all accounts part of the NHS in the UK which even included a post-natal home inspection and additional new parent coaching -- it just didn't seem like they should be quite so clueless, especially in regard to giving an infant liquor to help him sleep. It wasn't until after they'd been doing that for a while that they looked it up online (again, how can you remain THAT ignorant with the internet at your fingertips?) and decided that they probably shouldn't continue giving the baby liquor. I'm not some finger-wagger just looking to shame new parents who maybe don't know better, but it seems like there are some basic things that are self-evident.
As to the good parts of this book, I do have to tip my hat to this young couple who seem to be doing their very best. The hapless father (whoever he is) has an unhappy job for a very low salary which takes up a good deal of his time and his patience and yet he soldiers on to care for his family. All of this on top of the fact that he is still actually just getting to know the mother of his child (she got pregnant very quickly when they'd started dating). Parenthood is a significant strain on any relationship and has to be doubly difficult for people who'd hardly known each other before embarking on this life-long journey. I do wish them well and I hope the author can use some of his Amazon earnings to alleviate some of the financial tension at home.
For instance, after the child was born, new mommy sent new daddy out to buy babbygros. They're in Great Britain-we in America would call them sleepers. Can you imagine any pregnant woman so clueless that she hadn't bought clothing for the baby in her ballooning belly? Read this book and you'll see lots of clueless incidents.
If you're a new parent yourself and need someone to make fun of just pick up this book and you'll find lots of things.
This book will also show you just how different things are across the pond. There, after a newborn has gone home, someone actually comes to do home visits to see how you're getting along.
Wouldn't you have absolutely hated that?!! I cleaned and sorted and prepared before my children's births, but my husband was alone in the house for two or three days before I came back. That was before he had learned how much I needed his help.
I remember coming home from baby number two and doing the laundry. Our baby sitter had planned to take our oldest camping that weekend so I could rest a few days, but, just like the first time, I gave birth a bit early. Our oldest daughter came home from her very first camping trip to find a baby in a cradle.
We have this unbelievable picture of our three day old daughter reaching up, as far as her arm would reach, to her two year old sister. A sister with an angelic look of awe on her face.
Please, if you want to know what not to do, how not to react, read this book.
If you want to know how to raise a happy, well-adjusted child, with loving, caring parents, I'm sure Amazon has other books. They just won't be as funny as this one.
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