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Review: Nanny Wisdom

Two nannies pass on their tips for raising babies and toddlers.


Posted: 26 May 2006
by Laura Lee Davies

Nanny Wisdom by Justine Walsh and Kim Nicholson

Tips, advice and recipes aimed at caring for a baby in the first year, for nannies and parents
Despite claiming a nanny is 'more British than cricket', the book is rather American in its language.
Price: £9.99 RRP
Contact: Stewart Tabori & Chang (Abrams)


If you're looking for a reference book that's part instinct and part experience, then this might work for you.
Written by two nannies (one of them nannies for Richard Gere and Carey Lowell), the observations are based very much on the real experiences you get with babies and toddlers in the home. It's based on real life (albeit a little rosy), rather than blinding you with the science of parenting, and it includes tips on sleep routines and recipes to keep the weaned infant happy.
Although it's written by two nannies, their approach to issues like sleep, eating and behaviour are useful for anyone.

Organisation
This is a detailed but undaunting read. Broken up into chapters about routines, rest, activities, eating, discipline and so on, it covers all the key bases. The nannies' routines are woven into the text to suggest ways in which you can keep children amused, stimulated happy etc.

The ThinkBaby verdict

If you get beyond the American language, this is your personal advice from women who are nannies to the stars!
Usefulness: 3/5
Readability: 3/5
Value: 3/5

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