I’m currently reading Dr. Penelope Leach‘s book on child raising called Your Baby and Child which covers ages birth to 5 years. So far it’s an amazing read and I recommend it to parents, especially first time parents. The book gives detailed and practical advice on handling your newborn, toddler and preschooler. What I like most is that Penelope Leach has based this book on scientific research which I find adds credibility. As well as having the experience of raising her own two children which makes her more attuned to the practicalities of motherhood and parenting.

A common debate among parents is letting your baby cry, also known as “controlled crying” or “ferberization“. A lot of parents face this problem specifically at bedtime and resort (in despair mostly) to letting the baby cry herself to sleep.

Here’s what Dr. Leach has to say about this topic and how your baby interprets your behavior.

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You can read more about the first year in Leach’s book¬†The Essential First Year” ¬†

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