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Can baby advice books be harmful?
One UK study found 53 per cent of mothers felt more anxious and depressed after reading them and one in six actually reported feeling like a failure if the book’s advice didn’t work for their baby. Keep in mind that while baby books offer a wealth of ideas to try out, none should be taken as gospel. There are as many “right” ways to do things as there are babies under the sun.
A helping hand?
If all else fails, and Plunketline (0800 933 922) isn’t able to help, you might consider getting a sleep consultant or a night nanny. They help parents with feeding, bathing and getting your infant down so you can get a good night’s sleep. Unsurprisingly, it’s big business. Of course, neither option is cheap, but desperate parents tend to have deep pockets. Rates go from $200 to perhaps $600 for just one overnight consultation. Remember, finally, that if you take good care of your child and love them unconditionally, it’ll almost certainly all be alright in the end. Even if you do many things “wrong”, by two years old, most children will be sleeping soundly through the night.