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The Second Baby Book

How to Cope with Pregnancy Number Two and Create a Happy Home for Your Firstborn and New Arrival
Narrated by: Katy Sobey
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

Having a second baby is a very different experience from having your first, yet there is little recognition of the wide range of issues that need to be considered when bringing a second child into the family. In this incredibly helpful book, Sarah Ockwell-Smith helps parents feel more positive and prepared for life with two children.

The book begins with the obvious question: when is the right time to add another member to the family? It then goes on to examine the specific issues that can arise with a second pregnancy and birth; the common concerns about siblings, such as how to prepare your firstborn for what's to come; how to cope with the practicalities of life with two young children (aka actually managing to get anything done!); and the feelings parents are likely to experience, too.

The Second Baby Book examines all the questions and issues Sarah herself faced second time around as well as sharing the experiences of the many parents who have sought her advice. It also highlights what scientific studies reveal about such issues as the spacing of children and the differences between first and second births. Practical, insightful and honest, this book will help you understand the challenges ahead, but, more importantly, it will equip you to meet them with knowledge, confidence and a sense of excitement for the future.

©2019 Sarah Ockwell-Smith (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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brilliant book

an amazing book for second time mums! really relatable and reassuring would definitely recommend

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A must for second time parents

I simply devoured this audiobook. It's an amazing book for second or third (or more) time parents. If you're thinking of getting pregnant again then read/listen to this book. It's absolutely fabulous. I listened to it while pregnant with my second and I think I'm going to buy the book too.

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Not what I expected

I think this could be an interesting book for first time parents but I kept waiting for the 2nd baby content and it never really came. There are only a couple of very short chapters about second baby experience and its impact on family dynamics but very superficial. After finishing the book I feel misled by the title. Plus, the author makes statements that are not scientifically sound and does not make the effort to explain the details. Communicating science to the public needs to go beyond reporting study results, we need to provide the necessary info for the audience to interpret those results, otherwise people can make very dangerous assumptions.

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Absolutely brilliant

I love Sarah, I’ve read all her books now, and expecting a baby in October, this one came along at exactly the right time.

I’m not sure if it’s the hormones, or the fact that Sarah is so good at voicing all the conflicting emotions I have going on inside, but I cried my way through this book. The mum guilt of having a second, the secret joy, the terrified anticipation of what is to come, all of it came with amazing advice. One of my favourite things about Sarah’s books is she makes me realise everything I’m feeling is totally normal, and other mums have felt exactly how I have for centuries.

For anyone expecting, this book is an amazing read and has made me feel so much more prepared for baby 2. Now I just need to get the grandparents to read it so they can understand where I’m coming from when I ask them to do certain things in a certain way.

Also, good narrator choice, easy to listen to and a British accent