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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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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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great simple tips but so helpful

really recommend this book to mums who are pregnant with 2nd child it help me feel more confident that I can do it, deal with 2 kids giving me ideas how to help my first child to cope with a sibling

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No useful content

No useful content if you have any common sense, no real advice, would not recommend.

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not for me

not for me, I thought it would be useful but only a few minutes in and I know this is not for me. wish I did buy it

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Helps to prepare

Really informative book from a very knowledgable author. Full of practical advice that makes you excited yet prepared for the challenges to come.

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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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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

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  • Danielle
  • 26-10-20

Honest and so helpful

This book discusses openly what I was feeling as a new mom of 2 - so much guilt. Reading that other moms felt the same way and my feelings were normal helped me feel not alone. Very positive and helpful for me

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  • Kendra
  • 02-06-20

So Helpful!

Totally worth the read! Practical, educational, and helped me through some emotions of having a second child. Highly recommend!

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  • ALEX T
  • 09-04-21

a much needed read

days away from having baby #2 and just finished this book. we really needed to hear a lot of what is mentioned.

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  • Kevin
  • 05-04-21

Nice

If you are looking for a book to tell you are doing a good job, calm you down and normalize your feeling, then this a great book. The author does a good job helping to identify a lot of pain points for second time parents and make you feel better about them.

If you are looking for a book with structure, steps you can follow and specific insights, then this is not the book for you. The author is not definite on just about everything.

I would have liked more concrete advice.

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  • F. McClary
  • 16-03-21

Thoughtful and Thorough

This book examines and explains the many considerations and factors that incorporate a second pregnancy from decision to upbringing. The intermixed stories and examples help paint a relatable picture.

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  • Luz Elena Evers
  • 23-02-21

must read

I really enjoyed the advice and personal stories shared by other mothers. it gave me a greater understanding of what to expect and how to put my thoughts into perspective with a second child. I have recommended this book to my prenatal yoga group. I recommend it for any expectant mother with child number two.

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  • Pheonix
  • 19-02-21

I have enjoyed this book

I started to listen; the narrator's voice is friendly and soft, professionally recorded, the sounds quality is perfect.
Content, to my surprise, also was very professional as the practising dula and mother of two, shared her formative experience.
I would recommend it for the second time pregnant.

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  • Con
  • 13-07-21

Amazing book

Just amazing. It touches on ALL topics you could ever think of. Very thoughtful, gentle and inclusive. Excellent read for all parents of one child that are thinking of growing their family.

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  • Ellie
  • 14-04-21

Very helpful!!

My first child will be 23 months when our second baby is born. I listened to this while pregnant and plan to re-listen to certain parts again when baby is here for a refresher. I especially love that she talks about thinking of the older sibling going through a mourning phase rather than looking at it as jealousy. I like her advice and wisdom so much that I plan to purchase her sleep and potty training books as well!