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When it comes to baby care, the very best advice comes not from the "experts," but from the real-life experience of generations of women. Author Maud Bryt's mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother were midwives in Holland, delivering babies and helping mothers in the first weeks after birth, when a new baby's arrival creates a complex mix of emotions and change in a family.
This wise, compassionate guide, beautifully illustrated with dozens of photographs, adapts their warm, time-tested advice to the daily care of today's little ones. Learn which fabric is gentlest for your baby's skin and how to make a soothing nighttime routine of food, bath, song, and sleep. Discover step-by-step instructions for all daily routines, including the kind of essential detail that can come only from experience and love. The knowledge and experience of generations of midwives and 70 beautiful photographs come together in Baby Love: A Tradition of Calm Parenting, a gentle and comforting look at parenting and babies. Maud Bryt, photographer and author, is a woman whose family members--for three generations before her--were midwives in Holland. In addition to the lovely black-and-white photographs of babies and parents, Bryt shares her mother Oma's suggestions for baby care, sleeping, feeding, bathing, illness, sibling interaction, family outings, and introducing your baby to the world. The tips tend to be one-dimensional (for example, Oma has specific ideas about how to get a baby to sleep, allowing no leeway for parental differences of opinion), but on the whole this book is sensible and certainly a joy to browse. --Ericka Lutz