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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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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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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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Left me feeling more prepared

I have listened to this while pregnant and I will have 2 under 2, it’s made me feel a lot better and more empowered to deal with the challenges of 2 babies.

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Brilliant for expecting my second

Really really recommend for expectant second time parents. So interesting, so many great tips and really practical.

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Very helpful!!!

Lots of great tips and new perspectives. A must read for all parents with a second baby on the way

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interesting perspective and useful suggestions!

interesting perspective on life with 2, acknowledgement of mum guilt, and useful suggestions for introducing 2nd+ siblings

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Really helpful

I really found this book so helpful in thinking about decision making around having a second baby. Lots of practical advice for supporting parents, first born and second born with the transition to an extending family. The only thing that I will say that its got a very traditional outlook mostly geared towards heterosexual co-parent households. So a book out there might be needed for more diverse families too!?

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Utter rubbish

It’s like listening to an anxious friend that is exhausting and eye-rolling. The introduction alone was just a stream of unnecessary questions. If you’re an anxious pregnant woman avoid this book.

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

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-22

Not very helpful

Mostly about personal experiences and guilt and less about how to be a mom of 2 not many strategies and tips which is what I was expecting

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  • Berenice Ramirez
  • 17-05-22

Anxiety trigger

If you already suffer from anxiety do not read this book! I literally could not get pass the first chapter.

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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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  • Sally
  • 09-08-22

Useful and loved the performance

The regional accents performed by the narrator made me laugh which was much needed when I was sleep deprived.