Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Happy Baby, Happy Family by Sarah Beeson Review and Giveaway


Back in October I was attending The Baby Show and I was lucky enough to get to meet Sarah Beeson to get some all needed brilliant baby advice. 




Sarah Beeson is an award winning health visitor who has more than 40 years of experience. In 2006 she was awarded a MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. She works around the Staffordshire and London area giving advice to parents and working along side magazines such as Prima Baby Magazine. 

One thing I can tell you about my meeting with Sarah Beeson is that it was very pleasant. She is really lovely and very easy to talk to. I spent a good hour talking to her all about the little worries and problems that I wanted to work through with Lily. I got some brilliant advice about helping Lily to sleep and how to get her to bed with no problems. The advice of giving Lily a more structured routine helped so much. 

When I found out that Sarah had a book I just had to own it. The book is called Happy Baby, Happy Family - Learning to trust yourself and your baby. It is written by Sarah and Edited by her daughter Amy Beeson. 



This has been my bedside book for the last two weeks and I've had a good read of it. As Lily is nearly 18 months old a lot of the things I was reading are stages I went through months ago, but I must say that I read some bits that I definitely wish I knew that when Lily was that age. I did find some useful advice in the sleeping section though, as Lily still isn't the best sleeper. The book is definitely aimed at newborn to 12 months and so I definitely will be having it by my bedside when I have baby number two. When ever that may be. 

The book has so much great advice in. From feeding your baby to helping your baby sleep to having to leave your baby and go back to work. It also has a section in for dads to read which I think is great. Some men can be put off reading when being handed a BIG book of baby advice so for it to be a nice section of a book instead I think would be much more encouraging for them to read. 

Here is a image of the contents so you can see if it would hold the advice your looking to read. 


One thing I found really useful in this book is the handy routines that are placed in here. I've always found routine really helps both baby and mummy and its great to have them written in the book to refer to when you need to. The routines go all the way up to 12 months old. Its written out in a really handy list form so its really easy to read. 



There are quite a few sections of the book that are written out this way which is great as it breaks up the paragraphs and makes it much easier to read. I'm not a huge fan of reading so for me it helps me not feel overwhelmed. Another section that is really handy and written out like this is a meal planner. I think its always a big concern to parents at what foods to give to their babies and how much and so its great to refer to when it comes to weaning. 


At the back of the book is a really handy A-Z section of common problems. I love this because if you have a certain concert for example Colic, you can quickly go to the C section and read about it. I can't begin to tell you the amount of times I've needed a quick answer to something when it came to caring for Lily and I still do. You panic even more when its your first and they are a newborn so to be able to quickly turn to the page you need is really helpful. 

I couldn't recommend this book more to you and really can't wait to be using it again for baby number two. 

If you think this book would be helpful, you can go here to find out more and buy it.
I now have two great opportunities for you. Firstly Sarah is giving away one of her books. You can enter below on the Gleam app.
I will also be holding a interview with Sarah when the competition ends and she has kindly offered to answer your questions and give you baby advice. You can ask her anything baby related that you may need help with. To be in with the chance to get your question answered please comment on this blog post. you can even get 5 points into the competition for doing so. Leave your Twitter name and I will tweet you if your question is answered. 

Good Luck

Win a Copy of Happy Baby, Happy Family

Terms and conditions 
1 Winner

Prize sent from PR
Uk only
2 weeks to claim prize

Not everyone will get there question answered
All unfinished entries will be disqualified

30 comments:

  1. my grandson will only fall asleep in my daughters arms before being transferred to bed.. he is 9 months old. is it possible to rectify this?

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  2. When my son was very young he never wanted to be put down which of course made things difficult when I had things to do around the house. He also didn't like being in his swing, swaddled or worn so I had to carry him in my arms at all times. Are there any tips that could help me with this if the next time around we have the same problem?

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  3. I would ask
    How easy is it to change others misunderstanding of common children rearing practices -ie when to wean ( the answer I get is baby is two months old and do hungry I'm going to start a spoon feed ) how as a health practitioner do you tackle these tricky situations

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  4. I would ask
    How easy is it to change others misunderstanding of common children rearing practices -ie when to wean ( the answer I get is baby is two months old and do hungry I'm going to start a spoon feed ) how as a health practitioner do you tackle these tricky situations

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  5. is there a age for potty training? it seems boys take longer thank girls is that true?

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  6. I'd love some advice on caring for teeth - especially when you can't even get them to open their mouth for you to see what's happening in there! x @jess__powell

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  7. I would ask Sarah for advice on getting a baby to sleep through the night. My granddaughter is 1 year old, and never sleeps for more than a couple of hours at a stretch. She goes to sleep without too much fuss, but then wakes and takes a couple of hours to get back to sleep again, during which time she insists on being held.

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    1. Hi
      This question got answered by Sarah Beeson in our interview. Head to the Home Page to find the interview and see her advice.

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  8. What a great book- literally everything for the first time mum! I may need to get myself a copy for baby 2 some day! x

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  9. This does sound like a great book and it sounds like amazing help and advice for first time mums x

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  10. A happy baby is a happy family. I love what I read. I wish I had this book when I had my twins 2 years ago.

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  11. This book sounds great. A great help for those who want advice and little support

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  12. I quite like reading baby books like this, just to get new ideas and try out different techniques. I do like a routine too!

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  13. Aw this sounds like a lovely baby good. Best of luck to all of those who enter xxx

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  14. As a visual person, I like the way the charts are laid out throughout the book. That is very helpful!

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  15. I would like to ask how would she suppose we transition from being swaddled to sleep to just being in her sleep sac ?

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    1. Hi
      This question got answered by Sarah Beeson in our interview. Head to the Home Page to find the interview and see her advice.

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  16. What a brilliant book, I love that they've given meal diaries and plans for everything you could ever come across. Brilliant!

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  17. Sounds like a great book. I could have used something like this when mine were babies.

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  18. My toddler is the same age as yours so not sure if too late for me to read this book. I will share with a friend who is expecting though as from what you shared the routine looks useful. I would have found something like that helpful when my son was younger - just to use as a guide and reassurance. Thanks for sharing

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  19. What a fabulous book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. I would ask for potty training tips.

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  21. At what stage should you worry if your baby doesn't want to sit unaided but is happily crawling and rolling freely?

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      This question got answered by Sarah Beeson in our interview. Head to the Home Page to find the interview and see her advice.

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  22. I would ask for tips on dealing with sibling jealousy

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  23. How do you wean a fussy baby? xx

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    1. Hi
      This question got answered by Sarah Beeson in our interview. Head to the Home Page to find the interview and see her advice.

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  24. My daughter is 3 months old at the moment and she has a dummy to help her fall asleep or to calm her down when she's upset. When is the best time to take it away for good and how should we do it without stressing her out too much.

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  25. My 3 month old has awful reflux and takes feeds little and often. Its making it very difficult to get into a routine

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