Module 1: BabyCalm literature review

In this section there will be a significant amount of reading to do. For some of the books we recommend that you read the whole book whereas for others we will direct you to read certain parts that are important to get a feel for the book. You are, of course, welcome to read all of any book that inspires you. We will also provide you with a much longer recommended reading list in your course manuals for you to continue and deepen your understanding at your own pace.

BabyCalm: A guide for calmer babies and happier parents

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

It is essential that you have a full understanding of this text. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please describe the main themes and topics within the book, highlighting what you felt you particularly gained from reading it.

Please describe how you would use the information in this book to help you as a parent?

Please describe how you might use the knowledge you have gained from this book as a BabyCalm consultant, highlighting the key differences from your description in the previous question.

Please highlight any deficiencies that this book has and how you might seek to rectify those in your knowledge base.

How do you feel the research/evidence stacks up in favour of the conclusions drawn by the author(s) of this book?

What every parent needs to know (The Science of Parenting) by Margot Sunderland

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read pages 8-95 and 184-269 of this book

You can also read the middle section of the book but it relates more to toddlers than babies.

This book is an essential first insight into neuropsychology and the impact that parenting can have on the developing brain. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please describe one section of the book that was a "light-bulb" moment for you and discuss how it's contents impacted your thinking

Please choose one subject of the book that you either didn't fully understand or that didn't seem consistent with your understanding/values and describe it and your thoughts on it.

What mothers do by Naomi Stadlen

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

This book is an inspiring read that allows us to understand life with a new baby and it's struggles in a very real way. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on how the book makes you feel as a parent and how this might affect how you might empower your clients. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Please describe the main themes and topics within the book, highlighting what you felt you particularly gained from reading it.

Please highlight any deficiencies that this book has and how you might characterise these with parents if they ask.

Please describe two reactions you had to the concepts in the book and highlight how reflecting on this may help you be a better BabyCalm consultant

How would you use this knowledge whilst working with clients as a BabyCalm consultant?

Why love matters by Sue Gerhardt

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

This book takes a unique approach by using science to understand the chemical and biological processes by which love and attachment optimally develop our brains and contribute to our wellbeing. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Discuss whether love is essential to brain development in the early years of life

Describe the impact of loving parenting on our social and emotional brain development

Name three ways this book can be helpful to you as a BabyCalm consultant

Why your baby's sleep matters by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

A concise look at infant sleep from our founder Sarah Ockwell-Smith. This book clearly highlights the need for parents to understand sleep better and be more responsive to the needs of their babies. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Discuss the benefits of nurturing babies at night?

How does the author's description of 'normal infant sleep' compare with most baby sleep "experts", the media and most people in society?

Discuss your feelings about the author's assertions about sleep problems across the world.

Why baby wearing matters by Rosie Knowles

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

A wonderful book by a GP and Slingababy consultant that investigates the connection between baby wearing and attachment and the benefits of these for our babies, ourselves and society as a whole. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

What main benefits of babywearing for the baby does the author discuss?

What benefits of babywearing does the author describe for the mother/care-giver?

Discuss the assertions made about the benefits to society, particularly how you think baby wearing is more important than other positive techniques

Baby-led Weaning by Gill Rapley

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

This book is the "bible" of baby-led weaning. It examines our relationship with food, and helps us understand the importance of parenting techniques in this area. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. Particularly consider how the book makes you feel about your own eating habits and how these might differ from what you want for your child. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

What reflections did this book produce in you regarding the parenting you received around eating?

What reflections do you have regarding your current eating habits?

What light bulb moments might parents have when being presented with this information?

Please note any difficulties that might occur when presenting this information to parents

The Social Baby by Lynn Murray

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please gain a thorough understand of the principles laid out in the book

This book is an insight into how babies are able to communicate with us from birth. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

What is the main message that is trying to be conveyed from the book and how can you apply this to your own knowledge of newborn babies

Do you feel that all parents will find this information empowering? Please explain your answer

Infant Massage by Vimala McLure

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book

This beautiful book written by the founder of the International association of Infant Massage looks at baby massage in a holistic way. Whilst you are reading this book, please make notes on areas that particularly resonated with you and areas that concerned you or you felt unsure about. Particularly focus on how nurturing touch is described in the book and the "culture" of the book. If you have already read this book, please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

Describe what you consider to be the most important themes in this book?

In what ways did this book adjust how you think about infant massage?

How do you feel this book will help you in facilitating BabyCalm classes?

Discuss the assertion "Parents must understand exactly how to massage their babies in order for massage to be effective"

Why the Politics of Breastfeeding matter by Gabrielle Palmer

Instructions for reading and reviewing this book

Please read the whole of this book 

In this concise version of the original book "The Politics of Breastfeeding" by the same author, you will gain a brief understanding of how our society has been manipulated into it's current state and what we are facing as we struggle to a advocate for babies. This can be a contentious topic, especially for anyone who couldn't breastfeed for any reason or feels they are judged for their choices. There is no feeding judgement in BabyCalm (or ToddlerCalm). Only a desire that all parents have truly informed and evidence-based choices. Whilst reading the book, please keep a note of any feelings that arise and reflect on what might have caused those feelings. If you have already read this book (or the original), please skim through and remind yourself whilst making some notes. When answering the questions in this literature review, we encourage you to have the text available to refer to.

How does this impact how you would support mothers in infant feeding?

How does this make you feel about formula companies?

How does this make you feel about women who formula feed (for any reason)?

How does this make you feel about your own feeding journey?

What can we do as BabyCalm consultants to support our community, in light of this information?