When we started out upon our journey, when it came to books, we had no idea where to start. We knew we wanted to base our decisions upon an understanding of our child, based upon good science, evidence and evolution, but how do you begin to look for that?

If we were recommended anything by well meaning friends and family, should we be reading them?

How could we tell the good from the bad?

Hopefully this page will help answer some of your questions and help you decide.

Why to be wary of
“Baby Whisperers”

Beware of so called “baby whisperers” and, in our humble opinion, avoid them at all costs.

Just because some were nannys, are doctors, or have taught their techniques for years, this alone does not qualify them to give you advice on your child (You are the expert on your child), or fully understand the subject they are writing about and its relevance to you. Beware of so called “baby whisperers” and, in our humble opinion, avoid them at all costs.

The “baby whisperers” all too often promote non-evidence based practices that are almost always parent focused, with little or no understanding of the potential long term negative effects that their methods have.

How to Tell the Good from the Bad

  • What are their qualifications?

  • Are their qualifications relevant to the subject?

  • Are they parents?

  • Is their advice evidence based, if so how recent?

  • Is their advice based upon science and not heresy, opinion or anecdote?

  • Does their advice put the childs wellbeing first?

  • Do they look at the long term effects on the child?

  • It is often mentioned that there is no proof of harm, when, what they can not show is proof of no harm!

Authors to avoid:

Gina Ford
Kathryn Hewes
Tracy Hogg
Rachel Waddilove
Tizzie Hall
Clare Byam-Cook

and many more…

It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults. F. Douglass

small acorn booksThe following books have been read by one of us, but it’s more than likely both of us have read them. The authors are often highly regarded in their field, have years of experience and have often researched the subject extensively to back up their book.

We have included our thoughts, in addition to a blurb. There is also a list of books we have awaiting us upon our coffee table at the bottom of the page.

Jamie & Bev


by Sarah Ockwell-Smith
A Guide for Calmer Babies and Happier Parents

The Wonder Weeks

by Hetty van de Rijt PH.D. & Frans X. Plooij PH.D.

How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases Into Magical leaps forward

The Hypnobirthing Book

by Katherine Graves
An Inspirational Guide for a Calm, Confident, Natural Birth

Men, Love & Birth

by Mark Harris

The book about being present at birth your pregnant lover wants you to read

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

by La Leche League

From the authors of Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family

Sweet Sleep

by La Leche League

Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family

How Not to F**k Them Up

by Oliver James

Why embracing your own prenting style is best for you and your child.


by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

A guide for calmer toddlers and happier parents

The Continuum Concept

by Jean Liedloff

In search of happiness lost


by Katie Brooke

A little book for birth companions