Basic Information for New Parents Video

In this video, we talk to the author of the book Baby Secrets and discuss the main ideas of the book.
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Julie Peasgood: Any new parent is desperate for help and advice on all issues to do with their baby. The lack of sleep, the crying and the need for reassurance that you’re doing the right thing by your child are all things that the fore-front of the parent’s mind. Help is at hand with the book ‘Baby Secrets’. The book’s authors Jo Tantum and Barbara Want are with me in the studio to talk about the book and to divulge what these baby secrets are. Welcome to you both, and I have to say welcome as well to Barbara’s twins Benedict and Joel. See I remember that because Benedict in blue. Hello boys! Barbara Want: You can say hello! Benedict: Hello! Joel: Hello! Julie Peasgood: Hello, and I guess you are going to be really, really good. Joel: Yes. Julie Peasgood: Yes! Excellent! Listen, congratulations to you both. I’ve had a look at ‘Baby Secrets’ got it right here, and I’m seriously impressed. It’s got so many tips. It’s a bit like a Bible, and my only criticism is, why wasn’t it around for me when I had my daughter. Tell us what’s in it, little bit about what’s in it? Barbara Want: Well, I think our key aim was to give mums all the basics that you need when you have a new baby, but in particular how to get a baby to sleep through the night because I was amazed when I had the boys how little information that was out there. I was given no information in hospital, no information from doctors, from GPs, from the health visitors, and I had no idea what I was doing. And then I met Jo and I suddenly realized there was a whole world out there of things that you could do which aren’t difficult. But it took; it needed someone to get the information out there so that other mothers could do the same thing. Julie Peasgood: So, you also helped Barbara, did you Jo? Jo Tantum: That’s right and I think the easiest thing was because I didn’t sort of dictate Barbara what to do and I sort of gave her options and we worked it out together and I think that’s what the beauty of the book is that it’s not telling you, you have to do this, you have to do this. It’s giving you a variety of ways to do it and if those don’t work this is how you get around of that. There is no other book that actually tells you if it goes wrong this is what you do it just sort of you know leaves a blank space normally. Julie Peasgood: Right! So where was the seed born of actually turning your obviously good relationship into -- and all these facts into the book. Can you remember the moment? Jo Tantum: Yeah, I think what happened several people had said to me you ought to write a book and mums that I had already worked with. Barbara said exactly the same thing, and then one evening we said well, you know, why don’t we do this and Barbara’s husband has already written two books. So we got his publishing agent around one evening and sort of chatted about and he said fantastic idea. Julie Peasgood: Correct! Jo Tantum: Let’s go for it, and then that’s how we went from there. Julie Peasgood: And obviously you are both highly qualified, I mean you are a mom of Benedict and Joel, and I know you’ve had 18 years experience. Jo Tantum: Yes! Julie Peasgood: A sleep specialist. Jo Tantum: That’s right, and twin specialist. Julie Tantum: Twin specialist and fantastic. Well, as I say I mean it’s not just full of all the secrets about getting children to sleep and things, I was really impressed with little things like the list of what to pack when you go into hospital and what to talk to a potential nanny about the right questions to ask. But obviously the biggest issue is getting your child to sleep. So, what’s the secret, what is the secret? Barbara Want: Well, Jo will give you the details of the secrets because they are hers. But I can tell you that when I have the boys I haven’t realized that they needed to learn that nighttime was dark and daytime was light, which sounds really obvious but I was so unclued up that I thought light was bad for them. So I kept them in the dark all day lon

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