• The Second Baby Book

  • How to Cope with Pregnancy Number Two and Create a Happy Home for Your Firstborn and New Arrival
  • By: Sarah Ockwell-Smith
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)
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The Second Baby Book

By: Sarah Ockwell-Smith
Narrated by: Katy Sobey
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beautiful

This book was a true joy to listen to. It gave me peace knowing all the feelings I was having about bringing a second child into this world were completely normal. I no longer feel as anxious about my new arrival, but rather prepared for what’s to come, including all the big emotions. Great read for moms expecting their second baby.

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