Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

CALMS: A Guide to Soothing Your Baby

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

CALMS: A Guide to Soothing Your Baby

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CALMS: A Guide to Soothing Your Baby by Carrie Conte, Ph.D. and Debby Takikawa, D.C. 2007. Los Olivos, CA: Hana Peace Works. 96 pages, 26 photos. Orders: www.whatbabieswant.com

This book is the first in a series of parenting books flowing from the legacy of an important video that captured wide attention, What Babies Want, directed by Debby Takikawa. Innocently small and a cinch to read, this little book is a gem! Wherever you dip into it, you get helpful information, a profoundly true point of view about babies, and yes, wise counsel on every page. It is tailor-made for new parents.

The title CALMS is an acronym standing for an indispensable 5step process that parents can use to maintain composure during the inevitable stresses and strains encountered in the first weeks of parenting after the birth. The secret method is disclosed in Part One. The steps make good sense and are good psychology. The novelty and simplicity of CALMS may startle you.

Part Two presents infant development information from the expanded view made possible by studies in prenatal psychology over the last 25 years. …

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