Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Review: Bringing Up Your Baby by Komal Porecha

The initial few pages of Bringing Up Your Baby by Komal Porecha brought a big smile. It was such a cute start when author's twins and dog talk so thoughtfully. And I loved the cover! Very apt and sweet.

As the name suggests, this book is a non-fictional, comprehensive parenting guide for new/expectant moms. The author shares her experience with some very useful tips by expert. It covers the very crucial (though it sounds casual) period of pregnancy to the first year of your baby. The myths and the facts. The do's and don't's. every little thing! It gives an informative and important details about breastfeeding.

I really liked the writing style of the author. Clean, light, straight, and humourous. The author shares her personal experience and what "Dr Reddy says". It also carries some pictures of development charts. List of things you'll need for you and your baby. The book enlightens about Autism, that is very thoughtful.

The book is very informative. But I personally felt that it slightly lacked in emotional values. I mean can a mother refuse to see her newborn because she is tired and wants to sleep? How could a mother choose to send her newborn with nurses because she wants to sleep (When there is family support)? I was searching for some tenderness and emotion from the point of view of a new mother but there was none. It is just filled with information and knowledge that is of course very useful. I understand it may get difficult with twins but still... Maybe, it is to add humour, but it didn't work for me.

But overall, it is comprehensive and truly a guide. I really thank Ms Porecha for writing such an interesting and useful book! It's a must have/read for every new/expecting moms.

I got this book from Random House India for an honest review.