When will I sleep through the night? An A-Z of babyhood by Eleanor Birne – review

The first year – written by a mum and now read by a mum…what did Emily H think?

As I picked up the book and had a quick flick through, I liked that everything was in bite-size pieces, so as a busy mum you could pick it up and read a few bits at a time.

This is not a guide on how to be a good mum and it doesn’t advise you on the way you should be doing things. It’s a down to earth recollection of the first year, written in an easy to read, no-nonsense style.

“When will I sleep through the night…” isn’t in a chronological order of birth to one year. Instead it’s chaotic, but that’s what the first year is all about – nothing comes in a particular order so why should the book?!

The book is written in a very matter-of-fact way and the writer doesn’t seem to be trying to be anyone but herself. There are things that you will be able to empathise with and things that you might not have experienced with your child but heard other mums talking about, so can identify on that level. In parts, I felt like I had been approved as a mum because of likenesses I could draw from the tales recounted throughout the snippets of life from another mother’s viewpoint.

When Will I Sleep Through the Night?: All the Things They Never Tell You. Eleanor Birne List Price: $29.50 Price: $14.44 Read Reviews Buy Now

It’s a book that can be enjoyed by a mum or a mum-to-be and each will take different things from each passage and look forward to others. I read this book when my daughter was 6 months old and found myself being excited at the bits that hadn’t happened yet but then turning the page and finding myself reliving the new born memories and the feelings, doubts, happiness and other emotions we all have on a daily basis.

One thing that I didn’t like is how the writer uses initials for the case studies. It stopped me from forming a picture of them and I never really felt a relationship building throughout the book. Even if different names had been used it would have meant I could relate to their personalities more.

I give this book a thumbs up and I would buy it for any new mum or mum-to-be so they can rest assured they’re not alone – other people feel the same way, go through the same difficulties and share the same happiness and wonderment of their new babies.

  • http://www.emilycagle.co.uk Emily

    Great review Emily – thanks. As you know, I’m due my second soon and while I’ve no desire to swot up with Dr Spock on how to raise a baby, I am finding comfort in reading the anecdotal advice other mums can provide. I think I’ll grab this one to read now – I know I won’t have time next month!

  • http://www.birdsontheblog.co.uk/ Sarah Arrow

    Hi Emily, I agree with the changing names part –  it wouldn’t hurt would it? I read the baby whisperer and the case studies had names so there was no disconnect when reading :)

  • http://www.iamemily.co.uk Emily Hewett

    Yeah, that was the only bad thing about it – I like to build up a clear picture in my head of who is being talked about.