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The Unicorn Baby


Roxanne Atkinson


If you have read a few baby books or searched the Internet for parenting tips you have most likely stumbled across the mythical Unicorn Baby. This is the baby who feeds every four hours and sleeps through the night, sits at six months, pees pure gold and poops rainbows.

Whether this baby exists or not does not matter. What matters is this: you did not get this baby. If you are looking to answer the question: “Is my baby normal?” then you are in the right place.

The Unicorn Baby is an honest and hilarious account of parenting. Roxanne uses her professional experience as an Occupational Therapist to identify and debunk ten modern parenting myths that cause all kinds of anxiety for new parents and often leads them down the wrong parenting paths. For example:

  • Myth: You need to get your baby into the perfect routine Reality: There is no such thing as the perfect routine
  • Myth: You should only feed your baby every four hours Reality: You should practice responsive feeding, not scheduled feeding
  • Myth: You must teach your baby to sleep through the night Reality: There is no magic formula that will make your baby sleep through the night, no matter what you do.
  • Myth: Your baby grows and develops every day Reality: Your baby will grow and develop in leaps and spurts

Each of these ten myths is explored and then debunked, helping parents to understand biologically why their baby may not be behaving as they were told they would. Acknowledging that every baby is unique, this book helps new parents navigate the first year, explaining the latest neuroscience in understandable, practical terms, before sharing some fascinating stories of other real-life babies.

Roxanne Atkinson is an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in paediatrics and in neuro-developmental therapy. She has completed both her basic and advanced Bobath-training. Roxanne has worked at Milner Road Private Practice, Vista Nova School for children with Cerebral Palsy, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Victoria Hospital Wynberg, and in private practice in Cape Town. She also runs the ‘How to Thrive’ workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town and runs regular Baby Screening Clinics. Roxanne has featured on international blogs such as The Delivery, as well as on local blogs such as Sealy as The Sleep Expert. She has been a guest on The Pippa Hudson Show on CapeTalk.  She lives in Cape Town with her husband and two children.

Category:  Psychology & Self-help, Parenting
ISBN:  9781776190768
Publisher:  Jonathan Ball Publishers
On sale:  February 2021
List price:  R250 
Format:  Paperback
eBook ISBN  9781776190775 
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