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Beginnings: A Guide to Child Psychology and Development for Parents of 0 5-year-olds; Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Beginnings is a modern month-by-month reference guide for parents of 0-5-year-olds.

It will answer all the questions that parents have about their baby, toddler and preschooler’s physical and psychological development.

Topics Covered:

  • How a baby grows and develops, month by month, during pregnancy
  • Physical development, month by month, in the newborn period
  • Brain development from birth to five years
  • How sleep develops and changes throughout the first five years
  • The development of self and personality
  • Social development, attachment and peer relationships
  • Temperaments and the development of emotion regulation
  • The development of memory
  • Current and classic theories in child psychology
  • Learning to sit, crawl, cruise and walk.
  • Language acquisition and early literacy skills
  • Early mark making - learning to draw and form letters
  • Schemas - how children learn about the world around them.
  • Food preferences and eating experiences in early childhood
  • Play - including suggestions for entertainment at each age
  • How parents and carers can encourage optimal brain development

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the mother of four children. She has a BSc in Psychology and worked for several years in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Following the birth of her first child, Sarah re-trained as a Paediatric Homeopath, Antenatal Teacher and Birth and Postnatal Doula. She has also undertaken training in Baby Massage, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.

Sarah specialises in gentle parenting methods and is co-founder of the GentleParenting website ( Sarah writes a parenting blog ( which is read by 3 million parents per year, and is the author of BabyCalmToddlerCalm, The Gentle Sleep Book, The Gentle Parenting Book, The Gentle Discipline Book, The Gentle Potty Training Book, The Gentle Eating Book, The Second Baby Book, The Starting School Book Between: A guide for parents of eight to thirteen-year-olds, How to Be a Calm Parent and Beginnings. She frequently writes for magazines and newspapers, and is often called upon as a parenting expert for national television and radio.