Maternity nurse and author of ‘The Baby Book’ says modern mums have “lost the plot.”

Rachel Waddilove, 70, a mother of three and grandmother of six, has decided to bring The Baby Book to a new generation and has revised the old version, reports The Telegraph.

“It’s not me who has changed, it’s modern mothers. You’re all so busy, you travel so much and you scare yourselves by reading nonsense on the internet,” she says. “I want to make my message even clearer.”

We’ve Lost The Plot

“Modern parenting is all about the child and that’s what I don’t like about it,” she says. “I’m not belittling the fact that children are precious, they’re a gift but we’re building a generation of little tin gods and it’s not creating a very nice society. We’ve lost the plot.”

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Rachel has decided to rewrite her classic parenting manual – adding in more detail on routine and sleep training, and an additional chapter on travelling with a baby.

The World Does Not Revolve Around Babies

“Babies mustn’t think the world revolves around them. They’ll grow up thinking the world owes them a living,” says Rachel.

“I see mothers giving their babies their iPhones but you need to show children how they fit in to the world, that there is a higher order.”

Read more on Rachel’s methods and beliefs HERE.

Do you think we have lost the plot with our parenting?

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  • I agree with her whole heartedly. It’s a strange new world for sure


  • She knows what she’s talking about


  • It is absolutely horrific – mothers are in children’s lives to protect them.


  • The world is a busier place and I do believe mothers are trying their best!


  • I absolutely agree with this woman. Whilst I agree that children need to feel valued and loved unconditionally, they must also know that the like this lady says the world doesn’t own them one.


  • I don’t agree, sounds like she’s an old fuddy duddy


  • I agree with what is being said in this article. hope people read her book and take note.


  • Yes, I agree. Kids do seem a little entitled these days.


  • To be honest, I’d be interested in reading this book.
    To some degree I do agree that children these days think they are ‘owed’ and have such high expectations, my own children included.


  • I think we’re facing a lot of different pressures.


  • i agree but not sure this is new information


  • To a degree yes. I think that we try and fit into our children’s demands when we can create a harmonious balance.


  • I think that Rachel is out of touch with todays research and what is best for children. I agree that it has to wok for the family as well as the child – but just because she is a maternity nurse doesn’t mean she knows what she is talking about.

    I think anyone who thinks they know the answer for all children are kidding themselves.

    As an early childhood educator and Mum, the one thing I have learned is that there is absolutely no one size fits all for children. They are all different and the hard part is accepting that there is nothing wrong with that and learning to go with it.

    My son didn’t sleep anywhere close to through the night until he was almost 2. We don’t agree with sleep training and routines are tough to ask a child to stick to when adults can’t even do it.

    I wish people would stop writing books about parenting claiming they have all the answers – it is adding to the problem Rachel is complaining about in the first place. “…and you scare yourselves by reading nonsense on the internet”, What she is referring to is information overload. We just need to stop letting people like Rachel block out our own instincts.

    That is my 2 cents…


  • I know a Mum who even had a game gadget that she attached to the shopping trolley when she went shopping – as soon as she puts him in the trolley. I’m not sure she was even walking properly. At home he was fed by the clock even though he was obviously tired and needed a sleep. Working in the medical system you would think she knew better. They obviously don’t think about the damage being doen to their eyes, neck etc. We were told not by an Eye Specialist to let a baby or toddler too close to a screen. Others have advised that them having their neck forward damages their neck too. They will suffer later and the damage is already done.


  • I used to love reading “The Baby Book” when my first two children were born. By the time baby 4 arrived, I just went with my gut and my experience. I think I’m lucky to live in the country without a lot of the distractions of city living, and this has also helped raise four kids that love the outdoors, love to be active, and love to help around the farm. Probably some older values, but I think they’ll have a good work ethic when they grow up.


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