ANNI GETHIN, PhD, is a health social scientist who runs a research and planning consultancy, lectures in public health and social science, and is a mother of three boys. BETH MACGREGOR is a psychologist who trains health and welfare workers in infant mental health, child development, and child protection. She has two sons. Both authors live in Sydney, Australia.
THE AUTHOR SCOOP
Have any good pet stories?
I have disgusting pet stories. Never leave a dog and a full potty in the same room.
What's been sitting in the back of your fridge for more than a year?
I still have my youngest son's placenta in my freezer- he is turning 9. And for several years we had an enormous funnel web spider (Australia's most deadly spider) frozen in water - until we shifted house and some friends babysat our frozen items.
Favorite childhood book?
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read it so much it fell apart.
Name the most horrifying dish that your mother used to make.
She was a classic 70s cook (though has modernized greatly since). It is a toss up between a kind of sloppy steak and kidney number and a very grey savory mince.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
My first stated ambition was to be 'a petrol (gas) station man', followed later by a strong desire to be a zoologist or paleontologist. I don't think any kid dreams of being a social scientist.
THE AUTHOR SCOOPWhat is your favorite thing about being an author?
Feedback from readers that our book has made a difference to their lives. I love knowing that there are children and parents who are living happier lives as a result of reading our book.
Sticky date pudding with King Island cream!
Favorite childhood book?
Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five' books.
How do you cheer yourself up when you're feeling down?
I actively practice being grateful for all the good things in my life - even for things as simple as having eyes to see and legs to walk. I find gratitude to be the perfect antidote to unhappiness.
What's the best way to spend a rainy Saturday morning?
Playing in bed with my kids and my husband.
If you had to boil the message of Helping Your Baby to Sleep down to one sentence, what would it be?
Your baby needs you.
"an excellent attachment-parenting guide to regulating little ones' sleep without making them 'cry it out.'"
"Too often parenting books, especially those on infant sleep, give advice incongruent with child and parent's needs. Helping Baby Sleep stands out with its positive approach to infant sleep. ...The informal writing style makes even the scientific information easy to read."
--Journal of Human Lactation, International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)