Sarah’s Books

Coming Soon – The Starting School Book

The Starting School Book

Everything you need to know about choosing, applying for, preparing for and settling your child into their first school place.

Release date: March 5th 2020





Pre-order HERE


The Second Baby Book

2ndbabyHaving a second baby is a very different experience from having your first, yet there is little recognition of the wide range of issues that need to be considered when bringing a second child into the family. In this incredibly helpful book, Sarah Ockwell-Smith helps parents feel more positive and prepared for life with two children.

The book begins with the obvious question: when is the right time to add another member to the family? It then goes on to examine the specific issues that can arise with a second pregnancy and birth; the common concerns about siblings, such as how to prepare your firstborn for what’s to come; how to cope with the practicalities of life with two young children (aka actually managing to get anything done!); and the feelings parents are likely to experience, too.

The Second Baby Book examines all the questions and issues Sarah herself faced second time around, as well as sharing the experiences of the many parents who have sought her advice. It also highlights what scientific studies reveal about such issues as the spacing of children and the differences between first and second births. Practical, insightful and honest, this book will help you understand the challenges ahead but, more importantly, it will equip you to meet them with knowledge, confidence and a sense of excitement for the future.

Available to Order HERE


‘Ready, Set, Go’ – USA Edition

pottybookIf you’re like most parents, you’re as nervous about potty training as your little one is. But help is on the way. This supportive guide provides step-by-step advice for a compassionate and emotionally aware process—one that focuses on positive connection rather than relying on gimmicks, pressure, or rewards (which usually backfire).

Topics include:

*  Signs your child is ready, and how to begin
*  Preparing your child emotionally
*  Tips for coping when away from home
*  Advice for handling accidents and setbacks
*  Practical stories and tips from parents

Written by popular parenting expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith, creator of Gentle Parenting, this is the only book you’ll need to guide your child through this developmental milestone–without trauma, drama and tears (for baby and parents alike!).

Available to Order HERE


‘The Gentle Eating Book’


The Gentle Eating Book will help parents to understand their child’s eating habits at each age. Starting from birth, the book covers how to start your child off with the most positive approach to eating, whether they are breast or bottle-fed. Parents of older babies will find information about introducing solids, feeding at daycare and when to wean off of breast or formula milk. For parents with toddlers and older children, Sarah includes advice on picky eating and food refusal, overeating, snacking and navigating eating at school, while parents of tweens and teens will find information on dieting, peer pressure, promoting a positive body image and preparing children for future eating independence.

At each age The Gentle Eating Book will help parents to feed their child in a manner that will set up positive eating habits for life.

Available to Order HERE


‘The Gentle Potty Training Book’

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An indispensable guide for parents looking for a more gentle and easier way to toilet train their child. The Gentle Potty Training Book is a concise guide to the toilet training process. It will help parents understand when to start the process, and provide a step by step guide to the best, most gentle and easiest approach to take, as well as how to cope with the inevitable regressions and setbacks.

Available to order HERE



‘Gentle Discipline’ – USA EDITION



Available to order HERE

A practical guide that presents an alternative to shouting, shaming, and blaming–to give kids the skills they need to grow and thrive.

Filled with ideas to try today, Gentle Discipline helps parents of toddlers as well  as school-age kids embrace a new, more enlightened way to help kids listen, learn and grow.



‘The Gentle Discipline Book’ – UK EDITION

Available to order HERE.

gdbThe Gentle Discipline Book is an indispensable guide for parents looking for a more gentle and effective way to shape their child’s behaviour. The Gentle Discipline Book will help parents to understand why their child acts in the way that they do, how they can get their child to listen to them and how to get them to behave in more appropriate ways, both now and in the future. The book explores the idea of discipline and what effective discipline really looks like. Gentle Discipline is a world away from the punishments and rewards so often advocated and turns what many think about raising children on its head. Covering a range of ages from toddler to teen the book will help parents to  understand how the minds of children work and what makes them tick at each stage, helping parents to adopt a style of managing their child’s behaviour that will see them through many years to come.

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The Gentle Parenting Book – how to raise calmer, happier children from birth to seven’, 

Available to order HERE.

GentleParenting_DRAFT (1)Parenting trends come and go. Gentle parenting is different – it isn’t a label for a precise set of rules but a method of parenting that embraces the needs of parent and child, while being mindful of current science and child psychology. It means parenting with empathy, respect, understanding – and boundaries.
In Gentle Parenting, Sarah Ockwell-Smith provides a trustworthy combination of what-to-expect information and gentle-parenting solutions to the most common challenges faced by parents with young children. Sarah addresses a
wide variety of topics, including coping with a crying baby, introducing solid foods and creating healthy eating habits, potty training, starting nursery and school, sibling rivalry, tantrums, whining and sulking, aggressive behaviour and much more.
And for those parents who have previously used a more authoritarian style of parenting, there’s plenty of advice – and reassurance – on making the transition to a gentler approach. For many, gentle parenting comes as a relief because it chimes with their deepest instincts about the best way to raise their children.

What people are saying about ‘The Gentle Parenting Book’:

“What a lovely book! Sarah Ockwell-Smith uses the term ‘gentle parenting’ to encompass deep insights into the ways that parents can be responsive to the needs of children while maintaining their own inner balance. I love the way Sarah breaks the concept down into clear guidelines – without being strident about one right way to be a parent – and the way she addresses the challenge of shifting from mainstream parenting to more gentle ways. The world can be a harsh place; families don’t have to be.”  Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen, author of ‘Playful Parenting’

“This book is full of useful tips for how to parent gently. Drawing on her own and others’ experiences, and with her trademark forthright approach, Sarah Ockwell-Smith offers advice and guidance for parenting children in a way that encourages and enables them to grow and learn. While the book is aimed at parents with children from birth to age seven, much of what Sarah has to offer is also relevant for parents with older children, and for relationships in general.”. Gill Rapley, PhD, co-author of Baby-led Weaning and the ‘baby-led’ series of parenting books.

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Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters‘, Pinter and Martin, 2016. 

Available to order HERE.


Research shows that ‘normal’ infant sleep is not what most experts claim it to be. In fact, many of today’s sleep ‘problems’ with young babies and children predominantly occur in the developed world. In Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters, renowned gentle parenting expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith demonstrates how nurturing babies at night helps their brain development, and covers the topics every parent of a new baby will need to know about, including naps, SIDS, night weaning, coping with your own exhaustion – and even dealing with advice and criticism from others.

This book is part of the Pinter and Martin ‘Why it Matters’ Series. More information here


‘The Gentle Sleep Book’, Piatkus, 2015

Available to order now.

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The Gentle Sleep Book offers gentle, no tears, sleep solutions for exhausted parents of new-borns to five year olds.

No other book on the market concentrates on providing gentle sleep help for this age range. Most focus only on the under ones or separate their advice into very small age brackets, meaning parents have to buy several books as their child grows and their sleep problems change. Others focus on harsh behavioural methods not backed by modern science.

This new book from Sarah Ockwell-Smith will be an indispensable guide for parents no matter what issues they are facing with their child’s sleep from the day they bring their newborn home until their child is settled into school. From frequent night waking in babyhood, through bedwetting in toddlerhood, to nightmares and refusal to go to bed in pre-schoolers, this book will provide extensive scientific and anecdotal information and gentle suggestions. These suggestions don’t involve leaving a baby to cry or shutting a sobbing child in their bedroom.    


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‘BabyCalm: A Guide for Calmer Babies & Happier Parents’, Piatkus 2012.

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BabyCalm: A guide for calmer babies and happier parents by Sarah Ockwell-Smith offers a refreshing alternative to prescriptive, routine-led parenting. If you want to find ways to cope with tiring days and difficult nights without putting your baby on a strict routine, or resorting to sleep training, this new, gentle guide is for you.

What People Are Saying About ‘BabyCalm’:

“As a first time mum the ideas contained in the BabyCalm book make perfect sense, and it gave me the confidence and knowledge to enjoy my new family. Faith is a very happy little girl and we are very happy parents”.

 Michelle Heaton – Singer, ‘Liberty X’

“As a new mum of a colicky baby I found this book and its advice soothing not only for my baby but for me!!! Essential pre birth read and a valuable after birth reference.”

Lucy Speed – Actress, ‘Eastenders’ and ‘The Bill’

“BabyCalm is a brilliant, positive resource that focuses on intuition, feelings, love and trust.”  

Sheena Byrom OBE – Freelance Midwifery Advisor 

“The real treasure in this book is the reassuring, anti-guilt approach, which is why it’s the perfect gift for any mother-to-be.”

 Dr. Laura Markham, Aha!

“everything you say in the book really resonated with the way we hoped we would parent.”

Dame Sarah Storey, Paralympian

“Your book is my bible right now”

Zoe (wife to Brendan) Cole


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‘ToddlerCalm: A Guide for Calmer Babies & Happier Parents’, Piatkus 2013.

ToddlerCalm_CR_9780349401058.inddToddlerCalm, by Sarah Ockwell-Smith, turns mainstream parenting techniques on their head and offers a genuine alternative to raising your toddler.

Are you looking for ways to cope with your toddler without resorting to the naughty step or controlled crying? ToddlerCalm offers a gentle approach to parenting that will help you to enjoy your toddler, to understand the limitations of sticker charts and time out, to have the confidence to ignore the experts and to parent your own child with empathy and trust.

“I welcome this book as a sensitive antidote to the alternatives. It is not advocating permissive or authoritarian care, it is a paean to the glorious fun and joy which can result from understanding your toddler, seeing it from their point of view, and then gently nudging them towards maturity.”

Oliver James – Author of ‘Love Bombing’ and ‘How Not to F*** Them Up’

“beautiful book… very lovely guidance and support”

Professor Wendy Middlemiss, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Texas.

“Within 5 mins of reading real life stories in ToddlerCalm I could relate!”

Nell McAndrew, Model and marathon runner


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