Gwyneth's former nanny writes 'How To' book…

04/05/2006 at 09:35 PM ET

by auditioning  CBB contributor Kristin

Rachel_waddilove_1Gwyneth Paltrow’s former nanny, Rachel Waddilove, who spent many of her years as a maternity nurse, has written a book on how to look after your baby during the first year, called The Baby Book: How to Enjoy Year One. Rachel nannied for Gwyneth’s daughter Apple Martin shortly after she was born, and Gwyneth had many nice things to say about her in the book’s endorsement.

Gwyneth briefly mentions the traveling they did together, and says that Rachel’s techniques had Apple sleeping through the night by six weeks of age.  A testimonial by Gwyneth included on the book jacket reads, "Rachel’s advice on everything from breastfeeding to parenting was invaluable." 

In an interview with the UK Telegraph, Rachel was very cautious of what she said regarding the Paltrow/Martin family. Apparently she was very anxious and on edge during the interview, as she did not want to say anything that might upset Gwyneth. However, Rachel did say, "I very much enjoyed working with her [Gwyneth]. I loved them to bits. They are a lovely couple." When asked if she would return to help out the Paltrow/Martin family with infant #2, she answered, "I am not able to confirm that."

So far, the reviews for this book have been excellent. I tried to pick up a copy at Barnes and Noble to rate it myself, but it wasn’t in yet. Have you read or heard about the book?

Click the extended post to read the synopsis of the book.

Source: UK Telegraph and

Here is the synopsis:

This title offers excellent advice for looking after your baby during the first year. Rachel Waddilove has worked for many years as a private maternity nurse; her clients include Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Ivar Mountbatten. In this book, she draws on her considerable professional and personal experience to advise young parents on everything they need to know about looking after a baby in its first year.

Areas covered include: needs for the nursery; coming home from hospital; breast feeding vs bottle feeding; establishing a routine; sleep; crying; and introducing solid food. In addition to the host of practical information given, Rachel also considers the emotional and social aspects of becoming parents. Rachel’s down-to-earth style and wealth of experience makes this an essential guide for new parents, expectant parents and all who want the best for the children in their care.

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AskMoxie on

I’ve got to say I’m skeptical of any book that claims to have a baby sleeping through the night by 6 weeks. Sure, some do it on their own, but most babies just aren’t physiologically wired to sleep that long that early. I worry that books like that set up completely unrealistic expectations for parents, who then feel like crap parents if their babies are still waking up, even though it’s totally normal for newborns to wake up 2-3 times a night almost through the first year. Also, women who have supply problems can have their breastfeeding supply absolutely torpedoed by trying to follow schedules that don’t have them nursing every few hours for the first few weeks.

I’m sure she’s a lovely person, but the sleeping through the night at 6 weeks claim makes me wary that it’s going to be another “if you don’t do it my way you’re a bad mommy” book.

Danielle, CBB Editor on

I agree with Moxie. Getting babies to sleep through the night seems to be something that British supernannies and baby nurses can get babies to do but it does seem a little strict. My stepfather told me that a baby nurse got his son to sleep through the night at some ridiculous age like 2 weeks but sticking a q-tip with vaseline up his butt (to make him poop) and then he went to sleep. I think that he must be remembering the story wrong but if not, it’s just crazy! Babies that young aren’t neurologically able to sleep through the night because they haven’t figured out the difference between night and day yet!

Believe me, I would have LOVED to have Anya sleeping through the night but small babies NEED more food than that. Of course, now that she’s older, she’s STILL waking up every 2 hours like clockwork (we’re following Elizabeth Pantley’s No Cry Sleep book) and that’s another problem altogether!

AskMoxie on

Danielle, have you read The Wonder Weeks (by Vanderijt and Plooij)? It’s this amazing book (that I’m recommending constantly on my site) that tells you when the developmental spurts happen. Before every spurt there’s a 1-5-week period of screwed up sleep. So if you know she’s heading into a spurt you know when she’s going to have bad sleep, and also how to tell when she’s about to come through it.

FWIW, my second was sleeping 8 hours by the second week(!), but then teething and the 19-week spurt got him and he’s only now (at 11 months) sleeping through again for 10 hours. I think much of it is your child’s personality.

Shannon on

Im not exactly sure what is the expected amount of sleep at 6 weeks, but my godson, regularly goes to bed after a bottle, at around 11pm and then will sleep until 6 or 7am and he is almost 4 months old.

She doesn’t have the issue of breast feeding supply though because he is bottle/formula fed.

Abigail27 on

I’m new here, but I’ve been lurking for a long time. The first thing that I thought about when I read this is that I can’t help but notice the inconsistencies in the way that Gwyneth keeps presenting the issue of having a nanny. First she denied having a nanny, then Madonna mentioned in an interview that Gwyneth did have a nanny, and then she finally admitted it. Then I read the other day an interview where she claimed that Apple didn’t have a nanny until she was 13 months old, and now all of sudden this book claims that she was around when Apple was less than six weeks old.
Now I think that it’s her business whether she has a nanny or not, and speaking as a nanny myself I see nothing wrong with employing a nanny. However, I don’t understand the need to pretend like you have no help at all when you clearly do. IMO, it just sets up an even more unrealistic image for average mothers to live up to. We’re always having to hear about how these celebrity moms do it all; they star in films, do extensive charity works, promote various other products, and they still have time to be a hand-on, full-time mom who has no nanny to help her. And then people start to compare regular moms and wonder if that celebrity can do all of that without any help then why can’t regular moms do it. I think anyone who is a mom already realizes that these celebrities aren’t really being honest, but I’ve witnessed a lot of people who aren’t parents who believe the celebrity “I have no nanny” lie and start to put pressure on moms to live up to that expectation.

starlight_perfume on

I watched Gwyn on some talk show when her daughter was 3 or 4 months old. She was asked how Apple was and she said she’s finally pretty much sleeping through the night. I think she’s just saying by 6 weeks to make herself look good and sell her book.