The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two Hardcover – Jan 1993
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In their excellent (and hefty) resource guide, The Baby Book, attachment parenting specialists William Sears and Martha Sears have provided new parents with their approach to every aspect of baby care basics, from newborns to toddlers. Attachment parenting is a gentle, reasonable approach to parenting that stresses bonding with your baby, responding to her cues, breastfeeding, "wearing" your baby, and sharing sleep with your child. For those parents who worry about negative effects of this attention, the Sears say, "Spoiling is what happens when you leave something (or some person) alone on the shelf--it spoils." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
A pediatrician and an RN/childbirth educator have prepared a comprehensive guide for new parents. The authors encourage and describe "attachment parenting," a high-touch style that involves bonding, reading and responding to babies' cues, breastfeeding, and sharing the bed. Topics discussed range from birth and feeding to child safety and basic medical care. The discussion of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome includes 1992 research results and recommendations. This is the first title to discuss high-touch/attachment parenting in such detail, although Fitzhugh Dodson and Ann Alexander's Your Child: Birth to Age 6 ( LJ 11/1/86) covers many of the same topics. Because of its size and the need to refer to it frequently, the book would probably be most useful in parents' personal libraries. Recommended for public libraries and patient education collections.
- Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I have had the pleasure of knowing one of their sons, who is currently a second year resident. The proof is in the pudding. Obviously, their method of child rearing has been very successful. Their son is a kind, generous, and unassuming man. He will make an excellent doctor.
I urge new parents to read Dr. Sears and his wife's books. They have clearly practiced what they preach.
Another thing that bothers me, and I know some here disagree, but Sears takes the hard-line on nursing, childbirth, attachment parenting and nutrition, but I feel that he wimps out when it comes to forming an opinion on daycare vs. at-home mothers. If you're going to express your opinion on everything else, why not this? (By the way, many mothers who stay at home do it because they believe it's the right thing for their child, and end up scrimping and saving, and NOT because they have loads of cash from their husbands' income!)
This is the bottom line: my advice is actually to buy this book. For me, the medical information was and is invaluable. Unlike a lot of these other reviewers, however, I never felt like a "bad parent" for not doing everything Dr. Sears recommended. I feel extremely secure in my abilities and instincts as a mother, so I really didn't care if I got the feeling that Sears would think I was doing my child a disservice just because he always slept in his own crib. If you can ignore this kind of thing too, I think you will find this book to be a great resource in other ways. One thing he says in this book is absoultely true, even applied to his own advice: if it doesn't feel right, DON'T DO IT! Remember that when you read this book, and don't be intimidated by the AP style if it's not for you.
Unfortunately, the book is marred by three serious flaws. First, Dr. Sears -- although including frequent mention of the role of fathers (which many books do not) -- appears to believe in the "natural" primacy of the mother-baby relationship. Our baby's father felt quite slighted by many of Dr. Sears' comments in this regard. Further, Dr. Sears' views simply do not reflect reality in many modern households. In a similar vein, Dr. Sears' book contains a strong subtext that it would be better for the child if its mother did not work outside of the home. Second, Dr. Sears is rather cavalier in his use of medical studies. When they support his theories, he refers to them extensively without mentioning contrary studies and results, no matter how well-accepted. When study results do not support Dr. Sears' views, he tosses them aside by suggesting that one can find a study to support any theory. Third, Dr. Sears' tone is so didactic that the parent who chooses not to follow his advice runs the risk of feeling guilty.
In short, the book contains valuable advice that cannot be easily found elsewhere, but the first-time parent would be wise to take Dr. Sears with a grain of salt!
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this book a year ago in preparation for the adoption of our daughter from China. This is the absolute worst baby book I have ever seen. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by nebalcat
First, let me admit that no one can argue with the fact that the Sears are definitely experts in the childcare field, and have much to teach us. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004
I think this is required reading for all parents. Dr Sears presents a gental and carring perspective that is reaferming and refreshing. We wish all babies could be Dr Sears babies!Published on Feb. 12 2004 by Sasha G
The medical reference information in Dr. Sears' book has been invaluable to me. However, I am not his biggest fan. Dr. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004
I use this book all the time. I know some of the advice is different than my own philosophies, but it gives me a place to start from. My daughter is now 7 1/2 mths. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004
I use this book all the time. My daughter is now 7 1/2 mths. old and most of his advise is accurate and right on the money. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004
I really like some aspects of this book and other features make me want to throw it out the window.
I'll start with the good
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I loved this book. That does not mean I agreed with every single thing in it, but I found it a great comfort. It is particularly good for a first time mother.Published on Oct. 15 2003 by Kimberli
I am a full time graduate student and the mother of an infant. My thesis work is in the field of ethnopediatrics -- the Sears Books offer wonderful advice backed by existing... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003
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