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.
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.
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.
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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